June - Health Corner

A big part of being healthy is what we eat. Our nutrition matters and our body uses the fuel, good or bad, that we put into it. Seems like we hear more and more about chronic inflammation in the body with things like asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation can be both good and bad. Inflammation helps our bodies defend itself from infection and injury. The process occurs when you break a bone or get a cold. However, chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain and disease. This can be brought on by stress, eating inflammatory foods, and low activity. Healthy habits are made over time. Here are a few tips to help you be proactive about your health and lowering the risk of inflammation.

Try lowering your stress levels with meditation. The Y offers several yoga classes throughout the week to help you get into that meditative state with guidance. If you are a self-starter, try to find a quiet place at home or in the office during a lunch break.

Start to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods to your everyday diet. Foods that are rich in nutrients like berries; strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries can help.

Fatty fish are good sources of protein and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Some great choices are salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and anchovies.

Spices can be good as well. Turmeric is a spice with a strong, earthy flavor often used in curries and other Indian dishes. This spice contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient.

Get active. The Y offers group fitness classes, a variety of cardio and weight resistance equipment, and a pool. We have wellness coaches, instructors, personal trainers and welcome center staff who are eager and happy to help you get started.

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