The human body is remarkably good at regulating itself. Everything from body temperature to heart rate to blood levels of dozens of minerals are all kept in a range that the body needs. For everything there is a sweet spot. Too much or too little is a problem.
Temperature regulation is a good example. If we get a fever then body will seek to bring the temperature back down to the normal level, not lower than normal. In fact a low temperature is as dangerous than a high one.
So it would make sense then for this principal to be applied to most areas of our health.
Yep you heard it, chocolate!
Doesn’t just the whole concept of that sound wrong? All our lives we have been brought up to believe that chocolate is a treat, something you limit, have a little after dinner or after you have eaten some ‘good’ food to balance out the crap in which you are just about to indulge? Well if you are talking about commercial chocolate that has been heat or chemically extracted, loaded with refined sugar and other nasties then you would still be correct, however raw cacao has emerged in recent years with a gold star rating for its health benefits.
There was a meme on facebook that caught my eye. It described growing your own food as being an act of civil disobedience. This seems odd as there is no law against doing it and most of us who grow herbs or lemons would hardly regard it as some sort of statement. I do recognize that for some self-sustainability is a political statement but you need more than just growing a few vegetables to achieve this.
When someone first asked me about my self-talk, I was a little concerned to realize I DID talk to myself. My understanding was, when people talk to themselves, they need medical help.
That was many years ago but I am continually amazed at how little awareness there is about that little voice we all have, as it is a very important contributor to our health and how we experience your world. Are you friends with your unconscious mind?
Here is something you are likely to have missed. The Canadian Heart And Stroke Foundation is ending its Heart Check program. This is the equivalent of the tick program in Australia where certain foods get a tick for being “healthy”.
One small problem- many of them were not.
Constantly feeling bloated and not sure what is causing it? Do you often feel tired and sluggish?
This is quite common and more often than not, it is related to the food that we eat and our overall digestive health. That fullness and swelling of the abdomen can be very uncomfortable, frustrating and even painful for some people. There are lots of dietary and lifestyle measures that you can take to beat the bloat – I will tell you all about these shortly.
Two events this week remind me that we cannot believe everything we see or hear. And perhaps more pointedly how much of a news story might we not hear.
In turn the omission of information can colour our impression without anything “false” being said.
Regular readers know I have written about how we view on the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport compared to the use of ADHD medications in exams and school. The latter is not seen as a problem whereas the former is seen as a big problem.
Australian readers will be familiar with the saga of Essendon and the alleged use of peptides.
Everyone has challenges in life, but it’s how we view these challenges, how we respond or react that add or detract from the quality of our lives, and are the precursor of what happens next. We all have a certain amount of stress in our lives. Some stress is good and often necessary to help us get moving, however, an overload of stress can be extremely damaging to our health.
Not everything we have done in life evokes warm memories but some things do. We all have fond memories of times, places, people or events in our lives. When we stop and think about them it is almost as if we get transported back in time and we can feel like we are there.
In the hectic lifestyle that we have become accustomed to, occasionally you will come across someone or a group of people who seemingly have ‘all the time in the world’. It is as though they have a purpose of just to relax and enjoy. There is little evidence of stress or the pressures that the majority feel.
If only we could be that way the majority of the time!