Studies have shown that stress not only contributes to weight gain and weight loss but also causes a process of overeating that can lead to imbalances and spikes within the body. For example, cortisol and insulin are the two most common hormones that can do real damage if left unchecked. These hormones contribute to fat being stored around the mid-section and hips that ultimately produce inflammation, diabetes and heart disease. These are symptoms of stress and should be dealt immediately.
The damaging effects of stress impact weight, hormones, self-confidence, and overall health and should be regarded as highly detrimental if not taken care of properly. Stress is almost like death and taxes, it’s going to happen one way or another. The best part that most people don’t know is that your body has the ability to respond to stress on its own. It was designed that way. The key is giving your body the best chance to do so and often that involves lifestyle changes. We can help you navigate that.
Disease is something that your body knows how to handle, but because of poor lifestyle choices, it can turn into an illness. By applying healthier principles in your life, you will improve how your body naturally responds to stress and restore health and healing to your body.
3 Ways To Help Eliminate Stress
Exercise is an effective way to maximize your response to stress. It will lower cortisol, balance insulin, spike glutathione levels and trigger hormones that make you feel happier and more elated. A misconception is that exercise combats stress or cures it, but that is simply not a true statement. It only helps the body to function at a more efficient and safe level for taking care of stress naturally.
When you panic and become anxious, your body goes into overload. If you panic, you’ve already lost the battle, as anyone that suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, asthma or any other stress related condition fully knows too well. The secret is not to add additional mental and emotional stress to any situation, because adding this stress compounds the problem. Find the calming solution that works for you – whether it’s counting slowly backward from 100 or putting yourself in a timeout, identify it and put it to use when you feel your anxiety rising!
Putting Yourself In A Stress-Free Environment
A prime example is taking some time in nature or going for a walk alone. So your body and your mind have time to take in some fresh air. Another example might be to find a quiet place you feel safe and turn everything off and breathe slowly by taking deep breathes until the heart stabilizes and slows down the panic mode it has been put in. This may seem ridiculous, but it is very effective to be able to step away and re-focus your body’s systems. These solutions won’t eliminate stress but they will help your body respond to the stress at the best of your ability.
Pumpkin season has finally arrived, so we thought it appropriate to carve out some time for dishing out some impressive health benefits of this yummy seasonal favorite. No more feeling anxious about what you’re bringing to family gatherings, now you can feel good about all of your pumpkin recipes this fall and brag away about how healthy they are.
Check out our 6 favorite health benefits of pumpkin and feel free to share them with everyone, unless you want to hog all the credit for yourself, in which case we won’t tell anyone.
Top 6 Health Benefits of Pumpkin
1. Pumpkin Seeds Are Heart Healthy
Seeds and nuts no matter what kind are actually all heart healthy, and of course that includes our favorite pumpkin seed. They contain what are called phytosterols, a plant-based molecule that acts in the intestine to lower bad cholesterol absorption. Pumpkin seeds can lower cholesterol by 10% when taking 2g per day, which is a little less than 1oz. If not being used as a garnish for a delicious recipe, raw pumpkin seeds are great snacks that can be picked up at most local grocery stores. Snack away!
2. Pumpkin Can Boost Your Mood
Unless you’re just a Scrooge around the holiday season, who doesn’t like to be happy? Pumpkins contain an amino acid called tryptophan, a key ingredient in producing serotonin. In case you were unaware, serotonin is huge when it comes to our mood, so partaking in a bit of pumpkin this season will help chase those moody blues away. And unlike Cinderella, this pumpkin will last past midnight.
3. Pumpkin Helps Boost Your Immune System
Packed FULL of vitamin C, it’s hard not to get excited about pumpkin during the season that is famous for cold and flu assaults. The recommended daily dose for vitamin C is 65mg, and one cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly 20% of that recommended dose. Sounds like a winning combo to us, so start pumping your body with some pumpkin before sickness has a chance to set in.
4. Pumpkin May Reduce Cancer Risk
The orange family of vegetables all have something in common, and we’re talking about carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and of course pumpkin. They all have strong levels of beta-carotene, and according to the National Cancer Institute, it may have a strong link to preventing certain cancers. Seems silly NOT to plate up some pumpkin this season, there’s really nothing to lose.
5. Pumpkin Protects The Skin
Hello best beauty product ever! Ok, maybe a bit too far but seriously how awesome is that?! Carotenoids contained in pumpkin act as protective antioxidants that not only protect the body against free radicals that damage the body but also keep the skin wrinkle-free. So don’t feel bad to ask for seconds when the pumpkin’s being passed around. Your skin just might thank you.
6. Pumpkin Supports Natural Weight Loss
When we think of fiber, we hardly think of pumpkin, but it has surprisingly large amounts of fiber within that bright orange packaging. For every 1 cup of pumpkin, there are 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories. It’s common knowledge that a fiber-rich diet actually helps people feel fuller longer and eat less, giving them the ability to lose some of those pesky pounds. PLUS pumpkin is just yummy to eat. Wins all around!
These top health benefits are yours to take advantage of this fall season, so pop into your local farmer’s market or grocer and grab some pumpkin before it’s all gone! If you have any questions about how your diet plays a part in balancing the body and its function, then we’d love to help. Give our team a call today!
Are you a chronic texter? What about your kids? Maybe you enjoy reading books on your tablet for hours on end. Pay close attention to what comes next because it’s going to save you a lot of future headaches, quite literally. We’re not saying throw out your cell phone or Kindle, but being aware of how much you use your devices just might be a good idea.
What the heck is Text-Neck?
Text-Neck is a new syndrome that’s affecting millions of Americans every year and they don’t even know it, or they just aren’t aware. Maybe they just don’t care. We at least want to do our due diligence and give you some facts. Everyone has a neutral position, just like a car. It’s your best resting position that causes the least amount of stress on your skeletal system. When you’re texting, your head is leaned forward and downward in front of your shoulders angled typically between 45-60 degrees. This is a forward neck posture that isn’t good to be in hours at a time, yet we do it anyway, don’t we?
When your head is in a neutral position directly above your shoulders, it puts about ten to twelve pounds of stress on those neck and shoulder muscles. Big deal.
Picture yourself carrying around four to six ten pound bowling balls around your neck. Yes, you heard that right, four to six. That’s forty to sixty pounds of stress you’re putting on those neck and shoulder muscles of yours giving you poor neck posture.
So yeah, you probably guessed that Text-Neck isn’t necessarily making it on the nice list and you need to be thinking about what to do for better neck posture. Smartphones and tablets aren’t going away. It’s our culture so get used to it, but beware of some of these symptoms.
Nearly seventy-seven percent of Americans own a smartphone1 and they spend upward of fourteen hundred hours on their phone each year. Teenagers spend nearly five thousand hours2 so there’s a pretty darn good chance some of the following symptoms are starting to pop up:
Chronic Neck Pain
Upper Back Pain
You wouldn’t drive your car out of alignment, would you? Well, you could but eventually it’ll veer so far off the road you’ll crash and burn, right?
When your spine is out of alignment essentially it’s the same thing. Research from the 2013 Journal of Gerontology says if your neck is out of alignment by even a few degrees it increases your chance of coronary artery disease by sixty-four percent!
In case you didn’t know, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans every year. So are we saying texting leads directly to heart disease? No. We are saying that being aware of your posture is crucial to your overall health.
Powerful research also shows how spine misalignment can affect your brain function, according to the Journal of Spine. If your check engine light is on, you just don’t ignore it.
Maybe you’re having symptoms of Text-Neck, maybe you’re not, either way being aware of your posture and altering the way you sit, stand, work or text can dramatically affect how you’ll feel years to come.
If you’re reading this right now on your phone or your computer, check your posture this very second. See?? Give us a call and we can help give you some exercises to help reverse some of these posture effects!
Why do flu shot campaigns feel like propaganda? Probably because they are. Flu shots and vaccinations are pushed so heavily because they help to line the pockets of the rich doctors and pharmaceutical companies who give them out – packaged and marketed perfectly to those who feel they desperately need it. We just have one tiny little question.
WHERE’S THE PROOF
It’s not a difficult question, but there is a lot of research out there to prove that it doesn’t help, And a lot more to prove that what’s in the flu shot is absolutely NOT worth the risk. Especially when considering not only your health, but the health of those you love. It’s the flu season. We get it. You feel absolutely compelled to arm yourself and your family and that’s perfectly understandable, but there’s nothing wrong with a little research, right? All we’re saying is don’t be a sheep. Don’t follow along just to follow along. You have a choice, and we just want to help educate you on the choices you do have. Fair enough?
One of the most natural ways you can fight the effects of the flu is found in vitamin D. Lucky for you we’ve done all the research for you so you can take a look at how vitamin D stacks up against the flu shot when actually preventing the flu. Did you know that it takes 40 flu shots to prevent the flu as compared to 33 people taking Vitamin D.
The Benefits of Vitamin D
People with Vit-D deficiencies have higher reports and cases of flus &colds
Helps to boost immunity
People with Vit-D levels below 10 ng/mL (the norm is 45-60) taking a supplement cuts their risk of respiratory infection by 50%
People with higher to normal levels of Vit-D saw a risk reduction on average of 10% which is as effective as a flu shot vaccine
If you have a serious Vit-D deficiency, taking a supplement is 10x more effective than getting a flu shot
Helps to kick start and activate infectionfighting T-cells to prevent sickness
Fights bone loss, infectionand abnormal cell growth
Do you see a trend here? Ok, so here’s a little fun fact for you. Have you ever wondered why colds and flus happen more in the winter? It’s because SUNlight levels are at their lowest (ahem, vitamin D) and sunshine is IMPORTANT! The FDA’s recommendation of 200-400 IUs (a scientific way to measure the potency of vitamin D) is ridiculously low and realistically should be a LOT higher. So go ahead and soak up that sun the next time you see it.
What About The Flu Shot?
Well, unfortunately not a lot of good can be said about it according to recent research. Sure, the idea seems noble enough. Let’s inject kids and adults with a virus to help them fight off future viruses. Not really our kinda party. Plus there’s enough research to back up the choice that you shouldn’t really go that party when invited either:
Data shows people who received the flu shot in 2008 had 2x the risk of getting H1N1 (swine flu) compared to those who didn’t get the flu shot
Kids who received an annual flu shot were at a 3x higher risk of hospitalization due to the flu
There’s no evidence that vaccinating healthcare workers actually prevents the flu in elderly residents in long-term care facilities
Or perhaps we should just take a look at the rising number of deaths in kids since 2003 when the CDC reportedly claimed all kids 6 months to 5 years should start getting vaccinated. This shows the upswing of deaths in young children, plus the average death from 2003 to the present is nearly 4x HIGHER than it was before young children were recommended to get the flu shot.
The ig is up for the flu shot, but sad to say that many probably won’t know the truth unless we share it together. You don’t need to go get a shot or a prescription for vitamin D. No wonder no one knows about it! The true natural health that comes from pumping your body full of good vitamins and minerals will never be front and center as long as the WEALTHCARE system of America and other parts of the world are running the show.
Let’s break the silence and keep spreading the TRUTH!