4 Reasons Why You Cannot Lose Your Belly Fat

MONIQUE ABRAMS - Life Coach

So, you have tried every workout to slim your waistline and still you have maintained your love handles or apple body shape.  It has happened to the best of us.  A million crunches or sit-ups won’t give you the tummy of your dreams.  You know the kind I am talking about, the trim washboard abs with a coke bottle figure (V-shaped for men).

What many people do not know is that these issues will not be fixed with working out alone.  Sometimes, the reason you cannot trim your middle is something else completely!

  • Digestion Problems – How do you know if digestion could be causing your tummy bulges? Do you notice access gas, loose stools, constipation, heartburn, IBS or abdominal pains?  If so, you might have some issues with your digestion which is causing access build-up in your middle. From here, you will need to discover if your digestion is…

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7 Lesser Known Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

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Sleep deprivation is often an overlooked reason for many of our body’s mysterious symptoms.   Obviously, no person purposefully aims to miss sleep hours, but we often underestimate how much a lacking hour here and there over an extended period of time can affect our body.  Most people know of the more common symptoms of sleep deprivation.  We know it hinders your mental focus and we know we can feel fatigue.  There is a long list of lesser known symptoms that most people are unaware of.  Be aware of these symptoms and see if you might suffer unknowingly from sleep deprivation.

7 Lesser Know Consequences of Sleep Deprivation: 

  • It Can Make You Look Older – Poor sleepers have increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They also tend to have dull skin and…

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8 Amazing Superfoods that Deliver Multiple Health Benefits

One common, awful scenario of modern day medicine is when a person is prescribed a lab-derived medicine, sometimes multiples, and they have to continue taking these medicines with little to no natural assistance.  Little do they know, that some of these prescribed interventions could eventually be eliminated from their daily intake or completely avoided to begin with with some natural medicine from nature.

These 8 Amazing Super-foods deliver tremendous benefits for little cost:

1.Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 200 active plant compounds (phytonutrients), and strong antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

Aloe vera benefits include:

  • Eases inflammation and arthritic pain
    • Heals ulcers and a wide variety of digestive disorders and complications
    • Treats candida and parasites
    • Reduces heart attacks and strokes
    • Helps halt growth of cancer tumors
  1. Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is a rich source of carotenoids, 22 amino acids, and enzymes. It is a also good source of B-vitamins, vitamin C and E and over 68 minerals.

Bee pollen benefits include:

  • Combats cancer, diabetes, arthritis and depression
    • Promotes increased strength, stamina, endurance and energy levels
    • Increases concentration and memory
    • Improves fertility and enhances sexual activity
    • Increases resistance to infections
  1. Maca

Maca is a very nutrient-dense superfood and a complete source of amino acids. It also is rich in B-vitamins, vitamins C and E, and is a good source of copper, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Maca benefits include:

  • Improves anaemia
    • Reduces chronic fatigue
    • Relieves stress and depression
    • Improves libido and fertility
    • Improves adrenal function
    • Strengthens memory
  1. Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi is a rich source of antioxidants. It is also a good source of B-vitamins, as well as potassium, niacin, magnesium, selenium, copper and phosphorus.
Reishi benefits include:

  • Combats immune-related disorders like allergies, arthritis and cancer
    • Reduces physical and mental stress
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Protects the liver
    • Helps correct digestive disorders
  1. Goji Berries

Goji berries contain 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, vitamin A, B-complex, C and E, and is a superior form of antioxidants.

Goji berries benefits include:

  • Significantly improves immune function
    • Protects DNA
    • Protects the eyes and liver
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Protects the heart
    • Improves mood and libido
  1. Chlorella

Chlorella is a rich source of complete protein, a potent source of chlorophyll and rich in the entire vitamin complex. It is also an exceptional source of iron and zinc, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.

Chlorella benefits include:

  • Helps detoxify biotoxins, xenobiotics and heavy metals
    • Helps kill candida and yeast overgrowth
    • Known cancer fighter
    • Prevents and improves diabetes and insulin resistance
    • Reduces pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia
    • Helps heal and repair tissue growth
    • Reduces and eliminates digestive issues
  1. Hemp

Hemp contains 20 amino acids and is a complete source of plant protein. It is also nature’s most abundant source of essential fatty acids and has a perfect 3 to 1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.

Hemp benefits include:

  • Fortifies immune system
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Improves memory and prevents brain-related diseases
    • Clears up skin disorders
    • Helps keep digestive tract healthy and clean
    • Helps prevent cancer
    • Helps reduce risk of diabetes
  1. Coconut

Coconut is an excellent source of fatty acids, including lauric and caprylic acid, which destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi. It’s also a good source of B-vitamins and a great source of copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc.

Coconut benefits include:

  • Improves immune system function
    • Helps protect against brain-related disorders
    • Lowers risk of diabetes
    • Reduces joint and muscle inflammation
    • Strengthens liver
    • Kills bacteria and parasites
    • Protects against cancer and other immune-related diseases
    • Eases acid reflux and promotes proper digestive function

12 Natural, Free or Low-Cost Tips for Optimal Health – Mind & Body

The health market is a BIG business and some companies prioritize money over your health!  The list of ways other people make money off your desire to improve your health is long and wildly expensive!  Nutritional supplements, over prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, fad diet groups, high-end personal trainers, books based on a small amount of information, multiple doctor visits – I could go on!  I am not dismissing the benefits of spending money to achieve greater health.  Our health is important.  Most people do not have this kind of money to spend and those who do make it a priority often have to make financial sacrifices.

Below is a list of 12 ideas to optimize your health and only 3 of them requiring money to be purchased at roughly $5 each.

These are great ideas for those on a low-budget or for people who just want to keep it all natural.

  • Sleep – Catching ZZZ’s is first on the list, not because it is the most obvious, but it’s what most people take for granted. Sleep rejuvenates the body by assisting with energy supplies, coordination, muscle repair, skin health, immune system functioning and the balancing of hormones.  We know the average person requires 7-9 hours of sleep a night and if you sleep 6 hours a night the average person will function with only 50% of their mental capabilities.  With current statistics stating only 60% of people sleep over 7 hours at night on a regular basis, it’s amusing to imagine almost half the population moseying around half-awake.  Well, I suppose this would make sense if you are a people watcher like me.
  • Breathing Exercises By exercising your lungs with the 4-7-8 breathing technique, you are teaching yourself to breathe in a quality way. The theory is by forcing certain breathing techniques on the voluntary nervous system, you can positively boost the involuntary nervous system. With shallow breathing, air can remain in the tissues of the lungs and become stale, keeping fresh oxygen from finding its way into the bloodstream affecting sleep, stress levels, anxiety, food cravings, mental alertness, energy levels and mood.

 

  • Drink Enough Water –When & How Counts Drinking enough water lowers your risk for certain types of cancers, helps to fight infections, helps get rid of bodily toxins by flushing them out, aids in skin health, helps to lose weight, prevents joint pain and arthritis and boost energy. How much water should you drink? Divide your weight by 2 – this is how many ounces of water you need to drink a day.  For example, a 150lb. person requires 75 ounces a day at the very least for optimal body functioning.   How and when you drink water make can further optimize your health.  Drink 2-3 glasses of water before eating your first meal of the day for better digestion for the entire day.  Drink 1 glass of water before each meal.  Never drink cold water after having a meal – this will solidify the oils and slow digestion.  Japanese and Chinese people drink hot tea with their food for good reason.

 

  • Neck Gravity Traction Exercise – The multiple times my mother told me to sit up straight or you will get a hump neck was for more reasons than just the physical change. The nerves in our neck, collarbones, between the ribs and through our core can become impinged, lessening their ability to relay signals between the brain and body. This can affect our energy levels, reaction times, speech, breathing capacity and circulation – which can lead to numerous health concerns over time.  Inversion tables have become popular for alignment and decompressing the spine, but not everyone has the spare cash to buy one.  There is a free equivalent that will help decompress the spine and correct the posture.  All you need it a bed or table. The towel in the picture is optional.  Lay down on your back with your head hanging off the end.  You will need to adjust to your comfort levels, but try to hang off just enough where you feel the pull coming from the lower end of your spine.  Do this every day for at least 5 minutes at a time.
  • Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV is popular amongst the natural health community for weight loss assistance, killing bad bacteria in the body, lowering blood sugar for diabetics, assisting in heart health and helping to prevent cancer. Many of the claims made about ACV are not yet supported by science, but from personal experience this is an item everyone needs in their kitchen.  Apple Cider Vinegar was one of the 2 ingredients used to heal my gallbladder naturally to avoid surgery to remove it after I was told by 3 doctors I will never be pain free until I remove my gallbladder.  It’s been almost a year of being pain free, but that is not my only personal story with ACV.  I randomly read on the internet that ACV can help with food poisoning.  Of course, a few weeks later I went to dinner with some friends and we were fed some chicken completely pink in the middle.  I guzzled some ACV as soon as I got home and I was the only one of us not sick for days or throwing up.   Maybe I was lucky or maybe I have a super power in the form of anti-food poisoning ability, but I put my money on the ACV.

 

  • High Intensity Interval Training – HIIT is the #1 fitness trend in world according to American College of Sports worldwide survey. The reason for its popularity is due to its alternating high and low intervals that boost the metabolism for 48 hours after each workout.  For a person looking to maintain their health, you only need to work out 2x a week in 15 minute intervals if you do High Intensity Interval Training.

 

  • Turn OFF Wi-Fi and Cellphone While Sleeping – The radiofrequency (RF) from wireless tablets, laptops and phones interrupt all 5 of our brain waves and it disrupts DNA repair. Three of our brain waves –alpha, theta, and delta – involve sleep and dreams.  To add to the multiple benefits of good sleep listed in #1, some experts believe that dreaming is actually some kind of clearing-out process. More sleep researchers think that dreams serve the function of helping to reorganize and store psychological information taken in during the day.  Want to learn why Radiofrequency (RF) radiation is currently classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Group 2B carcinogen?  Read this: Can Wi-Fi and Cell Phones Cause Cancer?
  • Chia Seeds – Chia seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients in small servings. I suppose this is why the Mayans named this seed “Chia” which translates as “Strength”. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and Omega 3(EPA/ALA).  This inexpensive superfood is known to help with heart health, blood sugar levels and weight loss.
  • 24-hour fasting — According to the website the Lean Look, occasional 24-hour fasts are remarkably beneficial because after you’ve fasted for about 18 hours your body releases human growth hormone, which allows the body to burn fat and maintain muscle. This means you have six hours of accelerated fat-burning. To add, the cleansing of the internal organs slows aging, regulates blood sugar, regulates digestion, eliminates waste, trains the body to burn fat and assists with food cravings. For those looking to make the most out of a fast, by eliminating a normal part of your routine for a day like eating, your brain could be forced into a more conscious state. I personally do my best problem solving and creative thinking while fasting. Tip: Add Apple Cider Vinegar to all the water you drink.  Not only will it help your body by further cleansing the organs, the sour taste somehow helps with the hunger pains you will have in the first few fasts.
  • Make Healthy Meals in Bulk – One of the more common reasons people will choose an unhealthy meal is due to time constrictions. Our lives are busy!  Dedicate one day a week to make healthy meals in large amounts, separate them into single portions or family sizes and then freeze them.  This way you will have a quick, easy meal to make during the week when you know it’s hard to cook.
  • Dandelion Root Tea – There is a long list of benefits associated with Dandelion Root Tea including reducing inflammation and lower high blood pressure, but it is mostly known as being a healthier replacement for coffee. Dandelion Root does not have the same instant affect as coffee, but this incredible liver cleanser assists with increasing natural energy production by clearing out the junk the body accumulates that makes us feel sluggish.
  • Review Your Top 5 – The previous suggestions are directly related to your bodily health. This suggestion is about your psychological health and how it can manifest into your bodily health through stress.  A stressful lifestyle plays a large role in failing health.  Reviewing your top 5 is crucial to achieving all your goals including your desire to achieve better health.  Your top 5 are the people in your life you spend the most time with.  Maybe you spend most your time with the same 3 people or the same 8 people.  The amount is not the point, it is the message.  For visual illustration, imagine you are a fish swimming in a stream with your family of other fish.  When you are swimming with the current, all is pleasant with your family.  Occasionally, you run across a little waterfall or current where you all collectively bite into a branch to sail the stream together making sure your fellow fishy family is safe and not pulled away by the obstacle.  These little moments of team work and genuine care for one another makes it possible to continue to stay together when you float into the larger waterfalls quickly with little warning.  In fact, sometimes you look back and wonder how you all made it out unscathed.  Maybe it’s the love or maybe it’s the teamwork.  Now, what if our fellow fishies were not this genuinely caring or supportive.  Sometimes, the little currents might seem like large waterfalls if you all keep swimming over and into each other.  After a few obstacles, you will learn that most currents you will ride alone and the waterfalls you will dread, but when you all are smooth sailing at least you will have someone to talk to again even if you secretly want to tear their fins off.  In summary, keeping good company helps us to tackle all of life’s diversity with greater ease as well as propelling us forward to achieve greater feats than we could otherwise do alone.

 

   “I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” 
― Jon Katz

 

3 Easy Steps to FALL ASLEEP IN ONE MINUTE

In the United States, roughly 1 out of every 4 U.S. workers has reported they struggle with a sleep disorder. 40 million people battle anxiety regularly. 70 million people have high blood pressure.  These are examples of conditions doctors disagree on when it comes to treatment.  According to Dr. Andrew Weil, you can fix the listed health concerns with a simple breathing technique called the 4-7-8 trick!

The theory is by forcing certain breathing techniques on the voluntary nervous system, you can positively boost the involuntary nervous system.  People who practice this breathing technique comment that is feels like a mild sedative.  The heart rate with slow down, the mind will quiet and the body will relax.   You can use this technique before any stress induced activity, like stage fright before public speaking, to help calm the nerves.

This 3-step process comes from ancient India teachings associated with yogic breathing.  Studies show there is a relationship with over stressed and anxious people who are chronically under-breathing.  In other words, they are taking short and shallow breaths or at times even holding their breath for long intervals without knowing.

By exercising your lungs with the 4-7-8 breathing technique, you are teaching yourself to breathe in a quality way.  With shallow breathing, air can remain in the tissues of the lungs and become stale, keeping fresh oxygen from finding its way into the bloodstream affecting sleep, stress levels, anxiety, food cravings, mental alertness, energy levels and mood.   If you use this technique twice a day, 4-8 breathe cycles at a time, in as little as 8 weeks you can see drastic changes in the body by reversing multiple health concerns easily and naturally.

Here is a simple description of how to do this easy breathing technique.

Step 1:  Inhale for 4 seconds.   This will allow the body to take in more oxygen.  In yogic breathing, it is said if you gently press your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your top teeth while inhaling, it increases the body’s energy circuit.

Step 2:  Hold breath for 7 seconds.  This step will help the oxygen into the bloodstream.   This step is essential for cleansing and detoxifying the lungs.

Step 3:  Exhale for 8 seconds.  Exhaling emits carbon dioxide from the lungs.   Here you should gently force the breath out enough you will hear the air releasing.

Dr. Andrew Weil offers a demonstration of this breathing technique on his website.  4-7-8 breathing trick demonstration

Remember, this breathing trick can and often will be successful with helping someone sleep in minutes if you are having trouble sleeping due to nerves but normally sleep decently.  For people with chronic sleep problems, if the breathing trick doesn’t help the first time around, keep at it!  As stated above, the regularity of this deep breathing can help the body with insomnia in time.

10 Reasons to STOP Drinking Diet Soda

If you are thinking to yourself Diet Soda can’t be that bad – it is Diet after all.  I am sorry to tell you it is a trick!  Any food or drink made with unnatural ingredients affects the body in a negative way.  Diet soda is amongst the worst of these culprits if not the worst!  Companies attach the word “Diet” to food and drinks to trick buyers who naturally associate “Diet” with losing weight, but now after decades on the grocery store shelves and years of research, we now know that any item with artificial sugar no longer deserves the title “Diet”.   Here is why:

  1. You are more likely to Gain Weight than Lose Weight — Diet soda is calorie-free, but this does not mean it will help you to lose weight. You could actually increase your waist line by 500% according to the recent studies done at University of Texas. Part of the reason for this could be psychological. I can imagine a few diet soda drinkers purposefully or subconsciously thinking if they aren’t drinking calories then they can replace these calories with food, but there are other reasons to this confusing but true fact.
  2. Does Not Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome – This health condition is associated with a group of risk factors that often occur together. It is defined as having at least 3 of the following:  High Blood Pressure, High Fasting Glucose, High Triglycerides, Low HDL cholesterol or Abdominal Obesity.   In truth, it is possible you will be more at risk to develop Metabolic Syndrome if you drink diet soda!  A study was published in 2008 that followed 9,514 people around for 9 years who drank artificially sweetened beverages.  The results showed they were 34% at greater risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome.
  3. It Messes With Your Skin – Studies show drinking diet soda regularly is possibly linked to early aging. If you are young and long-term affects do not scare you, diet soda also lowers your pH levels, which can cause acne or leave your skill looking unhealthy or dull.
  4. It Affects Your Mood – Aspartame found in diet soda has been linked to headaches, dizziness and mood swings. Aspartame is especially potent for people who are already struggling with depression and anxiety. If you do not already struggle with depression, if you drink 4 cups a day for 10 years you are 30% more likely to develop it says the American Academy of Neurology.
  5. It Messes With Your Body – In time, the products with artificial sweeteners will dull our senses to foods that are naturally sweet due to its intensity. Diet soda also does not protect the body from triggering insulin, which puts the body in fat storage mode.
  6. Increases Risk to Type 2 Diabetes – Drinking just 1 soda a day can increase risk of diabetes by 36%. That percentage is awfully close to the same one in relationship to Metabolic Syndrome.
  7. Makes Drinking with Alcohol More Dangerous – Drinkers who consumed a beverage with artificial sugar versus regular sugar had a higher breath alcohol concentration according to research. They believed that artificial sweetener might absorb into our bloodstream faster.  This is a fairly new discovery, but I truly hope this quickening effect is shared soon.  I can imagine a few confused drinkers blowing on a breathalyzer!
  8. Hurts Your Heart – 1 diet soda drink a day can increase your risk of having a vascular event such as a heart attack, stroke or vascular death according to research from multiple universities. Research discovered diet soda drinkers were 43% more likely to have a vascular event than people who drink none.   In the same studies, they saw no increased vascular events with people who drink regularly sugared sodas, but more studies need to be conducted to conclude this statement.
  9. Ruins Your Smile – Research published on General Dentistry, compared the mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user and a habitual diet soda drinker, and found the same level of tooth erosion in all 3. The citric acid destroys tooth enamel over time making a habitual diet soda drinker look like an extra in Breaking Bad.
  10. No Nutritional Value With everything stated above, why drink diet soda? You are receiving zero benefits and a long list of possible concerns with regular consumption.   If you are accustomed to using the fizziness, sparkling water is the perfect replacement and the body needs water for bodily functioning.

9 Ways to Increase Your IQ by Growing Grey Matter in the BRAIN

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The Grey Matter of the Hippocampus part of the brain is best known for its association with learning skills and memory capabilities, but it is also known for its connection to self-awareness, compassion and introspection. Basic activities done regularly in only a few weeks of time can increase your IQ and help you to feel more psychologically and physically at peace.

The discovery of neuroplasticity, the brain can change and reorganize itself, is revolutionizing the treatment of stroke patients, chronic pain sufferers, those with neurological disorders and by helping to ward off cognitive decline due to age-related issues.

Whether you are looking to increase your brain functioning or preserve your cognitive abilities, here are some activities to consider adding to your weekly routine to increase grey matter:

1) Embrace the Idea that the Brain Can Grow – This might seem like a silly suggestion, but it needs to be said. Children and young adults have the ability to learn skills faster and this often keeps adults from attempting more difficult feats. You are capable of learning a new language or learning to play an instrument in your older age. You are capable of evolving your behavioral habits. It begins with changing your mindset.

2) Meditation – Studies have shown mediation, particularly compassion mediation, increases neural activity and grey matter thickness. Meditation also puts you in beneficial brainwave patterns – alpha, theta, delta – a myriad of benefits manifest including super creativity, idea generation, enhanced cognitive abilities and overall intellectual capacity for growth.

3) Play Brain Games – Puzzles and Memory Games like Sudoku or other brain games will activate the mind by forcing us in a focused conscious state. This is the best way to increase grey matter via games.

4) Play Video Games – A recent study at University of Rochester, U.S., confirmed a link between 1st person video games and expanded visual awareness in the real world – a building block for the IQ. The ability to take in visual cues with speed and accuracy is invaluable.

5) Cardiovascular Exercise – Cardiovascular fitness is associated with increased cognitive scores and increased verbal intelligence by 50% according to a study done in Sweden. In contrast, muscle exercise was only weakly associated with intelligence.

6) Proper Nutrition – Food feeds the brain and a lack of the right food & nutrition will lead to lower energy levels which in turn lowers brain activity and eventually mental disorders. Vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid is needed for cognitive development. DHA/EPA is required for normal brain health and a lack of can lead to depression. Vitamin C increases mental agility. Vitamin K increases cognitive functioning. Berries containing anthocyanins increase short term memory. Zinc plays an important role in spatial learning and memory.

7) Learn a New Skill – Learning a new skill strengthens connections within the brain and it has the ability to get your mind out of a long time rut. The difficulty of the task is in close to relation to how much the brain will activate.

8) Use Your Imagination – Using your imagination is the same as using your visionary skills. Manifesting something positive into your life requires a lot of brain activity. Constantly using your visionary skills contributes to increased creativity, increased problem solving and idea generation.

9) Relinquish a Bad Habit – Forcing yourself to change a habit, whether it is smoking cigarettes or holding on too tightly to grudges, will help the brain to break down strong negative neural connections while making room for healthy new connections that benefit your brain growth. Weakening unhealthy brain connections is just as important as forming new healthy ones.

7 Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation Not Commonly Known

Sleep deprivation is often an overlooked reason for many of our body’s mysterious symptoms.   Obviously, no person purposefully aims to miss sleep hours, but we often underestimate how much a lacking hour here and there over an extended period of time can affect our body.  Most people know of the more common symptoms of sleep deprivation.  We know it hinders your mental focus and we know we can feel fatigue.  There is a long list of lesser known symptoms that most people are unaware of.  Be aware of these symptoms and see if you might suffer unknowingly from sleep deprivation.

7 Lesser Know Consequences of Sleep Deprivation: 

  • It Can Make You Look Older – Poor sleepers have increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They also tend to have dull skin and an overall worse facial appearance.  This increased aging is likely from reduced growth hormone and increased cortisol levels.  Beauty sleep has acquired its title for a legit reason!
  • You Will Want More High-Calorie Snacks – After one sleepless night, the brain’s frontal lobe will develop impaired activity. The frontal lobe governs complex decision making.  To add, the deeper brain’s center that responds to rewards will be increased.  In other words, it is more likely for you to struggle with eating healthy which could deter your weight loss goals – if you have any.
  • You And Your Spouse Will Fight More – Yes, I was surprised with this one too, but it is true! In multiple studies, scientists have learned that a lack of sleep can cause relationship issues.  After a bad night’s sleep a couple will more likely engage in unnecessary conflict.   Keep in mind it can also begin the other way around – you might have sleeping problems due to arguing.  Be cautious to not fall into this cycle.  It is hard to break.
  • You Will Feel More Aches and Pains – A lack of sleep can impair your natural pain control mechanisms and exacerbate those nagging aches and pains. Sleep problems can even increase your risk of developing fibromyalgia.  The opposite is also true – more sleep will reduce your pain sensitivity.
  • It Can Affect Your Dating Life – Chances are you have heard the term “Beer Goggles”. Sleep deprivation can produce something called “Insomnia Goggles”.  Because missing sleep hours can affect your frontal lobe and your ability to process complex decision making, you might have poor judgement in romantic situations such as judging how much a person is into you.  Is anyone else imagining a college frat guy with beer goggles and insomnia goggles – a recipe for very poor judgement?
  • Your Anxiety Will Worsen – After a few nights of improper sleep, your anticipatory anxiety could amplify by affecting regions associated with emotional processing. If your mood is low and your anxiety is high, consider the most natural antidepressant around – sleep therapy.
  • You Insulin Sensitivity Will Be Reduced – Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh discovered that teens who normally get 6 hours of sleep per night can improve their insulin resistance by 9% with adding 1 extra hour of sleep. Reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by catching some extra ZZZ’s.

Source:  The Super-Charged Hormone Diet by Dr. Natasha Turner

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