The Danger in Drinking Soft Drinks
By: Emmery Willey/Social Media Editor
Did you know that the average American drinks approximately 56 gallons of soda a year? (wellnessmama.com)
That probably includes you! Soft drinks are full of things that are harmful to the human body. It is full of preservatives that can later cause diabetes. Cortland W. a junior at CCHS said, “ The carbonation gets into the bloodstream and attaches itself to the red blood cells and makes it so you can’t absorb as much oxygen, so you aren't as oxygen efficient in swimming or any other sport.” Soda is one cause of the huge epidemic of the United States: Obesity. Harvard University did a study that showed that twelve year olds that drank soda every day were more likely to be obese when they grew up.
Drinking one soda can is the same as eating 10 teaspoons of sugar. Imagine the impact that has on your body. The sugar spikes the blood pressure and causes one to be really hyper in the moment. But after a couple of hours, a person can crash because the sugar ran out. This process is not healthy for the body. Soda also causes long term dehydration. The caffeine, sodium, and sugar actually dehydrates the body and can lead to chronic dehydration, meaning you will be dehydrated constantly.
Not only is soda unhealthy, but it can be addictive. Caffeine is a drug that is addictive. And of course, it is found in soda. Being addicted to soda is dangerous. All the unhealthy substances cause your body to rely on them more and more. In the moment, the delicious taste of soda running down your throat may taste good, but your body will thank you later if you simply stop. Stop drinking soda.
There are so many other alternatives to drinking soda. One is so simple: water. It is full of nutrients. But if you have to have some flavor, squeeze some lemon in it and drink that. Vitamin water is also another great alternative. Smoothies are packed of nutrients that your body doesn't get when drinking soda. (everydayhealth.com) Smoothies are delicious and you can make them however you want.
There you have it. A couple of reasons why you should rethink drinking the last Coke in your fridge. Soda is so incredibly unhealthy for the human body. It causes many diseases, like diabetes, that are incurable. So, when you get home, replace your soda with water, fruits, and veggies. Your body will thank you in the long run!
Skip the diet. Just eat healthy.
By: Abbie Bankhead/Health & Fitness Editor
“Weight is lost in the kitchen, not the gym.”
Who doesn’t want to have a body like those in the magazines and the star athletes out there? Body image is the source of many things-motivation, low-self esteem, goals, and much more. But when people try to take their bodies and make them “skinnier,” “healthier,” “cleaner,” etc, they can go about it in the wrong way. While exercise is a primary sector of having good balance in your life and maintaining a healthy body, it can’t do the job of keeping yourself healthy on its own. It goes hand in hand with eating the right food. One that’s constantly overlooked but incredibly crucial is what you put INSIDE your body.
Fedupmovie.com states, “In 2012, Americans consumed an average of 765 grams of sugar every 5 days, or 130 pounds each year.”
Fed Up is a documentary released in 2014 talking about how addictive sugar is, and how it’s taking over America’s regular diet. Eating healthy is extremely important. I am an active runner and trainer and so what I eat makes all the difference in my day-to-day performance. This does not make eating healthy easier. It has become much easier over the years, but it did not start out that way for me. I’ve always loved sugar, from brownies and ice cream, to candy and white bread. 4 years ago, around the time I saw Fed Up, I decided to make a change in what I ate. I took the challenge of going one day a week without any processed sugar throughout my day. This meant no candy, soda, cake, etc. I did this very successfully for a year, and while it was especially rough towards the very end of the day, it slowly got easier. The following year, when I continued this challenge, my mom began a three month Detox challenge, absent of anything processed, no sugar, no grains that weren’t whole-not to lose weight, but to have a healthier inside. This inspired me to want to eat healthier, not because I could say “Oh, I’m not eating sugar today,” but because I wanted to have a healthy body, on the inside. I attempted this Detox, but it was too cold turkey for me. Since then, I refined and adjusted my health plan so that I was always challenging myself, but more importantly, it was doable for me. I upped my once a week no sugar, to two days a week. Then, based on a suggestion from my healthy Mom, I went everyday for a week, only having one SERVING of sugar a day. I would decide at the beginning of each day, “ok I’ll get two cookies tonight after dinner, “ or “I’m gonna eat one Twix bar at lunch.” That was it for me. Now I don’t eat any white bread unless it’s a special occasion, I have tried hard to only have whole grains in my life-and that goes with chips too. Since trying that, my health has gotten astronomically better.
With the combination of training hard for XC and Track, the correlation of my performance there and what I feed myself, and my desire for keeping my insides happy, it’s now not a burden to have to say no; I want to. I have one serving of sugar or less everyday, every week. I try to have servings of vegetables, fruit, grains, protein, and dairy in each of my meals. It’s not about how I look or how many pounds I weigh. I worked hard these last few years and challenged myself so that I can feel good. You really are what you eat, and changing these habits really has changed who I am and what I can do.
“There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does.” -healthylittlesecret.com
Is Skiing Healthy for You or is it Unhealthy?
By: Dyl Squire/Music Editor
Skiing is one of the most anticipated sports this Winter. The high precipitation amount in the lower valley of Utah is creating blizzards in the mountains and the ski resorts. “Solitude Ski Resort already had 4 inches of snow although it melted in a few hours,” said KSL News. Many people have been thinking that this ski season will bring over 125 inches of snow! Cannon Watson a skier from Corner Canyon High School said, “Since this year will start so early I’m thinking this year will have more success than last year. I’m super stoked” But some people think that skiing is unhealthy since no work is needed to be done.
Skiing is a very healthy activity that strengthens not only your lower body, but your core abdominal muscles and your cardiovascular endurance. Keeping fit will be a breeze when you ski. Not only will the amount of sun that you absorb give you a positive attitude due to the vitamin D levels in your body, skiing promotes deep sleep and a good night’s rest. Flexibility is also a key factor in skiing and the more you ski the more flexible you get. Skiing also promotes good healthy habits like healthy eating. “After skiing all I want is a nice salad and some chocolate milk,” said Nate Neyman, a student at Corner Canyon High School and a ski enthusiast.
Skiing can be a bit expensive though. Renting skis and getting a season pass can total up to 400 dollars at least. With the most being up to 1000 dollars. That’s a lot of money! This scares some people away from skiing. The cost is a lot of money but it is a fantastic way to spend your time and has a magnificent outcome keeping you physically fit and emotionally stable. Skiing is a very healthy activity that results in many positive outcomes.
Heal with Yoga
By: Paris Nielson/Books Editor
Got stress? Backaches? Brain cramps? Yoga can help.
Yoga is defined as, “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline...to promote physical and emotional well-being” (Merriam Webb Dictionary).
From the most advanced poses to the easiest, yoga has the power to heal
muscles, joints, relieve pain, and strengthen bones (trailX). One of the most simple
poses, Mountain Pose, improves posture and respiration (rodale wellness). Another pose called Pigeon Pose, opens hips and relieves sciatic discomfort. Child’s Pose, one of the most often used poses, can remove back pain according to prevention.com.
You can’t live your best life if you don’t have good mental health. Yoga cannot
cure a mental illness, but it definitely helps you cope. Child’s Pose is proven to remove stress in your muscles, that ultimately reduces anxiety in every aspect (prevention.com).
Also by consistently practicing yoga it can help heal from PTSD. An article from CNN said, “Chris Eder retired in 2013 after serving in the military for 23 years. He felt his mind and body start to struggle and turned to yoga for healing. Chris said, “I’m pretty sure without my yoga and meditation practice, I would be a statistic. I had a pretty solid home practice and began teaching in 2008, but over the past three years, my therapist have taken me into some seriously dark places. The comfort and security of my mat, my space, and my practice have kept me going and given me hope.” Whether you are struggling with a mental illness or you need some time without worry or stress, yoga is a wise choice.
Health & Fitness Editor
Remember this the next time you drink Coca Cola!
12 oz (355 ml) Can
Sugars, total: 39g
Calories, total: 140
Calories from sugar: 140
20 oz (590 ml) Bottle
Sugars, total: 65g
Calories, total: 240
Calories from sugar: 240
1 Liter (34 oz) Bottle
Sugars, total: 108g
Calories, total: 400
Calories from sugar: 400
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Best Place for your Yoga Practice
Bikram Yoga at Thanksgiving point is one of the best places for your yoga practice. It is hot yoga so it intensifies the stretch and allows for even deeper pain relief.
Some Things I Wish I Knew Before Going
1. You will get extremely sweaty, so bring a towel to place over your mat.
2. Bring a lot of water and be drinking it consistently, also before you start the class
make sure to be drinking water.
3. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Yoga is about your innerself and
comparing yourself to others totally defeats the point of yoga.