The Magic Pill

People all over the world are looking for a magic pill to lose weight, keep their youth, have more energy, use less medication, and feel less aches and pains. The list could go on and on. We read about it every day on the Web and see it on TV: “New weight loss secret the stars use,” “Discover the new cream that keeps Cindy Crawford looking younger than before,” “New special diet that literally melts pounds off you,” “Use chia seeds and it will fix whatever ails you.” I guess my question would be, if all this works so fantastically well, why don’t we all look and feel like we’re in our 20s?

Great news! There IS a magic formula, that if followed, actually does all of the above and more. But very few people practice it. In fact, they create all sorts of excuses why they can’t. The most common response I hear as a medical exercise professional is, “That will never happen.” I can’t stand on my soapbox too much either, because I struggle with using the magic formula myself. Have you guessed it? Here are some more hints (yes, this is a little test):

  • Reduces your body weight up to 5 pounds within a month, without dieting
  • Brightens your skin and minimizes the wrinkles
  • Eliminates dark circles from under your eyes
  • Increases your energy after 1 one week
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Reduces your hunger cravings
  • Has been known to reduce the use of medications

All of the above actually have been proven scientifically. The FDA supports these claims! Have you guessed it yet?

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It’s SLEEP! The magic formula is sleep, not 4 to 6 hours, but 8 to 10 every night. Why so long? Well there is a lot of science behind it, with long syllables of chemical equations and interactions. Needless to say, it comes down to two biggies, human growth hormone (HGH) and rehydration. We can’t look good without them. If you don’t get enough rounds of your sleep cycles (stages 1 through 5, all of them), you don’t release HGH. And if you don’t release HGH or enough of it, your body can’t repair itself. So you’ll look haggard. It’s the same with rehydration. Your body also needs water in order to repair itself. If you don’t drink enough water, you’re not going to recover from that HITT workout as quickly as you should. With aches and pains combined with not enough quality recovery time, you’re at an increased risk for injury.

Think about this when you’re chugging down coffee because you can’t completely wake up. Or when you’re feeling frustrated because you can’t lose weight. Or when you’re buying that $100.00 cream because you don’t like your wrinkles. Or when you’re getting out of bed and feeling stiff and achy. Then ask yourself, “Isn’t there something I can do to get to bed a little earlier? To quiet my mind before bed rather than watch the news or get on the computer?”

Give yourself permission not to be perfect about it too. Take baby steps, and give yourself a pat on the back (or in my case I get a massage) when you’re successful. I’ve been working on this for about 3 years, and I’ve noticed a huge difference when I get good sleep compared to when I don’t. It took me about 6 months to get into a routine. But now that I have, it makes a world of difference.

Good luck and let me know how you do. We are here to support anyone who wants to get better sleep.

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