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Gratitude Boosts Your Health

05/   November, 2018

Over the years, I have been fascinated by the physiology of emotion.

Everyone has experienced the negative impact of emotion on your own physiology. For example, you might feel a “knot in your stomach” when you’re worried. Or, you might feel your heart race when you’re nervous or anxious.

Gratitude

Because I’m interested in people getting to good health outcomes as quickly and efficiently as possible, let’s focus on two emotional practices that have been scientifically shown to improve your health: gratitude and appreciation.

  • Gratitude is usually defined as “thankfulness” or “readiness to show appreciation”.
  • Appreciation builds on gratitude. Definitions include “a full understanding” and “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.”

Support Your Adrenals

03/   September, 2018

Fall is falling, the days are getting shorter. My “baby” is now 17 years old and has started his senior year of high school. Quiet Summer is in my rear view mirror and a busy Fall is now in full swing.

Nowadays, “busy” easily spills over into “stress”.

Our adrenal glands keep us going under stress, and they can get tired. There are entire books written about adrenal fatigue, so here I will focus on cortisol, a.k.a. the stress hormone.


The Major Hormones That Affect Your Weight

04/   January, 2018

It is beyond frustrating when you know you are eating right, exercising enough, and trying hard to manage your stress…and you STILL cannot achieve your weight loss goals.

What if 2018 can be a year of reaching (and even surpassing) your weight loss goals instead of another year of frustration?

Here’s a hint: if your hormones are out of balance (or not at optimal levels), you could be headed for failure instead of success.