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Having no energy, being bloated, weight gain or feeling just kind of blah is a common problem with majority of people. To combat these negative side effects that occur from everyday life, here are the 7 easiest tips to start feeling great TODAY!
Tip #1. Drink up the water
Water plays such an important role in your life that I could even begin to list all the benefits here. It aides in digestion, helps your body remove waste, protects your tissues and joints, prevents you from becoming dehydrated, regulates temperature and other bodily functions. You should be drinking at least 8 cups per day…more if you are active.
Tip #2. SLEEP!
The importance of sleep goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Getting enough sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. It can benefit your heart, mind, weight, mood, memory and more. Shooting for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night is ideal.
Tip #3. Eating with Balance
When you eat a variety of different foods at each meal, you will not only eat a nutritionally balanced meal, but you will feel more satisfied. When you fill your plate with Fiber, Fat, and Protein; it takes your body a longer time to beak these down causing a slower release of energy, which will keep you fuller for longer. You find fiber through fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Avocados, nuts, and olive oils are a great source of fat. Get your protein from lean meat, fish, beans, and nuts.
Tip #4. Be Present
Some of us may not be able to cook every meal, but we do have time enjoy it! We must become present with our plate. Shut down your computer, turn off the TV, de-stress yourself. Distracted eating is a huge contributor to overeating. By focusing on what you are eating, you will end up eating less and enjoying your food more.
Tip #5. Practice Your Hunger and Fullness
Becoming aware of your bodies cues to hunger and fullness will help to increase energy levels and balance your blood sugar. You need to trust your body in knowing how much food is needed and when to stop eating. You want to start eating before you are starving…or before you become hangry! Eating past the point of hungry will cause you to over eat, which will result in blood sugar levels dropping and you going into that 2 p.m. slump.
You will want to stop eating when your fullness levels are at about a 7 or 8. You want to feel satisfied, but not so full you have to unbutton your pants. We tend to eat with our eyes and not with our stomachs; practicing your hunger and fullness will help you to STOP eating even though there is still food on your plate
Tip #6. Get Up and Move
Don’t think of exercise as a chore! Weather its running, tennis, or swimming; find something you love doing and use that as your exercise. But don’t think that you HAVE to go to the gym or run a marathon. Adding little bits of movement as a constant part of your everyday life will have a huge impact on your health and happiness. Take a short walk with your dog after dinner, shovel your own snow instead of paying the neighbor kid, take the stairs instead of the elevator, instead of circling the parking lot for the closest parking stall, park in the back of the lot and walk.
Tip #7. RELAX!
Even the healthiest people get stressed out sometimes. Find a daily strategy to shed stress. Meditate, practice deep breathing exercises, read a book, go for a run, make a dinner date with your best friend.
It’s more than OK to enjoy the occasional cheeseburger and beer… What REALLY matters is a cumulative lifestyle pattern of staying connected to others, enjoying healthful food, and keeping yourself moving.
If you would like to learn more eating and lifestyle tips and tricks contact our Health coach!
Studies show that a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. That’s 1 in 3 people that are getting less than seven hours of valuable snooze time. Therefore, they put themselves at risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and other issues. Most people know that they should be eating right, exercising, or not smoking…but they tend to put sleep on a back burner, thinking it’s not as important. Little do they know, sleep has a huge impact on your health. There are a lot of great reasons why sleep is important. It helps improve memory. During a restful sleep you go through a process called consolidation. This actually strengthens memories and allows you to practice the skills you learned while you were awake. Sleeping has great anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is linked to stroke, heart disease, arthritis and premature aging. Sleep also plays a huge roll in your emotional regulations. As we all know, when you are overtired or exhausted, you are more likely to be snappy, easily upset, or even start laughing uncontrollably.
My favorite reason to get a good nights rest is that you have better control over your weight. When you're fatigued, there are good chances that you will not want to cook a healthy dinner when you get home, or hit the gym. Also, when you don’t get enough sleep your leptin levels lower and you feel hungrier. Leptin is a hormone that makes you feel full. This makes you crave those high fat comfort foods!
So, how do we ensure we are getting seven hours of peaceful slumber? Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning will get your body in a healthy bed time routine. Disconnect from television, cell phones, and your computer at least one hour before bed, instead try reading a book before bed. Regular exercise improves insomnia symptoms. The more you exercise, the more sleep benefits. Lastly, avoid any caffeine or alcohol before bed. While a night cap may help you relax, it actually interrupts your sleep cycle. The more liquid you consume before bed, the more often you will have to get up to go to the restroom!
Acupuncture in Denver is on the rise as more and more discover that it is a magnificent tool for our health. In a recent nationwide poll, Denver was rated #9 in "Healthiest Cities". With this being said, it makes me wonder how exactly the people of Denver are staying healthy. What are the healthy choices that Denver residents are making? One of them is Acupuncture. One of the best things about Acupuncture is that their are so many benefits. The positive outcomes of acupuncture are endless.
1. It can combat the dry Denver weather
The dry weather that we have in Denver is definitely hard to get used to. So many patients have symptoms of congestion, dry skin, and dry eyes. The good news is, acupuncture can help with nasal congestion, dry skin, and dry eyes. It works to nourish the body fluids that seem diminished in this dry mountain air.
2. Your immunity will skyrocket
Even if you are not in pain and you are feeling healthy, our immunity could always use a boost. A powerful tool in the Acupuncture treatments is the use of Moxibustion. Moxibustion is a therapy where the Chinese herb Mugwort is used. The herb is heated on specific Acupuncture points on the body. An amazing study was done with moxibustion, and it was proven that it actually triples your white blood cell count within ten minutes of therapy (white blood cells are a major component of immune health). When your immune system is healthy, your whole body will feel better.
3. It will take away your pain
One of the major ailments that I treat in my practice is back pain. Acupuncture treatments provide immediate and long lasting relief for back pain, and many other types of pain. Whether it's back pain, neck pain, joint pains, or digestive pain, Acupuncture can help.
4. It manages Stress levels
With one of the leading causes of disease being stress, everyone in Denver could use a stress reduction treatment. The hustle bustle of the city life can wear on our patience and our emotions. Traffic is getting out of control, and Denver is seeming to get more busy every day. If we are in the right state of mind, we can accomplish so much more. Work stress, money stress, and every day life stresses can be managed through Acupuncture treatments. Along with Acupuncture, herbal medicine works amazing for our emotional health. This includes anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder.
5. You will sleep more soundly
The effect that Acupuncture has on our sleep health is magical. It can help you fall asleep easier, and stay asleep throughout the night. It can address many sleep disturbances, like racing mind, hot flashes, night sweats, and much more.
These are our top 5 reasons why Acupuncture in Denver is on the rise. Try it for yourself! Book an appointment with us today by clicking here.