Eggs are a good source of protein, despite 212 mg of cholesterol in an average large egg. One egg contains 6 gm protein, choline (linked to preserving memory), lutein and zeaxanthin (may protect against vision loss) and the yolk has vitamin D. If you cut back on saturated and trans fat, eating one egg a day is usually okay. If you are concerned, eat egg whites and check with your MD.
According to studies at the University of Miami School of Medicine, massage therapy decreases cortisol levels by 31%. Massage also promotes the release of dopamine and serotonin, the “feel good” hormones”, so it is a great stress reducer. For anyone who has ever tried massage therapy, you know the amazing, relaxed “zone” you experience after the session.
Acupuncture is an effective alternative choice in the management of chronic pain conditions. According to the National Institutes of Health, there is clear evidence in support of the control of pain and inflammation of chronic conditions and the reduction of stress. It stimulates the body’s natural healing. Many “mainsteam” physicians are recommending it as adjunct therapy to their patients with chronic pain.
Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night has been shown to be optimal, but many people either don’t or have difficulty. Adequate sleep helps the brain store memories, improves mood, strengthen the immune system and that’s just for starters. One way to increase sleeping time is to go to bed 15 minutes earlier or get up 15 minutes later each day, until you feel totally refreshed.
Here’s another reason for adding oily fish (salmon, sardines), walnuts and ground flaxseed (omega-3’s) in your diet. Dr. Andrew Weil states that not only do they keep inflammation down, but they maintain healthy breast cells, a positive note for women with a family history of breast cancer.
If you can sit on the floor, extend your legs straight out and touch your toes, then your cardiac arteries are probably flexible too. This means less of a chance of a heart attack because flexible cardiac arteries allow for better blood flow. According to the study at the University of North Texas Science Center, you may slow age-related stiffness by doing muscle flexibility exercises.
The next time you are feeling bloated, try some mild physical activity, like walking or lightly pedaling a bike. The activity increases your heart rate and breathing, stimulating muscle contractions of the intestinal muscles, which clears gas and alleviates bloating. Funny how exercise seems to help almost everything!