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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.

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