Stress, sugar and sitting are three of the components of modern day life that are causing us health problems but sleep, sunlight and superfoods can go a long way to counteract their detrimental effects.
has become a national pastime as we worry about every natural and man-made catastrophe played out on our TV screens as well as the various personal crisis from which no family can escape. We need to distinguish between pressure and stress. The former can be a positive and motivational factor in helping you to do your job or to perform, while stress is the adverse reaction that people have to excessive pressure. It is not the stress itself that can do us harm but how we react to it and too many people use outside help in the form of cigarettes, alcohol, prescription drugs, food or TV to mask their stress, often leading to further health issues.
is a toxic and addictive substance and the excessive use of sugar means that the human body cannot utilize the roughly 225 pounds of sugar and HFCS consumed by the average American ever year The maximum amount of sugar we should consume is 6 teaspoons per day but of course preferably less. Our livers turn this blood sugar into fat (triglycerides) and store it on our bellies and hips. If you have a sugar addiction, you need to seriously address the problem and the good news is that it gets easier to kick the habit the longer you hold out. Your tongue creates new taste buds every two or three weeks. These new taste buds will be far more sensitive to subtle flavors and natural sweetness, leading to a complete turnabout where they end up disliking the overpowering sweetness of most processed foods and desserts. It can take anything from 21 to 30 days to change from the sweet habit but your health could benefit for the rest of your life.
and a sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll on our health too, with the average American office worker spending up to 12 hours per day sitting on his or her bottom. When you are sitting, your muscles do absolutely no work while your calorie burning rate declines considerably, resulting in muscle loss and fat gain. Worse still, inactivity causes the body to lose over 75% of its ability to remove harmful fats and LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream, causing a reduction in HDL cholesterol and raising the risk of heart disease. The more you sit, the more used to it you become - any physical activity becomes an effort. But if you can keep on moving, the more you will want to move and the easier it becomes.
of sufficient and good quality is so important because it is when the body and especially the brain regenerate and repair themselves. Insomnia
and/or too little sleep can lead to a whole list of health problems including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, memory loss, bipolar disorder, reduced immunity, mood swings, impaired carbohydrate metabolism and increased heart-rate variability. Other health risks from sleeping disorders can include depression and substance abuse as well as the impairment of memory, self-expression and the ability to read emotions in others. Get a good night's sleep (roughly 8 hours) every night and you will become so much healthier.
are many and diverse but they have being natural in common. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense, being superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients - nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves. Top of the list are green super foods helping you to build cleaner muscles and tissues, aid your digestive system function and more effectively protect you against disease and illness. Other super foods include:
Fruit and nuts; raw honey; herbs; unrefined cold pressed oils; salmon; and legumes.
is our final S. We all need sunlight to maximize our vitamin D levels and just to make us feel good. Those who have advocated a fear of the sun these past thirty years have done us no favors. The majority of people are now vitamin D deficient which can lead to a mass of health problems while sufficiently high levels of vitamin D have many health benefits. Roughly half an hour of direct sunlight between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on as much skin as possible during the summer months will ensure you top up your vitamin D levels. The darker your skin tone, the more exposure to sunlight you need. Living in a cold climate will necessitate taking a vitamin D supplement.
Ditch the 3 x bad Ss, embrace the 3 x good Ss, and you will be well on the way to a healthier you.