We could all use a little more positivity and encouragement in our world today. Our bodies do so much for us each and every day. We need to stay on a healthy path to keep our mind and body healthy for life. Sometimes, we just need to slow down and be thankful for what our bodies can do.

Starting your day off right is important for a healthy mind and body. Have you ever journaled a day of eating? Well, I challenge you to do so. Today is your day! Many of us just assume we are getting the right foods or getting enough calories; however, little do we realize when we look back at our food journal, we question our intake.

Most of us start our day with a cup of coffee or some form of caffeine to get us going. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s safe for most adults to consume 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, 4 cups of coffee. Caffeine does so much more than keep you awake. It is a central nervous system stimulant that affects your body by increasing the circulation of chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline in the body. In small doses, it can make you feel refreshed and focused.

If you tend to overload your body with caffeine (coffee, soft drinks), it can increase heart rate, cause nervousness, stomach irritation and headaches. Be aware of how much caffeine is entering your system. Too much will lead you in a downward spiral. Make sure you are consuming foods that help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level, especially if you are diagnosed with diabetes.

Whole grains like bran, nuts like almonds, and non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli. Protein helps the body repair itself. Fish and lean meat are an example of protein, which helps manage blood sugar. Always feel free to bring your food journal to a personal trainer or nutritionist at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center to help evaluate your food plan and help guide you on the right path.

Be Grateful For Your Health

Today, hit the pause button and be kind to someone. Maybe it entails reaching out to an old friend or saying hello to someone. Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Smiling activates tiny molecules that are designed to fend off stress.

Be good to your body by making someone else’s day. Doing something good for someone will, in return, do your body some good by helping improve heart health, lower blood pressure and boost your immune system...all with a smile. Keep a smile on your face most of the day and choose to be kind to yourself and others at the same time.

Posted on 2021-11-03 by Allison Cardoza