Despite calcium being found abundantly in the body, it is still one of the most common deficiencies in the United States. And that’s quite unfortunate – this mineral is vital for the body in a number of ways. Older individuals (especially those at risk for osteoporosis), women, adolescents, vegans, and those who are lactose-intolerant should pay special attention to their calcium levels and consider adding more foods rich in calcium to their meal plan.
We all want to nourish our bodies to the best of our abilities, and for good reason - worrying about our health is no way to live, but preventing illness by focusing on health and taking precaution, is. Whether the pandemic has made you more dependent on delivery services or perhaps, more of a self-proclaimed chef - these health hacks will make you put extra consideration into your meals.
Although hormones are complex, there are six that can make weight loss an uphill battle. Learn about the key hormones, how they regulate your metabolism and weight, and how you can recreate hormone balance.
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.
For all our obsessing about what we eat, we pay comparatively little attention to how we eat. And that’s too bad, because our unconscious, stressed, rushed, lonely, and compulsive approach to eating is probably doing more damage to our collective health than our Cinnabon, Krispy Kreme, and Cronut obsessions combined.
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.