How Does Posture Affect Your Brain?

Shoulders Back, Chin Up

The way we stand, sit and walk has far more longer reaching consequences than you may think.

What happens if you shake your head? You may be trying to say no to something, but does you body subconsciously say more than this to your brain? Studies have shown that when a person hugs themselves they were sometimes able to reduce their physical pain.

We also know that exercise is linked to happiness, what we don’t know for sure is if it is the physical exertion or simply moving our body that causes this improving mood.

Here are four more fantastic things that happen when our posture changes:

  1. Sit up straight and you are more likely to remember positive memories or think positively in general.
  2. Start walking with a spring in your step instead of a slow slumped walk and you will see a boost in energy, despite the increased effort.
  3. Your hormones changes (for the better) when you stand straight.
  4. Standing in a powerful pose will empower you – it will even make you take more risky bets. Good for some, less of others!

However, please do remember there is no one ‘best’ posture but indeed some things will always help so if you are ever worried about your posture or you think you need a reminder, please do get in touch with us here!

Below we have a wonderful talk in more detail about how posture and body language can improve our lives in lots of ways:

Bring On The Blue Milk

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk (well, low-fat milk…) 

So the news that high fat isn’t as bad as we thought and actually sugar is the problem is relatively old news (see our blog on where we de-bunk some common diet myths form a new months ago). The over consumption of sugar has been tied to obesity, diabetes, inflammatory-related pain and much, much more. Because of this, it is recommended by the World Health Organisation that we shouldn’t be consuming calories from sugary drinks.

The one exception to this, however, is reduced-fat milk. In fact, the American Medical Association recommend that children drink three cups a day. Full fat milk has proportionately lower levels of sugar than reduced-fat options yet whole milk is vilified for it’s fat content – a whopping 4 whole percent. Not exactly high fat!

While saturated fat was the villain for decades, a 2010 analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease”.

Furthermore, there are numerous benefits to drinking full-fat milk – in it’s most pure state (raw, organic) research has shown it has the potential to promote heart health, control diabetes, aid mineral absorption, lower bowel cancer risk and even help weight-loss. 

Milk is also by far the most cost-effective post-exercise recovery drink, high in protein and amino acids, it quenches thirst and repairs any muscle micro-strains you may have sustained!

However, before you consume more whole milk, do take care to consider the organic vs. non-organic options as there may be 20+painkillers or antibiotics lurking in your milk.

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Still Detoxing? Don’t Waste Your Money

Do You Need A New Liver Or A New Wallet?

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We saw this yesterday and it tickled us – thank you Phil Hyland for posting the picture originally. We are looking one further because the liver is much talked about but little understood how it actually works so there is a very interesting video at the bottom  of this email that sums it up nicely!

Why Are Our Bodies Asymmetrical?

We often strive to find ‘perfect’ or ‘normal’, but what happens if wha we have always aimed for is not what we should be aiming for? Symmetry has oft been hailed as the gold standard of beauty but maybe the quirks we are all blessed with is how each of us are perfect in our own way?

TeD as always, sums it up beautifully. Asymmetrically, but beautifully asymmetrical.