If you’ve ever had questions about vitamins, what they do or why you need them, you’re not alone! So our friends over at MedalAlert Help have made this handy infographic to help! Vitamins and supplements are an important way to make sure that you give your body the complete nutrition you need.Read More
True self-care isn’t bubble baths and chocolate cake. Sometimes it’s hard work and doing the thing you don’t want to be doing. In the mainstream, what we see as self-care often is actually a way to disengage from our life and to distract ourselves from the real reasons we aren’t living the life that we want. Before getting into what it means to truly care for yourself, let’s dispel some of the myths of what self-care isn’t.Read More
We found this great article from Marks's Daily Apple. While intermittent fasting is something that is commonly talked about, the different effects on men vs women isn't as often discussed, even though the differences are vast.
"The blank slate hypothesis has fallen. Everyone comes into this world imbued with attributes, characteristics, and predilections that are uniquely theirs. We’re all humans, but we’re a diverse bunch, and that makes it interesting. And though it also makes giving cookie cutter health advice impossible, I just take that as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and provide actionable advice that genuinely helps real people.Read More
Believe it to or not, stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can protect your life, motivate you and improve your memory. These little bursts of stress boost your body into performing at a higher level. The idea then is that immediately after the danger has passed, all your stress chemicals, cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, will return to their normal level.
The most common example of this is our ancestors being chased by lions. The sudden boost of stress sent their body into the “fight or flight” mode, which allowed them to escape the dangerous situation. Getting out of the way of danger, staying alive: these are good things. Stress is the body's natural defense against predators and danger. This would be considered acute stress. Or more modern versions: fretting over the past or worrying about upcoming events.Read More
There are only two (and a half) of the essential vitamins our bodies need that can be absorbed through the water, all the rest require fat to break them down.
The water soluble vitamins are the Bs, C, and A but only in the Beta-Carotene form.
The great thing about water soluble vitamins is that it takes a very short time to get the nutrients into our system. Almost immediately after intaking B, C or A (Beta-Carotene), it is sucked right into the body.
Even better, you can’t overdose on water soluble vitamins. While they get carried around the body to our organs and tissues, they are not stored there so any excess B, C, or A (Beta-Carotene) gets flushed out of the body along with any extra water.
What are the benefits these vitamins can provide our bodies?
A is good for enhancing vision, immunity, bone development, and producing new cells.
B1 (Thiamin HCL) is good for converting food into usable energy, as well as maintaining heart and nervous system function.
B2 (Riboflavin) is used in yellow food colorings and is essential in the creation of red blood cells.
What you do between your visits is just as important as what happens in the office. The habits you employ day to day can either support your health and your adjustments, or they can break you down. Remember, you are ultimately the one most responsible for your health.Read More
Natural Sugar vs refined sugar. They are different right? RIGHT?!?!
Although the harmful health effects of sugar are now indisputable, we are still eating an incredible amount of it. In fact, the average Longmont resident consumes three pounds of the sweet white poison per week!
It’s easy to understand why. Sugar is tasty, and it’s addictive (and did i mention tasty?). Well the addictive nature of sugar, when you study brain scans, suggest sugar is just as addictive as cocaine. YIKES!
Did you know that there is actually a day to celebrate eating Vegetables?! June 17th is National Eat Your Vegetables Day as part of Fruit and Vegetable Month. One morning on the radio, I heard the DJs bemoaning the fact that we’re supposed to eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day and how hard that is to accomplish. While this seemed silly to me, it turns out that most Americans are in this camp.Read More
I like to consider myself pretty savvy in the world of healthy cooking and living a healthy lifestyle. When I first read through the Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig, it sounded like something I could complete no problem. No sugar? No Problem! No Carbs? I really don’t love bread or pasta anyway. I dabbled in the recipes, but as someone who already ate a copious amount of Zoodles, switching to vegetable based options didn’t sound like it would be life changing or very difficult. For the record – I was very wrong.
1. Actually set a conscious date to start. DO NOT wake up sick one day and go, well, I guess today is the day I start. That is exactly what I did, and honestly, I think it was a big portion of my downfall. The Whole 30 takes time. It takes meal prep, mental prep, conversations with your s/o about what is going to be changing over the next 30 days. I decided on a whim, when I was sick, without taking into account that my anniversary, Easter, and a race would all fall within my 30 days. That was just poor planning on my partRead More
My husband once told me that the maximum human life expectancy is 125. He then told me I should live to 126, just to spite science. Seems like a good enough reason to me to max out all the world records.
Now, how to do it? My Science Deifying Life Span Plan consists of 7 simple steps, most of these are based off of National Geographic’s study of the Blue Zones. To be honest, I say simple steps, but in reality, I have yet to implement most of them. But with living to 126, I think I have some time.Read More