Want to Lose Weight? Take A Nap!

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Ever feel like taking a nap mid-day?  Want to bite someone’s head off after a night of no sleep?

Get some zzzzz’s!

Our bodies are designed to receive at least 6 hours of sleep a night; and getting any less can affect mood, energy, alertness and weight loss results.

When you sleep your body recharges and repairs itself from your muscles to your cells.  During sleep, your body also releases hormones that allow major functions to take place.  Lack of sleep lowers leptin levels and increases cortisol in your body.  When leptin is lowered, your appetite increases.  Furthermore, increased amounts of cortisol in the body stimulate glucose production and hunger.

Lastly, lack of sleep makes it hard for your body to metabolize carbohydrates.  This increases your blood-sugar and insulin levels and in turn tells your body to store extra food as fat.

That’s enough to make me want to go take a cat nap.  What about you?

For more tips on weight loss and health, stay tuned to my blog!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Oh Omega 3’s — How I love you!

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Have you had your daily dose of Omega 3’s yet today?

Omega 3’s are essential for every cell in your body!  We don’t produce them naturally, so we must eat food sources that are rich in Omega 3’s or take an Omega 3 supplement.

Why do we need Omega’s 3’s?  Omega 3’s promote brain function and reduce inflammation in our body.  They also improve memory, boost mood, decrease depression and anxiety, decrease eye dryness and make skin glow.  They can lower your chance of heart disease by 1/10th if you consume them regularly.  Furthermore, they assist your metabolism and weight by improving you body’s ability to respond to insulin.   Additionally, they are a key component of keeping a healthy digestive tract.

There are some fabulous foods that are rich in Omega 3’s!  Walnuts, flaxseed, fish, Grass Fed Beef and Tofu are on the list.  Trout, sardines, mackerel, and wild salmon all have high levels of Omega 3’s. 

What conditions indicate a need for more Omega 3 foods and/or fish oil??  Fatigue, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression, Cardiovascular Disease, Joint Pain, Brittle Hair and Nails, those who have trouble concentrating, and those with dry skin.   Don’t take Fish Oil if you have a fish allergy or if you are on blood thinners (it can thin the blood).

Omega 3 Supplements are also available at the store.  I recommend looking for high quality fish oil in a dark bottle (so it doesn’t go rancid) with at least 600mg of DHA.  Store it in your refrigerator.

To your health! 

Autumn  (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)