Tuesday, July 15

Tips to shake up your diet routine

by Jane McIntosh, MA, CNS

Whether it's your workout routine or your diet, shaking things up a bit can be a good thing. 

When it comes to your diet, freshening things up can mean everything from expensive detoxifying diets to liquid fasting. 

And while it can be a good thing to change it up, some nutrition experts believe that many chosen methods may be unnecessary. 

To Pay…
In addition to detoxifying your system, paying for one of these diets can also wipe everything from your bank account. Although a “detox” may be alluring, these types of diets are not scientifically proven. Any time a person changes their dietary habits from poor to better choices, it’s natural to feel better and for the functions of the body to improve.

Or, Not To Pay? The Au Naturale Way
The body has an amazing detoxification system of its own that relies on your organs, cells, tissues and lymphatic system. The liver and kidneys filter impurities from the body as part of their normal functionality. Take care of these systems and enjoy the benefits of a natural body detox!

Tips for Enhancing your Body’s Natural Detox Function:
  • Choosing foods that are in their most natural state will give you the most benefits. This gives the body and organs a break from having to process and filter artificial ingredients and added sugars. 
  • Upon waking in the morning, squeeze a lemon in a glass of warm water and enjoy on an empty stomach. Lemon adds taste and Vitamin C.
  • Drinking water helps to flush impurities through your system. Speaking of water, fruits and vegetables have naturally high water content. 
Instead of ”detoxifying,”  try instead to think in terms of clean eating more often. Stock your fridge with lemon to add to water that you’re drinking, and while you’re at it, give the not-so-clean items the spring cleaning treatment!

Tate DF, Turner-McGrievy G, Lyons E, Replacing Caloric Beverages with Water or Diet Beverages for Weight Loss in Adults: Main Results of the Choose Healthy Options Consciously Everyday (CHOICE) Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Clin Nutr; Mar. 2012; 95(3): 555-63.

Tuesday, July 8

Why Not Tweet to Your Health

by JCC Association

With today’s handy mobile devices and social media networks, connecting with others is becoming easier to do and enhancing our well-being. 

Translated, this means we’re feeling good about ourselves and the world around us – aka, enjoying life!

When we connect with others in a positive way, reactions take place between our minds and bodies. Our physiology reacts to what our eyes are seeing, our ears are hearing, and our heart is feeling, prompting our minds to produce positive thoughts and feelings based on these positive bodily experiences.

This is also works in the reverse direction: when the mind thinks positive thoughts, our physiology responds with less tension, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and “feel-good” hormones.

The benefits of connecting with others include:
·       A heightened sense of well-being
·       A high level of bodily functioning
·       Increased feelings of happiness, security, confidence
·       Increased emotional health through sharing with others
·       Increased sense of self-worth and purpose

Ways to connect:
·       Take time to give time: Take five minutes or fifty- depending on your schedule- and give your full attention to someone you care about. It’s a meaningful (and free) gift you can give. 
·       Quality time: Arrange to spend time sharing experiences with people you care about. You’ll create memories in the process!
·       Turn it off: Switch off the digital displays and play a game with the children, or just catch up with one another.
·       Make someone’s day: Smile or wave at someone whether you know them or not. It may just be what they need and it costs you nothing except a little courage!
·       Reach out and touch someone: Visit a friend or family member who needs support or company.
·       Lend a helping hand: Volunteer in your community or participate in local events. You’ll help those around you and expand your connections.

Social networks are not just about the influence others have on us, but also about the effects we have on others. Get connected today!

Sources:  National Health Services (http://www.nhs.uk), Abstract: Pleasure and Emotion: An investigation of Physiological Responses Emerged by Pleasant Stimuli, International Association of Societies of Design Research, 2009.