Take control of your life

We discuss all aspects of health here, including dealing with disease and serious health issues. But for your overall health and wellness, there’s nothing more important than the basics. This article on how to take back your life has simple pearls of wisdom for your physical health along with your emotional and spiritual health.

1. Get sufficient sleep every night. Sleep is often the single most undervalued behavior in our lives and the one with the most immediate power to improve our experience in every waking moment. If you sleep in the 6-6½ hour range, like the average American, just one more hour of sleep a night will leave you feeling more physically energized, emotionally resilient, and mentally clear.

2. Move more. It’s not only good for your heart’s health, but also for your mental health. Do some form of exercise that significantly raises your heart rate for 30 minutes at least four times a week and move frequently during the day.

3. Eat less, more often. Food is fuel. Lean proteins and complex carbohydrates are high-octane fuel. You’re best off when you keep feeding your internal furnace in small doses throughout the day, beginning with breakfast.

Read the rest of the article and you might find yourself coming back to this list often.

Re-Thinking Three Squares

Eating three meals a day has no real biological basis.

Historically it has been the amount of daylight which dictated when and how often meals were eaten but our bodies are highly adaptable and are able to function within many kinds of eating patterns.

A number of recent studies have explored the health effects of eating three daily meals, and the findings have been far from conclusive. Eating just one large meal a day was found to lower weight and body fat, but raise blood pressure, insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Eating at least four small meals daily, on the other hand, was found by one study to reduce obesity risk by 45 percent — but a different study found no such effect. Some research seems to indicate that “alternate-day fasting” might decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer.

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