Surprising Benefits of Exercise

 “There is no pill that comes close to what exercise can do,  and if there was one, it would be extremely expensive.”

Claude Bouchard, director of the human genomics laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center 

 

The Coronavirus pandemic has contributed to millions of us spending more than at home than usual. I have not been as active as my body needs, and there has been a negative difference.   I’m sitting here today thinking about adding activities to be more active. I’ve been reading about the latest science of exercise.  Did you know that exercise can have a positive effect on your life in many ways?  According to Time magazine’s  The New Science of Exercise, only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular physical activity per week, more than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever, and 80.2 million Americans over age 6 are entirely inactive.  It seems exercise is really medicine – great medicine better than any pill.  Let’s look at some of the most significant benefits of exercise and some tips to get you started.   Read More

3 Tips To Deal With Inflammation

Diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent chronic inflammation

Today I’m sharing 3 tips to prevent and deal with inflammation.  Inflammation is a necessary part of the body’s immune response, but too much inflammation can lead to disease. Chronic inflammation may contribute to diabetes, obesity, celiac disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.  Most of our common ailments are caused by our bodies’ inflammatory response.  

 

A. Diet Rich in Plant Foods

 

Several years ago I began having problems with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. After reading articles and books on various approaches to a healthy diet, my diet began to evolve. Originally, it was suggested that I try a Paleo diet, but I had been on a high protein diet much of my adult life, and I wanted to see how changing that would affect me.  I searched for more information – online and in the library.  I read a book by Dr. Weil and read about an anti-inflammatory diet on his website.  I started following Forks Over Knives on Facebook and explored their website.  ForksOverKnives.com has over 400 tasty recipes, expert tips, and tools to help you transition to the life-saving, whole-foods, plant-based diet. Read More