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WELLNESS--Lately, there is A LOT of talk about CBD oil. When discussing Cannabidiol (CBD), many people still have some misconceptions, and often, they confuse it with marijuana’s psychoactive chemical component known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

WELLNESS--This week, I got to thinking about the motivation behind my passion for health. I realized that some of the energy that I put in, the supplements, organic food, alkaline water, and even exercise, is partly based on fear. Thoughts like “I don’t want to get sick” or “I want to protect myself from that” often sit just below the surface. 

WELLNESS--Have you ever found yourself saying “I am done with Facebook,” or “I wish I could throw my cell phone into the ocean?” If so, you are not alone. Needing a simpler, less hectic life seems to be on the minds of many. What was once invented to bring us closer together, social media and modern technology only seems to be having the opposite effect. We are lonelier and more isolated than ever. 

WELLNESS--The very topic that causes so many of us stress and anxiety can on the flip side, also bring much joy and empowerment. So how do we find a balance between making sure that it doesn’t control us while still ensuringthat we have enough?

WELLNESS--A cleanse doesn’t have to mean drinking awful green potions and starving yourself of everything you enjoy for a month. A cleanse can also be a time of gentle purification. During a cleanse it’s important to note that they’re may be a period of time where one feels more cranky and fatigued. That is mostly due to the die off of my cotoxins in the body and is a temporary state. With some persistence and determination, that time will pass and coming out the other side will feel incredible. 

WELLNESS--We all have stress in our lives, but imagine if you could reduce your stress levels by making some small, simple and effective changes?

The DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) is a dietary pattern used to control hypertension. The diet is designed to use a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meats, fish, nuts, and low fat dairy options. DASH limits sugar and sweeteners, added fats and excessive red meat.

The DASH diet was created in 1992 by the National Institutes on Health to help balance out and reduce the amount of hypertensives in the US.  According to current statistics, high blood pressure affects roughly 50 million Americans. That’s close to twice as many residents as the entire state of Texas. Worldwide, close to 1 billion humans are dealing with hypertension.

Up until recently, the diet was only though to help lower blood pressure and risk of stroke, but now research is showing a clear link between DASH diet participants and a reduced prevalence of depression.  According to doctors at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago the DASH diet may have the dual benefit of not only protecting the heart, but also boosting the mood and lifting depression.  The study indicated an 11% reduction in depression for those that adhere to the DASH diet. 

This study will be formally presented in April and will go into greater detail the challenges of late life depression especially post stroke and heart attack. Awareness around seniors and their health is still skewed heavily towards the physical, but as people age and end up losing people close to them, it is easy for loneliness and depression to take hold.

While this study focuses on seniors with a mean age of 81, it is not a far reach to assume that diet and nutrition has a powerful effect on all of our bodies and minds. Regardless of our age and current health status, the choices we make are crucial so understanding the pitfalls of diet can make or break our health status. As usual we want to avoid sugar and added sweeteners. Healthy fats like avocados, nuts, olive oil and ghee are not the enemy but fried greasy fats and cakes and cookies are.  Ideally we drink more water than any other liquid in a day, and keep our alcohol intake to none or very little. 

Treating food as medicine and making healthy choices will undoubtedly extend our lives and make us happier more present individuals. As tempting as the junk food can be, when we make healthy food choices instead, we always feel better afterword. 

 

(Christian Cristiano is an acupuncturist in LA www.AcupuncturebyChristian.com TV host of Wellness for Realists and writes on wellness regularly for CityWatch. Christian can be reached at 310.909.6956 twitter: @CristianoWFR )

-cw

 

WELLNESS--A few years back, fitness trackers like Fitbit, Garmin, and Apple watch among others swept the United States and the modern world as a must have device if one wanted to stay fit. Data shows that in 2016 alone there were over 125 million wearable devices sold worldwide. There is no question that these gadgets are helping companies get rich, but are they helping people get fit?  The jury is still out on this one.  


 

 


 

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