As the leaves and temperatures start to fall, colds and flu are never far behind. While it may seem like getting sick sometime between now and April is a forgone conclusion, it doesn’t have to be. Yes, I’m saying you don’t have to get sick this year, that is, as long as you start fortifying your body now.
Stroll any supermarket these days — especially the health-conscious ones – and where once there were aisles lined with soda pop, now they’re stocked with every kind of juice and juice drink imaginable. And while it’s good to see that sugary sodas and fizzy chemical-laden ‘diet’ drinks are on the wane, the switch-over may not be quite the healthy swap you’ve been led to believe.
It’s no surprise that people who get a full, deep night’s sleep – on a regular basis – are much healthier, on average, than those who don’t. Wish you could join their ranks? You can. Here’s a topline on how to use light, to help you take back the night – and snooze happily through it.
By now, just about everyone understands that sugar, especially all the added sugar dumped into sweetened drinks and other processed foods, is a health and wellness disaster. It hijacks our taste buds, pumps up blood sugar and insulin levels (next stop, diabetes) and it’s a major driver, maybe the major driver, of weight gain.
Walking. Most of us have been doing it since we were very little kids. Not only is it an excellent way to get from one spot to the next, it's an excellent, and often underrated, form of exercise that far too many people simply don’t do enough of. Long commutes, sedentary jobs, family and social obligations make finding time tough, but walking is an essential health-booster that I urge everybody to fit into their day – even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.