Excuses, Excuses

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When it comes to exercise, eating healthy, and the overall wellness of our bodies and our lives, a majority of people are full of excuses as to why they can’t keep it up or even start to begin with. Let’s tackle your excuses (and why we don’t buy them) one at a time. Starting with the biggest excuse people use to eat unhealthy and forget their exercise schedule:

Travel.

1. “I’m on vacation” – When traveling, people treat it as a break from their lives. It’s true that you have a break from your home, your work and the people you see regularly. The break you take from every day living is a great way to relax and rejuvenate your mind, but your body goes with you! The “break” you take affects your body then and long after you have gone back to reality.

2. “My gym is near my home, not here” – Almost every hotel you stay in these days has a fitness center. Those that don’t can offer you a pass to a gym nearby or at least a discount, it’s worth asking the front desk about. It may not have access to all the things your gym has to offer you, but it’s better than doing nothing.

3. “I’m in and out of business meetings all day, I don’t have the time” – Small changes that don’t take a lot of time or effort can be a big differences on your body. Taking the stairs to your room instead of the elevator will only take a few minutes longer and will get your heart going. Taking your coffee black without dairy or sweetener is important. Also, don’t overeat at your business dinner. It’s good for your body, and it’s good for your wallet.

4. “My family wants to take me to the local greasy spoon” – You can enjoy the local cuisine and please your family without going overboard. Pay attention to the menu and order wisely. Portions are also important; don’t eat until you are sick no matter how good it is. If taking it as left overs isn’t an option, I’m sure someone would love to help you finish it!

These are just a few ideas, I’m sure as you go you can come up with many more.

Any helpful hints from you seasoned travelers would be greatly appreciated!

Keep an eye out for our next excuse, Timing.

 

3 ways to boost your immune system to prevent allergies

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A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM IS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST ALLERGIES

Do you experience symptoms of sinus or nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing headaches, fatigue, muscle or joint pain? You may be displaying typical or atypical allergy symptoms. Even depression or anxiety can be caused by allergies or intolerances. Allergy triggers come in many different forms such as substances that are eaten, inhaled or introduced through skin contact.

Regardless of the way you are exposed to these triggers, allergy symptoms are a result of the immune system’s inability to meet challenges with all defenses working one hundred percent.  Allergies are a result of immune system confusion and depletion. Allergy word cloud

So How Do We Get Our immune System…Our “Defenses” To Be The Best They Can Be?

Diet, Diet Diet

Although you have probably heard this many times, I am going to say it again. You are what you eat. Before you put anything in your mouth ask yourself, will this provide nutrition for my body and help me to be healthy or will this make my body work harder to counteract the damage it will cause? There are 3 simple rules that you can follow to gauge the nutritional value of your food:

  1. The more processed a food is the less nutrition it will provide. The fresher and less processed, the greater the nutritional value.
  2. The more colorful our food, the more nutritional value. White foods have far less vitamins and minerals than brightly colored foods. So. foods like red peppers, apples, and sweet potatoes are more nutritious than white potatoes or iceberg lettuce.
  3. Include super foods in your diet.  Super foods are foods that are packed with nutrients that help counteract the aging processes and decrease the inflammation that accompanies allergies and causes symptoms. Super foods include berries such as blueberries, goji, golden berries, or acai.
    (CLICK HERE to learn more about Super foods)

Avoid Toxic Exposures
We may not be able to control the amount of toxins we are exposed to in every environment we encounter, but we can control the the toxicity of our home by making reasonable decisions when buying cleaning products, personal care products and yes even the mattresses we sleep on. When you think about how much time you actually spend lying on your mattress, you will realize this makes up a significant amount of your life. Many household cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, under arm deodorants, and other personal care products are manufactured with chemicals that have a detrimental effect on the immune system. They may even linked to severe chronic diseases. Mattresses are also manufactured with highly toxic chemicals. Do your research! Substitutes are available that are just as comfortable, but are manufactured with nontoxic chemicals.
(CLICK HERE to learn more about toxic-free mattresses)

Become Aware of Helpful Products That Aid in Meeting Immune System Challenges
Sometimes our bodies do not have the resources to fight off infection or meet the challenges of allergy exposures. Our lives have become so complicated that many times we put our health on the back burner. Take advantage of resources available to stay healthy even when our life becomes chaotic. Medicinal mushrooms have proven to boost immune system function and modulate immune responses. Different varieties have different properties. There are mushrooms that help to strengthen the respiratory tract, fight infection and inflammation or aid in anti-aging.
(CLICK HERE to learn more about medicinal mushrooms)

Himalayan salt inhalers are another great tool for benefiting respiratory health. They help to decrease inflammation of the mucous membranes that can be caused by allergies. Salt inhalers can be used to reduce the symptoms of allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions.
(CLICK HERE to learn more about Himalayan Salt Inhalers)

We hope this article has been helpful for you, and we wish the best for your health!

 

Is Fast Food Real Food?

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Anymore, it’s not enough to say that fast food is unhealthy– it’s more accurate to say it isn’t even food.

Of all the ingredients that make up a McDonald’sChicken McNugget, for example, only 50% is actually chicken. The rest is a combination of preservatives, sugars, corn derivatives, and other chemicals that cause a variety of health problems, ranging from nausea to tinnitus. In one particular case, the chemicals found in a McDonald’s burger allowed it to look the same for 14 years.

Think of it this way: For every two Chicken McNuggets you eat, one is pure chicken, and the other is an equal amount of corn-based additives and synthetic ingredients.

These are foods that you could try to cut back on, but it’s better for you and just as easy to stop eating them entirely. There’s never a good reason anybody should have to eat fast food– so don’t!

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How to Eat a Pomegranate

Over the past few years, pomegranates have grown quite lot in popularity, and for good reason. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also a terrific source of antioxidants and have many overall health benefits.

Still, a lot of people don’t know how to properly prepare a pomegranate, or what part of the fruit you’re supposed to eat. This instructional video answers all these questions so you can start enjoying this wonderful fruit today!

7 Not So “Healthy” Foods

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When it comes to food, “healthy” is relative. A food that gives you just the right amount of one nutrient may give you too much of another. Our bodies require a balance and react according to the ratios between each nutrient– not just how “much” or how “little” we may have of one in particular.

For that reason, a lot of foods that are marketed as “healthy” actually have several negative effects that outweigh the few good ones. Here are seven such foods, chosen by Today Health, that it’s better to avoid:

1. Pretzels – It’s true that pretzels are low in fat, but they don’t offer much else. Other than that, they’re basically processed carbs that are high in sodium.

Alternative: Popcorn

2. Splenda (and other artificial sweeteners) – While sugar substitutes have less calories than real sugar, they actually make you crave sweets even more. Your body thinks it’s getting calories, but it’s not, so it makes you want to compensate for it. In most cases, this actually leads to weight gain.

Alternative: Honey.

3. High-fiber cereals with sugar – High-fiber cereals can help prevent heart disease, but the sugar content counteracts that benefit by raising your blood sugar considerably.

Alternative: Shredded Wheat, no sugar

4. Diet soda – This one acts similarly to artificial sweeteners, because that’s what diet soda is loaded with. It also can raise your risk of vascular problems.

Alternative: Good old water!

5. Frozen yogurt – A big part of what makes yogurt so healthy is the bacteria that help the digestive and immune systems. However, many frozen yogurts don’t have these. From there, when you compare the fat, calorie, and sugar content, frozen yogurt isn’t much better than ice cream.

Alternative: You might as well go with ice cream, at that point.

6. Veggie chips – After all the processing that goes into most veggie chips, the vegetables’ original vitamin content is lost. Many of them actually have the same amount of sodium as potato chips!

Alternative: Make your own veggie chips!

7. Turkey burgers – Many of the turkey burgers made in restaurants are comprised of the fatty dark meat and skin, not making it much better than a regular hamburger.

Alternative: Make your own turkey burger out of lean turkey.

Remember: some of these options are slightly better than the options they are supposed to substitute, but that isn’t saying much. Is it really worth choosing between the lesser of two evils when there are much better options?

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