In this week’s Health + Happiness episode, Joy and Vivien discussed whether cutting down on gluten is healthy and talking about the dangers of using a cotton swab to clean your ears. Here’s a brief recap of what we learned in Episode 9. In case you missed out, you can watch the entire episode. here.
Thinking gluten free? Read this first!
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Lately, people have been staying away from this nutrient for a variety of reasons (lose weight, clean up their diet, lest they’re sensitive to it). So the million dollar question: To gluten or gluten free? Even though protein has a bad rap, it’s not worth it – unless you have celiac disease, a condition that people can’t break it down. If you are having digestive problems, you should see your doctor to determine the cause. You can welcome bread, pasta and other gluten-containing foods back to your diet. (Note: Don’t avoid gluten-containing products prior to your appointment, as that could skew the results of any tests your doctor might perform.) And if you have to stay away from gluten, Try quinoa. My favorite quinoa recipes: Perfect yogurt quinoa and Quinoa Pancakes Sweet Potato.
Health or hype?
When you go out to eat, it’s better to enjoy dessert on the bread tray than dessert. Joy says: Hype! She believes it is better to go for dessert. Here’s why: You can eat more and have less room for desserts when it’s time to order. Not to mention, you can also split desserts with your friends. Just some food for thought!
Now listen to this!
Wax protects your inner ear from bacteria, and using a cotton swab to clean it can simply help you push it deeper. You should not put anything in your inner ear canal as it can irritate delicate skin, increase the risk of infection, damage the eardrum, or damage hearing bones. In fact, if you look at the packaging, you’ll even see a warning label that advises you NOT to put a cotton swab in your ear. Your ears are self-cleaning and only the outer ears need some care (gentle with a cotton swab or washcloth). If you have any of the following symptoms: blocked ears, muffled hearing, persistent discomfort or itching, see your specialist.
Two ingredients or less
Recipes only need two ingredients or less? Yes, please! Reward: All of these recipes include chocolate. Joy shares her Raspberries stuffed with dark chocolate, Chocolate protein pudding, and Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars.
5 main nutrients
Are you getting enough of the following important nutrients: vitamin D, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, they work together to protect bones, support the immune system, control blood pressure, enhance function. of muscle? Try a super salad that offers all five nutrients.
Take the time to reflect on how you react to obstacles. Do you complain or adapt to the problem? Be open to change and optimism. Your reactions can make the difference between failure and success.
This is your week’s hope filled with health, well-being and a daily dose of Joy. For up-to-date episodes of Health + Happiness, check out your local listing here.