We often eat the wrong things. And we often do that for way too long. This can lead to build up of toxins and other unwanted, dangerous substances in the digestion tract. These substances can even find their way into individual cells. This “infiltration” of undesirable elements can create the need for a good, thorough detox.
At this point, many people decide to do something drastic about undesirable symptoms:
low energy and
poor sleep quality
Often that “something” is a harsh detox program that is difficult to adhere to and feel good about. Some detox programs can be damaging to normal body functions, such as metabolism.
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A study done by recruiting firm Accounting Principals indicates that 39% of American employees are napping at work. The sandman must be working a day job!!!
But don’t call these people lazy. There are actually potential benefits from taking a nap, such as improved memory, creativity and cognitive ability.
If you are considering napping at work, set an alarm for 20 minutes. Sara Mednick, author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life, says that at about 30 minutes of sleep, we fall into the deepest form of sleep, slow-wave, and we may return to work in a fog. It is hard to adjust back to the real world if we wake in the middle of slow-wave sleep.
You might also look at the reasons why you feel the need for taking a nap. What has your diet been like that day? How much and what quality of sleep did you get last night? Are you on a regular exercise program?
Here are some helpful habits to develop to encourage better sleep that will help to eliminate the need for a nap at work:
☼ Eat a good breakfast with quality protein
☼ Have a midmorning snack that does not contain a lot of sugar.
☼ Make sure your lunch is a healthy one, avoiding beef, pork or other hard-to-digest foods.
☼ Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day.
☼ Establish a regular bedtime and stick to it.
☼ Exercise at least 4 times per week. Do this at least 2 hours before your newly established bedtime.
☼ Take time to meditate or just get quiet in your mind for 5 minutes per day.
Learn about body mass index and a healthy lifestyle through the gateway to health.
What is being overweight?
Being overweight or obese are both defined by Body Mass Index or BMI (which is a ratio of weight to height). A BMI between 25 and 30 places someone in an overweight category and 30 or higher is considered obese.
Why control your weight? Being overweight and obese cause a dramatic increase in the likelihood of disease as people increase their BMI, such as:
-Coronary artery disease (CAD)
-Certain cancersHigh blood pressure
-High cholesterol and triglycerides
-Type 2 diabetes
The cost of being overweight Two of the personal costs of being overweight are:
-Obese people are expected to live 2-4 years less than someone with a healthy weight; the extremely obese (BMI over 40) have 8-10 years taken off their life expectancy. i
-Obese people cost an average of $1,429 more in medical services per year than someone who is normal weight.
What can I do to control my weight? There is much you can do to control your weight, but there are no easy answers.
Lifestyle: Get support, exercise, track your progress, and eat a low-fat and low-calorie diet.
Boost Your Metabolism: Maintaining or increasing your lean body mass (muscles) is your best bet for keeping your metabolism going strong. There are a variety of supplements that can help with your metabolism as well.
Leucine: The amino acid leucine is great at helping maintain muscle mass, especially in people who are cutting calories and exercising.
Protein: Not only does protein help you feel full longer, it also helps you keep your lean body mass. Starting the morning with a good protein or protein shake helps you feel full longer.
Fiber: The benefits of fiber on weight loss are many. Studies have shown that fiber can help you feel full, support blood sugar, and it helps remove cholesterol from the body as part of a healthy diet
In order to have a healthy life control your weight. After all, weight is the gateway to health. You choose good or bad health by your weight.
What is immune system being pushed to the limit as discussed by Dallas Health expert Tim Wallace.
It is winter, 2013 and the influenza virus has hit with a vengeance. People are reporting severe symptoms that last for up to two weeks. Many I have talked with have had their symptoms degenerate into bronchitis.
So what is it that has some people get sick with the flu and others skate right through the season without a single symptom? Why to some people get over the flu or colds very quickly and others suffer quite a long time?
I am feeling that it is the immune system that determines an individual’s resistance level to these pathogens. Doing whatever we can to strengthen and support our body’s natural resistance mechanisms is key to maintaining a healthy life. There are choices we make in life and lifestyle that help to dictate whether or not we get the flu.
Here are some examples:
Working late repetitively can cause your body’s energy and nutritional resources to be channeled away from internal activities that keep your immune system up and running, ready to fight off germs.
Sleeping fewer than your normal actually needed hours. During sleep the body repairs itself in many ways. One of those “rebooting” activities during sleep is your immune system.
Drinking excessive alcoholic beverages. Some of the things that alcohol does is dehydrate the body, slow the body functions down and consume many of the nutrients needed to maintain good health.
Forgetting or neglecting to drink enough water. Water is a natural detoxification agent. When there is not enough water in the system, toxins build up, move around and begin to effect normal processes. This causes an unnecessary alert to the immune system, drawing its resources away from fighting unavoidable pathogens. Water also helps to keep functions working properly, even in non-flu seasons.
Eating a poor diet, rich in simple carbohydrates causes a shortage of the nutrients to build immune system cells. Breads, sweets, white rice and regular pasta are examples of simple carbohydrates. Better choices are whole fruits and vegetables. Eat a variety of them and eat the skins if possible.
These are a few of the bad habits that negatively impact the immune system and can determine if you are able to go to work everyday this winter or if you are going to using all that sick leave and some of your vacation.