Stretching is often forgotten about, whether you are waking up or completing an activity. The most important concepts you have to be mindful of are 1) Hold a stretch for 15-30 seconds 2) Do not strain joints or push your body's limits to gain range of motion 3) Listen to your body
Coconuts are one of the most nourishing fruits you can utilize every single day of your life, even if you don't live near palm trees! Coconut water contains natural electrolytes to keep you hydrated and full of energy. Cooking with coconut oil can reduce your risk for heart disease, lower cholesterol and improve digestion. Coconut oil doubles as a moisturizer for your entire body and face! Here is an article on the basics of coconuts and links to other incredible uses!
10 spices that are not only adding flavor to your meals but boost your physiological-self as well. Simple additives for increasing metabolism and energy levels and regulating blood pressure, blood sugar levels, LDL cholesterol, and calorie intake.
Our lifestyle choices directly influence the way we feel and react to situations. Keeping active throughout your 'middle-aged' years can greatly reduce the amount of age-related diseases and discomforts.
Filling your plate with colors of the rainbow is important for every meal, and I don't mean Skittles. Loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables facilitates healthy physiological processes and aides in lowering cholesterol, purifying the blood stream, aiding in vision and memory loss, and supporting your immune system overall.
Ever wonder where your time goes? Sometimes a year can fly by in the wink of an eye. This article was written by a woman who monitored her diet and activity for 365 days. Challenge yourself to consciously plan out your diet and exercise and see the changes in yourself.
Many of us are unaware of the positions we find ourselves in while we sleep. I find it helpful to roll up a towel and place this comfortably around your neck to keep yourself in a proper position. Below, an article written by the Harvard Medical School suggests certain ways to position your neck to avoid waking up with neck pain.
There are wonderful benefits to walking and running barefoot, including strengthening of the lower legs, free reflexology, and avoiding unnessesary injuries from shoes. Personally, learning to run barefoot decreased the pain in my operated knee. Merrell and Vibram have designed shoes that allow your gait to align itself as if you were walking barefoot while still supporting the soles of your feet.
Exercise seems to get bumped to the bottom of the to-do list when are schedules fill up and time seems to run out. Extensive research has shown that short bursts of exercise at different intensities may be more beneficial then longer, workouts, especially when goals are aimed for fat loss and improving fitness quickly. Dr. Mercola explains the benefits of interval training in this article using his Peak 8 method.
Pumping Iron Instead of Insulin to Reduce Diabetes
Countless studies have proven the beneficial effects of exercise on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. Both aerobic exercise and strength-training exercises work to reduce excess sugar in the blood stream and normalize glucose levels without the help of insulin, making it possible for both types of diabetics to reduce sugar levels and increase the productivity of natural insulin. Pairing exercise with conscious nutrition choices can reduce or eliminate symptoms of diabetes in as little as 30 days!