Controversy alert today!
If this year has taught us anything, it has been how important it is to be PROACTIVE and take charge of your personal HEALTH and HAPPINESS as much as possible.
We have heard a lot about preventing the spread of illnesses this year…
but one thing that we haven’t heard much about is strengthening your body’s natural defenses against illness.
I’ve got some science-backed info that you can take action on, starting today!
You already know that a healthy, balanced diet of whole foods (vs. processed) that are low in sugar is good for you.
And that keeping your routine steady – with enough sleep (7-8 hours a night) and not too much stress – is also good for your immune system.
Moving your body also plays a major role – and researchers are still figuring out all the reasons how and why it matters so much! Here are just a few …
→ It can keep your body’s lymphatic system moving. This system is a huge part of your immune system, keeping all your disease-fighting white blood cells and antibodies flowing through your body, and helping to get rid of waste.
→ Being physically active can flush invading bacteria out of your respiratory system, cutting your risk of getting sick.
→ The slight increase in body temp caused by vigorous exercise might stop bacteria from growing, helping your body fight infection.
Also, exercise can reduce stress and help you sleep better!
That’s great, but you might be wondering how to put it into action?
Last year the Journal of Sport and Health Science published a roundup of studies into the link between exercise and the immune system.
* Acute exercise (defined as moderate-to-vigorous intensity that lasts less than an hour) is an important immune system booster, especially if you work out on a near-daily basis. This is like a brisk walk, jog, riding a bike, workout class, or quick weights session.
* Too much exercise (like an athlete prepping for a major event) OR if you work out hard while under a lot of other stress (not eating enough, traveling, too little sleep, etc.) can actually harm your immune system because it can overstress your system.
The takeaway: Definitely exercise most days of the week, but don’t do it too long or too intensely too often.
If you are looking for help in creating your own fitness plan / healthy habits, I’d love to help!
If you could call out the #1 enemy of your goals, what would it be? There are so many to choose from:
Not having enough time, Lack of support, Not knowing what to do, Your genetics, Pizza…
The list goes on and on!
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Every once in a while I get a panicked email or call from someone who wants to “lower their cholesterol down x points before their next doctor’s appointment a month from now“ or “get ready for a marathon in two months”. Don’t get me wrong: Those are all important goals … but they absolutely are not possible (at least in a healthy and sustainable way) in only a month or two!
Ever eaten at a gourmet sandwich shop and tried something new … and was BLOWN AWAY by the deliciousness?!Well, I’ve got a recipe for you today that’s based on one of those sandwiches. I’m drooling just thinking about it. It’s crunchy (the toasted bread) … creamy (the avocado & hummus) … and tangy (the sauerkraut).