CAT | General Health
This month we’ve offered up some quick tips for making 2015 a happier and healthier new year—and we hope you take this last one to heart (literally).
Many of us use social media to share our thoughts on countless topics, but sometimes those thoughts can get a little… well, irritable. Curious about whether or not our cyberspace griping says something about our heart health, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently analyzed 140 million randomly chosen “tweets” (individual posts on Twitter) to find the answer. What they discovered might just surprise you.
In communities in which where there were a high number of tweets expressing hatred, aggression or fatigue, the research team saw higher rates of heart disease—with use of the word “hate” being the single biggest predictor of poor heart health. But, in those areas in which there were a high number of positive, upbeat tweets, researchers saw lower rates of heart disease.
We know from previous studies that stress, anxiety and other negative emotions can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, so it comes as no surprise that the same emotions in cyberspace are associated with an unhealthy heart. Our final health tip for the year? Be sure to put a positive spin on those social media posts!
You’ve almost made it through January, but it feels like spring is light years away. The holidays are over, reality has set in, and suddenly you want to trade in all those New Year’s resolutions for a weekend of pizza and couch surfing. Here’s a better idea: reboot your health with a full body cleanse.‡
Every day we face an onslaught of harmful toxins from our air, food, water, household cleaners—you name it. Over time, those toxins can build up in the body and cause our health to decline. Natural body cleansing can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body more efficiently eliminate toxins and waste.‡ Here are three good reasons to cleanse:
- Jumpstart Weight Loss: Do your 2015 health resolutions include shedding those extra pounds you gained over the holidays? One of the best ways to jumpstart a weight loss program is with cleansing.‡ Studies show toxins are commonly stored in fat cells in the body, so the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body may retain. As you lose weight, toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream where they can slow metabolism and make it harder to burn fat, which is why regular internal cleansing is often recommended.‡
- Better Digestion: A buildup of toxins in the body can overwhelm our natural cleansing organs, especially when the bowel (colon) is sluggish. Cleansing the colon promotes regularity and helps purge unwanted toxins and waste, clearing the way for other organs to function properly.‡ Look for a full body cleanse with an added colon cleanse to support bowel health and promote at least one healthy bowel movement daily.‡
- Support for Your Natural Detox Channels: The channels of elimination that help filter and remove harmful toxins and waste from the body include: the blood, bowel, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, liver and skin. If any one of these channels is not functioning properly, overall health may suffer, which is why many natural health practitioners recommend a total body cleanse at the start of each new season to help the body cope with its constant task of eliminating toxins and waste.‡