Drink This And You’ll Live Longer!

Take one of your sugary drinks each day and replace it with water. A recent study shows this creates a significant difference in your health – and help you live longer!

Sugar, Sugar

Sweetened beverages like soda, juice, coffee drinks, and “energy” drinks contain more sugar than you can handle healthily. The caloric intake from the addition of those drinks into your daily diet can be detrimental. Replacing even one of those beverages with water each day will make a huge difference.

Sugar, cane sugar, fructose, sucrose, and others sounding similar add empty calories to your body’s daily consumption. They have zero nutritional value. Even “diet” drinks are unhealthy. The sugar-substitutes are mostly chemical and also do not offer vitamins, minerals, or fiber.

Sweetened beverages in your diet increase your risk for weight gain, obesity, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. The journal Nutrients recently published their findings—simply replacing one of those sweet drinks with a glass of water (once a day even!) decreases all of the above-listed risks.

Side Note:

Another thing about sugary beverages…Those who consume them are more apt to have a less healthy diet overall. The more sodas that someone drinks, for example, the more hamburgers, French fries, and other unhealthy foods they are apt to consume.

Conversely, those who drink water and low-sugar beverages tend to eat foods higher in fiber, protein, and valuable vitamins, and minerals.

The Sugar Study

Researchers collected data from close to 20,000 participants between the year 2007 and 2012. They discovered that those who substituted a glass of water for a glass of juice or soda reaped better health results overall.

An adjunct faculty member of the Virginia Tech University study stated, “We found that among U.S. adults who consume one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, replacing that drink with water lowered the percent of calories coming from drinks from 17 to 11 percent.” That’s a big, beneficial difference.

Water Options

Water from your tap may not taste good. It also may contain too much fluoride. What’s the story with bottled water? www.GetThrive.com has shared research on this particular topic several times this year. Bottom line, however, water is a must.

If you don’t trust your tap, boil it. If you need some flavor, add fresh lemon juice. A gulp first thing in the morning is totally purifying.

Fancy Water

CHLOROPHYLL WATER has become a commonly ordered drink at juice bars and yoga studios. Chlorophyll can increase the quantity of red blood cells in the body—thus transporting more oxygen through the cells. Studies have shown that it enhances energy and assists in removing pollutants and metals from our bloodstream.

COCONUT WATER is chock full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The micronutrients in coconut water help boost the immune system. It’s also rumored that the plant hormones called cytokinins existing in coconut water exhibit anti-aging, antithrombotic, and anticancer effects.

Water is at the root of our existence. Embrace your roots and drink from the fountain (but not the one at the elementary school). Keep hydrated from a natural source and your body will smile and keep healthy.

 

Is Work/Life Balance Even Possible?

How do we find the perfect work/life balance?   This is a question we have all asked ourselves but many of us don’t sit down and plan the solution?  If you are an entrepreneur, this is an essential undertaking to keep your family, sanity, and productivity all in check.  How do we manage and achieve it all?  Following some essential steps, it’s possible to navigate a business in a positive direction, while keeping life organized and in a state of equilibrium.

 

TIME MANAGEMENT IS KEY

Managing a business may seem as simple as a business plan, achievable goals, and deadlines, but what happens when there is an entire team to manage?  Tracked communication is a great way to open up conversations amongst a group, in a time efficient manner.  Examples of websites which accomplish this include:  www.asana.com , www.trello.com  www.monday.com.  They help specifically project manage either an individual or a team by documenting workload, schedules, and assignments.   Using a tool like these sites allows the team to visualize their work day each morning, so attainable results are achieved by the end of the day.

Staff also now have the advantage of viewing their personal goals and timeframes, while also interacting with the other team members.  Many of these websites have a free version or trial, which makes it easy to explore.  The following points, will not only help in the work place, but with life in general too:

  • Invest in a project management app/website and populate it with weekly/monthly team targets
  • Set realistic daily deadlines, with accomplished tasks ticked off from the previous day. There’s a motivational satisfaction when jobs are crossed off and the team will see results.
  • Management should not overstretch their staff. There are only so many hours in a day.
  • False promises should not be made to clients.
  • Smaller tasks should be outsourced. A Website like peopleperhour.com  is a convenient resource.
  • If a deadline looming, switching off email for a period of time can help prevent distractions.
  • Get away from the desk. If high speed wifi is available, almost anywhere can become an office, where work can be accomplished while sipping that latte.

 

LIFE BALANCE

Trying to please everyone can be mentally and physically exhausting.  Set limits and don’t be afraid to say no.  It is proven that a work-life balance leads to higher levels of productivity.  It is possible to achieve results without compromising happiness:

  • Carve out time everyday for friends or family, no matter how hectic life is. Happiness at home will project positively on to work place performance.
  • All work and no play can lead to stress and a severe case of dull person syndrome. Switch off the phone and partake in activities like exercise or hobbies.
  • Weekly/monthly responsibilities at home should be shared, if possible, so they do not creep into work hours.
  • Take time to be healthy. Eat right, sleep 6-8 hours, aim for some sort of activity each day, even if it’s just a walk.

We are all trying to succeed within a small space of time, and how we manage that time shapes our success and happiness.  Self discipline and organization are tools that can help achieve that.  LIVE TO WORK is so yesterday, the future is WORK TO LIVE.  There may be a few hiccups along the way but with determination and focus work-life balance can be accomplished.

 

To learn more about work-life balance, check out GetThrive.com

 

References

www.asana.com

www.trello.com

www.monday.com

www.peopleperhour.com

 

 

How Friends Can Enrich Your Holiday Spirit and Health

Sometimes holiday-time isn’t always the cheeriest. Perhaps you’re feeling stressed, lonely, or a bit bah-humbug-ish. Reaching out to friends can lift your spirits and offer the healthy boost you may need.

Who Are Your Friends?

Your friends are those who can help you celebrate the positive, enjoy the mundane, and support you through it all—including the worst of times. Sometimes this person is an old schoolmate, co-worker, neighbor, or even ex-spouse. If your friend happens to be a family member or an in-law, that’s a double bonus!

Why Friends Are Necessary

According to many health experts as well as the Mayo Clinic, friends play a significant role in our overall wellbeing. Adults with a strong support system tend to have a reduced risk of high blood pressure, depression, and obesity. Many studies have shown that those with robust friendships are even likely to live longer than their peers without the crony support.

Friends can help you:
– reduce stress by listening, talking, crying, and laughing together
– boost your self-esteem and confidence
– cope with traumatic events or illness
– choose healthier lifestyle habits (quit smoking, exercise, eat better, cut down on alcohol, etc.)

One study points out that being a role model for health and fitness rubs off on friends. Your friends can influence more positive behavior onto you, and the reciprocal holds true as well.

The Rewards are in the Effort

Maintaining a good friendship requires effort and care. Both people need to make keeping a connection a priority. Sometimes one person slacks off a bit, but that’s where the friendship requires a give-and-take (as do all types of relationships.)

Friendships are an investment

With technology, it’s pretty easy to reach and make a connection these days. Even texting “Hi!” can brighten someone’s day. Receiving a call from a friend can make your day cheerful, too. A brief email, sending a photo, or a dopey emoji works also. Facetime and Skype are great for those of us who are too far away to see each other in person.

Time For Some New Friends?

As with all types of relationships, it happens that people drift away from one another. It doesn’t have to be a negative thing. Sometimes life events (moving, starting families, death, divorce, etc.) create a chasm—and it is what it is.

Being in the market for a new friend is not uncommon. We just need to make ourselves receptive and available. Ways to find new friends can be by:

-taking a class
-attending community events
-taking up a new hobby
-volunteering
-joining an exercise class or group
-joining a faith-based organization
-walking your dog or walking anywhere

Don’t be shy about reaching out. You never know who wants to be your new friend! Exchange emails, make a time to meet for a walk, coffee, or lunch.

Making and maintaining friendships satisfy the soul, and in turn, improve your overall health. Remember to always be kind, trustworthy, and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. You will attract what you offer…

And, always keep in mind, you are never alone. There is always someone else who feels the same and has the same needs. If you’re a good friend, you’ll make and keep good friends. Check out more tips on good health and relationships at www.GetThrive.com

 

 

Believe You’re Healthy and You May Live Longer

In the health department, it appears there’s another element we need to add to our daily regimen. Eating nutritiously is on the “must-do” list. Add to that some exercise. Then, of course, there’s getting a good night’s sleep. But, are enough people talking about mindset?

Mind Your Muscles

Evidently, believing you are healthy and physically active may be just as important as being active. A recent study out of Stanford University followed over 60,000 American adults for 21 years. The research was published in the journal Health Psychology and showed an association between life span and healthy thinking.

The study presented interesting data: Those who thought or believed they were less active (but in reality weren’t) were more likely to die sooner. Their mindset had an effect. Even when their physical activity levels were similar to others in their age group,  “those who believed they were physically less active were up to 71 percent more likely to die during the follow-up period than those who believed that they were more active.”

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

Fortunately, there is a growing trend of studies showing that our mindsets and attitudes affect our long-term health. The connection between the mind and body is undeniable. Optimism is often associated with stress reduction. Positive outlooks can reap beneficial rewards.

GetThrive.com has also recently posted some informative material about the link between mental and physical health and the workplace. Additionally, there are various other articles on the site promoting the importance of taking care of our bodies and minds. If you like what you see, sign up for our newsletter!

Sources:

https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/07/29/Study-Thinking-youre-less-active-could-shorten-your-life/3411501343817/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=20

 

 

 

Make Your Bucket List Before You Kick the Bucket

A Bucket List- Everyone has one. It’s that “list of things to do before we die” that make up our bucket lists. In fact, many believe that actively living according to one’s bucket list can help to embrace life.

Embrace Life- They say that whenever a door closes, somewhere a window opens. This is great advice by which to live. And often, dramatic downturns or pitfalls in our lives lead to the birth of our bucket lists. It is through perseverance, hard work, and strength that get us through the tough times and teach us to live each day to the fullest.

Carpe Diem-  A bucket list can help us do just that. It can help us to focus on doing those fun, positive things and reach powerful milestones that make our lives that much more fulfilling. Fulfill your list-before you kick the bucket.