We test our eyes, our hearing; we get yearly dental cleanings, and physical exams. Why don?t we test our sleep?
Sleep ? it?s the one thing that both the medical field and consumers both agree on. We need it, we want it, and we wish we had more of it. Many consumers feel that desire to go right back to bed as soon as they get up in the morning, thinking more time in bed would solve their fatigue and exhaustion. Recently I sat down with owner of Lion Sleep Laboratories, Keith Martin, to get the skinny on sleep.
Wikipedia?s points out that during sleep, most systems in a person are in a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. A sleep disorder is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning.
Jen: Why do most people complain about poor sleep?
Keith: In general we are not resting as soundly because most people sit for prolonged periods of time when they are at work or home. Years ago many were in physically demanding job that helped keep them active and at a healthy body weight and allowed for more restful sleep. Now we have between 84-86 total sleep disorders.
Jen: Wow ? I had no idea that many even existed.
Keith: Yes, but 90% of people fall into sleep apnea disorder. Which is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep.
Jen: Basically ? you stop breathing or you lose the ability to breath while you sleep?
Keith: Yes, and interestingly enough, early on sleep apnea went undiagnosed. People simply passed away in their sleep out of no-where and most of them were cases of sleep apnea. The other most common sleep disorder that people are familiar with is insomnia. All of us have suffered from insomnia at some point in our life. You could have worked out too hard, your muscles are really sore and you are uncomfortable when you try and rest, you drank some caffeine you shouldn?t have, eat a heavy meal before bed, stress at work, stress in a relationship, etc.
Jen: What is it about sleep apnea that is capturing 90% of people being tested?
Keith: There are 2 major factors that contribute to sleep apnea. First, an increase in BMI second elevated blood pressure. BMI stands for Body Mass Index, which is your mass (weight) to your height ratio. With modern society elevated BMI?s are more prevalent than ever as are elevated blood pressures and these are the 2 keys to developing sleep apnea.
Jen: Develop? So is sleep apnea reversible?
Keith: Absolutely ? lifestyle changes can reverse sleep apnea since most sleep apneas are benign.
Jen: I see, so for people who have either of those 2 indictors should they be tested for a sleep disorder? If so, how?
Keith: Yes, that is correct. We would perform a sleep study to determine if a sleep disorder is detected. In many cases it is.
Jen: What outlets are available to conduct a sleep study?
Keith: You have private sleep labs and you have your hospitals. The biggest difference between private sleep study labs like Lions Sleep Laboratories and your hospitals are the costs involved. Private sleep labs are often 3 times less expensive than hospitals. The issue most people face is they are not aware they would benefit from a sleep study until some other complications land them in the hospital. Once in the hospital the physicians order a sleep study and you end up paying 3 times what you should have. Anytime you end up in the hospital you will see tests costs significantly higher than if you had them performed in the private sector.
Jen: I see, why do you think people find themselves in that predicament?
Keith: Often we do not think of sleep as a measuring stick for our health but we should. Just like blood pressure, BMI, heart rate, sleep is a measuring stick on your current health. For people who currently suffer from an elevated BMI &/or high blood pressure they should be getting tested.
Jen: It seems like most people I know who suffer from sleep apnea are men. Any thoughts to why?
Keith: Education on our genetics for one. It takes much more for women to show an increase in blood pressure and other health indictors than men as a direct result to elevated weight. Strictly studying and consulting our genetic codes, men were built to hunt and gather, to fight and protect. They were genetically built to be leaner so they could travel, climb, etc. While women were genetically built to bear children. They were meant to naturally carry more weight for longer periods of time through the childbearing process. Naturally they have a pre-disposition to carry more fat than men. Because their body was designed to handle the load, when they are tested for sleep apnea the results that come back on women will often show a low rating, ?especially when compared to a men?s rating on the same test. I argue that any indictor should be considered especially for women. To wait until they test at the same extreme as a man is putting the same standard on a different genetic code.
Jen: So for a female who tests for a sleep disorder her results may not sound the alarm as much as a man with similar BMI and blood pressure indicators.
Keith: Yes, the message has been that men are a bigger concern when in reality the male to female genetic differences are not always being considered when the test results come in. It is why I personally feel women are going undiagnosed and left untreated until their health declines further.
Jen: If someone is diagnosed with sleep apnea and they do not want to sleep with a mask on the rest of their life do they have options?
Keith: Absolutely. If a low dose of blood pressure medication is prescribed it is often an indicator of diet, exercise, and sleep concerns. That low dose prescription is a red flag for the individual. Sleep apnea is another red flag to make lifestyle changes. As they accomplish better nutrition and activity then the sleep apnea is often reversed.
If you are tired of being tired our call to action to you today is to ask yourself:
1)??? Do I have an elevated BMI?
2)??? Do I have hypertension?
If you answered yes to any either of these questions consider contacting Lion Sleep Laboratories or another private sleep lab in your area to schedule a sleep test today. To learn more about Keith Martin and Lion Sleep Laboratories please visit them at www.lionsleeplab.com.
The #1 argument I hear against establishing a routine is ?don?t establish a routine, your body needs constant change to gain anything, routine is the enemy?. I beg to differ. I believe routine is just another word for consistent. Consistency helps you wake up everyday at similar time to ensure you can:
- Shower before you have breakfast
- Get the kids ready
- Show up for school / work
- Hit the box for your workout
- Eat dinner
This routine, or one very similar, is done consistently day in and day out and it allows you to be efficient in your most regular tasks.
Routine has gotten a bad rap!
Establishing a routine does NOT mean go to the gym everyday and do the exact same thing. If gallivanting on an elliptical for 30 min is your routine and call it a day then the lack luster results you see or the need to starve yourself to change the weight on the scale is a reflection of that routine. Your daily routine has constant variation in it ? your breakfast changes, your projects at work adjust, you wear different clothes (hopefully), and when you hit the gym we have a different workout ready and planned for you. Our ability to vary your workout each time you visit us is the beauty in programming workouts. Special knowledge, planning, prep, and goals go into our programming and those who are consistent in our workouts see the results and are thankful for their gym routine.
Routine helps accomplish goals!
Now, it?s the new year, you?ve been CrossFitting for a while, you should have a goal that you either publicly or secretly are trying to work towards. If you do not, consult a coach immediately! The most beneficial thing you could do is establish a routine, something you can be consistent with, to help you achieve that goal. The most common goal we hear from our female athletes is to get an unassisted pull up, or do handstand push -ups. ?In order to back that goal up one needs to be putting in some extra work before or after class. Working in 5 practice reps before and or after class every time you work out will compound your results and get you to that unassisted pull up MUCH faster. If you have no idea where to start towards your personal goal don?t be afraid to ask a coach for help! We enjoy those little aspects of coaching and watching someone?s eyes light up when they realize they can do more than they thought they could.
Have no fear!
Routine is consistency. You must be consistent to be successful, to better yourself and to reach your goals. Don?t be afraid to set a goal, to strive to achieve something you think may be unreachable. We see most of our clients everyday, and each day they do more than they think they could. It?s amazing to watch someone grow into the vision of themselves that they have in their mind. It makes all the struggling; the doubts and the hard work worthwhile. The secret of your future (an unassisted pull up) is hidden in your daily routine (5 reps everyday). Get consistent and establish your routine!
Everyone knows that water is good for them and may understand the basic importance of water and what it does for you. The unfortunate side is that most people do not value it like they should which could possibly be because they truly don?t know many of the other important benefits that come with it. To refer to some of the common benefits of H2O, check out the previous article we posted here?about water.
Outside of hydration, aiding in metabolism and digestion, and fighting headaches water provides many other useful aids in health, lifestyle, and training that people tend to overlook. This article is meant to focus on those areas to help you get more excited and value water more. So here is a list of some overlooked benefits. Your body will love you for it!
Improves Your Mood
- Even if you are mildly dehydrated it can impact your mood. So keep the water close so you feel refreshed.
Naturally Prevents Headaches
- According to studies going to long without water can trigger a headache or migraine, so by consistently drinking water it reduces the trigger to occur.
- Lubricates joints and cartilage
- It keeps the joints hydrated and reduces stiffness
- Cartilage which protects bones is made up of 85% water
Aids In Cold Weather Workouts
- Cold weather can dehydrate you just as much as hot weather.
- We lose water through respiration, and when we exercise in the cold we work harder under the layers and therefore sweat and breathe heavier.
- Cold weather reduces thirst and water cravings, increasing dehydration rate.
Eat Your Water
- Fruits in vegetable that have high water content such as watermelon, cucumber, and strawberries also contain other nutrients that aid in hydration and provide good nutritious snacks.
Improves Skin Health
- Staying hydrated reduces wrinkles by delivery nutrients to the skin cells and helps maintain elasticity.
- Aids in reducing dryness and cracking especially during the cold months.
Exercise In It
- Aerobic workouts in water is great for low impact ? low stress cardio exercise.
- Getting in a good pool workout is great the change up your routine and will aid in recovery between weight training or high impact training sessions.
Soak It Up
- Spa therapy can help relieve pain and aid in relaxation.
- A hot bath with Epson salts can help your muscles relax and relieve tension.
How Much Do I Need To Stay Hydrated
I wanted to include it to?remind everyone how much they need or how to figure out how much.
- Take your bodyweight and divide by 2 to find how many ounces you need
- Divide the ounces by 8 to give you the amount of cups.
- This will give you a baseline but may need to increase depending on your activity level.
- A good goal would be 80-100oz
Now that the New Year health and fitness resolutions are upon us, I challenge everyone to not only get fit and healthy by exercising and improving their nutrition but to make an additional resolution and value water. If people can truly understand the importance of what it can do for them then more resolutions will be successful. Quality of life will be improved which will carry over into other aspects of life such as productivity, mood, and fitness and performance.
So get rid of the high calorie sugary, over caffeinated drinks and start drinking some ice cold water. Then come see us at CrossFit Collinsville for help with your New Year?s Resolutions! Our trainers will help you stay accountable to see your resolution through and be successful in reaching your goals through the entire year!
The weather in this area can sometimes be as predictable as the lottery. One day you may be out playing with the kids in shorts and the next day you?re bundling up to get the newspaper. One thing that is consistent is the snow in January. Initially everyone gets excited for the first snow of the season, especially around the holidays. Snow can be very pretty and have a calming aspect to it, but our patience quickly wears thin and we can?t wait for it to be gone. If we have the winter that we did last year then you better prepare yourself now and get your shovel and winter boots ready to go. Unless you have a neighbor kid come shovel your sidewalks and driveway then get ready. I have put together some tips for everyone to help them with their snow removal process and reduce the usual back pain and fatigue. These tips will help you do it efficiently and safely!
Before Heading Outside Make Sure You Dress Appropriately
- Wear enough layers to keep you warm but doesn?t restrict your movement, also, boots, gloves, and a hat that will keep you dry and warm.
Have a Plan of Attack
- Think about where you plan to move the snow beforehand so you don?t have to move it more than once.
- If you are doing this before work plan ahead so you can do the job right and safely.
Choose the Right Shovel
- Pick one that has a curved handle, this will allow you to keep your back straight and reduce back pain.
- Use a shovel that is light weight and not too big and allows you to push the snow instead of lifting.
- Your back will get wore out quickly if you constantly try to lift large amounts of snow and move it.
Use Proper Technique When Shoveling (This may be the most important tip!)
- Just like anything else there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. You wouldn?t just walk up to a barbell and try deadlifting it without setting your spine and bracing yourself would you? I hope not!! Same goes for moving snow.
- Before you head outside make sure you warm up your body and loosen up your muscles.
- Hand placement is important. Spread your hands out to create leverage.
- Maintain posture in your back to keep your natural curve.
- Brace your back by breathing in to your belly before you attempt to push or lift the snow.
- Set your feet in an athletic stance to create a strong foundation.
- Make sure you are using your legs. Bend at the knees not at the waist and don?t twist to throw the snow.
- Take breaks when needed.
- Shoveling snow is hard work so don?t overexert yourself. Although, it can be a great workout.
- If you dressed appropriately (see point 1) then you will be sweating before you finish the job and need to replace those fluids.
- Before going for the coffee or hot tea drink 24-32 oz of water.
These snow shoveling pointers should help reduce the headache of those snow covered sidewalks and keep you pain free. Another way to get yourself ready for this task is to make sure your body is ready for this demand. The coaches at CrossFit Collinsville are here to help you get fit and healthy so that you are ready to go for the winter and the future. Don?t hesitate to contact us about trying a class and getting started on your journey to a healthier and stronger life.
If you or someone you know and love is creating their life around health, fitness, and general wellness then this is meant for you! ?I act very different around the Holiday?s than I use to and it continues to leave me more satisfied each and every year. ?Instead of 8 weeks of throwing things out the window I enjoy 6 perfect days spread out over 63 ?holiday season? days. Yep that?s it ? the holiday season which I define as Halloween through New Year?s Day is a whopping 63 days!?? The holidays season represents a breather or break from my normal routine by enjoying the gift of moderation! I enjoy all that the holiday?s have to offer ? I eat the wonderful festive foods that leave you waddling to the couch for a nap. I enjoy them on the Holiday itself = Halloween Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (starting at dinner), through Christmas Day, and New Year?s Eve (starting at dinner) through New Year?s Day.
During those windows I take a break and relax my grip on my health and fitness plan guilt free! The other 57 days of the holiday season I stick with my goals & routine all thanks to some excellent Fit Gifts that are in my tool belt. My gift to you this holiday season is a gift-giving (or receiving) guide that will help you stay on track the other 57 days of the Holiday Season and propel you into the start of 2015!
My personal picks for the top 10 tools that can help the health nut (or wannabe Health nut) on your list this year:
1)?? Fitness Tracker ? general awareness of how much we actually move/day, built in accountability partner. Key features to look for:
- Sleep tracking
- Calories burned
- Heart rate monitor
Some of my favorites can be found at:
- Budget Friendly options from other brands can often be found on Group or Amazon.
2)?? Food Scale ? Keeps my awareness up on portion sizes. Key features:
- Multiple until of measure
- Easy to store
- Clear display
Some of my favorites can be found at:
3)?? Re-fillable Water Container ? hydration is key in weight loss and overall performance. It will also keep hunger at bay and cravings down to a minimum. Added benefits are fighting off sickness during the flu season. For more on the importance of water ? check out my article by clicking here.?My top favorites:
- ?24 oz. Tervis Tumbler w/lid ? 4 of these a day and you are hitting your daily intake of h20
- 20 oz. camelback spill proof water bottle?
- Brookstone ? flavor it water bottle
4)?? Food Journal + water journal? most popular is by www.myfitnesspal.com
5)?? Gym membership ? not all gyms are created equal. Many will be having the join for a $1 promotion but keep in mind all you get is the space and equipment ? no plan on how to actually develop a workout to benefit your body, its needs, and your goals. Once they get you in the door its up sell time so be ready! Instead consider what we have to offer ? straightforward monthly fee that gives you the plan, the coaching, the progressions as you improve, and outlets to learn more about healthy habits.?Click here to learn more about us.
6)?? Shaker bottle with storage – I love the ProStak by blender bottle ? check it out.
7)?? Great pair of shoes ? Reebok Nano?s and Inov-8 is my top choices for everyday workout shoes.?? Plus the color options are endless!
8)?? Recovery tools ? consider a package like the one offered by Rogue Fitness.
9)?? Gift Card to their favorite apparel store so they can stock up some goodies!
10) Subscription to a health magazine where they can continue to learn tricks of the trade! Some ideas to get you started:
- For him – Men?s Health: http://www.menshealth.com
- For her – Women?s Health: http://magazine-subscription.com-sub.info/Womens-Health/Welcome
- For both: http://www.theboxmag.com
Feel free to share some of your pics. Happy Holidays everyone!
?Oh, I?ll start working out Monday.?? ?Another piece of cheesecake won?t hurt. The strawberries on top make it healthier!?? ?These heels will totally complete my collection!?? ?Ok, my scale must be broken.???This sweatshirt must of shrunk in the dryer.???I?ll work on our home budget tomorrow, I?m too tired today.???I don?t need extra batting practice, I?m good enough.?? ?Diet Pepsi is way healthier than Pepsi!?? ?Nobody will know I skipped 3 reps.?? ?I?m sorry Jonny, I don?t have time right now. The Cardinals are playing!?? ?If I eat this piece of chocolate I?ll do 50 crunches.??You get the picture right?
Do these thoughts or comments sound a little too familiar? My hand is raised confidently high in the air while nodding my head up & down with agreement. I have personally been there & done that! Now, if you?re already saying to yourself ?Pssh, that?s not me!? I want you to reflect on the parts of your life that you?re unsatisfied with. Go on; take a couple minutes to really think about what you dislike. Now, what are you currently doing at the moment to change those aspects in your life that you?re unsatisfied with? Is what you?re doing enough to really make a significant change? Are you inconsistent? Do you feel you have nobody to turn to for help? If your financial, physical, emotional or relationship status is not up to par with what you expect of yourself or life then I urge you to take the ?Discipline December? challenge!?
Our lives consist of denying, justifying & bartering our way through the obstacles that will help us reach our goals in life! Staying disciplined is a way to take control so you can become consistent with reaching the goal(s) you set for yourself! If you want to: Regain control over your financial status, lose those last 10 pounds, or making time out of your week to enjoy your family so they know how much you love them. Whatever the case may be, you CAN and WILL do it!
For the month of December make 1 sacrifice and 1 commitment. That?s it! I promise you?ll be amazed if you stay consistent & DISCIPLINED enough to do this for 30 days! I?ll give you a few examples—>
- Weight Loss: Sacrifice- Drinking soda. Commitment- Work out 5 times a week.
- Financial Freedom: Sacrifice- Not eating out. Commitment- Weekly budget review.
- Happier Marriage: Sacrifice- Reduce time watching T.V. Commitment- Date night once a week.
Once you determined what you want to sacrifice & commit to then do the 3 following steps:
1)???? Write it down on a small piece of paper & place it where you will see it to remind yourself daily of your goals! (The bathroom mirror is a place so you can see it right when you wake up. J)
2)???? Discuss your goals with friends, co-workers or family so you will can be held accountable by others around you.
3)???? Find at least one person to do the challenge with you! Make it fun for you & the people you do it with will so you?ll be more motivated. Place some wagers with your buddies & enjoy yourself!!
We could rattle off statistics, talk about the obesity epidemic, poor food choices, videogames, sleep habits, family culture, food preparation and any number of other things to send the message that kids need to get moving. But that wouldn?t be anything you haven?t heard before, nothing surprises people anymore, you can play on the emotion of guilt.
We know those of you with children love them more than anything in the world and would give it all to never see them in pain. You watch them when they sleep, you tell them just the right things so they don?t feel anything but joy. Help them believe in fairytales and that they can be anything they want to be, and to never give up when they want to the most.
CrossFit Kids tries to be an extension of that support team we have for kids today. We want what?s best for your kids, to watch them grow into amazing individuals. Do we want them to be the best at pull-ups, pushups or burpees? Sure, but not as much as we want them to be good human beings. We want them to know the difference between right and wrong, to understand how to play with other kids and how to communicate effectively to adults and kids their own age.
This is more than about exercise; this is about getting along in a group, learning how to follow directions and how to speak to other kids. This is about communication skills and listening skills. Doing something different that what they would normally experience. This is about setting them on a path for future success, changing the way they think about exercise. Having more fun playing games and never once realizing how tired they are.
Guilt is no longer such an overwhelming feeling; people get used to it and learn to ignore it. Love, however, that feeling goes to the depth?s of your soul and will never be ignored. Don?t bring your child here because you feel bad about the pizza you ate over the weekend, bring your child here because you love them more than words can describe and you know this is the most beneficial thing for them.
Kids love to play, they want to be up and doing things. Their imagination is something of wonder because they teach me new things everyday. Don?t think that they can?t do it, don?t hold them back. Give it a try and I?d bet they?d just amaze you. Kids are more capable than many give them credit for. All it takes is a little structure, a little belief, and a lot of love.
Our program incorporates functional movements hidden in the form of games, rope climbing, nutritional education, curriculum practice (ex: math problems, spelling, etc) and much more. These kids work extremely hard, they make new friends and they get to express their creative side and be heard. Come give it a try, the first class is on us.
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Ghosts that slowly creep through your hallways at night will force you to sleep with one eye open. Witches that tear across the sky on their broomsticks waiting to cast spells on innocent victims may have you paranoid to leave?your house after dark. Zombies rising up from their tombs to prey on the living will have you calling for your Mommy while trembling from?fear underneath your bed covers! However, during Halloween season there is one thing I must warn you of that is much scarier?.uglier? and more deadly than ghosts, witches & zombies!!
It will lurk throughout your home whispering ?calories?. Caalllorriesss?. caaalllloorrrriiieeeessss? if you overindulge on the thousands of empty calories lingering in butterfingers, gobstoppers, starbursts, blow pops, bite-sized snickers and candy corn!! For the sake of endangering your scale, waistline and pocket book I urge you to read through 5 tips to follow for this Halloween. ENJOY!
1)???? Only purchase candy for the weekend of Halloween. It is a one day event, not a month long celebration!
2)???? Stay out of your children?s candy bag! Do not use your children as free laborers for yourself to get a ton of candy!
3)???? Limit yourself to a certain amount & stick to it! There is a big difference in only consuming 3 pieces of candy compared to 300. Trust me, 300 + pieces of candy for some isn?t that farfetched.
4)???? DONATE! You can donate your leftover candy to troops & soldiers overseas to help stuff their stockings for the holidays! Visit one of these 3 sites to donate:
- Operation Shoebox- operationshoebox.com
- Operation Stars & Stripes- operationstarsandstripes.org
- Operation Gratitude- operationgratitude.com
5)???? Healthy recipes to make your own Halloween candy!! http://greatist.com/health/homemade-candy-recipes
With us moving to WODify we plan to begin a progression based change to our planning and programming of our workouts. These changes vastly improve your results and experience at CrossFit Collinsville. ?We will have a focus for each day of the week that will remain consistent throughout the 8-week program. ?Beginning next week on Tuesday, September 2nd our daily objectives will be programmed as described below.
MONDAY ? FOCUS – Heavy. The strength will be 85-100% lifts or 1-3 Rep Max?s. We do this when you?re fresh early in the week vs. when you are fatigued later in the week. Come mentally prepared to lift heavy (mechanically foundation must be present to add weight) and get focused. WOD?s will be short and intense.
TUESDAY ? FOCUS – Gymnastics. Gymnastic progressions of skills like muscle ups, rope climbs, HSPU, etc. Strength will be 50-80% of your lifts and WOD will be moderate.
WEDNESDAY ? FOCUS – Benchmark WOD?s. Examples: ?Fran?, ?Karen?, ?Diane?, etc. We will enjoying working through the selection of ?girls? and ?hero? workouts established by CrossFit Head quarters. These will remain constantly varied in weight and length.
THURSDAY ? FOCUS – Recovery. Coach Thomas will lead us through mobility baselines and progressions. Strength will be under 50% loads of your lifts and the WOD will consist of bodyweight or lightweight non-barbell movements. A recovery day is proven to make you stronger. This is a ?light? day, NOT an off day.
FRIDAY ? Strength work 50-85% loads with a moderate WOD.
SATURDAY ? AWESOME partner WODs will continue!!! Bring a friend! Get in this environment! You?ll see teamwork, you?ll see strategy, you?ll continue to enjoy great people that CFC has been built around. You will be challenged and you will have FUN in the process!
General class structure/other comments:
- At the beginning of every class we will have ?Thomas Time?. This will be 5 minutes of different mobility work done together. Time to get supple!
- We will function on an 8 – week cycle. We will continue this pattern for 7 weeks straight, on that 8th week we will have a complete recovery or de-load week. During that week everything will be light-weight with focus on mobility and recovery to prepare for the next 7 weeks.
- Based off our tracked attendance 90+% of our athletes are at least 3x/week or more and will benefit greatly from this system. We are excited to get this going, as this will improve to increases in strength and improved mobility.
- Don?t forget about our Open Gym Pass. For $35/month you can get unlimited access to all Open Gym hours to come in and practice you skills or work on improving your strength. Open Gym is currently available Tuesday/Thursday 7-8pm & Saturday?s 10-11am.
- Welcome to CFC guys!! Spread the word & continue help our program grow with great people!
Due to the rise in the amount of gluten free products you can find at the grocery store it is perceived that gluten-free must mean healthier.? That?s not always the case.? If a person has celiac disease or is sensitive to gluten then yes it is bad for you because your body cannot process it very well causing major symptoms.? But a lot of the people who are buying gluten free products don?t actually have any issues with gluten.? So why should they not buy those products?? Gluten contains essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that you don?t get from gluten free products.? Gluten is what binds products and act as a thickening agent.?? Many gluten free manufacturers tend to add more sugar and fats to bind the product together so you actually are consuming more calories. Usually when people feel good because they went gluten free is because they are eating lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and healthy grains.? People simply feel better by eating cleaner.?
If you think you are sensitive to gluten then you should challenge yourself by not consuming products with gluten for a week or two and see how you feel.? Then slowly add it back in and see how your body responds.? Common symptoms for someone who is sensitive to gluten are bloating, weight loss, fatigue, as well as other not so fun symptoms.? If you feel these symptoms then it could be a possibility that your are sensitive to these types of foods.?
If you are deciding to go gluten free you should ask yourself why?? Is it really hurting me?? Chances are probably not, but if there is any doubt ask a doctor.
What is clean?
Go open your refrigerator and look around.? How much of what is in there is clean?? What is clean?? Clean foods are foods that are in its most natural state or as close as possible.? What process took place between its origin and your plate?? Clean eating is eating whole foods or ?real foods? which means it was minimally processed or refined making them as natural as possible.?
All foods go through some sort of processing unless you are getting it out of your own garden or pasture.? Food processing is not always bad, instead it should be categorized.? Many products are processed to remove bacteria and toxins.? If the product has a long shelf life or requires you to heat it up then those are the products you want to try and stay away from.? If you can?t pronounce it or have no idea what the ingredients are then you should probably think twice before consuming it or even thinking it is clean.
A life of clean eating will help prevent life threatening health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers.?? Chemically processed products are directly linked to causing these serious health issues.? Pairing healthy clean eating with regular vigorous activity will reduce the risk of developing any of these illnesses.? These are habits that should be adopted together and must be a life style for it to work.? Just working out or just eating clean doesn?t always protect you so if you want to see true changes in your physique and health they must come packaged together otherwise it will be a tougher road to achieve your goals.?