The clocks have been officially changed and you are likely reveling in the extra hour of sunshine at the end of the day. For most people, there are pros and cons to the clocks “springing ahead” an hour. While you will likely get a naturally burst of energy knowing that spring is right around the corner, it also may take a while for your body to adjust and catch up on that lost hour of sleep. When the clocks actually spring ahead, you are most likely sound asleep, however; don’t underestimate this precious lost hour, as it can take weeks to play catch up. Some may feel it right away and for others it may take a few good days before the slump sets in. Whatever the case may be for you, here are a few tips for coping with that abandoned hour.
Unfortunately, we have yet to discover the famous fountain of youth, which means that it is up to us to embrace our age and accept where we are on the timeline of life. It’s time to succumb to the fact that you realistically cannot turn back the hand of time, but you most certainly can accept your age and allow your body and mind to change with dignity. Here are a few tips for aging gracefully.
When we think of sugar, things like chocolate and Twizzlers typically come to mind, however; there are some very unexpected foods that have added sugar, which lead to the same negative side effects. You may have already experienced the downside of a sugar hangover which causes mood swings, headaches and the shakes after a bout of too much sugar. If you have, then there is a good chance that you’ve sworn off sugar, however; if you are like most people, that urge to imbibe in more sugar at the same time the next day will likely leave you in a revolving door of sugar binges. According to dietary guidelines, it is recommended that we consume less than 10% of our calories from added sugar per day. With this said, it’s key that you become well-educated on reading nutrition labels if you want to prevent yourself from falling victim to some of the many negatives caused by excess sugar intake.
While we often think of high blood pressure as being genetic, there are actually several contributing factors that you may be doing in your everyday life that have nothing to do with your heredity. Here are some daily habits to consider….
As we learned in our previous post, having poor digestion can be a real pain in the gut, which is why it’s important to follow these tips for getting and keeping things moving…
When it comes to our bodies, we typically associate good health with steady blood pressure numbers, an acceptable body mass index (BMI), and a strong heart. However; there is a whole lot going in the depths of our bellies that contribute to our overall health. Having superb gut health is key to a high functioning digestive system and will even benefit your mental ability and mood. When it comes to the bacteria in your gut, there is both good and bad. The bad bacteria feeds on the bad stuff such as sugar and fat, and the good bacteria feeds on fiber, which happens to be a nutrient that only five percent of Americans get enough of. It is recommended that we get 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day, and any less will contribute to starving our good bacteria, which in turn, leads to insufficient digestion robbing us of the brain-boosting chemicals we need to flourish. Here are some tips for optimizing your digestive health…
We hear a lot about vitamin D deficiency during the winter months, and there is a good reason for that. Worldwide, an estimated one billion people suffer from vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to osteoporosis, fatigue, back pain, depression, anxiety, illness, muscle pain, and hair loss. Our bodies need 400-800 IU’s of vitamin D every day, however; some doctors are suggesting even more than that. Because this important vitamin is made from cholesterol when our skin is exposed to the sun, it can be kind of tricky to get the recommended amount during the winter months, when we are far less exposed to the sun.