As if on queue, The Washington Post has published the perfect follow up to my recent blog post "Get Moving to Stay Healthy." In their article, "The Health Hazards of Sitting," WP authors Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark highlight the ways prolonged sitting affects our organs, muscles, brain, neck, back and legs and increases our overall mortality.
In brief, here are the ways too much sitting is affecting you.
Over productive pancreas
Soft, flabby abs
Tight hip flexors
Low bone density
Trouble Up Top
Improper cervical vertebrae alignment
Sore shoulders and back
Hardened collagen around compressed discs
Greater risk for herniated lumbar disks
Because sitting is unavoidable, resolve to do it the right way when you must.
These articles are just a few of the many recent stories to appear on this subject. Even the American Medical Association recognizes that prolonged periods of sitting are not good for your health.
A July 15 Dynamic Chiropractic article takes the notion of prolonged sitting as bad for your health to another level: "Sitting Is the New Smoking." In the article, Dr. Jeffrey Tucker looks at the issue of prolonged sitting from the perspective of the "core," which provides the force to stabilize and move the body, as a vital part of the equation.
There's plenty of buzz around nutritional wellness including a wide range of supplements to support a healthy lifestyle. Sorting through the hype and rows and rows of supplements that line the "health" section at your local store is not always easy. One of the most important things you should be thinking about is gut health.
While it doesn't sound appealing to think about it's something that should be top of mind. The Huffington Post's "Prebiotics and Probiotics: The Importance of Gut Health" does a nice job of explaining the necessity of taking care of your gut health. I strongly recommend including a probiotic in your daily supplement regime. Here's why:
"Prebiotics are the non-digestible carbohydrates that stimulate growth and activity of bacteria in our digestive systems. Prebiotics are found naturally in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, asparagus, and whole grains.
Probiotics are mostly bacteria, which assist in the ma...