Reaching and Maintaining good health is not as difficult as you might think. Your body has mechanisms that are built in for taking care of itself. The problem is that sometimes people forget that for these built-in mechanisms to work, they are to maintain a specific diet as every one of the nutrients they get from foods they eat contributes to the maintenance of body chemistry that allows the body to function smoothly.
The term body chemistry applies to processes that occur inside the body from your heart beating to the production of cells. These processes are made possible by chemicals the body produces. Based on this definition of body chemistry, we can then deduce that balanced body chemistry is having the right amounts of chemicals to support the proper functioning of the body.
The health of a person is said to be good when his body chemistry is well balanced. Your body continually needs the nutrients provided by the food that you eat to maintain this balance. You get proteins (amino acids), vitamin, minerals, and fats which your body uses for maintaining and sustaining its operations. Health problems can result from too little or too much of these nutrients.
How does body chemistry affect your body?
Your biochemistry constantly changes. It changes when you eat, study, work, exercise, and sleep. After jogging your heart rate goes faster, or your blood pressure rises after arguing with somebody. Also when you eat, the sugar in your blood increases.
Every activity you do could be damaging or beneficial depending on the chemical changes created that either balance or cause an imbalance in your body chemistry.
When your weight is healthy for your height and body type, meaning you are neither fat nor thin, and your blood pressure is also normal, and you do not suffer from any health problems you have balanced body chemistry. On the flip side, when you weigh more or less than you should, you are also more likely to have abnormal blood pressure and suffer from various health problems resulting in imbalanced body chemistry.
One important aspect that contributes to body chemistry balance or imbalance is the amount of acid/alkaline in your body. PH is the measurement of the acid or alkaline content in your body. If your pH level is lower than seven, this means your body contains more acid while if it is more than seven, this means your body is more alkaline. The neutral pH level for everyone is at 7.
Medically it has been proven that when your urine and saliva are a bit over 7 PH level, your body works at it's best, even though your blood PH is slightly alkaline. It is at this pH level that the body is equipped to fend off fatigue and illnesses. Your metabolism works well, and you can keep your proper weight.
You could face dangerous health problems over a long-term period if your body suffers from over-acidity because, to counter this acidity, your body is forced to get nutrients from your vital organs, weakening your body until it's no longer able to perform its tasks.
What for my next blog, where I will explain further how chemistry and balance plays a huge part in maintaining your health.
Research indicates that people benefit more from exercise and weight loss when they believe it will have a positive effect. Positive thinking has also been shown to increase energy levels, which is likely to keep you on your workout schedule and help your efforts during the workout. Further, positive thinking will help you eliminate, or resist, barriers to working out. Positive thoughts are empowering. A negative attitude can set processes in motion that makes things like exercise and losing weight difficult, if not impossible. Here is a story of two completely different mindsets. One person with a positive thinking mindset and the other with a negative thinking mindset.
One day a traveler was walking along a road on his journey from one village to another. As he walked he noticed a monk tending the ground in the fields beside the road. The monk said "Good day" to the traveler, and the traveler nodded to the monk. The traveler then turned to the monk and said, "Excuse me, do you mind if I ask you a question?".
"Not at all," replied the monk.
"I am traveling from the village in the mountains to the village in the valley and I was wondering if you knew what it is like in the village in the valley?"
"Tell me," said the monk, "What was your experience of the village in the mountains?"
"Dreadful," replied the traveler, "to be honest I am glad to be away from there. I found the people most unwelcoming. When I first arrived I was greeted coldly. I was never made to feel part of the village no matter how hard I tried. The villagers keep very much to themselves; they don't take kindly to strangers. So tell me, what can I expect in the village in the valley?"
"I am sorry to tell you," said the monk, "but I think your experience will be much the same there".
The traveler hung his head despondently and walked on.
A while later another traveler was journeying down the same road and he also came upon the monk.
"I'm going to the village in the valley," said the second traveler, "Do you know what it is like?"
"I do," replied the monk "But first tell me - where have you come from?"
"I've come from the village in the mountains."
"And how was that?"
"It was a wonderful experience. I would have stayed if I could but I am committed to traveling on. I felt as though I was a member of the family in the village. The elders gave me much advice, the children laughed and joked with me and people were generally kind and generous. I am sad to have left there. It will always hold special memories for me. And what of the village in the valley?" he asked again.
"I think you will find it much the same" replied the monk, "Good day to you".
"Good day and thank you," the traveler replied, smiled, and journeyed on.
A positive attitude feeds itself. When you choose to have a positive attitude to life, it changes your life in many ways. It changes your thoughts, your goals and the actions that you take on a daily basis and also the results that you receive as in the story above.
The key to remember is that you control your attitude. It also doesn’t happen automatically. Like all good things in life, you have to work at it. Attitude does not emerge from what happens to you, but instead from how you decide to interpret what happens to you.
Sometimes, of course, this is easier said than done. Here are a couple of things you can do today to start changing your attitude for the positive.
Avoid Negative media. This includes Social Media! If you are filling your head up all day with people unhappy with everything in their life you will, in turn, fill up with all their negativity. You need to purposely shut those people out of your life.
Use positive words. The words that come out of your mouth aren't just a reflection of what's in your brain--they're programming your brain how to think.
Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Spend at least 15 minutes every morning to read, view, or listen to something inspirational or motivational, like listening to a podcast while you exercise.
Start your day with Gratitude. Every morning the first thing you should do is thank God, or the universe, whatever you believe in, and have gratitude for everything you have. Look around and notice all the blessings that you have, from the food on your table, to your children, to just have another breath. One great way to give Gratitude is with a journal. You can pick up any journal or notebook on hand and every morning just write down 3 things you are grateful for. By starting your day with Gratitude you start with a positive outlook for the day and that will help carry over an outlook of positivity.
Have you heard that sitting today is now equivalent to smoking, when it comes to your health? This new health hazard happens when you sit down for more than 30 minutes at a time. On average, people sit for about 12 hours a day, and many of us do this 12 hours a day at work! It may not even matter that you exercise at some point in the day. Sitting over 30 minutes at a stretch has been shown to shorten your lifespan.
Here are some other ways sitting for long periods of time can cause havoc on your health:
It can hurt your heart
Sedentary behavior is associated with obesity, insulin resistance and fat deposition in the heart, all of which can lead to injury to heart cells.
Dementia is more likely in your future
Anything that reduces blood flow (such as long periods of inactivity) reduces brain function, especially in the areas of the brain that govern short-term memory. Sedentary behavior has been repeatedly associated with many chronic diseases, including cognitive impairment, and studies show the number of hours you spend sitting is proportional to your increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
You will undo your time at the gym
Studies have shown that vigorous physical activity doesn’t cancel out the negative impact of time spent being sedentary, which appears to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (the leading cause of death) and diabetes, even among people who exercise regularly.
Risk for Diabetes Increase
Studies have found that people who were more sedentary were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome than those who were less sedentary.
Cancer risk rises
Studies also found that two hours a day of sedentary behavior was linked to an 8% increase in colon cancer risk, a 10% increase in endometrial cancer risk and a 6% increase in risk for lung cancer.
What can you do today to stop the sitting cycle?
Use your smart phone
Set an alarm or reminder on your phone to stand up every 30 minutes. If you are at your desk it can be as simple as standing up and stretching, or just take a bathroom break or walk from your desk to the window. If you are watching TV do the same. Get up during a commercial break or just pause the TV (it will still be there when you are done!) The point is to just get active!
Purchase and use an activity tracker
Next, purchase an activity tracker. They may not be perfect, but they do a pretty good job of monitoring your activity level. There are many tracker options available at all different price levels. Each night monitor your results and try and beat it the next day. By trying to make it a game, and challenge yourself, you have a better chance of sticking with it.
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