Can You Eat Too Many Vegetables?

Can You Eat Too Many Vegetables?

If you’re a voracious vegetable eater, you probably have several servings of vegetables beyond the daily required amount, but do you eat too many vegetables, and is that really possible to do? At Gym Slayer in Elk Grove, CA, I get that question quite often. If three cups is good, then is six cups of vegetables even better? Eating vegetables and drinking water are both important and both have something else in common…you can get too much of them. Water intoxication that can cause a coma and even death occurs when you consume gallons of water in a short period. Eating too many vegetables consistently, more than seven servings and sides of four servings of fruit, will over time cause problems. Luckily, it’s hard to do.

No, potato chips do not count as a vegetable serving.

French fries and potato chips all come from a vegetable source—potatoes—which is a vegetable. However, it doesn’t count as a serving of vegetables when you eat. Instead, it counts as a starch. If you’re eating four servings of potatoes daily, thinking you’re consuming your servings of vegetables, you’d be wrong. In this case, starchy vegetables, like potatoes, corn, peas and lentils, don’t count as part of your vegetable intake. If you’re including these in your serving count, you definitely can eat too many vegetables.

Make your diet include a balance of vegetables.

Eat vegetables liberally, as long as you prepare them right. Don’t saute’ them in butter or serve them with a cream sauce and congratulate yourself on how healthy you’re eating. Adding sugar or salt can also make them unhealthy choices. Make sure you have variety. No matter how healthy some foods are, eating them at the exclusion of others can mean nutrient deficiency and even can cause harm. For instance, too much spinach, rhubarb or beet greens means too much oxalic acid and that can impede the absorption of calcium and iron.

Vary the color of the vegetables you eat.

Plants contain more than vitamins and minerals for your health. They contain fiber and phytonutrients. The phytonutrients give plants their color and flavor, while providing other benefits. Each color provides different health benefits. Red colored foods, like strawberries and tomatoes contain carotenoid lycopene. Orange and yellow, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, have beta cryptothanxin. Green, like broccoli and asparagus, contain sulforaphane, isocyanate, and indoles. Blue and purple have anthocyanins. Blueberries and purple cabbage are in this group. White and brown, like onions and garlic, have allicin.

  • You can get more nutrients and even eat cheaper if you opt for seasonal vegetables and fruit grown locally. Buy at a farmer’s market or directly from the farmer if possible.
  • Frozen vegetables are less expensive and contain just as many nutrients, if not more, than fresh. These are frozen immediately at their peak, while many of the vegetables in the grocery are picked before ripeness and spend days to the store and in it.
  • While oranges and tomatoes are healthy and delicious, too many can cause stomach issues like acid reflux. They’re acidic, so stick with just a maximum of two servings daily and skip other acidic foods on those days.
  • At Gym Slayer, we can help you with nutritional guidance based on your ultimate goals, preferences and needs. We make it easy by providing recipes and shopping lists as well.

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Hypertension Risk Factors

Hypertension Risk Factors

If you have blood pressure that’s higher than 120/80, it’s elevated. That doesn’t mean you have to panic, especially if it’s mildly elevated, up to 129/80. No matter what your blood pressure, there are things you can do to keep it normal and ways to deal with hypertension risk factors so you don’t develop chronic hypertension and can bring your blood pressure back to normal naturally.

Some factors can’t be changed.

You can’t change your genetics and that’s one factor in developing hypertension. If you’re parents or other family members had it, you’re more likely to have elevated blood pressure, too. The older you get, the more likely you’ll develop it. Men under 65 are more likely to develop high blood pressure than women under 65, but once they hit that age, there is no difference. Race makes a difference, too.

You can control many factors that increase the risk of high blood pressure.

At Gym Slayer, we address the most prevalent risk factors, such as inactivity, obesity and a poor diet. In fact, it’s one reason many people come to us in the first place. An inactive lifestyle affects your heart and circulatory system. It can lead to obesity or excess weight, which also strains the circulatory system and heart. When you add in an unhealthy diet, which includes high amounts of salt, sugar and trans fats, you have the trifecta of high blood pressure. We can help you eliminate those risk factors.

When you get fitter, you can deal better with other risk factors.

If you smoke or drink too much alcohol, you can increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure significantly. While eliminating those two factors isn’t easy, a healthy diet and regular exercise can make it easier. Some factors, like diabetes, can be helped with a healthy diet and regular exercise. High cholesterol levels are also linked to inactivity and a poor diet. Stress, another factor, can be relieved with exercise. It burns off the hormones of stress and gets you back to a healthier state.

  • Secondary hypertension—hypertension caused by something else, such as pregnancy, kidney disease and some heart defects—will resolve itself normally when the underlying condition is addressed.
  • If you have chronic kidney disease, it’s important to keep a watchful eye over your blood pressure. It’s a vicious circle. Kidney disease can cause high blood pressure and high blood pressure can make kidney disease worse.
  • Besides exercise, learning meditation and breathing techniques can help you lower your blood pressure and bring relief from stress.
  • While you can’t control your genetics, many of the risk factors for high blood pressure can be controlled and at Gym Slayer, we’ll be glad to help you do that.

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Is BMI An Accurate Predictor Of Health?

Is BMI An Accurate Predictor Of Health?

If you’ve gone to a doctor and been weighed and measured or even used those blood pressure machines in pharmacies, you probably had your BMI measured. BMI stands for Body Mass Index and uses your height and weight to predict the amount of body fat you have, ultimately addressing health issues that can be caused by too little or too much fat. Is it an accurate predictor of health? The problem is there are far more factors to consider, such as total body composition and bone density.

Doctors use BMI as a quick reference.

Just knowing someone’s weight can’t tell you much. A person might be the perfect weight at 155-pounds, but also overweight or underweight. It all depends on your height. If you’re six feet four inches tall, it might be too little for your height and if you’re barely four foot eight, you might be obese. The BMI chart has weight at the top and height at the side. The spots they intersect are assigned a value that’s between 12 and 50. From 12-18 is underweight. Between 18.5 and 24.9 is normal with 25 to 29.9 being overweight and any higher considered obese.

You need more information to get a complete picture of your health.

Other information also factors into your overall health, like whether you’re muscular or flabby. Muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue does, so you’re bound to weigh more. If you’re muscular, you might weigh the same as someone who isn’t and look far thinner. Your bone structure plays a big role. Men have a heavier bone structure than women, so that adds extra pounds.

BMI isn’t meant to be the final verdict in whether you’ll be healthy.

BMI is just a place to start. It’s used by doctors and also by insurance companies to evaluate your health risk, since many risks are related to weight, both overweight and underweight. Doctors immediately notice a person’s build, so they factor it into the equation. While it’s an indicator to be more vigilant for signs of heart disease, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and more health issues, it’s not the final verdict.

  • One important indicator of good health that’s becoming more popular is waist circumference. Men with a waist bigger than 40-inches and women with a waist bigger than 34-inches have a greater risk of diabetes and other health problems.
  • RFM—relative fat mass index is a new technique that gives a quick picture of health. It uses waist measurements and height to calculate health. It’s also a shortcut method that helps identify problems, but isn’t the last word on health.
  • The biggest flaw in BMIs is that it has no way to consider muscle mass. While there’s a big difference between someone with no muscle tone and someone who is extremely muscular, there are many graduated steps in between the two.
  • Measuring your body density, which is fat and volume, can be expensive if you want to be precise. MRI scans and underwater weighing are just two ways to measure it that cost a considerable amount.

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Does An Apple A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

Does An Apple A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

Many of my clients at Gym Slayer in Elk Grove, CA, bring a snack to eat immediately following a workout. It helps boost their energy level and the right combination can help build muscle tissue, too. One of the easiest snacks to transport is an apple topped with peanut butter, the healthy type that only contains peanuts. It provides the carbs for energy and protein to build the muscle tissue. There are health benefits for apples, which help keep the doctor away.

Apples are nutritious.

Apples contain very few calories, but are great source of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, such as anthocyanin and quercetin. They are excellent sources of vitamin C, higher in vitamin K and potassium, too. They also contain vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and E, plus copper, manganese and high amounts of fiber. In fact, apples contain 30% of the daily required amount.

Apples can help you lose weight and help prevent diabetes.

That fiber in apples and the water they contain will help you feel fuller longer. In fact, a study that compared the consumption of applesauce, apple juice and whole apples showed that those who ate whole apples before a meal ate less. Other compounds in apples may also aid weight loss. A large study and several smaller ones link eating apples to a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes. It didn’t have to be one a day, but a few a week. It’s believed that the protection may come from the polyphenols in the apple.

Apples are heart healthy.

Scientists found a link between consumption of apples and a lowered risk of heart disease. It may be the soluble fiber in the apples that help by lowering blood cholesterol levels. The polyphenols they contain, such as anthocyanin, are antioxidants. Don’t peel the apples, since the skin has the most concentration of those beneficial phytochemicals. Another polyphenol, epicatechin, may lower blood pressure and is also linked to a lowered risk of stroke. One study compared eating an apple a day and found it was almost as effective as taking statin drugs when it came to lowering cholesterol levels.

  • Apples may provide lung protection, particularly from asthma. They contain anti-inflammatories and antioxidants that can aid in regulating the immune response. The quercetin in apple skins reduce inflammation and regulate the immune system to protect from allergies and asthma.
  • Those same antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that help prevent other diseases, can also be beneficial in promoting bone health. They help prevent the loss of calcium that can cause weak bones.
  • It’s not just the flesh and peeling of apples that make them healthy. Animal studies show apple juice may protect the brain by preventing the neurotransmitters in the area of memory from declining.
  • People who take NSAID painkillers, like Advil and Motrin on a regular basis may be subject to injury to the stomach lining. Eating apples can help protect that lining from injury.

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Is Yoga Good For Weight Loss?

Is Yoga Good For Weight Loss?

If you’ve heard that yoga was good for weight loss, you heard right. Does yoga burn as many calories as strength training? That all depends on not only the effort put forth in strength training, but the type of yoga you use. On the average, yoga actually doesn’t burn many calories. However, it’s more than sitting on the couch watching television or chatting on social media. Some faster paced types of yoga, such as vinyasa yoga, may qualify as moderate exercise, while the more sedentary styles burn few calories and don’t boost your heart rate, but are more restorative.

Vinyasa yoga still only burns about 120 calories per half hour.

If you weigh 125 pounds and walked briskly for a half hour, you’d burn approximately 135 calories by comparison. So, how does yoga really help you lose weight, besides moderately increasing your calorie output? Yoga can help lower your stress level, which means fewer stress hormones, like cortisol, which contribute to belly fat. The better you control your stress, the better you can manage your appetite and eliminate many comfort foods from your diet.

The meditation and mindfulness of yoga can help you shed pounds without trying.

When you practice yoga, you’re also practicing mindfulness. It’s a big part of many of the different types of yoga. Learning to live in the moment has its benefits for your weight, too. You learn to think more about each bite and savor the flavor of the food, rather than shoveling it down indiscriminately. You’ll be more aware when you’re hungry and tend to not eat when you’re not hungry. You’ll eat slower, which gives your brain a chance to catch up to the body and know it’s full before too much more is consumed.

Yoga can be active, or just a great way to stretch your muscles and prepare them for more vigorous exercise.

If you use forms of yoga like restorative yoga, rather than Ashtanga, power yoga or vinyasa, which are more active, you’ll still help keep you body limber and prepared for those tough workouts at the gym. Yoga can improve muscle tone and boost your metabolism in some cases. One study found that obese women benefited from even the milder form of restorative yoga. It helped them lose weight, which included abdominal fat.

  • Yoga can give you a better mind-body connection, which can lead to treating your body better. That better treatment means feeding it healthier foods and enjoying the food to it’s fullest, slowing the eating so less is consumed.
  • More awareness of the body and how it feels can also lead to other discoveries, like how high calorie junk food makes you feel worse and often sluggish, while natural fruits and vegetables give you energy.
  • While yoga may not burn as many calories per hour as other types of fitness classes, often the classes run longer. Many HIIT—high intensity interval training—workouts last a half hour, while yoga may last as long as 90 minutes.
  • Yoga can be a good way to add variety to your exercise program, but there’s nothing like strength training to burn extra calories. At Gym Slayer, we can help you with a program both in person and online that allows you to integrate other types of fitness for that variety.

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Why Cardio Is Important

Why Cardio Is Important

Whether you come to Gym Slayer in Elk Grove, CA, or use our online training, you’ll find we use all types of training for fitness in every area. Each type of training has a purpose and is necessary to be healthy. Cardio is important, just as strength, balance and flexibility training are. Cardio is called everything from endurance training to aerobic training, but regardless of what you call it, cardio is necessary for healthy lungs and heart, so you don’t get winded walking to the corner or up a flight of stairs. In fact, the word aerobic literally means “with oxygen.”

Cardio builds your endurance and makes you more energetic.

If you don’t have a fit cardio-vascular system, you won’t be receiving the oxygen you need to keep moving. When your heart pumps, the blood gets oxygen and carries that oxygen to every cell in the body. The increase in circulation increases the nutrition to each cell, too. Your muscles work more efficiently because they have the energy from the increased production of adenosine triphosphate. You build endurance and muscular strength.

Cardio helps your mood.

Have you ever heard of a runner’s high? It’s a real thing. In fact, no matter what the exercise, you will help lift yourself out of depression and a bum mood when you do it. Strenuous exercise not only causes the circulation to increase, it also causes endorphins, the natural “happy hormones” that makes you feel good, increase. It bolsters your mood and energy, both while you’re doing cardio and after you’re done. You’ll have an increased production of feel good hormones like dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.

Cardio helps your body and your brain.

When your blood circulation increases, not only does the oxygen flow increase to the body, it also increases to the brain. You’ll improve your cognitive functioning, memory and alertness when there’s an adequate oxygen and nutrient supply. It helps keep the brain hydrated, which is important since it’s approximately 70% water and helps take away toxins.

  • Consistency is key. You need to get 150 minutes of cardio workouts every week. The good news is that you don’t have to do it in the gym and can even break it up to ten minute sessions. Three ten-minute brisk walks five days of the week can even fill the gap.
  • Cardio can help you control arthritis and reduce pain and stiffness. It also can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and maintain blood sugar levels. Some types of cardio help lower the risk of osteoporosis, too.
  • Cardio training can help you get a better night’s sleep. Getting adequate sleep is not only important for heart health, it’s good for appetite control. If you have too little sleep, the body produces less leptin—the hormone that makes you feel full—and makes more ghrelin—the one that makes you hungry.
  • At Gym Slayer, we’ll help you with a full cardio workout. Each workout will begin with a warm-up and cool-down to help prevent injury. They’ll all be geared to your specific level of fitness.

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Take Your Workouts To The Next Level

Take Your Workouts To The Next Level

If you want to take your workouts to the next level you have to make some changes that will help you get more from your present workout. One change, if you don’t already do it, is warm up properly. Warming up is important for your muscles to work efficiently and maximize the benefits. That ten minute warm up also should be warming the right muscle groups. If you’re running in place on the treadmill for a session of weight lifting, you’re not getting the most from your warm-up time. Do dynamic stretches that use the same muscle groups you’ll be working and ones that also mimic the movements you’ll be making for the best results.

Switch up to circuit training.

There are many different types of circuit training that put you into the next level of fitness. Circuit training is done by combining several exercises, each with either a specific amount of time or number of reps. You do one exercise for the allocated reps or time, quickly move to the next, do it, and so on. Finishing all the exercises creates a circuit, which is repeated. The key is not to rest between each type of exercise, but move quickly to the next. It not only burns fat, it can save time and combine several types of training into one session. You can use any type of exercise for the circuit, so it breaks the monotony of long sets and repetitions.

Try HIIT—high intensity interval training.

HIIT may sound a bit like circuit training and is often confused with it, but it’s very different. You run, lift or do bodyweight exercises at maximum effort for a short period, folled by an equal or longer period at moderate or recovery level, then back to maximum level. By continually modifying the effort, you can work longer at peak performance, so you get more out of the workout and cut the workout time significantly. While HIIT originally started as an aerobic workout, it now often used with strength training. Just like circuit training, good form is a must for each exercise.

If you’re in the gym, it may be what you eat, not your actual workout.

Your diet plays a big role in how effective you are when you workout. You need the proper fuel and nutrients to do your best. Having adequate calories to maximize your workout is also important, not only for an effective session, but for recovery. Not only should you eat a balanced diet, designed to help you achieve your goals, you need to eat a snack an hour or two before a workout to fuel up and one following it to provide nutrients for muscle repair.

  • The preworkout snack should be a combination of protein and carbs, to provide a steady level of fuel, such as a PB&J. Afterward, eat a high protein, carb combination, focusing on the protein to rebuild muscle tissue and recover, such as Greek yogurt and berries.
  • Get and stay hydrated. If sounds simple, but is extremely important. If you don’t have adequate hydration, you won’t perform well. Take a bottle of water with you to the gym and sip it frequently throughout your workout.
  • Get adequate sleep. This is another simple technique to boost your exercise effectiveness, but also one that’s extremely important. Your body heals when you sleep, so you need it to build muscles, but also to have the energy for an effective workout.
  • Take advantage of days you don’t come to the gym to do activities that get you moving, but also ones you love. Spend time hiking, riding a bike, or walking around the zoo with the kids. Whether you go dancing or shoot hoops with your buddies, get exercise doing something you love.

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Should I Go Gluten-Free?

Should I Go Gluten-Free?

I’ve discussed the link to weight gain and gluten before, but never really addressed whether going gluten-free is the best possible option for my clients in Elk Grove, CA. It’s certainly becoming a very popular catch phrase, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that gluten-free has any benefits. One of the biggest reasons to go gluten-free is being gluten-sensitive, gluten-intolerant or having celiac disease. In cases like that, the answer is to definitely eliminate gluten from the diet, but for the rest of us, the answer isn’t that clear.

The problem with gluten intolerance and celiac disease is growing for a good reason.

Gluten intolerance can cause issues bloating, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation. Celiac disease is far worse. It’s an auto-immune disorder caused by plant proteins called prolamins, which are found in gluten. The body fights it off and that can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, blistering skin conditions, depression, weight loss and a plethora of other problems. There are far more cases of both gluten intolerance and celiac disease in recent years for a reason. A wheat high in gluten was hybridized in the 1960s and now makes up 80% of the market. It makes bread dough more elastic, which aids in capturing air and helping it to rise.

Is high gluten flour good for diabetics?

There are some benefits to having more gluten. Gluten is a protein, therefore, the more you have, the higher the protein your final product will have. It’s good for products that you want thicker and chewier, like bagels. The higher amount of protein should make whole grain higher gluten products a better choice for diabetics, but there’s one caveat. Studies show that about one in one hundred people in the population have celiac disease. However, if you’re diabetic, that number rises to one in ten. Even that higher amount of protein doesn’t make it a good choice.

There’s always a caveat, no matter what you choose.

If you go gluten-free and have gluten sensitivity or Celiacs, you’ll benefit your health. But for the majority of people, is it a healthy option? Not necessarily. You have to check the labels on the products to answer that question. Just like many fat-free products have to add sugar, salt or other ingredients to make the product more palatable, gluten-free products may also face the same changes. Many times they contain a high amount of salt, saturated fat or have an abundance of added sugar to provide the same flavor, texture or satisfaction of a product that contains gluten. In reality, the gluten is better for you than the added ingredients.

  • Don’t be fooled by the gluten-free label. Many products are naturally gluten free. Quinoa, oats, corn and brown rice are just a few examples that are naturally gluten-free.
  • Check the fiber content of packaged, gluten-free foods. Not only may they be lower in fiber, but also in magnesium and folic acid. Those nutrients are important to good health, maintaining blood sugar levels and weight loss.
  • A study published in 2017 found that people eating gluten-free, who didn’t have celiac disease, may have increased their risk for heart disease by eating fewer whole grains.
  • Using our meal planning option can help you live healthier with a diet designed specifically for your needs. If you have a problem digesting gluten, we can provide a diet that includes healthy alternatives.

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Try Some New Exercises For Variety

Try Some New Exercises For Variety

There are two things that will cause people to quit their workout program. One is boredom, but the worse is lack of progress or plateauing. Both of these things can be solved by adding new exercises for variety. If you’re bored beyond belief from doing the same routine daily, you probably won’t be getting as much out of each workout. It takes focus on each muscle group as you work it. That focus also makes it more rewarding as you feel each muscle function exactly as you want. If you’re at that boredom level, switching out your old workout for a new one is important.

Plateauing occurs when you do the same workout repeatedly.

What is plateauing and why does it occur? Plateauing is when you’re doing everything right and yet the scales don’t reflect the weight loss you expect. Why does that occur, especially if you’re eating a healthy diet? As you get fitter and thinner, two things happen that can trigger that. The first is that you lose weight, so you don’t burn as many calories when you workout as you would if you weighed more. If you’ve lost ten pounds, it’s like you quit carrying a ten pound weight everywhere you go. The second thing that occurs is that your body becomes efficient at doing a specific workout, which means it burns fewer calories. You have to increase your effort the longer you workout and switch your workout frequently to keep the calorie burning highest.

Take your workout to the great outdoors.

If you want to switch up your workout a little, try doing it in the backyard or just go take a hike in the park. Getting close to nature adds to the benefit of the workout. You can even do your workout barefoot and take advantage of grounding and spend ten to fifteen minutes safe sunning, to boost your vitamin D. Always do it smartly and base it on your previous exposure and complexion. Take along sun screen for use after safe sunning time is over.

Staying active and switching it up, doesn’t always mean you have to come to the gym.

Find activities that are physical that you enjoy. It doesn’t mean it has to be sports. It could be dancing, playing games with the kids or even taking a hike or a bike ride. This type of physical activity should be something you look forward to doing and even be a reason for you to workout and get stronger. Not all fitness workouts occur in the gym and they don’t have to be grueling to get results.

  • There’s a good reason to make a workout more fun. You’ll be more apt to do it when it is. If you have a playground or park nearby that you can use, many people find that playing like they did as kids is fun.
  • Don’t forget to eat healthy and have healthy snacks. If you go for a hike as your out-of-gym workout, take along a picnic basket of a healthy lunch or pack healthy snacks in your backpack.
  • Make the workout part of family fun. Shoot hoops with the kids or take the dog for a walk. You can even entertain the cat with a toy you can dangle. Pets and kids both need exercise and you’ll help them while you help yourself.
  • Learn some of the more interesting spots and tourist spots in your neighborhood and walk or ride a bike to see them. You’ll get a lesson in local history and your exercise all at the same time.

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Tips To Improve Your Mood Every Day

Tips To Improve Your Mood Every Day

You don’t have to be glum, angry and depressed, you can improve your mood naturally. One way is to come to Gym Slayer in Elk Grove, CA, start a program of regular exercise and a healthy diet. In fact, we made it even easier by offering the option online. Every day you’re faced with stressors, whether it’s a traffic jam, no milk for cereal or an angry boss. You don’t have to allow circumstance to dictate your happiness and peace of mind. Take charge and you’ll find there’s a beautiful world awaiting you.

Turn that frown upside down.

If you’ve had a tough day, aside from working out, which burns off those hormones of stress, you can get back to nature by taking a walk in a park or simply removing your shoes and walking on the grass in your back yard. Walking barefoot is called grounding and there are studies that show it helps bring a feeling of peacefulness. Sometimes, just taking a few deep breaths helps. Try inhaling through your nose to a count of five, holding it for five and then releasing that breath through your mouth with your lips pursed for a count of five. Do it several times. It’s a trick that lowers your blood pressure, too.

Get out and play a bit.

Just moving around can help you get rid of anger and stress. Have you ever wondered why people automatically pace when they’re nervous. They do it to help them relax. It stimulates circulation and helps clear the brain. If you’ve had a stressful day, play with the kids after work, let your inner child come alive. Walk or run the dog or dangle cat toy and enjoy a romp in the living room with Garfield. Not only will you feel better, you’ll make your children or pets very happy.

Your diet plays a big role in your happiness.

It’s widely known that the American diet is out of balance when it comes to omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. There should be a balance of four times more omega-6 than omega-3, but instead, it’s estimated it’s 25 to 1 up to 60 to 1. Studies show that if you have too much omega-6 compared to omega-3, it can actually promote aggression and anger. Foods high in omega-3 are fatty fish like salmon, flaxseed and walnuts. Foods high in omega-6 include snack food like chips, fast food like onion rings and granola bars.

  • Enjoy some time in the sun. Not only will you feel better out in the open air, the sun boosts your serotonin level that makes you happy by affecting the optic nerve.
  • Make a conscious decision to be happier. It really isn’t impossible. Things happen. That’s part of life. You decide how you’re going to react to those things. Look for the bright side of everything and you’ll find it.
  • Smile! It sounds simple, but it’s true. Laughing and smiling activates the brain centers that stimulate the feeling of happiness. Act as though you’re happy and you’ll be happy.
  • Indulge yourself with a square of dark chocolate. It only takes one to get the emotional boost from the tryptophan that stimulates the production of the happy hormone, serotonin.

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