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Off The Beaten (HEALTH) Path
Thursday October 10, 2013
Most of us are familiar with some of the more foundational elements of maintaining our health—eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, getting an adequate amount of sleep and drinking plenty of pure water. So I thought I’d veer off that beaten path and share several health tips that are less well known.
1) Remove electronics from your bedroom
As technology has advanced, new electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) have been created that surpass anything found in nature. Research has now linked exposure to EMF’s to health risks, and it makes sense to reduce as many EMF’s as we can in the bedroom, where we spend 1/3 of our lives. Remove electronic gadgets from your nightstand, and choose a battery-powered alarm clock over an electric one. If you can’t live without your electric blanket, plug it in before you go to bed to warm it up, then unplug it when you get into bed. Keep your cell phone, ipad and laptop in another room while sleeping. If you feel you can’t sleep without your cell phone in the room, move it as far away from your head as you can. Distance is our friend when it comes to EMF’s.
2) Stimulate your lymphatic system
The lymphatic system is important for removing toxins from the body and helping to mount an immune response when needed. But unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump—it depends on the movement of the body to keep it flowing. A particularly good exercise for stimulating the lymphatic system is rebounding—jumping on a mini trampoline. At the top of a bounce the one-way valves in the lymphatic system open and allow the lymphatic fluid to flow upward. Even 2-3 minutes of gentle bouncing where only your heels leave the rebounder is beneficial to your lymphatic system.
3)Choose your supplements wisely
The supplement industry in America is very loosely regulated, and if you feel that you’re shooting in the dark when you walk into a vitamin store to choose a product, you often are. When shopping for supplements look for companies that manufacture according to pharmaceutical guidelines and are willing to offer the customer a guarantee that what’s on the label truly matches what’s in the product. Consumerlab.com is a group that regularly tests supplements for consistency with their labels, and their published reports indicate that no matter what type of supplements are being tested, roughly 25-30% of the products do not pass their approval. If you don’t know if your brand is manufactured to pharmaceutical standards, call the company and ask.
Lynne Stephens is an Independent Associate with USANA Health Sciences and is studying to become a certified health coach. Contact her through her website at http://lynnestephens.usana.com. The information above does not constitute medical advice of any kind and readers are encouraged to consult their physicians before making changes to their health regimens.