Are you Brushing Your Teeth Right After Eating?

Don’t brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic. Acidic foods—citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes, soda —can soften tooth enamel.  Wait at least half an hour to help keep your teeth enamel from eroding.

Does Meditation Change Your Brain?

Studies in Harvard found that meditation can actually change the structure of the brain, it thickens the hippocampus which governs learning and memory. It  also decreased cell density in the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, anxiety and stress.  Participants reports on their mood matched the findings- they felt less stress and enjoyed better mood.

meditation has many brain benefits

Skipping the Stretches is Not a Good Idea

You make time for cardio and strength training, but are you skipping stretching?  Connective tissue within ligaments and tendons becomes more rigid and brittle with age, which means a restricted range of motion and decreased flexibility.  Being less flexible can lead to more problems, for example increase your risk of of injuries in any activity. Pilates and yoga are two good options, but even simple controlled stretches will help your body keep flexible.

Are you Drinking Enough Water?

Drinking water helps with weight loss. It keeps things moving and makes you feel satisfied and full which makes you less hungry.  Water also fuels your muscles –  when we sweat our muscles lose water and they get tired.  Water flushes out toxins and helps keep skin clear, as well as the kidneys functioning. There are many more reasons to keep hydrated, check out our article about dehydration and its effects on the body.

dehydration water loss in body

Shield Yourself from EMF's

Avoid electromagnetic field toxicity. EMF’s can enter your body and affect nearly any system within your body. This includes sleep, stress levels , immune system and even your DNA. It is no joke, the gadgets are everywhere, including cell phones, cordless phones, mobile antennas, broadcast towers.  Use cell phone protectors  and/or room adapters to diminish EMF fields.

Home Cooking

Consider home cooked meals. Even a busy lifestyle can fit an easy meal into a day if it’s planned. Processed food is often loaded with salt, unhealthy fats and other unknown ingredients. Choose organic when possible, use a water filter and avoid sugar. If you plan home cooked meals to your week you will also end up saving money. Soup is an excellent option, you can make a whole crock pot at a time. Or make other meals that you can freeze portions of and have many healthy meals any time. 

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Are You Suffering from Dry Eyes in the Office?

Office environments can be very dry.  The professional building air control systems can have negative effects for the eyes and skin.  Harsh lighting and commercial carpeting emitting chemicals doesn’t help. Consider putting a small humidifier in your cubicle or office, drink plenty of water, take brakes and remember to blink. Eye drops help, but you can also add foods to your diet that helps the eyes produce tears.  Salmon, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to produce tears, among other things. Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes.

Be Friendly to Your Gut

Research shows that your immunity begins in your gut.  Cultured or fermented foods, such as fermented cabbage (sauerkraut), are great for maintaining a healthy gut. More fruits, leafy vegetables, soup and good grains. Less alcohol, cheese, processed foods, bad fats and meats. Do a check on your eating habits if you have stomach problems. They can often be solved by just readjusting your diet. Certain foods (such as your favorite cheese plate with red wine) can cause constipation. Make sure you experiment with your diet to find out what is causing the issues if you have digestion issues.

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Move Your Body!

Exercise! it doesn’t matter what specific exercise you practice, just move your body! This is extremely important. The human body was not designed to sit endlessly. “Those who do not find time to exercise will soon have to find time for illness.” Daily exercise has been proven to increase  lifespan, lowering risk of diseases, improve bone density, and help with weight loss. If  you don’t know where to start, walk. Find some trails and enjoy the air. It will also have many health benefits for the mind.

Choose Your Friends

You can have all the right health goals in place but your personal relationships may be hindering your progress. Like they say, the five people you spend most of your time with have the biggest impact on your life. So, keep friends who have good health goals and who will encourage you in your life journey. 

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