When it comes to water quality, few of us truly know much beyond what the bottlers and/or local government officials may claim, and we all know how that worked out in Flint, Michigan. So, the most sensible and health-protective approach is to take precautions, minimize your toxin exposure and focus on getting the purest water you can. How to reduce the amount of health-undermining effluvia that lurks in the average cup of tap? Here are a few ideas on how to clean up your water act.
Every day, your thyroid is speaking to you, but if you don’t speak the language, you’ll be hard-pressed to understand what’s going on with it, much less how to keep it healthy. Why does your thyroid matter? Well, for starters, it controls the way your body uses energy, helping to regulate your metabolism and governing your responsiveness to other hormones. It’s the great balancer, working 24/7 to help keep you on a hormonal even keel. So, when it’s not functioning optimally, neither will you. You’ll feel sluggish, even exhausted and you may start piling on the pounds while your doc says your thyroid levels are ‘normal.’ Trouble is, thyroid levels that appear ‘normal’ on paper, in real life may be way too low (or too high) for your particular anatomy.
Though you may never have thought of happiness as something you could work on, take my word for it -- never has finding ways to cultivate happiness been more important. That’s not to say you should focus on happiness to the exclusion of all else, get stuck in the unrealistic, feelings-minimizing ‘stay positive’ mantra when things are going to hell, or toss your meds into the sea. What it does mean is that you can do a lot to buoy mental and physical health simply by applying a few happiness-boosting techniques to your repertoire. Even if you weren’t born with an innate sense of happiness, it’s a learnable skill to start practicing today.
As I often say, the difference between people who eat well every day and those who don’t, is that one group makes shopping a nonnegotiable part of their routine. In other words, your food matters, so grab a cart or tote, and when you shop, be it at the farmers’ market or the supermarket, put your chef’s hat on. The idea is to cook what you buy with care. Even if you’re not an amazing cook, don’t race through the market like your cart’s on fire. Take your time – approach food shopping as a kind of mindfulness exercise rather than a chore.
If your diet is clean, lean and mean, well, good for you – to a point. But if it’s also this side of fat-free then I urge you to please fatten up your diet! Contrary to what your elders may have told you – and what the medical establishment has been espousing for the past 50 years or so – eating a diet full of low-fat processed Frankenfoods as a fat workaround, is not the ticket to health.