Where do I begin? – 5 Health Tips to get Started

  1. Re-prioritize a bit:  Your health is an investment and making room in your grocery budget to afford clean meats and organic veggies is important. The key is to not just add more vegetables into your life, but to replace your old fridge and pantry staples with new ones. Create a spending plan that has room for investing in your health. Chiropractic care, massages, quality supplements, yoga class, and organic foods are all worth prioritizing in your life. Understandably, not everyone has the money for those things, so alternatively you could invest in your health by re-prioritizing your time a bit like to take a walk or run in nature, read a book, meditate, or teach yourself the basics of yoga.
  2. Utilize and Downsize- Social Media: Social Media has become a big part of most of our lives. We check it constantly, we try to keep up with the trends, we connect with friends, and now social media can play a part in shaping your healthy lifestyle as well! Follow some health blogs like Dr. Axe or PaleoLeapFind some clean eating and fitness inspiration on Instagram, and follow some natural health pages on facebook! This keeps the ideals in front of you, no, not to torture you, but to keep you moving and updated even when you aren’t even trying to be. So that was the utilize tips for social media, and now for the downsize: limit your time on social media. Recent studies show that Facebook and Social networking sites can lower self confidence because people tend to compare themselves, this can cause anxiety, and even a dependency on social networking. [1] Furthermore, Electromagnetic Frequencies are emitted off of cellphones and other wireless devices which are potentially harmful to our health as well, so it is best to find space from your devices anyhow.[2]
  3. Greens, Greens, Greens!: The vast majority of the American population does not eat enough vegetables. Leafy greens and sprouts are some of the best things to start implicating into your daily life. Kale, mustard greens, beet greens, spinach, tatsoi, bokchoy, romaine, etc. are all nutrient dense and full of antioxidants. They’re also high in plant chlorophylls which help in alkalizing and detoxifying the body from heavy metals, pesticides, and other common toxins that make their way into our blood streams. [3] [4]
  4. Sleep Matters: Many of us are overworked, overwhelmed, and overtired. It is known that we should sleep at least 8 hours a day, but consistency is important. Create a sleep schedule as regulatory as possible and try to stick to it. “Some experts say that going to bed before 11 p.m. is helpful for regulating our circadian rythym and cortisol levels.[5]” You may also benefit from creating a bedtime routine that helps get you settled down. Studies have been shown that artificial blue light (from bright TVs, and your phone screen) reduces melatonin levels and can mess with your biological clock as well as being linked to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. So dim the lights, use red lights at night, or just turn the technology off about an hour or two before you plan on heading to bed. Another fast and simple way to change the integrity of your sleep is with the use of essential oils. Diffusing lavender, marjoram or a sedative blend like the Serenity Blend can help conquer insomnia, relieve stress and anxiety, and help you have overall more restful sleep.
  5. 5. Better Energy Choices: One thing that has made a huge difference in my physical and mental health has been my conscious effort to find cleaner alternatives to the sugar filled lattes, and dangerous energy drinks. The average human can intake around 300 mgs of caffeine a day and not see too many adverse effects, but ingesting any more than that will lead to negative results. Insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, dehydration, irritability, and stomach issues are a sign that you should cut down on your caffeine intake or find healthier alternatives! A cup of coffee in the morning is not a bad thing, but coffee can be acidic and finding more options for energy makes your body less prone to refilling that coffee cup another 3 times throughout your day. Maca, Yerba Mate, and organic green tea are just a few of the energy alternatives you could try to implement into your diet via drink, shake, tea, or in supplement form.

References:

[1] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275361.php

[2]https://emfscientist.org/index.php/emf-scientist-appeal

[3]http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/liver-cleanse-foods/

[4]http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/08/eating-sprouts.aspx

[5]https://www.holtorfmed.com/health-tips-for-the-new-year/

[6]http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271707.php

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