9 Easy Ways to Sneak More Exercise Into Your Day

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At Belty, we believe in making the most out of the small moments throughout the day. You don’t need to spend an hour at the gym to get a bit of exercise every day. Try these easy fixes to increase your daily activity. 1. Stretch Stretching is a simple activity you can do anywhere, even at your desk. It helps blood flow and increases your range of motion. It can also help prevent injury. Keep it light, and hold stretches for at least 30 seconds. 2. One-mile rule If you…read more

Important Screening Tests for Men You Shouldn’t Skip

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One of the easiest things men (and women) can do for their health is getting appropriate screening tests. Screenings are important to help catch diseases early and treat them successfully. Skipping these important tests could be a matter of life and death, especially for men – who are less likely to see their doctors on a regular basis. Here are 5 simple tests to pay attention to: 1. Cancers Skin, prostate, testicular and colorectal cancers are among the most common cancers found in American men. Screening tests can find the…read more

2017 Food Trend: Flexitarian is the new Vegetarian

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We all know that eating less meat is good for our health and good for the environment. However, for many, social pressure creates the fear that once you go vegetarian or vegan you can never eat meat again without begin seen as a hypocrite – until now! The major predicted food trend of 2017 is flexitarianism – touted as a more realistic and achievable alternative to vegetarianism or veganism. Flexitarian A flexitarian might only eat meat on weekends or when eating out socially. The idea is that it is up…read more

Best Wellness Trends of 2016

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Wellness has remained a global trend and top priority for many over the last few years. It’s hard to keep up with all the latest trends, and even harder to determine if they are worth the hype. Here is a recap of the best wellness trends of the last year that are worth holding onto in 2017. Meditation Apps Much like the practice of yoga in previous years, meditation became mainstream in 2016. It is now a fully acknowledged wellness tool used in many workplaces and schools across the world….read more

The Physical Symptoms of Stress

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Most of us are familiar with the fight-or-flight response. It’s that moment when stress kicks in, you can feel your body tense and your stomach flutter. In a crisis, this response can help you deal with a stressful situation effectively. However, if you are experiencing stress too often, you may have what is known as ‘chronic stress’. Beyond being emotionally unpleasant, chronic stress can have severe physical effects on your body and your overall health. Stress hormones When stress related hormones – like cortisol and adrenaline – stay at a…read more

Natural Headache Relief

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We all get headaches at some point, and for a variety of different reasons. Whether it’s from too little sleep, or staring at a screen too long, a headache can make even the simplest tasks unbearable. Reaching for painkillers is a bad habit to get into. It can have damaging effects on your digestive system, kidneys and liver. Next time a headache strikes, give one of these natural remedies a try first. Ginger Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is particularly effective at soothing headaches. Drinking ginger tea is…read more

5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Flu Season

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The coughs and sniffles have started, and while you may feel getting sick is a seasonal inevitability, there are many ways to reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu. Your best bet at beating the flu this season is through preventative measures. 1. Wash your hands – a lot. Frequent hand washing is the best way to avoid cold and flu germs. It sounds so simple, but soap and water are the constant companions of doctors and nurses. To completely get rid of viruses from your skin, you…read more

Meaningless Buzzwords Used to Sell Health Products

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Eating well and living a healthy lifestyle is more confusing these days than it’s ever been. With so many new health trends and products on the market, it’s hard to know what information to listen to. Many companies misuse trendy marketing terms to sell products that have no scientifically proven benefits. Learn to read nutrition labels and be wary of these popular buzzwords being used to sell health foods and products. Superfood  Every few months there’s a new superfood trend that takes the internet by storm, like goji berries, kale or…read more

The Detox Myth

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‘Detox’ is one of the biggest buzzwords used to sell health and wellness products. There are literally thousands of ‘detoxifying’ products – from smoothies to soap – that promise a long list of health benefits. But with very little scientific evidence to support these products, many consumers are left wondering if they are worth the hype. Detox culture Detox culture is an extension of our society’s tendency to hop from one fad diet to the next in search for instant gratification. The idea that you can flush away that sluggish…read more

Sugar! The Real Halloween Horror Story

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It’s that spooky time of year again—Halloween. While haunted houses and ghoulish costumes usually take top prize for most horrifying, Candy is the culprit we should really be afraid of. During this fun and frightening time, it’s important to be aware of the role sugar is playing in our holiday traditions – and our lives. Addicted to sugar When we eat sugar, the reward centers of the brain are stimulated – it makes us feel good. When we eat sugar-containing foods often, we develop a tolerance, which requires us to eat…read more