How to get started on your rebalancing journey
The side effects to the following tips might include losing some of that belly fat, feeling less fatigued, and having fewer episodes of the blues. You may also become more active and even smile more often.
• Do what you can to make the sources of your stress more predictable, or learn to develop more control over those stressors. Start by identifying patterns. If morning rush hour always causes your first headache of the day, consider changing your morning routine so that you can leave 10 minutes earlier. One of the fundamental biochemical facts you need to know is that chronic stress robs you of vigor. The unrelenting, chronic stress that most people put up with every day can wreak havoc on your sleep, weight, and general health.
• Control the rust. When iron is exposed to air, oxygen triggers a chemical reaction called oxidation. During oxidation, renegade oxygen molecules called free radicals chip away at the composition of the iron. In our bodies, similar free radicals form as byproducts from the “burning” of food for energy and the breakdown of toxic substances, such as cigarette smoke and other pollutants. Manage oxidation by consuming plenty of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, green tea, and cocoa. (I really don’t have to remind you to quit smoking, do I?)
• Manage inflammation. Inflammation can cause many chronic diseases. Reduce it by eating fewer fried foods and more healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and tuna.
• Stabilize your glucose. You don’t have to completely understand the glycemic index to know that spikes in insulin (the result of flooding your body with glucose) aren’t good for you. They can lead to food cravings and more serious conditions. Help balance insulin levels by giving up soda, switching from refined grains to whole grains, and eating proteins with your carbs.