The Beer Diet

Health advice for those of us who enjoy tipping back a few brews...
or sometimes a few too many!

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    We were designed to breathe through the nose, which warms, moistens and filters air before it reaches the delicate tissue in the lungs. Breathing through the nose also induces special cells that line the nasal cavity to release nitric oxide. The gas, not to be confused with nitrous oxide  (laughing gas), dilates blood vessels to improve circulation and lower blood pressure.You can read more about breathing in journalist James Nestor's fascinating book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

     To be healthy, you have to think healthily. Numerous studies show that people who tend to think positively live longer and healthier lives than those who tend to think negatively. So lighten up. Try to adopt the attitude that this is my only body, and I’m going to treat it with love and take good care of it to the best of my ability. When stressed out, take a deep breath and consider that 90 percent of the things we worry about don’t come to pass. Of the remainder, 9 percent won’t be as bad as anticipated, and the 1 percent that are may make you stronger in the long run. In other words: Don’t worry, be happy!

  No kidding. Regular romps burn calories, lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, boost immunity, aid digestion, help sleep and improve mood, among other benefits. When you make hay, you're also making new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis. Sexual arousal activates both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, meaning it is highly stimulating and deeply relaxing at the same time, a great combination for the body. A survey of 16,000 American adults found that increasing frequency of sex from once a month to once a week boosted happiness by the same amount as having an extra $50,000 in the bank. And it’s fun!

    Go ahead and enjoy the bliss of a hot shower, but turn it cold for the last minute or so. The sudden chill triggers the release of “cold shock” protein RBM3, which strengthens nerve connections in the brain. The cold water also constricts blood vessels in the skin and extremities, flooding the brain and other vital organs with oxygen-rich blood. It also supports mitochondria and boosts the immune system. Chilling out like this is good for everyone, except maybe heart patients and others with cardiovascular issues.
To eat right, you have to know what’s in your food. While shopping, take a few moments to read the ingredient label, and compare nutrition just like you compare prices. As a rule of thumb, food is low in a particular nutrient if it contains less than 5 percent of the daily value per serving. Anything over 20 percent means the food is high in the nutrient. That can work both ways depending on whether the nutrient is healthy (such as vitamins, minerals and fiber) or unhealthy (such as sodium, added sugars and saturated fat). And be sure to note the serving size, which is often just a fraction of the package contents.