A Spine Journal study found: “Walking for more than 3 days per week for over 30 min at a time significantly decreased the risk of developing low back pain (21-35%). The risk decreased further with increasing walking days and duration.”
Pretty cool that something as simple as walking can help with pain! Our body was made to be up right and walking. Walking can also help with bone health, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. So get out and go for a walk, its good for your health. Better yet grab your spouse or significant other hold hands and go for a walk together.
Another great reason to take care of our of second “brain”. Fascinating to see how important the gut microbiome is to our overall health!
More and more research is showing that inflammation in your gut can effect your body. The gut/brain connection is real and should be taken into account when you are sick and not feeling as good as you should. The old adage you are what you eat seem to be right more and more.
Eating more vegetables can help you lose weight. Besides having more vitamins and minerals than fast food or junk food, they also have more fiber. Currently, Americans only eat about 16 grams of fiber—the parts of plants that can’t be digested—per day. That’s way less than the 25 to 30 grams that’s recommended.
Fiber can also affect your gut microbiome ( bacteria in your intestines). The bacteria eats the fiber and become healthier. A high fiber or low fiber diet can affect the health of your intestine in more than one way.
Check out this cool chart.
This chart shows all the ways fiber can help your body. Its pretty amazing that eating whole foods( fresh, or frozen) can help you lose weight and improve the health of your intestines
We are still learning about the effects of screen time on our children’s brain. Let’s keep this information in mind while our kids are off school during Christmas break!
“In extreme cases, researchers also said that some brain scans of 9- and 10-year-olds who spend more than seven hours a day using electronic devices show a thinning of the brain’s cortex, which usually happens later in development.”
Have your kids go outside and play! It’s better for their brains!
*Need help limiting screen time? Trying printing out a chore/activity chart to have your kids complete for small amounts of screen time at a time! Stocking up on board games will also be helpful during the cold months as an alternative to video games or cell phone use.