Women average only 18 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. Men do a little better with 30 minutes per day.
Deep belly breathing increases lung capacity, increases oxygenation throughout the body, strengthens your immune system, and helps relieve stress. Try counting to 8 as you breath in deeply, hold for a count of 8, and exhale for a count of 8 for 4-8 cycles to realize deep breathing benefits.
Many studies have shown the connection between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS) and obesity, but now two more prominent studies have found significant levels of mercury contamination in HCFS, likely due to soda lye processing methods. Both studies found 33-50% of all commercial HCFS products contained mercury, including products like Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Mercury is a neurotoxin and is very hazardous for children. To maximize health, consider minimizing consumption of products which contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, or any of its illusive new names including Corn Syrup and Corn Sugar.
- Natural ways to strengthen the immune system include:
- Keep blood levels of Vitamin D between 50-70 ng/ml.
- Avoid sugar, especially while sick as it weakens the immune system.
- Sleep as much as possible.
- Manage stress levels with prayer, meditation, yoga, bubble baths, or anything else that works!
- Take Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Wash hands frequently, but avoid antibacterial products.
- Avoid hospitals.
Organic, unrefined Macadamia Nut oil is gaining favor as another healthy high heat cooking oil, along with coconut oil, avocado oil, and butter. The problem with many processed vegetable oils is their “burning” points are too low, creating a very unhealthy toxic fat when heated. Burned fats create damage inside blood vessel linings and damage cardiovascular health. To maximize health, use organic, unrefined Macadamia Nut Oil, coconut oil, avocado oil or butter when cooking. Save the heart-healthy Olive oil for salads, vegetables, and bread.
A study found that lifting lighter weights (30 percent of your 1RM) can be as effective as lifting heavier ones (80 percent of your 1RM), as long as you do enough reps to fatigue your muscles. Light weight with high reps improves muscular endurance, while heavy weight for fewer reps builds strength. Try alternating heavy and light days.
Second hand smoke is more dangerous than direct smoking, since there is no filter on the burning end of the cigarette. Protect yourself, and especially children from the toxins in second hand smoke. Childhood exposure to second hand smoke has been correlated with both asthma and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Both Fluorine (as fluoride in water) and bromine (used in bread processing) are halogens, which compete with iodine receptors in the body, leading to decreased thyroid function, slow metabolism and weight gain. To maximize iodine in the body be sure to limit or eliminate fluoridated water, buy bromine free bread, and eat foods high in iodine like ocean fish, fish oils, sea kelp, dulce, fruits and vegetables.