Oh, the dreaded head cold. It seems as inevitable as someone falling in love on day 2 of the Bachelor. The air gets cooler. The sun sets earlier. Your children transform into Snot Monsters bringing all of the germs home. What is it about sick kids wanting to touch your face or kiss you on the lips all of the time? Seriously, it’s like there is a green booger tax for their snuggles.
Getting a common cold doesn’t have to be so… common. There are things you can do naturally to make getting sick less likely.
But, if you do happen to get sick, there are things you can also do to help support your body to fight it off.
Good hand hygiene and overall healthy habits can reduce your risk of getting sick in the first place. And good nutrition can help your immune system fight off a cold quicker. Imagine your germ-fighting immune cells all hungry and tired, versus them being nourished and full of energy.
STRESS!!! Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree?
Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death when being chased by a moose and then return to normal after we’ve fought it with our bare hands (or ran for our freakin’ lives). But, that usually only happens when silly tourists stop to feed the wild animals on the side of the highway.
And yet we are constantly initiating our “fight or flight” response over an internet connection that’s not working, kids who won’t eat their food if it touches, or traffic that’s moving SO slowly you are going to miss you’re yoga meditation workshop! “Get moving! I am going to be late for my ZEN!” It becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.
You’ve probably heard of our “friendemy” cortisol. It’s a hormone released from your adrenal glands whenever you start stressin’. In the right amounts its actually really good for us. Cor...
WE HAVE THIS WEIRD KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR "WEIGHT".
We hear it all the time. "Muscle weighs more than fat". "Go with how your clothes fit, not the number on the scale".
And yet, we continue to use the scale as a measurement of success.
What you weigh can matter to your health but only to a certain extent. It doesn't define you (obviously).
Instead, let's take a look at your waist circumference (well...you look at yours and I'll look at mine).
WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE (AKA "BELLY FAT")
Do you remember the fruity body shape descriptions comparing you to an “apple” or a “pear”? The apple is round around the middle. You know – belly fat-ish, kinda beer belly-ish. And the pear is rounder around the hips and thighs.
THAT is what we're talking about here.
Do you know which shape is associated with a higher health risks? Sleep apnea, insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, blood fat, and arterial diseases. You know, all the fun ones.
YOU FEEL TIRED, COLD OR YOU'VE GAINED WEIGHT. MAYBE YOUR DIGESTIONS SEEMS A BIT "SLUGGISH".
You’re convinced that your metabolism is slow AF.
How did this happen? Why do metabolic rates slow down?
What slows my metabolism?
Science alert: Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients and oxygen to create energy. And there are lots of factors that affect how quickly (or slowly) it works.
But don't worry – we know that metabolic rate is much more complicated than the old adage “calories in calories out”! In fact it's so complicated I'm only going to list a few of the common things that can slow it down:
● low thyroid hormone
● history of dieting
● size and body composition
● activity level
● lack of sleep
We'll touch on each of these and don’t worry – the answer will not be “eat less and exercise more”.
WHOEVER SAID "SLEEP LIKE A BABY" MUST HAVE BEEN HIGH AF.
Everyone who has been within a city block of a new baby (or a new mama) knows that babies sleep for like, 20 minutes at a time (okay maybe just mine - maybe you get a couple hours out of yours). Hardly a goal to strive for. And yet, many of us actually DO sleep like a baby. Waking up several times a night, tossing and turning for hours before falling asleep or waking at 5 am on a Sunday (NOT on purpose – who would do that on purpose? Psychopaths. That’s who).
Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night? Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day? Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you!
THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP IS FASCINATING, COMPLICATED AND GROWING.
Sleep is a basic human need and yet we're just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can affect it.
Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body and mind....