Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Refined table salt has gotten a justly deserved bad reputation because of concern about hypertension and heart disease.  Having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences the risk for hypertension and heart disease much more than high sodium alone.  Most Western diets are lacking in potassium.

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Is Salt Bad For You?

Potassium Level Impacts High Blood Pressure More than Sodium

To be healthy, the nutrients in cells must be in proper balance.  Our diets have changed dramatically increasing the amount of sodium and decreasing the amount of potassium in our diet, therefore reversing the natural balance.  Modern food manufacturers add lots of salt (sodium chloride) to their products, while modern diets do not include enough potassium-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.  Eating an apple a day provides only 1 mg of sodium and 80 mg of potassium.

Sodium/Potassium Balance is Necessary for Strong Muscles and Relaxed Arteries

Salt-rich diets force excess sodium into cells, disturbing the healthy sodium/potassium balance.  Excess sodium interferes with cellular energy production, causing fatigue.  Sodium attaches itself to water molecules, so when more sodium goes into the cells, so does more water.  Water retention elevates blood pressure and cases weight gain.  dietary salt contributes to higher risk for cancer, cardiac disease, stroke, kidney disease, bronchial problems and kidney stones.  By avoiding processed and packaged foods, dietary sodium can be avoided.

When Using Salt Make Sure it is Unrefined

A diet that uses mineral-rich sea salt medicinally will help restore the body’s balance.  Small amounts of sea salt with help alkalize the body.  Sea salt should be added to grains and grain-like seeds to make them less acid-forming.  When cooked for 10 minutes or more, salt chelates, blending with other foods and does not cause such a “salty” reaction to our body.  Celtic sea salt is great for cooking, while Hawaiian sea salt is excellent to sprinkle over your food at the table.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

 

 

Exercise for Healthy living

Exercise for Healthy Living

Exercise for Healthy Living

Exercise is like an essential nutrient; without it, our body malfunctions.  Our biological ancestors were very active, engaging in hours of vigorous physical activity every day.  They walked or ran everywhere they went, and they needed to work hard, physically to meet their basic needs.

Unlike our hunter-gatherer ancestors, most of us now engage in little physical activity.  The Industrial Revolution changed human existence.  Machines and technology perform work formerly done by hand.  We no longer hunt or farm, our work is done sitting at a desk or standing behind a counter, and we meet our daily needs with a Quick Trip on every corner.  We read books, play video games, and watch movies ans television.  We seldom walk or run; instead, we use automobiles, trains, taxis, and buses.

Exercise for Healthy Living

Sixty percent of our adult population is sedentary, and one out of four people engages in absolutely no exercise whatsoever.  Lack of activity contributes to our epidemic of physical problems such as low back pain and spine problems, fatigue, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity and a host of chronic diseases.  Exercise is good because it promotes the health of cells.  Exercise prevent  the two causes of disease; Deficiency and Toxicity by promoting efficient nutrient delivery to the cells and stimulating the lymphatic system, vital for removing toxins from cells.

Exercise for healthy living is great for body and mind; it slows the effects of aging, reduces pain and helps to improve mood, clarity, balance, and coordination.  The body has almost seven hundred different muscles; without physical activity, these muscles quickly waste away and lose their strength.  When certain muscles are weak, others will compensate to do the work, which can cause painful physical damage to the body with long-term wear and tear.  A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996 found that physically inactive people are up to twice as likely to die prematurely as those who are physically fit.

Lack of exercise actually may be a greater health risk than smoking.  People who exercise regularly and also smoke typically live longer and healthier lives than people who do not smoke but also do not exercise.  Consider what happens to bedridden people-bodies that do not move or exercise at all.  Their cells become increasingly more deficient and toxic.  Unused muscles lose 10 to 15 percent of their strength per week and half their strength in just three to five weeks.  Meanwhile, the bones and joints become weak, brittle and susceptible to fracture or breakage.     Exercise is important to brain function, and helps to engage and clear the mind.

  •      Releases brain chemicals that alleviate feelings of anxiety, depression and  mental stress.
  •      Enhances the immune system (by increasing natural killer-cell activity) and improves the body’s ability to fight infections.
  •     Slows the onset of aging effects, such as slowed nerve impulses and bone demoralization.
  •     Reduces the risk of developing Type II diabetes by about 25 percent and decreases insulin resistance.
  •     Helps lower blood pressure.  Regular exercise can lower blood pressure by ten points or more.
  •     Helps prevent cardiovascular disease by blocking the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
  •     Dissolves blood clots and reduces the risk of stroke.
  •     Reduces cancer risk; just four hours of exercise per week lowers a woman’s risk of breast cancer by almost 60 percent.
  •     Tones and conditions the entire body and helps prevent obesity.                                       Set your goals today and start to MOVE!

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Habits of Healthy People

Habits of Happy People

Habits of Happy People

For most of us we have many habits that do not require much thought  or discipline.  We wake up and start processes that are routine.  Forming good habits makes things easier, and it is possible to create ones that can increase positive emotions.  Here are some habits of happy people you can incorporate to make you happier and healthier.

  •      Give Thanks.  In his book The Happiness Equation, Neil Pasricha says, “If you can be with simple things, then it will be simple to be happy”.  Train your brain to look for positives instead of negatives.
  •      Say Something Nice. A shift in how you communicate can help you to get in a more positive mindset and create contagious optimism, causing the person you’re speaking with to share something more positive as well.
  •      Limit checking your email to a couple of times a day and deactivate alerts on your cell phone; unplug from all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.  Choose one day a week to take a complete break from email and social media.  Do something once a day without your phone.
  •    Be Mindful. Stop worrying about the past and worrying about the future.  Mindfulness is being aware of your thought, feelings at the moment.  You can reduce stress and increase positive emotions.  Focus your attention on your breathing and senses, and be fully present in the moment a few times a day.
  • Get Things Done. Start with first things first.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed and ineffective about the things you need to accomplish, just take one step today.  If you are paralyzed by your inability to make a decision, remind yourself that often, one choice isn’t that different from another.  Make a decision and move on.
  • Get Some Exercise. Exercise is good for us physically and mentally.  It helps keep weight in check and makes you feel like you are rewarding yourself.  In Happiness  is a Habit, author Michele Phillips says doing something that moves your body every day, but not just for the sake of exercising.  “It will be boring, tedious and you won’t stick to it”, she writes.  Think about doing things you love, such as gardening, hiking, swimming, biking or dancing.  Find a friend to partner with.  Make it fun.
  • Know What Makes You Happy. Take time to reflect on what gives you joy (like your family, hobbies, and interests).
  • Schedule Time for Happiness. If you have an hour free, so you spend it doing something fun?  Or, do you spend it doing housework, or tackling an extra work project?  The latter is a “minor form on insanity”, according to happiness researcher Robert Biswas-Diener, PhD.
  • Socialize, Even with Strangers.  Find little ways to connect with others, including strangers, on a daily basis.  The more you mingle and chat with people around you, the more cheerful and brighter your mood is likely to be.
  • Do Acts of Kindness. When people make it a point to conduct one act of kindness a day, something magical happens… they become happier. Simple acts of kindness such as a compliment, letting someone ahead of you in line, etc. – are contagious and tend to make all those involved feel good.

The best part of habits of  happy people is the feeling of happiness-whether you feel optimism, joy, well-being.personal achievement, or all of the above. People who are in good spirits have a better out-look on life. Generally they eat better, exercise, and sleep better than those who are not.   Positive thoughts and attitudes are able to strengthen your immune system decrease pain and chronic disease, and provide stress relief.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.