Why NOT to Make Happiness Your Goal

Could you will yourself to be happier? 

"You choose your own state of mind", is something we frequently hear. 

But is that the truth? 

Can you simply force yourself to be happy? 

In recent years a few studies have uncovered that effectively attempting to make yourself happier has the inverse impact… 

You may wind up imagining that happiness simply isn't achievable for you. 

 Why? 

Going for happiness is similar to stating "I'm going to get fit this year!"

What does fit even mean? 

Such ambiguous goals often leave you disappointed in the results. And studies show that when happiness is your primary goal - the same problem is apparent. 

It's as if you began a marathon and someone neglected to paint the finish line. 

You will undoubtedly quit running and say "What the heck?.. How am I not there yet, I've been making a decent attempt. Perhaps it's simply not practical for people like me." 

A startling thought to have, isn't it?

I know because I've felt it.

At a certain point I about abandoned each and every one of my wellness and organizing objectives – dismissing them with the line "I'm not wired for that." I verged on settled for mediocrity as a result of thoughts just like that… 

But new research has shown that simply changing your objective to something more specific but still related to your end goal of happiness is the best practice.

You must try to organize positivity in your day by day life. 

What does that mean? 

It's different for everyone but you should look to take the activities you really enjoy (sports, hobbies, time relaxing) and put them at the highest point of your schedule. 

When you plan positivity into your day, just as you would work or chores, you start using one of the least demanding but most effective strategies to bring more happiness in your life.

So begin making time for the things you love and take it seriously.

Email alert during your time for positivity? It'll have to sit for awhile, you’re not available - instead, you're doing anything else in the world. It is your life afterall.

5 Low-Carb Foods to Treat Inflammation

Ever sprained your ankle when you missed a step and find it turning red, warm, and painful? That area is most likely going through inflammation, and it can happen to anyone at any time when there is blunt trauma to that area or even an infection.

It’s irritating, but inflammation occurs as part of your body’s way to heal wounds. White blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues and protect your body from harmful pathogens that cause further problems.

Don’t worry, you can treat inflammation with the right food. If you’re not into anti-inflammatory medication, here are some of the best low-carb foods to treat your inflammation!

Leafy vegetables

Before you start groaning about the thought of eating vegetables, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale are one of those keto vegetables (see Perfect Keto’s guide) that can lower C-reactive protein in your blood, which is a sensitive inflammation marker.

Currently, this effect is linked with the high fiber content of these vegetables. Foods rich in fiber also feed the good gut bacteria, which then releases substances that promote lower levels of inflammation in the body.

Here are some examples of great vegetable choices and their carbohydrate contents:

Carbohydrates (g)/ 100 grams

1.3

3.8

10

5.4

Greens

Spinach

Lettuce

Kale

Collard greens

Healthy Oils

Lately, there’s a big trend about consuming healthy oils on a daily basis, and it’s not just a fad!

Healthy oils have their place in our diets, and many have been known to reduce inflammation in our body.

According to Dr. Waseem Mir, a rheumatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, most forms of arthritis is due to an inflammatory process, and consuming healthy oils can help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.

Image with courtesy of stevepb via  Pixabay

Image with courtesy of stevepb via Pixabay

Healthy oils tend to have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation.

Healthy oils such as extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, and avocado have zero carbs, but they are dense in calories. One tablespoon of these oils has more than 100 calories! Different oils have different smoke points, so it’s wise to do your research on how you would consume them.

Fatty Fish

Mackerel, salmon, and sardines are fatty fish that are rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

As mentioned before, omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to reducing inflammation, especially in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.

A study has also found that omega-3 supplementation may reduce post-exercise soreness and benefits athletes undergoing training to sedentary people or patients who are starting exercise programs or undergoing physical therapy.

If you’re on a low-carb diet, then you’re in luck because the fish I mentioned have zero carbs!

Canned fish such as sardines also contain omega-3 but be wary of the sauces and preservatives that come with it.

Canned fish in tomato sauce tend to have a higher carb count than ones in oil.

Eggs

If you’re prone to inflammation and you don’t have eggs in your pantry, you’re doing something wrong! Eggs are dirt cheap and considered to be one of nature’s superfood.

Image with courtesy of stevepb via  Pixabay

Image with courtesy of stevepb via Pixabay

A study concluded that men who ate a low-carb diet that included eggs (around 3 a day) had lower CRP levels than men who did not eat eggs.

The researchers speculate that this is caused by two properties of eggs: the cholesterol in eggs which increases “good” HDL cholesterol levels and an antioxidant called lutein in the yolk which lowers inflammation. 3 large eggs have only 1.8g of total carbs.

Grapes

Grapes are one of those fruits you just can’t stop yourself from plucking from the stem- and that’s great!

These berries contain a mix of antioxidants which include flavonoids and resveratrol that have anti-inflammatory properties.

A one-year study concluded that a subject group that consumed grape resveratrol extract had a 9.6% increase in the anti-inflammatory serum adiponectin.

Grapes aren’t exactly low-carb, but because of its proven anti-inflammatory effects, I just had to include this one in the list. 100 grams of grapes has approximately 17g of carbs, which isn’t bad. To compare, a banana of that weight contains 23g of carbs.

One seedless grape is around 5g, so adjust your intake according to your macronutrient requirements and you’ll be okay!

Senolytic Supplements for Sale: Where to Buy 2018

Senolytic supplements have been of extreme interest lately to the public as research continues to pile up showing some pretty awesome benefits.

Specifically, senolytics are proven to have powerful anti-aging properties that can lead to longer lifespans and, better yet, much longer 'health spans' - allowing for many more years of youthful cognitive functioning and less chance of debilitating age related diseases.

In this article we'll discuss how senolytic supplements can work their magic (the underlying process and how the aging process is involved) as well as look into where we will able to buy them and properly use them for peak benefits.

Senolytics and Senescent Cells

As you grow older more and more of your body's cells become senescent.

This is bad news because senescent cells release a plethora of negative chemicals that cause other cells in it's vicinity to become senescent as well, not supporting the tissue in which they live and not dividing to make more healthy cells.

This means your tissue decreases in function, inflammatory processes are kicked into high gear - possibly leading to the many age related diseases and maladies our aging population is fighting today.

In fact, we see hardly any senescent cells in younger populations, however, after 40 to 50 years, we see these numbers start to go up and up at a very alarming and compounding rate.

This skyrocketing rate is largely attributable to the fact that as we age, our bodies immune system does not clear these cells nearly as efficiently as it when we were younger.

Although the buildup of these cells over time is unavoidable there are a few different ways to reduce senescence, all of which are crucial to those wanting to increase their healthspan dramatically.

Lifestyle changes have been shown to be effective at clearing out senescent cells…

The most widely used lifestyle change with very notable benefits regarding the removal of these cells is a switch up in dieting routine.

No autophagy induced vs. authophagy induced through caloric restriction

No autophagy induced vs. authophagy induced through caloric restriction

Namely, occasional fasting for 3 to 4 days (every month or so) is thought to get rid of accumulated senescent cells…

Fasting works in this way through a mechanism called hormesis, providing a low-level stressor that allows your body to prepare and build a response that can more easily deal with much more formidable stressors.

Further, during this hormetic response by the body, autophagy (cellular regeneration) occurs as damaged cells die and are cleared.

Supplementation to Clear Senescent Cells

Because this lifestyle change, working fasting into your workweek on occasion, can be daunting and draining, some prefer senolytic supplements to help clear away senescent cells much to the same effect.

Although at one point it was thought that resveratrol (famously found in red wine) was a superior compound in anti-aging, it is now understood that it only dampens what the senescent cells release (those negative chemicals we talked about earlier) while not actually clearing away those cells.

Fortunately, newer research has shown that where resveratrol fails (although not bad for you, just not as good as it could be), the compound spermidine excels - effectively clearing away senescent cells just as well if not better than a 4 day fast used monthly.

So while it is much more widely available to consumers, resveratrol is not a true senolytic supplement or nearly as effective as spermidine which is notoriously scarce and more costly.

What I think on compounds like this, which we are just learning how amazingly powerful they are in their ability to clear away these senescent cells - is that it is much more well suited to called them pro-health span supplements rather than anti-aging supplements.

I say this because that is where the true value in things like spermidine come about and to quote the brilliant Judith Campisi, Ph.D. “...dying of cancer is no fun but I think many people fear even more, is this loss of cognition… We will die but I think what we mostly fear is actually where the quality of life is very poor.”