What in the Health…

Do you know the difference between cholesterol  LDL and HDL? Most people don’t. LDL is what is known as the “bad cholesterol.” HDL is known as the “good cholesterol.”  There needs to be a perfect balance between the two in order for the bodily processes, like the development of hormones.  The body naturally produces HDL which helps transport the LDL to the liver. Too much LDL in the blood stream and too little HDL can lead to heart disease. There just isn’t enough HDL to move all the LDL.

Our body produces HDL naturally and we are governed by our DNA on how much we produce. So, how can YOU produce optimum levels of HDL?

  • Eat fatty fish
  • Consume proper fats. (aka don’t under eat your fats. Choose good fats!)
  • Exercise
  • Lose weight (not muscle, lose fat!)
  • Eat or supplement with omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Stop over consumption of alcohol
  • Avoid products that show an increase in bodily estrogen levels (plastics, oils, estrogen replacement therapies)
  • Stop breathing in combustible materials (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, marijuana joints, blunts etc.). Anything that burns that you breath in… don’t do it.

Now you know!

If you want to get your HDL/LDL levels checked then contact Critical Mass Training Systems for a FREE assessment on Saturday February 3rd or Saturday February 10th

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Other things that our Wellness Professionals will be assessing:

  • Family History
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Fat %
  • Waist-to-hip ratio
  • Fasting Blood Sugar
  • Hemoglobin A1C (3-month average blood sugar concentration)
  • Cholesterol
  • Movement Dysfunction
  • Disease Risk

 

Thinking Positive & Mortality

Seems like perception is everything now-a-days.  “See it, achieve it”. With popular books like The Secret, people are starting follow, “put your thoughts into the Universe and the Universe will respond.” A genie in the bottle I guess?  It seems simple enough, but does it work.  Does thinking positive make you a more positive person, or have more favorable life experiences? I would like to believe so, and the American Psychological Association may have just provided some evidence that it does work. Well, at least for health reasons, maybe not by magically depositing One Million Dollars in my bank account.

The Journal Health Psychology published a study on how healthy you THINK you are affects your risk of death more than how healthy you ACTUALLY may be.  The study looked at 61,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds with an huge spectrum of data from demographics, gender, physical activity, stress, extracurricular activity and much more. They even tracked individuals over the 21 year long study to see who died.

Researchers found that when individuals thought they were LESS healthy than their peers that it was associated with significantly higher risk of death! When subjects thought they were MORE healthy than their peers that was associated with a significantly less risk of death.  Pretty crazy right?!

What can we take from this?  I myself feel better when I think positive or hear positive feedback from my doctor or others around me.  Positive feedback motivates me to be more active. Being active creates a healthier lifestyle.  If I was less active I would be stressed. Stress, as we all know, can lead to poor health and disease. So if my doctor or friends are pointing out my wrong doings or if I put on a few pounds, then that would cause me to stress (that’s if I didn’t change my ways).

Let us not throw the running shoes in the closet for good and believe thinking positive is the only exercise you need. THINK POSITIVE, TRAIN OFTEN AND ALWAYS EAT WHAT THE EARTH PROVIDES!

 

 

Resources

Perceived Physical Activity and Mortality: Evidence from Three Nationally Representative US SamplesHealth Psychology, July 2017.