You may think you got dealt a lousy genetic hand when it came to fat distribution, but what you might not know is that chronic fat around your midsection might be due to stress….
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:
I choose to let go of my fears.
I crave food that gives me energy, health and satisfaction.
I celebrate my small wins and that leads to big wins.
Rejection is just a sign that I am taking a risk. I can be rejected and still be worthy. #dherbs
HEALTH TIP: Active Kids Get Better Grades
Any kind of physical activity seems to boost kids’ school performance, according to a recently published international analysis. Researchers reviewed 14 studies that compared kids’ physical activity with their grades or test scores. Ten of the studies included in the analysis were “observational” - researchers asked parents, teachers and the kids themselves how active they were and then tracked the youngsters’ academic performance for months or years. The other four studies compared the test scores of groups of kids who attended extra physical education classes or other types of exercise against the test results of those who didn’t get any additional exercise. Here, again, the kids who performed the most exercise scored higher on tests. The investigators concluded that kids may be better behaved and better able to concentrate on schoolwork when they get enough exercise. Another theory: exercise improves blood flow to the brain and improves mood. The study was published in the January 2012 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. #dherbs
The answer to your bumps, flakes, and rashes may be on your plate.
"Even If you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward."-Victor Kiam
HEALTH TIP: Slow Carbs Limit Inflammation
Slowly digested, high-fiber carbohydrate foods such as whole grains, lentils, pinto beans, and kidney beans, can help reduce levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker for the inflammation associated with heart disease and other chronic illnesses, by about 22 percent in overweight or obese adults. This finding comes from a study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Investigators put 80 participants on back-to-back 28-day diets, the first featuring high glycemic load carbs that are low in fiber and highly processed (they contain white sugar and white flour such as sugar-sweetened beverages and many breakfast cereals). These foods cause blood sugar levels to rise quickly. The other diet featured low glycemic load carbs that don’t cause blood sugar to spike. The diets were otherwise identical in calorie, carbohydrate, protein and fat content. In addition to the effect on CRP, the researchers reported that the low glycemic load diet led to a five percent increase in a protein called adiponectin, which plays a key role in protecting against several types of cancer as well as type-2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hardening of the arteries. The study was published online on Dec. 21, 2011 by the Journal of Nutrition. #dherbs