Anxiety is one of the biggest mental stressors. When we feel anxious, our heart rate and blood pressure increase and we start taking rapid, shallow breaths. In response to the stress on our body and mind, our sympathetic “fight-or-flight” nervous system kicks in to boost cortisol (the primary stress hormone) production and adrenaline as physiological support—perpetuating the racing heart, high blood pressure, and rapid breathing—to feed feelings of anxiety in an unabating cycle of stress. And, when you live in a constant state of stress, it’s been shown to manifest physically as inflammation.
Yoga is widely recognized as a stress-relieving practice. Various studies have shown that practicing yoga reduces feelings of anxiety as well as stifles the body’s physiological responses to stress—including, reducing inflammation.
Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and pop them into your shopping basket. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself a fruit (yes, the cool cuke is fruit, not a vegetable) full of good health!
Here is a short list of the impressive health benefits that a cucumber carries:
Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate!
Fights heat, both inside and out. Eat cucumber, and your body gets relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin, and you get relief from sunburn.
Flushes out toxins. All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
Lavishes you with vitamins. A B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keep you radiant. Give it more power by juicing cucumber with carrot and spinach.
Looking for easy ways to get healthier? We’ve put together some of the best health sense tips to help you feel better, look better and live better.
You can improve your health sense by following these easy tips.
1: Eat Throughout the Day
Eat throughout the day so that you’re constantly satisfied. The less you eat, the more likely you are to sink into starvation mode and make your body want to store fat.
Eat small meals throughout the day.
2: Sneak in Exercise
Keep a set of medium-weight dumbbells by your bed. Do a couple of reps when you wake up and at night before bed. Meanwhile, put a stationary bike in front of your TV and only watch while pedaling.
Keep dumbbells handy for easy weight lifting.
3: Take a Nap
Sleep 45 minutes or less to avoid entering into deep sleep, when you may awaken feeling groggy, or sleep about 2 hours to sleep through an entire sleep cycle. Either way, you’ll awaken refreshed.
Naps aren’t just for kids.
4: Take a Breath
Deep breathing raises levels of blood oxygen, promoting health in many ways — from stimulating the digestive process to improving fitness and mental performance.
Don’t forget to breathe!
5: Know Your Blood Pressure
Approximately 1 in 4 Americans has high blood pressure. Nearly 1/3 don’t even know it! Maintaining your blood pressure can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke so get tested.
High blood pressure can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications.
6: Have a Laugh
Make laughter a part of your life. It exercises the lungs and lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. And remember, laughter can be contagious. Pass it on!
Laughter is great for your health.
7: Shop Wisely
In the grocery store, stick to the outer perimeter. That’s where you’ll find fresh fruit, veggies, dairy products, fish and meats, and usually whole grains and breads. Avoid the aisles, which are full of processed foods.
Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store for healthier food.
8: Boost Your Energy
Energy and exercising are best friends. One feeds the other and keeps you going in a positive cycle of health and well-being. Avoid large heavy meals, and keep those dinners light and before 8 p.m. when you can. You’ll feel more energized in the morning.
Keep your meals light and you’ll have more energy.
9: Outwit Aging
Taking classes, reading, taking up a hobby or playing board games can keep your mind strong.
Keep your mind active with learning and mind games.
10: Quit Smoking
Partnering with another person is a great way to quit smoking. They know what you’re going through and can offer support and even a spirit of competition to help you kick the habit.