Let’s assume you’ve been good this year. Despite not wearing revealing clothing during the harsher winter months, you’ve stuck to a relatively healthy diet and eating patterns, gone to a few Pilates classes and not skipped too many leg days.
We live in a highly driven society. We are connected 24/7, with constant deadlines chasing us on a professional level, alongside social pressures from family and friends.
It is difficult to avoid the stress and anxiety that comes from our personal and professional lives. We can, however, adjust our lifestyles to manage the effect that stress has on our bodies.
A poorly constructed diet can do more harm than good.
Between the festive season indulgences and the looming sweets and treats of Valentine’s, many are trying to shed a few extra kilos. This might mean taking a fresh swing at low-carb high-fat, trying a controlled fast, or going raw.
These popular diets might hold great promise and even show impressive results, however, the danger arises when we tackle these kinds of eating plans after quickly scanning the web for basic guidelines and then applying it without consulting a professional. Dramatic changes in a diet or exercise regime can take its toll on the body and it is therefore essential to consult with a health professional first.
Think of any celebrity and they’ve recently been on some sort of ‘detox’. But what is the difference between a detox and a fad diet? And is there really a thing such as ‘detoxing’?
Let’s try to demystify a couple of those thoughts, shall we?
Fad diet versus detox?
The dictionary defines a fad diet as “a reducing diet that enjoys temporary popularity, a diet designed to help you lose weight”. Detox is defined as “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances”.
The essence of life, our most essential organ, indeed, the engine that keeps our bodies alive, is the heart.
Albeit relatively small, the heart pumps a staggering estimate of 23,000 litres of blood around your body. This pumping of blood is essential in delivering oxygen and nutrients to every organ and part of the body while, at the same time, removing unwanted carbon dioxide and other toxins.
Have you ever found yourself sitting at the office, glancing over to your colleague as she happily eats her healthy bowl of salad or raw veggies for lunch while you sink your teeth into your white-bread-chicken-mayo-sandwich?
The guilt sweeps over you as you feel every single carb pile up on your hips. She simply lifts another chickpea to her mouth and you feel like you can see her tricep pop through her sleeve. Not a great feeling.
So, will you ditch the bread tomorrow, go for a run and try a salad?
All of us have suffered from a stomach sickness of some sort. Whether it is the more embarrassing gassy kind, bloating, heartburn, stomach cramps or even severe pain – everybody experiences abdominal discomfort from time to time. Our diet is directly related to our digestive health and consequently to our overall wellbeing, because let’s face it – cramps and crankiness go hand in hand and nobody with flatulence dares to be too friendly! If you are regularly experiencing tummy troubles, you might want to consider some dietary adjustments.
Clever food choices make for clever people. Every bite you take can either boost or bust your brainpower. Here’s how to munch your way to more marbles:
Fish out your faculties
Omega oils are optimal brain food and nothing provides a better bucketful of this superb nutrient than fatty fish. There are many fishes in the sea, but salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines fare especially well at waxing your wit. There truly is something fishy about cognitive health…
One of the most important building materials we can take when growing up or during adulthood when we want to keep our muscles healthy and our bones strong, is fish oil. You may be wondering why fish, in particular, are very healthy for us – providing unbeatable benefits from Omega-3 and that vital fish liver contribution, Vitamin A.
The value of Omega-3
So fish, the essence of fish and the fishiness of fish are closely entwined with our most ancient physiological and physical structures and development. Omega-3 impacts on the most vital areas of our health:
Today, in 2016, we hardly need to emphasize the health value of water – in fact, it’s more of a necessity than ever in our hurried, busy, busy life. Without it, in a few days, we would die. We can go for weeks without food, but only 3 days without water!