Published on: 13-May-2019
By Karen Malkin: By now, you probably know that stress takes a tremendous toll on your body, often showing up in the form of headaches, intestinal issues, weight gain, hypertension, insomnia, and other health problems. Did you know stress also wreaks havoc on your bones and calorie burning capacity?
If stress travels with you like unwanted baggage, take advantage of summer’s slower pace to let it go, boost metabolism, and build strong bones. By making a commitment to incorporate these stress-reduction techniques into your summer routine, you will stand taller, breathe easier, feel stronger, and burn more calories.
First, let’s take a quick look at how stress impacts your health.
Don’t worry if changing gears doesn’t come naturally, it’s very hard for me, too. Here are 5 tips to help you de-stress:
Summer also presents the perfect season for strengthening bones, as you’re naturally more active in the warmer months. Cycling, walking, and Pilates are my exercises of choice, especially in the morning to get my day started right; it’s a great option for stress reduction, which in turn helps keep cortisol levels regulated. Simple daily walks, weight training, and finding loving ways to move your body will go a long way toward rebuilding your bones.
Reducing caffeine and other acidic foods such as animal protein, milk, packaged foods and soda, and adding in a nutrient-dense array of colorful whole foods from summer’s harvest helps ward off bone deterioration. Fruits and vegetables, especially calcium-rich leafy greens and those high in lycopene and polyphenols such as tomatoes, berries, and watermelon are particularly beneficial for bone health. Additionally, Food + Oxygen = increased calorie burning capacity.
Take deep sips of air before and during each meal. Eating under stress slows down metabolism. Turn on the parasympathetic nervous system by relaxing, which burns more calories and boosts metabolism! So, in the remaining weeks of the season, claim your space in the hammock, spend time with the people you love, take a walk in nature, catch up on your summer reads, and fill your plate with dark leafy greens, fresh fruit, and lots of vegetables. Your body—and bones will thank you. Keep your eye on the prize: a long and healthy life!