Welcome to the second edition of Wellness Roundup! Today we are discussing hidden dangers, things that lurk in the background and posses threats to our health. Be it processed foods, pesticides, plastics, or even our cell phones, health scares abound. Instead of getting lost in all the possibilities, we will focus on a few topics that you can easily avoid.
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Hidden dangers You Can Easily Avoid
- Processed sugar is such a sneaky devil. It is loved by billions, and yet one of the most unhealthy substances in the modern diet. Worst of all, it sparks an addiction that rivals illegal drugs.
- We understand it isn’t good for us, but we may not realize it leads to heart disease, cancer, liver disease, obesity, and type II diabetes.
- The trickiest part of our sugar addiction, is that its found in nearly every processed and packaged food in existence. A trip down your grocery store aisle will quickly prove this fact.
- Not just added to desserts, it pops up in frozen meals, pickles, sauces and dressings, snack bars, yogurt, and the list goes on.
- To kick your sugar habit, you truly have to become a nutrition label sleuth. It comes in many forms, with some of the most common names ending with a ose: sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, glucose and dextrose for example. There are also dozens of other varieties.
- As with everything in life, sugar is best taken in moderation. Manage your will power, manage your habit.
- Still a buzz topic around the world, sitting is the new smoking. Health professionals agree humans are not meant to sit all day, because doing so is detrimental for our health.
- Many of us still work in office jobs, but we clearly need to get up and move. Following are a few ideas to incorporate more movement into your day:
- Swap out your office chair for a balance ball. Even using this an hour at a time increases the engagement of your core and lower body.
- Build your own standing desk, or work with your manager to get one provided by your company. Many businesses are recognizing this need, and providing treadmill work stations or flexible environments that encourage daily activity.
- Stand up and walk around when you take a phone call. Or better yet, conduct walking meetings, where everyone on the phone agrees to walk while you talk.
- Use a small cup for your coffee or water, so you are forced to get up and refill more often.
- Bisphenol A is a toxic substance found in thousands of canned goods, plastics, and paper products. There are hundreds of studies on the subject, and experts agree it is linked to a wide variety of health issues including brain dysfunction, heart issues, hormone and fertility disorders, diabetes, and even cancer.
- Now that BPA is widely recognized as harmful, how do we avoid it? First, check all products currently in your home and dispose of those that are contaminated.
- Thanks to the EWG, there is a comprehensive database of all products that include BPA. Search by product name or type, and take note of the contaminated products moving forward.
- Second, replace your products. Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers when possible, and most importantly when you are heating food or liquids. Limit use of canned goods, and seek out those that are labeled as BPA-free.
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