If each of us truly understood all the ins and outs of our bodies and what the different parts need to do and have for health, our brains would probably implode from all the information. I get overwhelmed all the time thinking about what new things I want to do for my personal health.
Frankly, it can be confusing to know which treatments, exercise, nutrition, supplements, and cleanses are right for you and in what order to introduce them. Well, I may not be a doctor, but I can help you to get a handle on the most important health-promoting things you can do today. We all need the reminder to get back to the basics.
Since our bodies are about 3/4 water, what do you think the most important thing is? You guessed it…water! Not just any water, but quality, clean H2O. And, you need about 8-10 glasses of it a day. If you do anything for yourself today, drink your water!
OK, forgive me in advance for this cliche. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! Now that I’ve given you that amazing NEW information…well, you would think that it’s new info the way some people eat. Yeah, yeah…I’m guilty, too. Having said that, this is one of those things that you have to do one meal and snack at a time. Pay attention and make better choices. Instead of french fries, have a baked potato; instead of a fatty cheeseburger, have a baked chicken breast; instead of eating a snickers, eat an apple and some raisins. Put more fresh, live foods on your plate than cooked and processed ones. And, don’t be afraid to treat yourself once in a while with whatever your heart desires.
This one is totally connected to the first two; in other words, if you’re drinking enough water and eating lots of quality whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, you shouldn’t have any trouble with it. Yes, I’m talking about your digestion, more specifically your colon. You all know what constipation does to you; it feels wrong. It is wrong. We were meant to eliminate on a regular basis, in some cases even more than once a day. Colon health is a pillar that upholds the rest of our systems. So, if this is a problem area for you, colon experts like, Dr. Terri Hawkins-Fox, can help you get things moving again.
Movement, movement, movement! We talked about bowel movements, now we need to talk about moving that body. I believe that this is an area that we women make more complicated than necessary. After all, ladies love to talk about their Pilates classes, how cool Zumba is, the latest Yoga pose they mastered. We want to keep up with the fitness trends like we do fashion or makeup.
I realized with the birth of my sixth child at age 41 that everyday activities like, chasing babies, picking up the house, playing in a toddler-sized tent, are all calorie-burning, blood-pumping forms of exercise. Though they may not be all that your body needs to elevate your heart rate, they certainly DO count! Just spend more time moving in some way than you do sitting or lying down. Do you hear that fellow bloggers?!?
Keep it positive! This is the non-physical thing that actually affects your body as much, if not more, than any of the above four items. The mind and spirit are vital parts of your being that can not, WILL NOT, be ignored without consequence. In fact, you can be doing the “fab four” perfectly and be killing yourself from the inside out with toxic emotions and unforgiveness. Does this sound like you? Get in touch with your feelings, your thoughts, and general outlook; bring yourself to change through life-coaching, therapy, meditation, prayer, whatever gives you inner peace.
There you have it; the top 5 health musts for every woman (men and children are included, too). Of course, each of these categories have more to them than the basics that I’ve given you here. Just keep it simple until you get them mastered. Then you can move forward to more complicated health-boosting adventures. Be well-be beautiful.
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