Health Buzz: Tips for Healthier Living
Stressed? Listen to Your Body
Have you ever wondered how some people handle stress and adversity more effectively than others? It may be that they pay closer attention to what is happening inside their bodies, according to a new brain study of resilience in Biological Psychology. In scientific terms, resilience is the ability to rapidly return to normal, both physically and emotionally, after a stressful event. The study suggests that resilience is largely about body awareness and not rational thinking, noted the senior author. Improving internal communications with our bodies may be as simple as spending a few minutes each day in focused breathing.
Source: The New York Times
You can eat out and eat healthy, too. Many restaurants offer meals that are low in saturated fat and trans fats. That’s good news for your health because a diet high in saturated or trans fats raises blood cholesterol. Follow these heart-healthy tips:
- Don’t be shy about making special requests. Most foods on most menus will probably fit into a heart-healthy diet if prepared with lower fat ingredients and less salt. Ask your server if the kitchen can alter preparations to meet your needs.
- Ask for smaller portions, share entrees with a companion or put half of your meal in a to-go box.
- Even if they aren’t on the dessert menu, many restaurants can offer you fruit or sherbet instead of high fat pastries and ice creams.
Source: American Heart Association
Counting Sheep Lately?
If you have trouble falling asleep, you’re not alone. Some 42 percent of Americans average fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, according to a 2015 Gallup poll. To get your most restful night, keep these tips in mind:
- An hour before bed, say goodnight to all your devices. A recent Harvard University study showed that screen time before bed suppresses melatonin secretion, makes falling asleep take longer, and leaves you feeling less alert the next morning.
- No matter how tempting it may be to sleep in on weekends, it’s better to wake up at your normal time.
- Plan to stop sipping any drinks with caffeine for four to six hours before lights out, so the effects have plenty of time to wear off.