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MELAMY Total Body Wellness

LIFESTYLE, EXERCISE & NUTRITION ARTICLES

You probably already know your body needs vitamin D to build and maintain strong bones over the course of your life. But it does so much more than that! Vitamin D works like a hormone in your system, helping your body’s immune, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems do their jobs. Scientists also are looking into …

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Here’s an idea borrowed from the field of education: it’s called reflective journaling, and while it’s meant to help students track what they’re learning (and how they feel about it!), it can be an awesome tool to track your fitness and wellness. It’s like a food/workout log – except you record your ideas, thoughts, feelings, …

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People who eat a diet of “ultra-processed” food take in more calories and gain more weight than people who eat less-processed food – even when they are given meals containing the same calories and macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbs). The study was conducted by the National Institutes for Health and published in the journal Cell …

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Here are some ways your smartphone might be having a sneaky effect on your life and your health. Connection One study found that many of us touch our phones about 2,600 times a day! That has powerful blowback on our ability to concentrate and focus – as well as engage with people around us. Another …

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Learning how to mitigate stress and put your body in the best possible position to handle anything thrown its way is your best line of defense. Here are a few things you can do: Avoid stressful discussions at night before bed – save them for earlier in the day whenever possible. Being stressed makes it …

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There are two major hormone “pathways” that take a big hit when you don’t get enough sleep – including hormones that handle things like your sex drive, stress, hunger, and blood sugar … and (ironically enough) even your ability to fall asleep! It only takes a night or two for them to get out of …

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Our society rewards pushing hard and never giving up. And both of those things are super important – nothing gets done unless someone actually DOES the work. But there is a saying, “To every thing there is a season …” Basically, if you push hard, you also need to make time to rest just as …

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The US Centers for Disease Control reports that only 10% of Americans get enough veggies in their diet. So making a habit of adding vegetables to your breakfast is a GREAT idea. So how many veggies do you need? Federal health guidelines recommend women get 2 to 2½  cups of veggies a day while men …

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Here’s what happens when you overeat, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center: You might feel tired and sluggish, and your clothes might feel tight. Your stomach expands, pushing against your other organs, leading to discomfort. Your organs have to work harder, secreting extra hormones and enzymes to break down the food. Your stomach has …

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Did you know the national recommended MAXIMUM for added sugar is 10% of your total calories? If you eat 2,000 calories a day, that’s 200 calories – or 50 grams of sugar. Most of us get much more than that! Just for an example, a small caramel iced coffee from your local cafe down the …

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Do 1 percent better every day. You might have heard of kaizen before, which is the idea of doing 1% better every single day. It’s all about small, continuous improvements. When you add them all up, they lead to mind-blowing changes. What’s even more amazing is that the changes created this way actually “stick.” That’s …

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You are only ONE WORKOUT or ONE CLEAN MEAL away from being back on-track. “Starting all over again” doesn’t have to be a big production. All you have to do is eat a healthy meal (whatever that looks like for you) or make it to your next workout. That’s because if you adopt the “one …

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