Yes it’s another post on gut health!
More and more research has been conducted on the importance of the human microbiome, essentially the study of the complex relationship between the bacteria in our gut and our health. The bacteria in our gut can affect the amount and type of vitamins being produced. They have the potential to influence conditions from autoimmune diseases, immune function, anxiety, mood disorders, obesity to allergies.
Watch the great video at the bottom of this post to get a quick reminder on the important relationship between our gut and health.
Running is addictive, there’s nothing like the buzz that you get from putting one foot in front of the other for miles and miles, it feels great. But is pounding the streets the best way to improve your running?
1) Pain, stiffness, or aching in the achilles when first starting exercise that eases off after you’ve warmed up.
2) Pain, stiffness, or aching in the achilles after exercise when you’ve cooled down.
3) Pain, stiffness, or aching in the achilles for the first few steps in the morning.
It’s important to be physically active and avoid injuries at the same time. This is especially important for a “weekend warrior”. If you are sedentary or your job forces you to sit at a desk for most of the day, it’s extremely important to plan ahead in order to avoid exercise-related injuries. After all, the human body can’t go from “zero to hero” unless it’s been trained to do that. In other words it’s hard to go from being inactive to being a weekend warrior in an instant.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is prevalent among women and it is not just an issue related to the older population. It is common in young women too. This is partly because some women don’t even know they’re experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction, like my friend who gets up to go to the bathroom five times a night. Drinking a lot of water doesn’t mean you should expect to go to the bathroom more than once a night. Of course we’ve all heard of the leakage that occurs on coughing, sneezing, or laughing too hard after childbirth but this shouldn’t be something that is accepted as part of life from that point on.