Tips for Healthy Living

The Mind Body Connection

The human body is full of mysteries and everyday science works to try and solve the hidden truths that make each and everyone of us unique beings. We have all at times experienced phenomenon’s that we can’t explain but feel within our body. Feeling itself is a neurological process that sends sensory signals from our environment to our brain, and our brain through experience learns what that stimulus means and then responds with a motor (output) signal back to the body to deal with whatever the sensory nervous system is telling us about. It can be good and it can be bad but it will respond. If it is a painful stimulus like touching a hot stove the body moves away from the pain, if it’s a soft warm blanket we pull it closer to us for comfort.

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Fitness vs. Over Training

 

 

Your body isn’t getting any younger. That’s a good thing because if you weren’t getting any older you would have big problems. However nature and gravity are working to pull you back into the ground so you can push up the daisies. It’s a constant battle between you surviving and nature recycling you. The best way to fight nature is to stay healthy and strong. Strength comes from training, either from your activities of daily living that require physical strength that you use regularly, or from working out and training to be stronger.

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Surviving the Winter Blues

 

 

The northwest Rocky Mountains can be a challenge to endure if you are not overly excited about winter, the snow and cold, and dark gray days.  The mountains tend to be more like 6 seasons as opposed to 4.  We add falter between fall and winter, and sprinter between spring and winter.  Many who like the snow and enjoy spring skiing or elk hunter before full on winter appreciate the early and late snow, but for those who do not, it adds to the long months of winter. If the cold and snow is not your favorite thing but you are living here in Bozeman anyway, there are a few things that you can do to help survive the winter and not get depressed.

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Keep your Fires burning

Living in Bozeman we get to enjoy some of the best winter activities with the best conditions found anywhere! Winter is a great time of year to be outside and ski, ice skate, ice climb, snowshoe, build a snowman, snow mobile, have a snowball fight, and many other fun outside activities.  Unfortunately with being outside in the winter comes the possibilities of getting cold and ruining the fun that you are having.

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Be your own health Advocate

Lets face it, everywhere we turn we are being bombarded by advertisements and marketing about the newest, latest, greatest, magic bullet to fix all your health care concerns. Unfortunately there is no one thing that will heal your body and restore your health and vitality. There are however certain things that when used in conjunction with proper diet, exercise, and rest that can aid in your recovery and help keep you healthy.

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Common Sense in American Health Care

 

America decided over 200 years ago to free herself from the shackles of European colonialism and become master of her own fate. Even with all sorts of problems, the United States has become a haven for freedom, innovation and opportunity; yet she remains enslaved to a different outdated monarchy.

Why is it that America has the most expensive Health Care System in the world and yet when graded for results year after year she ranks LAST among all industrialized nations in overall health?

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Spice Up Summer!

As we fully embrace our Bozeman summer fun there are a couple of ways we can really spice up our diets for some amazing health benefits and also for some wonderful gustatory experiences too. Spices have been used throughout history for making food taste good and also for many health benefits. Learning to use spices and incorporating them into your cooking and your diet can be very beneficial for yours and your families health and can also help you to reduce the need for premade or prepackaged food that contain many artificial flavors and processed chemicals that are used to make food taste good but have health consequences associated with them like trans fats, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and excess sodium.

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Healthy summer Fun

 

As the days turn warmer and the threat of sprinter (spring/winter) snow showers diminish we look forward to those cherished summer days of fun in the sun here in southwest Montana! Summer fun includes camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, BBQ, horseback riding, outdoor games, rodeo’s, parades and endless summer days. All the fun in the sun is great but we also want to make sure we stay healthy so we can enjoy the fun and not be sitting on the sidelines watching summer pass us by because we don’t feel well.

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The Most Epic Journey!

I’ll save you the suspense the most epic journey does not end well, yet it is not a tragedy either. The most epic journey is our journey through life. The journey we are all on has many twists and turns, and many different experiences with places and people that give each of our stories extra special characteristics that enrich our lives and the lives of those around us. Along this journey of life we must first realize that it has a beginning and an end. We often try to avoid thinking about getting to the end and our destiny with a pine box pushing up daisies.

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All Relationships Require Good Communication: Your Body’s Included!

The most important relationship anyone can have is with your own body.  Your body is your vehicle to move through life and accomplish all the things that you want to do, however, your body requires constant communication throughout every system in order to maintain balance or better known in the scientific community as homeostasis. There is physical communication, chemical communication, and energetic communication happening at all times in our body. Unfortunately we have become good at ignoring our body’s communication methods and often try to override our communication systems pushing ourselves to work harder or endure some pain or discomfort. This is really detrimental to our body’s wellbeing.

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