Our reflexive attraction and attention to the endless stream of available information/stimulus on our phones, tablets, and computers, digital addiction has not only become a dominant presence in our lives, but it’s causing real damage to our physical and mental health.
For our health, the ‘Red Zone’ is the holiday season – from November to January. As it is, the seasonal change is hard on our immune system, and it’s the beginning of cold and flu season (and in the U.S. let’s not forget the disruption to our health caused by the Daylight Savings Time change).
In the greater scheme of things, maybe it doesn’t matter what gets your attention because they all share some common ground: lifestyle behaviors are the predominant factors that determine whether you may or may not develop one of these destructive health conditions.
Between the long hours, stressful jobs, barbecues, teenagers, traffic jams, political shenanigans ozone depletion, and 700 calorie sugar-laced Frappuchinos – it’s a wonder anybody lives to see fifty. The fact that some people do is akin to the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richard’s ability to still tour with the band at age 77.
After 6 million years of hunter-gatherer existence, humans can be observed sheltering in warm rooms, slouching on comfortable seats in front of glowing screens, being whisked effortlessly between floors aboard mechanical staircases. And it’s killing us.
In order to have an extraordinary life, you have to make extraordinary choices. Seek out the ‘rubs’ – the insecurities and the limitations. Our strength is in our flexibility. Increasing flexibility requires will, skill, and trust. You’ll be stronger, even a little sore, a little uncomfortable. But isn’t that the idea?
The strength, the health of our immune system should be our first line of defense (or is it offense?) for creating wellness and avoiding – not simply fighting – disease. This seems to be missing from the conversation and from the primary focus of various organizations such as the American Cancer Society.
Movement benefits … everything – your brain, your poops, your immune system, your blood sugar management, even your moods. Lack of movement promotes stress. Lack of movement promotes bad health – weight gain, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, autoimmune disease, arthritis.
For some people, such as vegetarians or simply those adverse to taking fish oil, getting sufficient omega-3 can be a challenge. Some gravitate toward flax oil. However, the conversion rate for ALA found in flax oil is very low: most research puts the conversion rate around 4%. So, flax oil is not an adequate substitute for fish oil.
There is a reawakening toward the value of … nothing. Doing nothing. Rather than feeling irresponsible (and creating bad health) for not grinding it out day and night over a 60 hour work week, we are now becoming aware and engaging in the art of doing nothing. And we’re better for it.