There is a bunch of eating and dietary tips today on the internet. Some people get successful results with a paleo or ketogenic diet and some do not reach their desired weight loss goals. However, it is important to understand that many other very important factors affect our health.
This post will discuss other important factors when it comes to weight loss & a healthy lifestyle.
1. Light environment (full spectrum sunlight or LED lights)
2. Electrosmog aka EMF (electromagnetic frequency: Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth)
3. Mental stress
4. Correct Breathing
5. Meal timing & Fasting
6. Lack of exercise and movement
7. Lack of sleep, going to bed late
Ignoring these factors can stop you from achieving optimal health and weight.
Artificial energy-saving lighting (LED, telephone, laptop, fluorescent) all emits too much high-energy blue light and does not emit infrared light. Because of all these properties, research at Harvard Medical University and other research has also concluded that the blue light emission of these lights needs to be reduced.
Staying under continuous LED, fluorescent lights constantly stimulates our body to produce cortisol hormone, which can exhaust our bodies in the long run, leading to hormonal imbalance. After our body is depleted due to constant blue light stimulation, low cortisol levels can occur. This is one of the reasons why weight loss is very difficult and unsustainable in the long run.
Night-time blue light exposure (mobile, TV, street lighting) causes even more disturbance in our body’s biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm. Therefore, it is recommended by Harvard Medical University, WebMD, not to use any LEDs, telephones, TVs 2-3 hours before bedtime. Because these lights confuse our biological clock (aka circadian rhythm).
They also reduce the levels of melatonin in the body responsible for regeneration and deep sleep, which should be at its peak at night, and raise the levels of adrenaline and cortisol, which ruin the quality of sleep.
During sleep, fat burning, cell regeneration, and other critical biological processes occur.
Let’s not take lightly the importance of sleep hygiene. That’s why we created our blue light filter glasses.
Our night glasses have been specially developed for this purpose. The specially coated lenses block all blue and green light that has been associated with degrading sleep quality.
2. Electrosmog also known as nnEMF (artificial non-native electromagnetic frequency)
In our world today, we are surrounded by all kinds of invisible radiation waves, and indeed they interfere with the biological processes of our body. WHO classifies mobile, 4G, Wi-Fi radiation as a possible carcinogen category 2B (this category includes asbestos, DDT, and others) (3)
We already have plenty of studies available that would suggest serious changes, but unfortunately, it is not science that controls our health system, but money. As we know from history, the tobacco industry has been able to maintain the false information that smoking is not harmful for more than 40 years. The telecommunications industry is hundreds times bigger than the tobacco industry and has been present worldwide for about 20 years. Thus, it is no wonder that there has still not been a significant change in warning the public about adverse health effects of mobile phone radiation.
• Keep your phone as far away from your body as possible when carrying it. For example, a bag. It’s even better to switch it to airplane mode, but you can’t make or receive calls in this mode.
• Do not hold the phone to your ear when making a phone call but keep the phone at least 15 mm away from your ears. This is the minimal distance legally specified by most cell phone manufacturers. Even better to use a speakerphone or headset.
• Do not make phone calls and do not turn on cell phone data (4G) internet connection in a metal space: elevator, tram, metro.
Metal walls, objects amplify the radiation.
• Switch your phone from 4G to 2G so that your body is exposed to significantly less radiation. This can be changed in the settings under network settings.
• Do not turn on Bluetooth, location (GPS), internet connection, NFC unnecessarily. It also drains your batteries much faster.
• Instead of Wi-Fi at home and 4G (internet connection), use a wired
( ethernet cable and adapter) connection whenever possible.
• Turn off Wi-Fi and put your phone in airplane mode at night.
How do we react to events in our lives, threats (coronavirus, economic crisis, family problems, financial problems)? Stress in our body can cause a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. From abdominal pain, digestion, issues headache, joint disease, depression to sleep problems.
That is why it is especially important to be able to let go of the negative events of our lives. We can’t change that with our worries anyway. However, if our minds are clear and not full of fear and worry, we are likely to find a better solution to the problems.
If we want to achieve true freedom and true happiness, we should look at the life of Jesus. He laid everything in God’s hands and did not cling to his life, but entrusted it to someone worthy of it alone. He knew that this earthly life is like a flower of a field: one day it blooms, another day it fades. From the perspective of eternal life, it is ridiculous pettiness to cling to earthly treasures, bodily desires, selfishness, quarrels, unforgiveness, etc.
We have to realize that this life is not ours. It is a gift from God. We have to humble ourselves and give up our ego, self-righteousness.
In this way, Jesus can conquer our hearts and we can represent God on Earth.
Improving our breathing is one of the easiest things we can do for our health and it’s completely free. Let us not underestimate the importance of this simple but all the more important health factor.
Our breathing can affect how well energy production, sugar consumption, and fat burning take place in our body and cells.
Briefly about proper breathing:
Read our full article on breathing. The Stunning effects of correct breathing
The food consumed in the evening prevents our body from starting fat burning and cell regeneration at night. Elevates cortisol levels and adrenaline hormone, the pancreas is unable to rest(insulin problems can occur over time). Furthermore, melatonin (sleep hormone) levels in the body will be low due to late eating.
1. Do not eat preferably 3-4 hours before bedtime.
2.Start intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is when we only eat in a given time interval, thus helping the body to start the regenerative, anti-aging, fat-burning processes in our body.
Eat in the morning after getting up and then have lunch around 1-2 PM and skip dinner.
3. To properly maintain intermittent fasting, without the feeling of hunger, it is important to consume adequate amounts of animal fat or coconut oil and protein.
6. Lack of exercise
Everyone knows how important everyday movement, exercise is.
You don’t have to complicate it. Go outdoors do some jogging, running in natural sunlight, and fresh air.
1-2 km of everyday jogging and walking can work wonders especially if we do it barefoot in a grassy park, field. Read why barefoot walking is so important, why shoes ruin our feet, our posture, our spine.
Short exercises during the day for example: squatting, stretching, push-ups can have a very good effect on blood circulation and can also reverse the harmful effects of sitting. Try to take a break from sitting in every 30-45 minutes and do some movement.
7. Going to bed late
Late bedtime disrupts the circadian rhythm (biological clock) in our body. Which in short means that our body will be awake at night and low in energy during the day. Healthy hormone homeostasis is reversed. In the evening, cortisol and adrenaline will be high, and during the day, drowsiness, discomfort, and lack of motivation can occur.
1.Try to go to bed at 9-10 p.m. consistently
2. Do not perform physically or mentally demanding work
3. Use blue light blocking glasses
Let me know if you have any other healthy habits that helped you with your weight loss or muscle building journey.