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Routine Depression Screenings for Women

Mental health may have turned a new leaf as a major health concern, a step that mental health care professionals have been encouraging for years.  The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force makes recommendations for preventative health care measures such as screenings, services, supplements, medications and lifestyle changes that would improve the quality of life for patients where the benefits outweigh the risks.  This group has recommended routine depression screenings during primary care visits since 2002.  In a new development they recently amended their recommendation with more emphasis on depression screenings for women who are childbearing and childrearing.

It is estimated that 12% of Americans experience moderate to severe depression or anxiety.  Nearly half of this population admits that their mental state affects their professional and personal lives to a large extent.  Without routine depression screenings, up to half of depression cases go undetected and undiagnosed.

Routine Depression Screenings for WomenThe recommendation of routine depression screenings puts mental health in the same category as other serious and chronic physical health conditions including diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease.  The screening process is as innocuous as they come, a simple questionnaire from health care providers regarding the mental state and feelings of depression, anxiety and stress of patients.  This is far less invasive and less expensive than screenings and procedures for other potential health risks such as MRIs, mammograms, colonoscopies and biopsies.

While health care providers recognize mental health as an important element of holistic health and preventative health care, a stigma remains in the eyes of our society.  This may be one reason that depression screenings are even more necessary.  If someone had a physical ailment, they may be more likely to raise a red flag than if they have bouts of depression or anxiety.  Yet the repercussions of mental health disorders can be just as devastating, especially as mental health is intimately intertwined with physical health and can lead to further health complications.

For women, depression screenings are especially important in childbearing and childrearing years.  Adding new family members can be a huge stressor.  With added hormones and the responsibility of caring for a new life, pregnant women and new mothers are at increased risk for depression.  And when mothers suffer, babies suffer too.  That’s why the USPSTF updated the recommendation with an emphasis on routine depression screenings for pregnant and postpartum women.

Mental health is just as crucial to our overall health outlook as our physical health.  Health care providers can help their patients identify and get treatment for mental health problems by following the new depression screening guidelines.

The Healthiest BBQ Foods

This Fourth of July weekend you may be hosting or heading to a BBQ.  With all of the scrumptious selections at a traditional BBQ, it may be difficult to make healthy choices.  Options may be limited and temptations are high.  Well, we’re here to say, you CAN eat healthy at a BBQ.  Today we’re sharing the healthiest BBQ foods and which ones to avoid.

Meats

Burgers, hot dogs and pork are among the major meats at most BBQs.  If you’re going to opt for the real deal, select lean, top grade cuts of ground beef, beef hot dogs and pork.  Alternatively, you can make delicious turkey burgers and turkey dogs that will satisfy the cravings with less fat and calories.  Chicken and salmon are also great choices for the grill.  If you’re cooking in advance, try a BBQ pulled chicken in the crock pot.

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When putting together your sandwich, keep a few things in mind: First, whole wheat bread is better than white bread.  Or better yet, try an open faced sandwich with only one side of the bun.  Use lower fat and calorie condiments like mustard and relish rather than mayo and ketchup.  Skip the cheese because that adds about 100 calories per slice.

When grilling, use spices to flavor your meats.  Studies show they can actually cut down on HCAs caused by grilling.  Also, consider using alcohol as a marinade.  This also reduces carcinogenic effects from grilling.

Sides

While the meats may have fat, they pack in a lot of protein.  Many sides contribute extra fat and calories without much nutritional value.  Steamed, roasted or grilled veggies are a great choice and would definitely top the list of healthiest BBQ foods, or raw veggies with a hummus dip are another way to go.  Potato and pasta salads made the traditional way use a lot of mayonnaise which can be very fattening.  Instead, try a quinoa or brown rice side dish tossed with olive oil, spices and chopped veggies.  Side salads are another option that can help fill you up on nutrient-rich vegetables.  If you decide to have corn, skip the butter and enjoy the natural sweetness of the kernels.

Desserts

Who can resist a chocolate firecracker tort, apple pie or an American flag cupcake?  Desserts are challenging and may be the one area where you splurge a little.  If you want to try a dessert, share it with a friend or just slice a nibble to give yourself a tidbit of the flavor without overdoing it.  Fresh fruit salad is a grand idea for a healthy dessert or juicy, sticky watermelon slices make a fabulous alternative that is both sweet and hydrating.  Frozen fruit bars are another healthy way to cool off at your holiday BBQ.

Drinks

As with any healthy diet, avoid sugary sodas and sweet tea.  You may be tempted to have a margarita, sangria or other fruity cocktail at your July 4th BBQ but those are laden with empty calories.  A glass of wine or a light beer is a much better choice if you’re going to indulge in an alcoholic beverage.  Also consider water flavored with fruit slices or sparkling water to spice up your non-alcoholic selections.

Making Healthy Choices

It is hard to make healthy choices in social situations, especially if you’re a guest and the menu is out of your control.  You may want to ask your host what will be served so you can think ahead and plan accordingly.  You can also volunteer to bring several dishes to ensure you, and others, have healthy options.

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend with these healthiest BBQ foods.  After the holiday, you’ll be proud of your commitment to your health.

8 Reasons to Get a Workout Buddy

Studies show that working out with a partner has many benefits.  Ultimately, it can help you have better success in reaching your goals faster.  Whether you are trying to get healthier, lose weight, tone or lift your mood, working out with a friend is much better than doing it solo.  Today we’re sharing 8 reasons to get a workout buddy to help keep your fitness goals on track.

Accountability:  Setting fitness goals is terrific, but having a workout buddy help keep you accountable to your goals is even better.  Once you tell someone your goal, it is more real and you’ll feel more inclined to work towards achievement.  Your workout buddy will also help remind you of your goals to ensure you stay on the right path.  Also, when you have a workout buddy that is depending on you, you’ll be less likely to skip workouts or go easy on yourself.  A workout buddy requires you to make a plan and stick to it.

8 Reasons to Get a Workout BuddyFun:  Working out alone can be boring and losing interest is a fast way to fall off your routine.  Having a workout buddy makes exercising more fun.  You get to hang out with your friend while checking off your daily workout.  Even if your exercise isn’t conducive to chit-chat or you’re too out of breath to have a conversation, just being with a buddy is more fun than being by yourself.

Motivation:  Everyone goes through ups and downs when trying to achieve fitness goals.  You may start out strong but lose motivation.  A workout buddy can help lift your spirits when you need a boost.  Seeing your friend work as hard as you can be just the motivation you need to stick to it and achieve your goals.

Safety:  Working out with a partner is safer than exercising alone.  A workout buddy can help ensure you have proper form when doing exercises and is on the scene to help if you have an injury.  You’ll always have a spotter for weight lifting, someone to hold your feet for sit-ups and you’ll never be out by yourself on a late night jog.  There is safety in numbers, especially when it comes to working out.

Competition:  Healthy competition can help you work harder to achieve your goals.  If your workout buddy is experiencing better results, you’ll probably push yourself a bit more to try to achieve the same success.  Even small daily competitions such as racing to a finish line, doing more reps or reaching a higher intensity can be helpful in making a difference towards your goals.

Support:  With a workout buddy you’ll always have a cheerleader by your side.  On those rough days when you don’t think you can take another step, your workout buddy will encourage and support you through it.  When you cannot believe in yourself, your workout buddy will!

Variety:  Your partner will bring different skills and interests to your workout regimen.  Together you can try new exercise classes, sports and workout activities.  You may not have been adventurous enough to try belly dancing or mountain climbing on your own, but with your workout buddy, you may be more likely to give them a go.

Cheaper:  You and your workout buddy can split the cost of equipment and even hire a trainer together.  These items and services can add up but going halvies can make the bill more tolerable.

Get your fitness goals in gear with a workout buddy this summer!

New Food Labels Coming to a Package Near You

new food labelsLast month the Food and Drug Administration announced a recommendation for new food labels for all packaged food items in the U.S.  The nutritional guidelines are undergoing final review but are expected to go into effect over the next few years.  All packages require updating by July 2018.

What is changing about standard food labels?

Food labels will follow generally the same format but the information on them will change somewhat.  Here’s what you can expect:

Calories:  The font listing the total number of calories per serving will be larger and it is no longer mandatory to include “calories from fat.”

Servings:  Serving sizes are becoming more reasonable for what the average person would eat at one time.  For instance, a bottle of soda or a can of soup would be considered one serving, whereas old labels list it as two servings.  Larger packages with multiple servings will show nutritional information for one serving as well as the entire package in a two-column format.  The serving size section will also appear in a larger font.

Sugars:  Packages will now be required to list the amount of added sugar to food products.  This will allow consumers to differentiate added sugars from natural sugars.

Vitamins and Minerals:  Vitamin D, potassium, iron and calcium will now be required categories including showing the quantity and the percent of recommended daily value.  Vitamin A and Vitamin C will be optional.

Daily Recommended Values:  These are updated to reflect current scientific research regarding the amount of specific nutrients we need daily.

*Total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates (including fiber and sugars) and protein will all continue to be listed on new food labels.

Why are food labels changing?

Current food labels were instituted in 1994 but much research has been done about nutrition and the human body in the past 22 years.  Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration believes the guidelines on how nutrition is reported on food packages should be updated.

Some of the changes are for the sake of clarity, such as larger fonts and more accurate serving sizes.  Other changes are based on what information experts believe we should be concerned about in our diet, like added sugars versus natural sugars.  And yet other changes reflect research indicating the importance of certain nutrients like potassium and Vitamin D that contribute to healthy development, sustained health and lowered risk of chronic disease.

Preventative health is intimately related to what we eat.  New food labels are an effort to better inform consumers about food and help people make better nutritional choices.

3 Reasons to Learn Self Defense

Self defense is an important life skill for women.  While we all hope we never have to use it, knowing how to defend ourselves may determine a life-or-death outcome if you are faced with an attacker.  Some women choose to take self defense classes designed to teach defense moves against realistic criminal attacks by replicating assault scenarios.  Others opt for a longer methodical self defense path, such as martial arts.  Both are incredibly helpful as means of protection, physical improvement and has emotional benefits.  Today we’re exploring three reasons to learn self defense.

3 Reasons to Learn Self DefenseProtection

Anyone can be faced with a life-threatening situation at any time.  Crimes against women occur every day all over the world.  While we expect the best in others, we have to be prepared to protect ourselves in the event of a personal assault.  Knowing basic moves to defend yourself against an attacker can save your life.  Becoming a black belt martial artist or S.W.A.T. member doesn’t have to be your goal.  Simply learning blocks, punches, kicks and escape strategies may help you knock down someone who is trying to harm you and give you enough time to run away or find help.  Plus, you will develop greater awareness of your surroundings and ability to spot dangerous situations.

You can view self defense as a self-insurance policy.  Just as you would invest in life, home and property insurance, make the investment in protecting yourself from harm with self defense classes.  Not only is it important for you, but also those who love and depend on you.  Some crimes occur when children are in the care of their mothers so being able to ward off an attacker is also protecting your kids.  And even if children aren’t present during an attack, they deserve to have their mother safe and sound.

Physical Improvement

Finding time to take a self defense class may be difficult for you.  But if you think about it as your daily exercise you can skip the gym or your morning jog.  Learning self defense moves in a self defense class or with a private instructor can be a great workout.  You’ll challenge your body and brain to move in different ways than your typical workouts and you will probably work up a sweat.  Repeating moves over and over can be a great way to make self defense more strenuous and practicing on an opponent can intensify the exercise too.

For those who want to make self defense more of a lifestyle exercise choice, marital arts classes are a terrific way to incorporate both protection and physical improvement into your life.  In addition to cardiovascular and muscular work, marital arts improves flexibility, stamina, reflexes and balance.

Empowerment and Confidence

When you feel strong and have learned the skills necessary to defend yourself, there are some fabulous emotional byproducts.  Women often feel empowered and gain confidence from self defense classes.  Knowing you can stand up to an attacker may make you willing to try new things using smart precautions and being more aware of your surroundings.  These tools can spill over into other areas of your life too, making you more ambitious in your professional and personal life and sometimes changing your entire outlook.  Exuding confidence and feeling empowered makes you a wonderful role model to your children, friends and others around you as well.

Protect yourself and become a stronger person physically and emotionally by learning self defense!

What to look for in your Sumer Full Figure Bras

The official start of summer is next week and we’re helping you prepare with seasonal full figure bras.

Summer is a time for lots of outdoor fun.  The activities you’re doing in the summer may warrant a few new full figure bras to ensure you are comfortable and supported.  Plus, being outdoors in the summertime means hours in the hot sun.  Sweating in an already uncomfortable bra is a recipe for disaster.  Here’s what to look for in your summer full figure bras:

full figure brasSupport:  When you have large breasts, support is super important for your full figure bras.  Your bra should encapsulate your breast and offer light compression to fit snugly but not too tightly.  Adjustable straps help give you optimal support.  If your bra has hook-and-eye closures, you can use this feature to ensure your best support everyday.  Keep in mind, if you’re wearing your bras on the last hook, it may be time to re-measure and reevaluate your bras.

Breathability:  Hot summer heat calls for soft, breathable fabrics.  Full figure bras made of cotton are excellent choices for the summertime.  Also, sports bras with sweat-wicking material and ventilated designs will keep you cool without causing chaffing.

Flexibility:  You’re surely going to be active this summer so you want great range of motion in your full figure bras.  Restrictive bras will hinder your ability to enjoy activities.  Stretchy fabrics, adjustable straps and multiple hook-and-eye closures help give you the best flexibility for a variety of activities you’ll be doing this summer.

Style:  Your bra’s style should be a reflection of you.  Feeling great in your bra is two-fold:  it should be comfortable but also make you feel terrific about how you look.  Select full figure bra styles that give you confidence and bring a smile to your face.  Also, be sure to wear styles that are conducive to the activities you’ll be doing daily.

Fit:  As with any bra year round, you want to ensure you have the proper fit.  Measure yourself every three months to make sure your size hasn’t changed.  Leading Lady offers a handy fit calculator and printable measuring tape to properly measure your size and find your best fit.  A well-fitting full figure bra will allow your breasts to sit upright and centered on your chest.  The straps should remain in place during movement.  The band, straps and cups should feel comfortable without digging into your skin or leaving gapping spaces.  If your breasts are sagging or spilling over the cups in any direction, your bra is not the right fit.

Keep these features in mind as you shop for your full figure bras this summer.  We look forward to seeing you on LeadingLady.com!

Dos and Don’ts of Summer Skin Care

As we round the corner into summer, we’re helping you keep your skin looking and feeling its best.  Follow these Dos and Don’ts of summer skin care for your brightest, healthiest, most beautiful skin during the upcoming season.

Do wear sunscreen everyday.  By now you should know that UV rays penetrate your skin even on cloudy days.  And just because you won’t be spending hours in the sun doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen.  Even minor exposure warrants daily sunscreen.

summer skin careDon’t buy the wrong sunscreen.  Your sunscreen should be broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, SPF 15 or higher, and water resistant.

Do apply sunscreen properly.  Put on your sunscreen about 30 minutes prior to going outdoors and re-apply every 80 to 90 minutes.  You may need to re-apply more often if your sunscreen rubs off, you are sweating a lot or you’ve been in the water.

Don’t forget to protect your lips.  Your lips are very thin and vulnerable to the sun’s rays as well.  Use lip balm or lipsticks with SPF to keep your lips luscious and smoochable.

Do dress for the skin safety.  Darker colors and tighter woven clothing help block UV absorption.  Thinner materials and lighter colors may let harmful rays through to damage your skin.

Don’t go hatless.  Your face is highly susceptible to skin cancer and is usually where the first signs of aging appear.  Invest in a few trendy summer hats to keep the sun off your face.

Do eat for optimal hydration.  Your diet can help prevent summer skin damage too.  Eat lots of hydrating seasonal fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, berries and lettuces.  Foods with antioxidants will also help protect your skin cells against free radicals.

Don’t overstay your welcome.  The sun is a lovely thing but too much of it is not good for you.  Take breaks from the sun by finding shade or going indoors for awhile.

Do wear sunglasses.  Your eyes are another area that can be impacted by harmful rays.  Sunglasses should have UV400 protection and should be a dark shade.

Don’t think cosmetics alone are enough protection.  Even cosmetics that claim to have sun protection should not replace sunscreen.  Apply make-up over your sunscreen if you plan to wear it.

Do use sunless tanners rather than spending hours in the sun.  If you’re eager for a suntan, use a sunless tanning spray.  This is safe and effective at giving you that glowing, sunkissed look.

Don’t ease up on your skin care routine.  The summer sun often dries up skin blemishes for a smoother appearance.  But that doesn’t mean you should skip taking care of your skin.  Continue to wash, exfoliate and moisturize your skin during the summer.  This will keep newer, fresher skin cells resurfacing.

Have a blast this summer and keep your skin looking amazing with our summer skin care tips!

Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Ways to Reduce Food WasteFood waste is a serious issue:  Billions of tons of food are wasted every year adding up to billions of wasted dollars.  Worldwide, a third of all food produced is ultimately wasted.  That amount of food could feed hungry populations four times over.

Furthermore, food waste is bad for the environment.  When food waste ends up in landfills, it converts to methane gas that is harmful to the environment and causes climate change.  When you reduce food waste you also help conserve energy and resources that would have gone towards growing, manufacturing, shipping and disposing of excess food, and cut down on pollution too.

There are many good reasons to use up food responsibly and today we’re showing you ways to reduce food waste.

Organize:  Keep the oldest items with the nearest expiration dates at the front of your refrigerator and pantry.  This will help you use these items first.

Shop at Home:  When planning meals, check out what you have available at home that may expire soon.  Before purchasing new food, make meals using what needs to be eaten before it spoils.

Plan your Shopping List Carefully:  Plan out your meals before shopping to only buy exactly what you need.  Consider smart ways to use up the entirety of an item.  For instance, if a recipe calls for half an onion, find another recipe to use the rest of the onion.

Eat All of a Food:  Skins and stems are usually safe to eat so incorporate them into your dishes.  Potato skins and broccoli stems, for example, have additional nutrients and add texture and flavor to your meals.

Eat Leftovers:  Don’t let your hard work go to waste by discarding food you didn’t eat in one meal.  Enjoy leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.  This goes for restaurant food as well. If you get tired of eating the same leftovers, repurpose it to come up with something else.  The chicken you roasted can become chicken salad and the extra steak you grilled makes a great steak fajita.

Make Soup:  If you have wilting vegetables, make soup.  Save bones from recent meat dishes to create your own bone broth.  Then chop and toss in vegetables and add in spices for a delicious homemade soup.

Store Food Properly:  Store your food so it will last as long as possible. This goes for refrigerated and non-refrigerated items.  Tightly sealed containers are a great place to start.

Freeze Food:  Produce, meat, bread and other food items can be frozen and used at a later date.  If you find you’ve made too much of something or have more raw foods than you can use, freeze them and save yourself a trip to the store or preparing a meal another day.

Share Food:  If you’ve made too much of something, share it with a friend or neighbor.  They will probably be thrilled to have it and not have to do their own cooking.

Donate Food Scraps:  Farmers often accept food scraps for their pigs or to make compost.  If you live near a farm, check to see if you can drop off food to be put to good use.

Expiration Dates:  Don’t toss food just because it is past the expiration date.  Often expiration dates are a guideline for the foods peak quality but it doesn’t necessarily mean food is bad past that date.  If the food looks, smells and tastes OK, it probably is.

Join us in employing these ways to reduce food waste.  It’s good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet and it’s good for humanity.

Why You Should Take a Walk Everyday: 30 Health Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes a Day – Part 3

As the final installment of our series on why you should take a walk everyday, we’re sharing even more health benefits of walking 30 minutes a day.  As you will see, walking can truly improve every aspect of your life to keep you fit and strong physically, mentally and emotionally.

21 – Walking is low impact.  For those who have minor injuries or joint pain that prevent them from doing other forms of exercise, walking is a great alternative.  Walking is not as jarring on the body as running, jumping, kicking and other forms of aerobic workouts.

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22 – Walking helps prevent osteoporosis.  Walking protects your cartilage required for good bone health.  Studies show that moderate weight-bearing aerobic activity can decrease the effects of osteoporosis, a bone-weakening condition.

23 – Walking reduces risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Outdoor walking gives your skin exposure to sunlight.  Even in the winter when the sun is not as strong, walking outside can elevate your mood.  Plus it releases pleasure hormones that will perk you up too.

24 – Walking can be intensified easily as fitness levels improve.  Walking can start easy and build up to more intense exercise.  You can start slow and steady and then gradually increase your range of motion and inclines as your fitness level improves. Also consider adding lunges, squats and backwards walking to the mix to make your walking workout even harder.

25 – Walking tones your glutes.  If you want to lift your tush the natural way, start walking everyday.  Walking engages the glutial muscles by contracting them with each step.  Sounds a lot better than squats, right?

26 – Walking gives you stronger legs.  Of course your legs benefit from walking as well.  Walking works each of the muscles in your legs.  Uphill climbs and even downhills intensify your muscles differently so try to incorporate a range of inclines into your walks for maximum leg results.

27 – Walking doesn’t require days off.  Unlike other strenuous workouts, walking can be done every day without need for muscle recovery breaks.  This helps you establish a routine quickly and again keeps your body in motion, one of the healthiest lifestyle habits you can have.

28 – Walking barefoot helps you absorb free electrons from the earth.  This practice is known as grounding.  According to Dr. Mercola, grounding has many benefits including relief from joint, muscle and arthritic pain; improving the quality of sleep; aiding respiration; elevating energy; reducing stress; lowering blood pressure; stabilizing blood glucose levels; and improving the immune system, among others.

29 – Walking helps you reach other goals in your life.  Taking a walk everyday will probably make you feel quite accomplished.  Once you reach this goal, other goals will seem more attainable.  This jumpstart may be just what you need to pep yourself up to succeed in other areas of your life.

30 – Walking allows you to enjoy nature and the world around you.  Experiencing the world is one of the best joys in life.  Being in nature and observing the world around you can be an exhilarating experience.  Walking allows you to take in the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of life, one step at a time.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the health benefits of walking.  Join us in taking a walk everyday for your best health!

Why You Should Take a Walk Everyday: 30 Health Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes a Day – Part 2

Walking is one of the best exercises for your body.  Almost anyone can do it and it is less taxing on the body than other workouts.  In fact, it is a great way to slow age-related disease and illness for a stronger, more positive overall health outlook.  We’re continuing our series on 30 health benefits of walking 30 minutes a day.  Now here are even more fabulous advantages of why you should take a walk everyday:

11 – When you are walking, you’re not sitting.  Sitting is one of the worst health habits on the planet.  Especially those with “desk jobs” probably spend way too much time sitting during the day, which leads to many unwanted health conditions.  Getting up and going for a walk as a break from sitting is a health benefit in and of itself.

12 – Walking reduces risk of cancer.  Amazingly, walking for multiple hours per week significantly reduces risk of certain types of cancers.  For women, walking may stave off breast cancer.  For men, prostate cancer is less likely.  And for everyone, walking may help prevent colon cancer.

Why You Should Take a Walk Everyday13 – Walking is good for your heart.  Like any type of exercise, walking helps stabilize blood pressure and can reduce cholesterol and triglycerides as well.  All of these factors help lower risk for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular complications.

14 – Walking may help you lose weight.  Walking alone is not going to make you the fittest person on the planet, but it can help you lose a moderate amount of weight.  Adding hills and intensifying your walking with weights can lead to greater weight loss.

15 – Walking is good for weight maintenance.  Once you’ve reached your desired weight, walking can help you keep the pounds off.  Physical activity every day is vital to weight management and weight maintenance.  Walking is one of the simplest ways to get your heart rate going to sustain your weight.

16 – Walking reduces risk of diabetes. Exercise helps balance blood glucose levels.  This is important for everyone, especially those who are genetically predisposed to diabetes or are borderline diabetic.  Walking can even help improve blood sugar levels in people who have already developed diabetes.

17 – Walking helps your digestive tract.  Need a little help getting your GI system going?  Take a walk!  Walking stimulates mobility in the digestive system, especially when you engage your core and abdominal muscles that put pressure on your stomach and intestines.  Get moving to keep your bowels moving!

18 – Walking has anti-inflammatory effects.  Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases.  Walking helps prevent inflammation from building up in your body.  Therefore, walking can help protect you for illness and disease.

19 – Walking helps prevent dementia.  The 2014 World Alzheimer’s Report states that regular exercise, like walking, can help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  Because walking promotes oxygenation to the brain, it combats vascular disease and age-related dementia.

20 – Walking boosts the immune system.  As we’ve already discussed, walking helps reduce inflammation and promotes brain function, cardiovascular strength and the digestive tract.  These all support a healthier immune system.  Moreover, research shows that walking regularly increases T-cell counts that help stave off illness and disease.

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