New Year... New You!

The Healthy Mind Platter

On behalf of Trina Balderston and Nancy Ehle, our heartfelt thanks to all who attended the event!  

Proper nutrition and physical activity combined are a key to optimum health, both mental and physical. Free radicals in your body are like tiny little torpedoes attacking your cells, and damage can take a long time to show up as physical symptoms. Anti-oxidants obtained through our diet, specifically fruits and vegetables, protect and repair cells, which can eventually mutate if these little torpedoes are left unchecked. But are we getting enough through our diet? In most casts, the answer is no. That's where Juice Plus+ bridges the gap - organic, gluten free, and non-GMO, you can add the nutrition of 25 different fruits and veg to your diet simply by taking capsules or delicious soft chews. 

For more information on Juice Plus+ and Whole Food Nutrition and how your body can benefit from getting a wider variety of fruits and veg, Visit Trina's website:



Physical Activity and the Brain - the Fit Mind
Adding aerobic exercise to your routine 3-4 times per week gives you even more protection, especially for the brain. Studies show that adults over the age of 65 who exercise three times per week are about 40% less likely to develop any sort of dementia than inactive adults of the same age. Combine this with proper nutrition and you can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by up to 60% according to studies done in New York and Sweden. Exercise has proven to have measurable differences in the brain between active and inactive adults, including a reduction in brain shrinkage as we age. In addition, intellectual stimulation of the brain is believed to develop new connections, which can compensate for loss later on. From crossword puzzles and Sudoku to learning a new language, exercising the brain allows it to bypass damaged areas should loss of brain cells occur.

The benefits of exercise go well beyond memory retention. It helps with depression and stress through the release of endorphins, which are mood enhancers. It will help keep arteries clear which helps your heart and keeps adequate blood supply to the brain, preventing stroke. A stronger heart means it doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood - in fact, it will be able to easily pump more blood with each beat, leading to a lower resting blood pressure. Many believe that if you have high blood pressure, it will rise to dangerous levels during an aerobic workout. While your systolic pressure (pressure resulting from the pumping phase) will rise slightly due to the increased demand for oxygen from the working muscles, this is countered by 'vasodilation' - the blood vessels leading to the muscles expand to receive more blood & oxygen - this means the rising pressure will level off - it's a temporary, 'acute response' to exercise. Your BP will not only return to pre-exercise levels when you finish, it may well drop below and stay lower for up to 22 hours. Can you say "good for the body?" Always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. 

Just starting out? You don't have to run a marathon! You also don't have to work out for an hour at a time to get the benefits of activity. This is a myth. Small doses of exercise bring benefits! If you can only fit in 10 minutes here or there in your day, do it. Go for a brisk walk that gets your heart rate up. Jump on the treadmill or the elliptical. In as little as five minutes, you can start to feel your mood lift, and even brief increases in circulation can only benefit the body - more oxygen and nutrient delivery to the tissues... and more toxins carried away! 

Scroll down to view the 'Physical Activity and the Brain - the Fit Mind' presentation

For information on how you can host one of these wellness events, contact Nancy:  403-354-4905
e-mail:  witness4fitness@hotmail.com
                                                                                                                            


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