Perhaps you have been diagnosed with a chronic disease like diabetes, arthritis, cancer or fibromyalgia. Or perhaps you simply don’t feel as healthy as you want to feel. The problem is that too many people simply accept how they feel or accept that a diagnosis confirms how they will feel for the rest of their lives. They figure there is nothing they can do about it, so they just accept it, and possibly go on medication (which can often cause other issues).
Giving up on your health is not the answer. It is never too late to turn your health around. You’d be amazed at how effectively diseases and health issues can be reduced, sometimes leading to full reversal, simply by making some important lifestyle changes.
It is our modern lifestyle that is the cause of so many health issues these days. Here’s what you can do to start changing the state of your health today, along with some resources to help you get started:
The food we consume affects every part of our bodies. Essentially, we are what we eat. You can’t put diesel in a car that takes regular gas and expect it to run. It’s the same for your body. In order to function properly, your body requires certain nutrients that it cannot get from processed foods, white flour, table sugar, and additives, which is what most people’s diets consist of these days.
Having said that, it doesn’t make it an easy task. It’s easy to eat foods that cause and worsen chronic disease; therefore too many people live day in and day out with pain that they don’t need to have.
One of the best ways to change your eating habits is to determine what the culprits are for you by doing an elimination diet. For example, you might first eliminate table sugar from your diet for at least a couple weeks. This will help your body flush out all lingering sugar that is in your system so that you can see if sugar is causing your symptoms to worsen. If you notice a difference in how you feel, you can start slowly adding small amounts back into your diet to see how much you can tolerate before the symptoms come back. Then, you can move onto another potential culprit like gluten or dairy.
Doing an elimination diet may sound difficult, but it’s not as bad as it seems. For example, if you are cutting out table sugar, that means you can still have other sweeteners like agave nectar, honey, maple syrup or stevia. You’d be amazed how much table sugar is actually unnecessary when you start using better substitutes. Just be sure you don’t use synthetic artificial sweeteners, which can often trigger the very symptoms you are trying to control. Here are some additional helpful resources for changing your eating habits:
When we move our bodies, we give ourselves the ability to keep moving. The more we remain stationary, the harder it is for our bodies to get into gear. Plus, exercising helps the body flush out toxins and heal itself.
Fitting exercise into our busy lives is not always easy, but it is possible when you get creative. For example, jumping on a trampoline for 5 minutes several times a day can do wonders for flushing your body of toxins and getting your heart rate pumping. Five minutes here and five minutes there is not hard, but it is effective.
You can also start parking in spots that are far away instead of close, or even consider walking to places you would normally drive. Dance classes will keep you in shape, but you’ll have so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re getting a workout. Here are some additional resources to help you get more exercise:
Quit Smoking – If you smoke, quitting is one the best things you can do to start ridding your body of all those toxins that aggravate symptoms.
Increase Your Water Intake – Our bodies are made of almost 70% water. We need to replenish this water on a regular basis. Doing so helps the body rid itself of toxins and increases energy flow. A great way to increase your water intake is to drink more hot tea – you’ll get the benefit of water and the nutrients in herbs at the same time. Learn more about the benefits of tea here.
Fix Sleep Issues – If you aren’t sleeping well, you’re body isn’t able to recover from what it is put through during the day. During sleep, our bodies heal and reset. Getting sleep issues under control will make a difference in how you feel each day. Find out more about the importance of sleep here.
Reduce Excess – Even good things that are done in excess can be bad for you. For example, water is incredibly good for you but if you drink massive amounts, you can actually die. Your body can handle almost anything if it is done in moderate amounts, such as eating sweets, getting sun exposure, or drinking alcohol. Stop doing things in excess so you can start to feel a difference in your overall health.
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