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Does Stress Affect Your Health?

s there anyone who either currently doesn’t have stress in their life or who has never experienced stress? It’s inevitable. It’s going to happen. Trying to avoid it is something we probably all do as much as possible. Somehow, it seems to find us regardless of how hard we try to avoid it. What do you think? Can stress affect your health? Does stress affect your health? Does stress affect your physical health?

Speak for myself

I can only speak for myself but to me it’s a no-brainer. I believe it absolutely can and absolutely does affect our overall health, which includes not only our physical health but our mental health as well as our financial health and any other kind of health.

If there’s one thing we all have, it’s health. We may have different kinds or different levels of health but we all have it.

Similarly, we all have some sort of stress in our lives.

So, as I see it, the real question is not do you have stress and does stress affect your health. The real question is how do you handle it? What do you do about it? What do you do to relieve it?

Deal with it

My late mother, who died of cancer at age 67, and I had extensive conversations about this. She adamantly believed that one of the main contributors to her cancer was not the stress in her life but the way she handled it, or as she put it, didn’t handle it.

I have adopted her theory and couldn’t agree more.

There are countless different ways to deal with stress. As the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Fun

Who among us doesn’t like to have fun? The better question is who among us actually has fun on a regular basis? Is fun something that needs to be planned or is it spontaneous?

I prefer the spontaneous variety but it’s also fun to plan something fun just for the fun of it.

One of the most effective forms of stress relief I’ve found is fun-lots of it, as often as possible.

What is it you consider fun?

Go ahead

Is it harmful to anyone, including you? Is it illegal? I say, if the answer to these questions is no, then go for it! Don’t wait. Just do it whenever possible.

Do you think it’s better to wait until stress comes knocking or is it better to have fun just for the fun of it before it arrives?

Again, I can only speak for myself, but I’ve found that if I’m enjoying life and having fun, stress does not seem as daunting.

Some suggestions for stress-relieving fun:

If possible, try to find fun in the most mundane or unpleasant tasks or situations
Try to make a game of things you find stressful, even if the game is only with yourself
Try to find the humor in things that are not funny, even if you have to keep it to yourself
Make a point of doing something fun every day or as often as possible
Plan fun time if you can’t be spontaneous. It gives you something to look forward to

Please note, I haven’t made specific suggestions about how to have fun. What you consider fun may not be the same as what I consider fun.

I believe a large part of being healthy is the ability to take and have control of our lives, or at least our reactions to life, especially in the most seemingly uncontrollable situations.

I can’t say for sure, but what I’ve read and have come to believe, studies have shown that cancer patients who experience fun, whatever that is for them, show dramatic reduction in cancer cells.

Fun may not be a cure-all but I believe it is part of the equation and a form of medicine.

My prescription

If I write you a prescription for fun would you take it?

Again, I ask you, what do you consider fun? Have you had yours yet?

Let me know what you think.

Bob is over age 60.

He is a retirement planning and safe money professional who specializes in life insurance products.

Maple Syrup For Your Health

If you’ve never had real, pure maple syrup, now might be a good time to try some. Aside from the fact that it’s a special tasty treat, discovery of it’s health benefits and the fact that newly identified anti oxidant compounds in maple syrup may help to combat cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Maple syrup is the only commercial product in our diet that comes from the sap of a tree.

Very little was known about the nutritional value until recent studies at the University of Rhode Island identified many new compounds and 23 phenolics, some of which are found in blueberries and wine. Because this nutrient rich maple sap is concentrated by heat during the boiling process, it may have higher levels of these superior anti-oxidants. Nutrients are vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. These are crucial for proper body functioning. All of these nutrients are present in pure organic maple syrup except proteins. There are significant amounts of the dietary mineral potassium, 35 mg. per Tbsp. Potassium rich foods are recommended for those suffering from hypertension, high blood pressure and may reduce the possibility of a stroke. Calcium is a major player as a dietary mineral with a lot of implications on health. The calcium content in syrup is also a biggie with a whopping 21mg.per Tbsp. That averages out to the same calcium content as whole milk. Maple Syrup is also a good source of thiamine, which is a water soluble vitamin (B-1). The most important function of this dietary mineral is energy production. It can’t be stored in the body, as a result it is essential to have a regular intake of food rich in thiamine.

The question asked the most is “How many calories are in pure maple?” One tablespoon contains 50 calories in comparison to sugar at 52 calories per Tbsp., honey at 64 calories per Tbsp. and corn syrup at 60 calories per Tbsp. Using maple syrup for your health on a daily basis is as easy as making maple latte’s by adding one or two tablespoons to your morning coffee, over cereal or hot oatmeal and sweetening fruit smoothies. Cooking with pure maple syrup is also very popular with chef’s and foodies alike, the nutrients are not diminished in the cooking process and the complex flavor chemistry compliments both sweet and savory dishes. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then an ounce of certified organic maple syrup taken daily is one of the best preventions you can have with this flavorful super food.

Inflammation and Your Health

If I asked you whether you would want to live longer and avoid serious health issues, I’m pretty sure you’d answer with an unequivocal “Yes!”

Well, Inflammation and Your health should be a topic you want to know about!

Advertisements are plentiful for all kinds of products and supplements that purport to improve longevity or fend off disease. What may be harder to find, however, are ways you can influence these yourself without “Act now for only six easy payments…”

The Inflammation Link:

We now know that many diseases are linked to low-grade inflammation in the body. If we can lower inflammation through our diets, there is a good chance of lowering incidence of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other medical issues.

Most healthcare professionals concur that if an individual follows some basic principles for clean, anti inflammatory eating, many illnesses could be prevented.

Sound too good to be true? It really isn’t. Let’s look at how we got to this point and how you can shift to eating foods that lower inflammation.

Our Changing Food Supply – Inflammation and your health

Twenty years ago, healthy eating was mostly about balance — assessing how much carbohydrate, protein and fat was consumed, and making sure plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables were part of the mix.

Today, our diet is heavily influenced by how our food supply has changed, how animals are fed, and the plethora of new products on the market. Navigating what to eat is much more complicated.

The documentary Food, Inc. clearly illustrates how food suppliers produce a vast amount of food at an affordable price — but at a great cost to our health. Animals raised for food consume corn instead of grass, live in factories instead of on farms, and are raised in less than half the amount of time than in the past.

3 Tips to Improve Your Health

When it comes to health many of us are all over the place and we don’t typically have a good grasp on our health. We depend wholeheartedly on our doctors and we do not take inventory on the things we should. This is normally created, if you lived the life style I lived, by the need for speed. Upon waking up we’re rushed into the shower, rushed into our cloths; eat breakfast on the run, all in the name of getting to work on time. Through this, we did not check to see what we consumed, mentally, physically, and spiritually; and we never ask “how do I improve my health?”

While it is easy to point the finger to everyone else, and blame corporate America for putting a time limit on everything we do; everything still comes back to us. So I intend with this brief article to tell you 3 easy things you can do to improve your health.

Number one; put down the sodas and the ridiculous juices. Drink water only. If that is too much of a stretch for you, start somewhere and slowly come down to where you are drinking soda and “high fructose” loaded juices once a week or so. The name of the game is to improve your health; you have to be in control to do this.

The second tip you can implement immediately is to begin taking mineral supplements. The United States Department of Agriculture has reported that the nutritional value of plant grown foods has gone down over the years (usda.gov). If the plant grown foods are decreasing (in nutritional value), this means we are left to synthetically made foods which already carry little to no nutritional value.

It then becomes vital to take in nutritional supplements to be sure you’re getting the 13 vitamins, 16 amino acids, our fatty acids, and our over 70 minerals and trace minerals we need in our foods daily.

The third and last tip to for you to improve your health is to avoid the land mines of health. Avoid wearing all black at midnight and run across an expressway, avoid partying excessively, shun drinking (alcohol) in excess, steer away from smoking cigarettes, avoid over exercising. Do things in moderation, take walks, eat solid meals, get more veggies in, and simply avoid over doing things; enjoy life. Smile, be cordial have the spirit of helping others; these things dramatically improve your mental health, which is part of improving your overall health.

You Must Invest In Your Health

We tend to look at caring for ourselves as a burden and not a necessary task. At the end of all of my lectures I generally inform the attendees that they should supplement and purchase better food items. Once they hear this they begin acting strange and irritated. It’s an anomaly that I have yet to figure out. People will pay their last dime to have the latest fashions or drive in the most aesthetically pleasing cars but when you mention investing in their health they clinch up. By definition to invest means to put to use money, by purchase or expenditure, in something that will result in a viable return be it in the form of interest, appreciation in value or tangible income. In this case we are looking for an appreciation in the value of our health. In order to achieve this appreciation in value we must make sound investments.

If you are involved in the stock market and your broker invest in stocks that have little to no value then it’s only a matter of time that you are left with nothing. If you invest in candy, pop, ice cream and potato chips then you will eventually have a dividend of ill-health. Investing in your health is a simple process to comprehend. If you invest in good foods and organic supplements you will have every honest expectation of living a long qualitative life. Your sound investment of the necessary nutrients will allow you to live without sicknesses and many of the common perils of people who are sick experience. One of the most common excuses used in why people won’t invest in their health is that they don’t have the money. People magically believe that products are too expensive when it comes to their health. These are the same people who spend seven dollars per day on a pack of cigarettes or two-hundred and fifty dollars on the latest pair of Nike gym shoes.

Here is the reality people. You will need to pay (or invest) in any undertaking that has a high worth. If you want to own a hot dog stand you will need to pay the state for an operator’s license. If you desire to have a real estate office downtown in your city you will need to pay rent for office space. None of these things are free.

The best solution that I’ve found to help people in getting past this hurdle is to view your optimal health maintenance as a monthly recurring bill. If you are willing to pay a credit card or a car note every month without questioning anyone then you must be willing to do the same for yourself. If you should fall ill and contract a terminal illness those other bills will become worthless in your mind. You would do anything to get back your health. Why not do that before something drastic happens? An ounce of prevention is better than ten pounds of remedy. Be the kind of person that would pay any amount of money to make sure that they are in great health.

Please do not confuse investing in your health with gimmicks and artificial products. When I say investing in your health I am speaking from the aspect of eating clean foods, consuming credible herbal or vitamin supplements and drinking the best water that will promote healthy cell growth. At the end of the day health is wealth.