7 Amazing Benefits of Youth Sports

How Upward Sports Can Impact Your Child’s Health and Life for Years to Come

Have you noticed that many kids today seem different than when you and I were kids? Kids today are more likely to be overweight or obese. They are more likely to be sick constantly and suffer from severe allergies. Many have a difficult time socializing. They are even more likely to suffer from depression. There are many reasons for this. If you spend even a little time on Wellness Achiever, you will discover many of the reasons. I want to propose one very important and powerful solution for these problems – youth sports. There are many amazing, healthy benefits of youth sports for your kids.

Benefits of Youth Sports

Growing up – like many of you – I was a very active child. While I didn’t have the opportunity to participate in youth sports as a child (for various reasons), I did not spend much time inside in front the television, devouring unhealthy snacks. I didn’t spend a lot of time playing video games. Don’t misunderstand – there is nothing wrong with watching television, playing video games or consuming the occasional junk food snack. However, there is a very unhealthy imbalance of these activities in today’s youth.

If you are a parent, you know that finding and enforcing balance for you kids can be quite challenging! I have recently begun coaching kids in a local youth sports league. I have discovered that the benefits of youth sports helps tremendously. This is evident for my own child, as well as, the other children that I have the opportunity to coach.  

Orthorexia Nervosa – New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet

In a world where meaning is malleable, you can twist the truth however you want. You can create a story to make worthwhile endeavors look bad. You can make harmful practices appear attractive. The mental health system has recently taken a shot at making healthy food choices appear dangerous, if you can imagine, especially when those choices are your top priority. Clinicians are actively diagnosing patients with orthorexia nervosa, the extreme desire to eat pure food.

Orthorexia Nervosa

by: Mike Bundrant (NaturalNews)

This is not a parody. It’s actually happening.

If you have a strong desire to eat pure, uncontaminated food, then you could be suffering from a mental disorder per this new medical labeling trend.

It means becoming aware that attitudes and emotions influence our health. It means taking responsibility for our attitudes, and making the commitment to change the negative ones. No matter what attitudes our parents, friends, or associates influenced us with, or what our life experiences have been, we are still responsible for our own attitudes. We are the only ones who can change them. Blaming others gets us nowhere except into a rut. Taking personal responsibility for where we are in life is the first step toward improving our attitudes.”

How to Get the Best Results From Your Health

How many times have you started a new diet or exercise routine – expecting great results – only to be left disappointed or frustrated with your outcome? You are not alone. You may be missing this key that will help you get the best results.

Best Results

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Often, we focus too much on our desired results and not enough on the best way to get there. As W. Edwards Deming said “You can expect what you inspect.” That  is, we don’t get what we expect, we get what we inspect.

Mr. Demings has been called the ‘Father of Quality’. His influence has helped people produce many great products and services for nearly one hundred years. However, disregarding this important concept regularly leads to poor products and poor results. This applies not only to business and industry but to your life and health as well.

10 Timeless Truths of Health and Healing

Every year, there is a new fad diet, exercise craze and blockbuster drug. They often gain varying amounts of popularity, yet most eventually fall by the wayside. 200 years from now, it is unlikely that our great, great, great… grandchildren will be following the South Beach Diet, doing CrossFit or taking statin drugs. These health trends will be swallowed up by history.

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Yet, there are absolute truths of health and healing that never change. They are foundational. The more we choose to build our lifestyle around these foundations, the more lasting results we will experience in our health and healing.

The Real Link Between Cortisol and Depression

Cortisol and depression have been linked by a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(1). This connection has raised hopes that depression will soon be able to be predicted similar to the way heart disease can be predicted by the presence of certain biomarkers. Is cortisol a biomarker for depression? If so, does this mean that high levels of cortisol should be an indication for depression treatment or counseling? What is the real link between cortisol and depression?

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Healthy Attitudes That Encourage Natural Healing

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” said Zig Ziglar. This is true is life and  your health. Your aptitude – your natural ability, your genes, your knowledge, your resources, your health insurance, etc. – determines less about your health than your attitude. Establishing the right healthy attitudes about healing will take you far beyond the limits of your insurance coverage or your doctor’s diagnosis than you ever dreamed possible!

Healthy Attitudes

Attitude – “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”

You may not be able to easily change your aptitude but the good news is that your ability to positively change of your attitude is limitless! Regarding your health, you may be stuck with bad insurance or no insurance. Your insurance may have been recently cancelled for not living up to unrealistic guidelines (Thanks Obamacare!). You may have a genetic health condition or a seemingly unbeatable diagnosis. However, it is your attitude towards these things will determine your ability to heal.

5 Foundations of a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is the key to enjoying a long life free of disease and dangerous drugs. Your healthy lifestyle has the extraordinary power to defeat diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you are reading this, then you likely already know that. However, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information available on the internet. Don’t let this paralyze you! Let’s simplify the process by implementing these five foundations of a healthy lifestyle!

Healthy Lifestyle

5 Empowering Tips to Overcome Lies About Your Health

It infuriates me that we are lied to about our health everyday! We have been told that disease comes from bad genes and bad germs and that there is nothing we can do about it. This is a lie! You have been told that pharmaceutical drugs produce health, that your ADD/ADHD child must take drugs for the rest of his life and there is nothing you can do about it. We have been told that there is no cure for cancer. Lies, lies and more lies!

True Health vs. Lies and Myths

We have been told that vaccines are completely safe and effective for your health. This is a lie! We have been told that ObamaCare is an affordable way to save our failing health care system. This is a lie! We have been told that GMO foods, fluoride, high fructose corn syrup and pesticide laden foods do not make us sick. These are yet more lies!  If we are not cautious, we may just begin to believe the lies ourselves. How do we protect ourselves from a world full of lies and misinformation regarding our health?

How to Conquer Depression Naturally

Depression impacts about 120 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization predicts depression to become the second most burdensome disease by 2020.(1) Heart disease is the first. Antidepressants are the most highly prescribed type of drug of all time. Over 160 million antidepressant drug prescriptions are written every year. However, these drugs have little to no effect on the actual cause of depression and they are extremely dangerous. Learn what you can do to prevent and reverse depression naturally.

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3 Keys to Achieving Real Health and Wellness

The world of health and wellness can be very confusing. However, when you have a better understanding of REAL health and wellness, you will have a lot more clarity. With this clear understanding, you will be able to know the difference between something that is truly healthy versus something that is simply a scam. Use this information to build real health and save your wallet from the fakes!

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