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3 Ways You Might be Sabotaging Your Sleep

You’ve heard about how important sleep is and yet there’s a good chance you are constantly short-changing yourself.  It seems like everything is more important than a good night of sleep. Having a good night of sleep starts long before you even turn out the light.  Here are three of the most common blunders that you might be making, along with tips on how to change your habits. It just might change your life!

Phones or Computers in Bed

There’s a few things wrong with this picture. First off, if you have a partner, your electronic device is putting an invisible wall between the two of you, shutting you off to easy communication and decreasing the opportunity for intimacy.  Second, the blue light exposure can disrupt sleep cycles (even if you don’t notice it), which decreases the depth of sleep and ability to get optimal sleep.

Easy Fixes:

  • Put the phone or computer away and actually be intimate with your partner (Gasp!). Or if you...
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Why Activity Isn’t The Same As Exercise

There are some days that I literally want to rip my hair out because of what people count as exercise. Walter works from home and would go up and down the stairs three times in the day, counting that as his exercise. He also thought that walking at the grocery store and shoveling his four-foot-long sidewalk once a week was exercise. I couldn’t convince him otherwise. These things are NOT exercise. They are activities.

Activity

Activity is any physical movement of the body that uses up energy. Most people count their activities of daily living (ADL) as exercise. These ADL’s are the things you need to do in the day like cooking, laundry, housework or yard work and often involve going up and down the stairs a few times in the day. General activity can also include taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking at the back of the parking lot so that you have to walk further.

Marina is a nurse on a busy unit. She works 12-hour shifts and is up and down the unit all day....

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How to Eat Food- 5 Things You Really Need to Know

You’ve grown up eating food your entire life. But chances are you were never taught how to truly eat properly.  To get even more benefit from your nutrition, here’s five quick tips you can use to truly eat properly:

It takes at least 20 minutes to feel full

Eat until you are comfortably full, not stuffed. Eating slowly allows your normal feedback mechanism to kick in, telling your body to stop eating before it’s overfilled.

Chew your food thoroughly

This helps to break down into smaller pieces and mix saliva into them to start the breakdown process where it’s meant to start. Chew your food well until it’s in small, soft pieces. Watch your digestion improve with this one simple tip alone.

Chew liquid foods

Even liquid calories need to have saliva mixed into them to break them down properly. Anytime you drink foods such as smoothies, soups or coffee, make sure you chew them or swish them around your mouth. This mixes the important enzymes in your...

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Improve Your Mental Well Being By Working On Your Digestion

By being able to do all the stages of digestion well, you’ll be more likely to have adequate nutrient production. Your GI tract produces all kinds of nutrients and neurotransmitters such as serotonin. We are learning new information every day about what role the gut plays!

Your GI tract is part of building a healthy immune system and is very connected to mental health. Your gut produces between 70-90% of the serotonin in your body, which helps with mood, well-being, and happiness. If you want to have good mental health, improving your digestion is a great place to start.

Dylan is a young 26 year old who has severe bipolar disorder with mixed symptoms of depression and mania. Due to the type of bipolar disorder he has, it has been a challenge to find a medication that works consistently for him. As a result, he often needs medication changes and is rarely able to find a balance between his bipolar symptoms and the medication side effects.

When Dylan is manic, he is super...

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What is Whole Grain Anyway?

The difference between the two seems pretty subtle, and it absolutely is. What’s happening is that you are being tricked into eating foods that you think are way healthier for you than they actually are. The key word is whole grain, there’s no “s” on the end of it. “Whole grain” will appear on some of the labels of the food products that you eat. What you want to think about is what you are really eating. If you are buying a product and it has a label on it, then it’s probably not a whole grain.

Within a grain, there are a few key structures. The outer layer or bran contains the fiber, B vitamins, and trace minerals. Inside the grain are two components, the smaller part is the germ.  It’s a tiny little core that contains antioxidants, B and E vitamins, and good fats. The endosperm is the other inside part that’s mostly made up of carbohydrates and proteins. That’s what most food products are...

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