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Why 3 Hours Of Sitting Could Damage Your Blood Vessels

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We work to live and we live to work in today’s modern day society. But the once praised and highly sought-after nine-to-five career has come under increasing scrutiny recent years as research hones in on the significant risks of excessive sitting for adults.

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For adults, it is known that sitting for hours causes constricted arteries in your legs, which then impedes blood flow, raises blood pressure, and contributes to the development of heart disease.

Can this also be true for children, who spend the majority of their day sitting at a classroom desk? One study has found that activity levels are thought to decline significantly after 8 years of age, specifically among girls.

Study Finds 3 Hours Of Sitting Reduces Vascular Function

The study began with every girl having healthy arterial function, but found that after they sat for three hours, arterial dilation fell by up to 33 percent. This is alarming because a mere 1 percent decline in vascular function is linked to an increase heart disease risk by 13 percent in adults.

The researchers found, however, that when the girls were not in the lab, their artery function returned to normal.

“It seems clear from our results that children should not sit for prolonged, uninterrupted periods of time,” study author Dr. Ali McManus, an associate professor of Pediatric Exercise Physiology at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, explained.

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While Alan Hedge, a professor of Ergonomics at Cornell University, added, “This research suggests that children are not that different from adults in terms of fundamental physiology of the body. It confirms that sitting compresses blood vessels in young people just as much as it does in adults [and] just as much as it does in elderly.”

This Is Why Everyone Needs to Sit Less

While we often focus on why adults need to get up and get moving throughout the day, we’re now finding that children need to do this just as much.

The body is made to move around and be active, so it only makes sense that it rebels and goes through significant negative changes when it is forced to be sedentary for prolonged periods of time.

To really understand why you need to get moving, you need to learn why sitting for so long is bad for you. For starters, it can cause organ damage. When you sit, blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat. This makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your heart. It also causes your pancreas to produce increased amounts of insulin, which may lead to diabetes.

It may even increase your risk of colon, breast, and endometrial cancers, with findings presented at the 2015 Inaugural Active Working Summit concluding that sitting increases lung cancer by 54 percent, uterine cancer by 66 percent, and colon cancer by 30 percent.

Sitting down after eating also causes your abdominal contents to compress. This slows digestion, which can lead to cramping, bloating, heartburn, and constipation.

Sitting can even result in brain damage, as sitting for too long restricts the flow of fresh blood and oxygen to the brain, both of which it needs to trigger the release of brain- and mood-enhancing chemicals.

It can also lead to posture problems, including a strained neck and shoulders, since many people hold their neck and head forward when working on a computer or talking on the phone. Back problems are also a risk, as sitting puts intense pressure on your spine.

Because sitting doesn’t require you to use your abdominal muscles, it can also lead to muscle degeneration. Your hips can suffer, too, becoming tight and losing range of motion, while your legs can suffer from poor circulation, resulting in varicose veins.

But with all this insight, how do we change what seems inevitable? Adults work at desks and children learn at desks for prolonged periods.

Implementing Standing Desks

Forward-thinking schools have taken note of the problems associated with forcing children to sit still for prolonged periods of time, giving them more opportunity to move around throughout the day. For instance, at least four classes have introduced chair-less standing desks at Vallecito Elementary School in San Rafael, California. The students have reported that the desks are “fun” and help them to feel “more focused.”

Naperville Central High School in Illinois has also implemented a special program that allows students to use exercise bikes and balls throughout the day in their classrooms. Those who took part nearly doubled their reading scores, while math scores increased 20-fold.

Get Moving

Longevity, productivity, and success also rely on movement. In fact, people who made a point to get up and walk around for two minutes every hour boosted their lifespan by 33 percent as opposed to those who didn’t.

It’s important to increase your physical movement at work and elsewhere. Adults can do this by keeping materials at arm’s length, making it necessary for you to get up out of your seat to use the printer, retrieve files, use the phone, etc. You can also sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair, and set a timer to remind yourself to stand up and move about for at least two t0 10 minutes every hour. Go for a walk or do simple exercises by your desk.

Children can take advantage, too. Parents should limit screen time and encourage them to play sports or pick up an active hobby like dance classes. You can also make their chores active, like walking the dog or raking the leaves.

 

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10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk Everyday

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    There are multiple health benefits to be gained by taking a simple walk every day. These benefits are measurable, and if you don't already have an active lifestyle it can be a great way to assist you with your health.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on how the human race has become extremely sedentary, and how disease rates continue to climb as a result of the modern human lifestyle.

The human experience has become extremely sedentary, the average human lifestyle in the western world has been linked to multiple diseases and is one of the main causes of why disease rates continue to climb, among many other factors that surround all aspects of human life, like big food, for example. With technology in place and jobs that require tremendous amounts of sitting, there is no doubt that it’s having a detrimental effect on our lives.

That being said, the world is clearly becoming way more health conscious. It’s like we needed this experience of unhealthy food, the corporate take-over of everything, and our motionless lifestyle to knock us out of it. We are seeing a health revolution take place, where more and more people are becoming health conscious, and are always being encouraged to be more active.

Ultimately, we can’t really blame the human experience for our lack of movement, it’s something that all of us have the time to incorporate into our lives in one way or another, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being too active, a simple walk every day can have tremendous amounts of benefits. As pointed out in the video below, by Bright Side.

If You Want To Increase The Benefits Even More, Walk Barefoot

It’s called grounding, or ‘earthing’ and it involves placing your feet directly on the ground, without shoes or socks as a barrier. Why? Because there is an intense negative charge carried by the Earth, it’s electron-rich, which serves as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” postulates that earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.

That’s right, many positive health benefits occur as a result of walking barefoot, and these are measurable.

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The picture below represents improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing

If you want to read more publications and access the in-depth science with regards to grounding, you can refer to the article linked above the picture.

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needle-less acupressure is often used on children.


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