I'd like to add 2 things. First, dehydration can also be bad for your heart. While I doing know how much I believe in the "8 glasses of water a day thing" (it sometimes seems like a bit too much and sometimes seems to do my body more harm than good), I DO think it's important to listen to your body, cut out or limit foods and drinks that increase dehydration (such as sodas and coffee drinks with excess sugar and caffeine), and drink water when you feel thirsty. When I listen to my body and drink when I'm thirsty, I feel better and less stressed throughout the day, my circulation seems a bit better (don't have as much swelling in the lower legs when I sit or stand for long periods), and I don't go to the bathroom so much at night (when I used to focus on drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day, I was up every hour going to the bathroom and not getting a good amount of sleep, which we've just learned is bad for our hearts). I've also noticed that cutting out excess caffeine and sugar in drink form helps me to feel better and not so jittery / on edge throughout the day.
Also, this article is a great argument for taking vacations more often. When we take a well-planned and properly funded vacation (we don't want to increase stress by spending money we shouldn't or upsetting our bosses by trying to vacation and inopportune times), we can relieve stress, brighten our outlook on life, reconnect with the family and even get away to areas with less pollution. We can also make more time for exercise and active outings and get better sleep. So if you're the type who doesn't vacation often (or makes lots of excuses for why it's never a good time to take a vacation), consider your health and the health of your family. Vacations don't have to be super costly or last a very long time, but if you live in a large city and are always on the go, you probably need it more than most. The next time you start feeling a little overwhelmed, why not plan a short weekend trip to the beach or a lake? You can do all sorts of activities that won't make you sedentary and enjoy some much needed stress relief for yourself and the family!
Staying inside to avoid weather conditions that aggravate my asthma stalls my health in many ways. Damage done living in LA with a smoking father has not been reversed over the last 40 years.
3/2/2013 12:07:35 PM
Why would you characterize living or working in a polluted area as a "sneaky" habit? Or many of the other factors you mentioned, for that matter....
"Sneaky" means "underhanded", and I am sure lots of people who live or work where the air is not clean do not have much choice, until we address the problem, as a society.
No, I didn't wake up grumpy, this morning, trying to find any pretext to get all worked up... I have just become more sensitive to the way we induce guilt in ourselves through language... "cheating" on a diet, "sneaky" habits....
While guilt drives sales, it doesn't do much for self esteem and usually backfires. Instead of making positive changes, we seem to be more likely to adhere to the habits that make us feel guilty....
It would be nice if I could find a competent doctor. So far all they want to do is test and prescribe. After all the testing and prescribing I end up worse than I started. I've had PCOS for over 20 years, but still don't have an official diagnosis. We did thousands of dollars testing on my thyroid and then nothing was done. I say, " Find a good NATUROPATHIC doctor. They do more good for you in the long run."
Sleeping too much causes elevated blood pressure. I have to think and read more about this one. Nine hours of sleep per night is my norm...hm...hate for all the healthy I'm doing to be undone by too much sleep!
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