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Good luck to all!

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Immunity Aid and Myths

April 9, 2010

The human immune system is strongest when the body is active and well nourished. In order to fight off, or help prevent, a cold, proper hydration and nourishment are crucial to the battle.

Make sure you have a jacket

The common cold cannot be picked up by solely stepping outside without a coat on. This is achieved by picking up a virus. Take, for example, the polarbear swim. For those of you who consider yourselves fitness enthusiasts, this one may be worth a try. For more information, check out the Dolphin club for some swimming aficionados. http://www.dolphinclub.org/polarBearinfo.html So go ahead and enjoy the cold weather. You may actually be safer outside as everyone else will be inside passing around these germs.

Spring Fever

A fever is the body’s response to a virus and is there for a reason in many cases. The increased temperature will improve the function of cells to help fight the infection as well make it more difficult for the illness to spread further. It is important you have plenty of fluids and nutrition as a fever requires excess energy from the body. Keep drinking plenty of water and eating a regular diet.

Sleep Tight

Proper amounts of rest can also boost the immune system as the body needs to time to rebuild. Energy expensed needs to be replenished and a full nights sleep can help. A recommended 7-8 hours a night will be beneficial.

Stressed out of work

Although hard to document specifically, it is proven that a more stress free lifestyle can boost the immune system. Emotional health is important to balancing out physical wellness and response to infection.

Exercise can help limit stress levels as well. A mild exercise program will get that blood pumping but too vigorous of an exercise routine can actually work the opposite direction. It can wear the body out and make you more likely to get sick.

-Karl Norelius

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“Seventy-five to ninety percent of physician visits are related to stress and, according to the American Institute of Stress, the cost to industry has been estimated at $200 billion-$300 billion a year.” Many Americans lead their lives in the pursuit of stability and progression and in the process sacrifices are made. Time to relax with family and kids, spend time with family, travel, or take the necessary time to grow personally is becoming more and more sparse.

Health risk is another aspect of a high stress environment and as time becomes inevitably more valuable, less time is spent preparing quality food. As mentioned in a previous post, Stress relief can be aided through proper nutrition and avoiding some of those quick fixes on the way home from the office. We will dive into fast food on another day but there are healthy alternatives to some of these high calorie “meals”. Fruits and vegetables are great temporary solutions for hunger and to increase energy. When it comes time to prepare that full meal, you can spend over an hour with shopping and cooking to ensure all the proper food groups are in place. There is an alternative where you can avoid sacrificing convenience and still maintain a proper diet. The best part is it can be delivered fresh to your doorstep daily.

What would you do with the time you save from not having to cook? Or better yet, if you are already enjoying the benefits of Chef By Request’s service, what are you doing with that time?

If you have suggestions on topics you would like to discuss pertaining to health or nutrition, let me know! I would love your feedback.

-Karl

Power of Water

April 1, 2010

What if you could lose weight just by drinking more water? The human body is made up of about 60% water according to Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology. So how important is hydration in the interest of health and losing weight? Whether you are aggressive in your exercise plan or are just hoping to manage your weight, water can help.

According to Mara Z. Vitolins, assistant professor of public health sciences, and Science Daily, it can be hard to distinguish between being thirsty and hungry and when many people turn to their favorite soda or cup of copy to quench thirst, you can actually be taking a step backwards. Many sodas contain a high content of sodium and operate as a diuretic through caffeine content and can further dehydrate the body.

As a recommendation from Vitolins, try replacing these high calorie beverages with a glass of plain water. Not only will you decrease your calorie and fat intake but you could save some money in the process.

Drinking water has additional benefits for the human body including the removal of waste products, carrying vital nutrients, and regulating body temperature. A good way to ensure your body is receiving these vital nutrients is a well balanced diet like Chef by Requests zone inspired program.

The next question is how much water?

The amount of water to be consumed by an individual is a little subjective, and you should consultant a medical professional when making drastic changes to diet or fluid consumption, but Vitolins has a quick calculation to get you an idea. Take your body weight and divide it by two. This number is the amount of daily water consumption in ounces.

If you have suggestions on how to optimize your water intake, let us know! We would love to hear from you.

-Karl