Optimizing your well-being is not just about exercising and getting plenty of rest, according to a popular article on CNN. Physical activity can certainly help to some extent, particularly if you do yoga, which can help you achieve a better work life balance and get some shoulder pain relief. However, combining the regimen's beneficial breathing exercises, poses and stretches with a nutritious diet is crucial to attaining optimal health.
For some people, the day feels like it drags on. They may lack energy or enthusiasm, even if they have been getting enough shut-eye each night. So what's causing their listlessness? According to registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer, author of the book Eat Your Way To Happiness, the foods they choose can play a big part.
Many women are not getting enough iron and should be consuming more red meats, fish and poultry. Vegetarians may prefer other sources of the nutrient, like soybeans, spinach, lentils and fortified cereals, which should be supplemented with plenty of vitamin C.
"Marginal nutritional deficiencies may make you feel 'under the weather,'" Somers told CNN, adding that eating too much of the wrong thing can contribute to this effect.
Coffee can sometimes trigger the jitters, but so can an excessive intake of refined carbohydrates like cookies, sugary cereals and white bread.
"A big dose of refined carbs causes your blood sugar level to soar and an excessive amount of insulin to be secreted by the pancreas," explained registered dietitian Alyse Levine, quoted by the news source.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein-rich items in addition to adopting a calming regimen like yoga can help Americans feel better about themselves. A nutritious diet and a holistic activity that enables people to stay calm, centered and focused may be the key to successfully juggling personal and professional responsibilities.