5 Quick Ways To Improve Your Health
Going Back to Basics in Your Health; 5 quick ways to improve your overall quality of health naturally:
We have become a fast paced want it now society and it is taking a toll on our health and especially the health of our children. Our world has become complicated and sometimes the best way to find solutions is by going back to basics.
By going back to basics in your health, you can eliminate chronic illnesses, missed time at work, the need for unnecessary medications, medical tests and/or procedures, and bring more life into your life the simple way.
- Practice daily mindfulness meditation. - Toxic stress has been linked to the top six leading causes of death with the majority of office visits to the doctors are due to stress related illnesses. So why not make it a priority to reduce your stress. Try practicing daily mindfulness meditation 10 minutes a day which can be done anywhere. Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve physical health, strengthen the immune system, as well as enhance memory, attention, and focus. Meditation has also been shown to improve emotional and mental health. It is the oldest alternative therapy that spans thousands of years. Athletes use a form of mindfulness when they get in "the zone". So give it a try. What do you have to lose?
- Identify and remove toxic foods from your diet. - Did you know that over 70% of diseases are preventable. What most people don't realize is that the foods they're eating - normally healthy foods - can often cause a subtle unhealthy reaction in their bodies that builds up and can cause all kinds of chronic health problems such as IBS, headaches, depression, fatigue etc. A simple diet elimination plan or even Immuno Blood-print test can help you identify and eliminate toxic foods. Also, I recommend avoiding GMO foods as they also account for a large increase in the risk for food toxicities and a host of other health issus. GMO's are genetically modified plants and meat products that are altered in a lab that and not found in nature. You can commonly find GMO's in corn, soybeans, cotton and some meat products. Since the statistical data on the potential health risks of GMO foods are unclear, it is recommended to avoid these foods due to the little data already presented. The potential health risks some of the studies have linked GMO's include: increase in allergic reactions, increase cancer risks, serious digestive problems, and other health problems. In my opinion, it is not worth the risk, especially for children, to consume these foods since GMO foods are not properly tested for human safety. Labeling of GMO's has been highly controversial, but is growing in momentum. Be educated and make wise informed decision especially when it comes to the fuel you consume.
- Assess if your medications are depleting your body of the necessary vitamins and minerals. - Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes which can lead to use of more prescription medication. For instance, Vitamin D has over 300 functions in the human body and deficiencies have been linked to depression, breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and fibromyalgia etc. A simple blood test at your doctor’s office can determine if you are deficient and the process to replenish your body of vital nutrients can begin. It is easier to either adjust your current medications and/or replenish your nutritional deficiencies with supplements vs adding another new prescription.
- Eliminate high fructose corn syrup. - High fructose corn syrup in your diet can be found in everything from yogurt, candy, fruit juices to salted peanuts. I consider this food ingredient to pose a great health risk in our modern society due to the secret insertion into our food supply. Even when used in moderation, high fructose corn syrup has been linked to health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, higher triglycerides, dementia, and liver failure. According to Mark Hyman, MD, "they are a marker for poor-quality, nutritionally depleted, processed industrial food full of empty calories and artificial ingredients". Why risk your health or the health of your children.
- Develop a positive attitude. - Easier said than done? There is a direct link between what you think and its affects on the body. Negative thoughts and emotions can wreak havoc on your body and health. Researchers are finding more and more evidence every day that point to the many benefits of a positive attitude including a healthier, less stressed life, and improvement of your immune system. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with a positive attitude also have reduced cardiovascular problems and less depression. There are several ways you can create a more positive attitude. First, start to change your internal dialogue. Start by being mindful of your thoughts, words, and actions. You just might surprise yourself. Keep your thoughts optimistic. There have been many reports of people healing late stages of cancer. Many attribute laughter and a positive attitude as to miraculous cures. You can also begin write a gratitude journey. When we begin the day with gratitude, we set our sail for they kind of day we will have ahead. Above all, have patience and nurture yourself as these changes do not occur overnight. However, in the end, you will be very glad you did.
Finally, lacking energy? All these things I am asking you to eliminate to add to your lifestyle will increase your energy levels fairly quickly because you are removing the things toxic to your mind, body, and spirit that produce "sludge". By going back to basics in your health, you can eliminate chronic illnesses, missed time at work, the need for unnecessary medications, medical tests and/or procedures, and bring more life into your life the simple way.
By: Laura Bonetzky-Joseph, RMA, RMT, Adjunct Instructor, Holistic Health Professional
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