The new scientific field of study called Epigenetics (above the genes) tells us that only 2-10% of all illnesses have a truly genetic basis. The majority of human illnesses result from the interaction between our genes and the environment, which gives us much more control over our health and future destiny. Food, stress, sleep, and lifestyle all affect our genetic expression, requiring us to take responsibility for our actions rather than blaming genetic heritage for our physical ills.
NEGATIVITY AND YOUR HEALTH
The energy we create through the negative emotions (anger, fear, jealousy etc.) and stress has a tremendously negative affect on our health. These emotions trigger the fight or flight response in the brain, which prepares the body for action by cutting off digestion, reproduction, and healing. It also sends sugar into the bloodstream, increases cortisol, raises blood pressure, and increases insulin (causing fat storage). Since we rarely actually fight tigers or chase deer anymore, these physical reactions take quite a toll on our health when repeated daily. Minimize negative emotions to maximize health.
POSITIVE EMOTIONS AND YOUR HEALTH
Positive emotions like love, compassion, gratitude, joy and laughter have a positive effect on health by increasing endorphins, reducing blood pressure, reducing cortisol, reducing insulin, and improving blood flow to the inner organs, digestive system, reproductive system, and immune system. To maximize health, focus on positive emotions, and improving health intentionally throughout the body.
WATERCRESS FOR BETTER HEALTH AND WORKOUTS?
An antioxidant-rich leafy green that may help protect against the stress of hard training sessions, which can produce free radical that cause minor damage to your DNA. In a study participants who ate two cups of watercress two hours prior to exercising were more resistant to the effects of training. Try some in a smoothie or add it to a salad before hard training.
Exercise may help protect your hearing, say researchers at Bellarmine University. I a large national study, fit women were 6% more likely to retain hearing than less-fit women. Getting your heart pumping may send more oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to your ears, increasing your ability to perceive sound, says study author Paul D. Loprinzi, Ph.D. To keep your iPod from counteracting the benefit, keep the volume at 60% and remove your earbuds after an hour.