Monthly Archives: August 2016
Smartphones, computers, desk jobs, shoulder bags, and endless commutes: we have become a generation of slouchers. In the desire to appear “cool” and relaxed in public, we are doing ourselves much more harm than good. Nearly all of us complain of chronic knee problems and back pain. The rise in popularity of chiropractic practice, massage, and physical therapists is a result of our lifestyle choices as well as our less stringent standards of carriage.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “perfect posture”? Do you think of a strict disciplinarian with a ruler in tow? Or an etiquette queen at finishing school who can balance books on her head? Fear not—having excellent posture need not feel affected, forced, or uncomfortable. Instead, working on one’s posture can have incredibly positive effects on one’s mentality and health.
Are you ready to go after that promotion and live a longer, healthier, and happier life? Well, then, let’s start at the toes and work our way up!
Feet and ankles:
Ask any running coach what their first piece of advice would be to beginning runners, and a great number will answer to start with the right shoes. Regardless of whether you are a runner or not, the same advice rings true: good posture starts at your feet. After all, they are the base upon which the rest of your body rests!
We have long heard that carrots are good for our eyesight and walnuts are good for our brains. But did you know food can have other miraculous skin, hair and nail benefits as well?
Perhaps the phrase “beauty comes from within” can be applied to different meaning: beauty comes from within- your food! One study published by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that higher intake of vitamin C was associated with lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance among middle aged American women.
Vitamin C is found in more foods than just oranges though, and other nutrients have even more beauty benefits too. So, drop the Clearasil and leave your foundation at home. Your next favorite beauty products can be found at the supermarket.
A cup of strawberries (8 strawberries) contains 140 percent the RDA for Vitamin C, which is more vitamin C than an orange (84 mg versus 70 mg.) Not only is vitamin C key to a healthy immune system, but it does wonders for our skin, as it helps to produce collagen, which keeps skin tight and smooths fine lines. So tomorrow at breakfast consider eating a cup of fresh strawberries over Greek yogurt sprinkled with bran buds.
Lentils can help maintain long luscious locks because they contain B vitamins and biotin, both of which are needed for healthy hair growth. In addition, lentils are packed with protein and fiber, the two nutrients that help maintain blood sugar levels. This is important for clear skin because the opposite, fluctuating blood sugar and resultant insulin spikes, is associated with pimples and acne. Incorporate lentils into your diet this week by enjoying a lentil soup at lunch or a lentil salad by mixing 1/2 cup of lentils with your favorite non-starchy veggies.
Just two oysters will put you over the recommended daily amount of zinc (25 mg in 2 oysters.) And if you’re concerned about acne or aging, you should be eating zinc. Zinc deficiency is a known cause of acne and adequate zinc helps protect collagen and elastin proteins, which keep your skin young and resilient. Let’s get to shucking!