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7 Simple Ways To Be Healthy And Avoid Getting Sick

7 Simple Ways To Be Healthy And Avoid Getting Sick

The flu is out & there’s more and more susceptibility to the cold. In order to help you rise about the weather, here are 7 simple ways to be healthy & avoid getting sick this winter season:

Eat Less Grains

Grains have a whole host of issues associated with them. As many at 15% of the US is gluten intolerant and gluten itself is linked to 55 diseases. Even if you do manage to find something like quinoa – that doesn’t have gluten, many gluten-free grains, still tend to have anti-nutrients that not only make digestion difficult, leave you feeling bloated & cause you to feel sick. If you can’t eliminate grains from you diet – you’d do well to start eating less of them.

Eat Less Junk

Eat less junk food. Start with deciding to do something like cutting out sugar from your life and you’ll notice some huge changes. Some studies even argue that beyond simply being “bad” – sugar is actually toxic for you. Not cool. For more in-depth thoughts on this, consider watching a few minutes of the following talk.

Sugar The Bitter Truth

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If you want to take baby steps, consider adopting a paleo diet, or simply a whole food based diet. While you’re at it, check out these foods that can give your brain & your body a boost.

Cook Your Own Food

Get in your kitchen & start cooking your own food! Don’t fear if you don’t know how to cook – Google is your friend! Find some great recipes from across the internet & start experimenting!

By simply cooking your own food – you’re going to be eliminating sodium, preservatives and other stuff usually found in store-bought meals.

If you want to take things to the next level – consider growing your own food (even during the winter).

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Eat A Good Breakfast

Don’t down cereal to start the day. A breakfast filled with carbohydrates will spike your blood sugar & insulin levels and put an immediate hold on any fat-burning your body was engaged with overnight.

Eating a leaner breakfast will make it easier to burn fat, maintain your goal weight (not to mention bacon & eggs is pretty dang delicious after all). Lower bodyweight & insulin levels mean lower risks of diabetes & other weight related diseases. To get started, here are some good breakfast recipe ideas.

Go Outside

Go outside.

Being outdoors has a slew of benefits including increased happiness, higher vitamin D levels, and better concentration. Even if it’s cold outside – adjusting yourself to the cold can have some long term benefits. So much so that some people even have their children take naps outside. The ones that do tend to be less sick & stronger over the following years. While you’re outside, talk a walk, go hiking, or have an adventure.

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Move More

Heck, some studies even show moving as little as 7 minutes of interval training a day can help.

There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,”

So get out there & get moving – even if it’s only for 7 minutes. If you need to write to keep yourself accountable, start a blog and write about it.

Laugh

You grandmother used to say “laughter is the best medicine” and she wasn’t joking. According to this study, laughing also helps lower blood pressure, increase mood & decrease your stress levels. Laughing can even help give you a workout. Plus, it’s just fun.

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Stand Up

Sitting could be killing you – so stand up! Besides helping combat obesity & diseases, standing more can increase your productivity (and even your life span!).

What other tips & tricks do you for readers who want to know how to be healthy over the winter season?

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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