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Maintain a morning routine to cut back on stress

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the stress in your life, it’s time to set aside 15 minutes each morning for a calming, energizing morning routine. This regimen should come before you or your kids get ready for the day. Drink a glass of water to rehydrate after the night. Take five minutes to meditate and get your mind centered for the day. Then complete some low-impact exercises to gear up for the day ahead. You’ll be surprised by how it realigns your perspective and sets you up to make healthier choices all day long. Instead of rushed, you’ll feel renewed.


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Fitness Needs a Revolution: Using the potential of the mind

Fitness needs a revolution using the mindToday, most exercises and sports, even those in the Olympic Games, are focused mainly on developing muscular strength and cardiovascular stamina. However, the human body is not just composed of the muscular and cardiovascular systems. It also includes the immune, endocrine, and lymphatic systems, among others. However, these systems are not addressed by most approaches to exercise and fitness. As a result, the current fitness industry appears to fall far short of serving the true health needs of people today.

Furthermore, although regular exercise is thought to be highly effective for the prevention and treatment of many common chronic diseases, and improves cardiovascular health there is increasing evidence suggesting that excessive exercise can have a negative impact on the body and on longevity. Studies have shown that acute, high-intensity exercise causes short-term damage to the cell’s mitochondria and short term muscle damage in the body (Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 1998)*

Additionally, according to a review of the literature published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings**, long-term excessive endurance exercise may induce pathologic structural remodeling of the heart and large arteries. Emerging data suggest that chronic training for and competing in extreme endurance events such as marathons, ultra-marathons, ironman distance triathlons, and very long distance bicycle races, may cause structural changes to the heart and large arteries, leading to myocardial injury.


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Set yourself up to eat healthy each day

Does eating healthy seem like an impossible challenge? There are a few steps you can take to set yourself up for success. For starts, don’t keep junk food in the house. If you have to run to the store each time you have a craving, chances are you’ll opt to let the craving pass. You should also keep healthy snacks on hand so you can grab and go, like fruits, nuts, or hummus. Try drinking water the next time you start to feel hungry, wait a little, and see if your appetite subsides. Eat a salad before your dinner to get more vegetables and eat less.


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Spring cleaning for the body

Spring is a natural time for cleansing, and you shouldn’t leave your body out of those efforts. Clean out any buildup of toxins by eating beans, brown rice, veggies, fruits, and chicken. To further detox, make a juice from fresh fruits and vegetables and add in some aloe vera juice. Some herbal remedies for cleansing and renewing the body include rose petal tea, dandelion, and white peony root. You can also take an herbal bath infused with eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon, and Epsom salts to draw toxins out of your body. Choose natural cleaning products for your house to avoid bringing those toxins back into your body.


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Energize by balancing the taste of your meal

According to Chinese medicine, the taste of food nourishes by sending nutrition along the energy pathways of the body. For example, sweet foods such as grains, fruits, and honey support the spleen and stomach. Sour foods help the liver and gallbladder. You can choose from tomatoes, vinegar, chicken, turkey, and green apples. Onions, garlic, ginger, and peppers are considered pungent foods that nourish the lungs and large intestines. For the small intestines and heart, turn to bitter foods like lettuce, kale, and broccoli. Miso, eggs, and fish are salty for the kidneys and bladder. A balance of these five tastes is optimal for energizing the body.


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