Monday, April 14, 2014
Did you know that being underweight puts people at a higher health risk than being overweight? Aim to keep your weight ideal for you, even if it’s not popular. Avoiding extremes will keep you healthier and happier in the long run.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Chronic worry and emotional stress can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol boosts blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) in the blood short term to help you “fight or flight”, but when these sugars and fats are not used in the blood for physical activities, the long term implications can lead to a host of unhealthy effects: suppression of the immune system, digestive disorders, muscle tension, short-term memory loss, premature coronary artery disease and heart attack. Make sure you exercise daily, keep your health in mind when you eat, avoid chronic worrying and talk to a doctor if necessary.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Do you suffer from reflux? Tilt your bed a few inches above your feet, practice relaxation, get regular exercise, and make some changes in your diet: keep a food log to track the foods and beverages that make your symptoms worse, eat a diet rich in fiber- at least 40 grams from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, stop drinking alcohol and caffeine, stay hydrated, and don’t eat within 2 hours of going to bed. If these tips don’t eliminate your symptoms, see your doctor.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Does consuming wheat actually cause “wheat belly”? While it’s true Americans tend to over consume refined wheat products, however cutting out these foods does not equate with weight loss. Aim to consume 6-11 servings daily of whole grains, over refined grains, and exercise regularly to burn this preferred fuel source.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Did you know that people rated Costco and Trader Joe’s among the top stores for prices and healthy foods, and Sprouts for getting what you want? Other stores may be cheaper and more convenient, but cleanliness and quality are often compromised. If you haven’t been to these stores in a while, give them another try!