While there are a few things that you can’t control, such as accidents and genetics, you have a great deal of control over most things that contribute to your health and wellness. Even in those situations, there are many factors that can improve your recovery rate and help you to minimize the effects of various illnesses.
Not only that but some healthy foods have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so they’ll be able to help you fight off gum, tongue and tonsil infections as well. These may be overlooked but they can be damaging to someones daily life.
You have the right to feel great all of the time, so do it!
What kinds of foods do you eat every day? If you are like the vast majority of folks in the modern world, it is likely that the answer isn’t very good for you. Whether you stop at a fast food joint on the way home from work, hit your favorite restaurant or pop a frozen dinner in the microwave, you are only satisfying your hunger. Not only are these foods usually nutritionally inferior, they often contain ingredients that aren’t good for your body. For instance, most processed foods contain excessive amounts of salt, sugar or both.
Although you might believe that you don’t have the time to prepare all of your meals at home, that isn’t necessarily the case. While you might not have the hours necessary to serve a complex seven course meal for dinner, you can learn how to prepare quick and delicious foods that will provide the nutrients necessary to optimize your health.
Focus your efforts on learning how to make simple foods that provide healthy carbs, fats and proteins for your body. Known as macro-nutrients, these three energy sources should be consumed every single day. However, you can’t just get them from any food you find on the shelf. The quality of macro-nutrients is just as important as the quantity.
While you are baking salmon with your favorite herbs, put together a large salad to eat with it. Add a whole grain roll or side dish to complete the meal. Of course, what you put in your salad can make or break the nutritional boost of the meal. If you only use a few ingredients and slather on processed salad dressing, it is likely that you will miss out on vital nutrients while adding to your sodium and sugar consumption. Yes, many salad dressings contain sugar!
When you hit the produce section of your local farmer’s market or grocery store, you should attempt to purchase a variety of ingredients for your salads or to prepare in other dishes. Rather than spending a bunch of time looking at how many vitamins are in a particular type of lettuce when compared to another one, use both.
The different colors in a salad do more than add to the visual appeal, they add to the nutritional value as well. Tomatoes, eggplant and bib lettuce all have their own nutritional profile. The vitamins and minerals lend color to the produce, which is why you can find virtually every color of the rainbow in the store. You should have several servings of greens each day. Reds, yellows and oranges are plentiful in the produce department, so make sure that you have at least one per day. Since blue, purple and white are only represented in a few foods, eat a few servings per week.
Now that you have an idea of what to eat, you need to start looking at your activity levels. Though you don’t have to spend hours at the gym every day to be healthy, you do need regular exercise. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices out there so that everyone can find enjoyable activities. Keep in mind that if you don’t like a particular type of exercise that it will be difficult to continue.
The three primary components of a good exercise plan are stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular. You can work these in throughout your day rather than in one long setting. For instance, stretch in the morning when you wake up and then take brisk walks during your work breaks. Perform a few strengthening exercises while your dinner cooks and then go for another post-dinner walk.
Choosing your activity
Of course, you can alter this basic idea in any way that you like. For instance, you might opt to jump rope or dance to get your body moving and your heart pumping. Go to the local swimming pool once or twice each week, or take up kayaking. The point is to find activities that you like, this way you’ll be more likely to stick to them over the long term and maintain your good health.
Switch things up once in a while so your body is continually challenged. An easy way to do this is to change at least one of your exercise routines when the seasons change. This also allows you to take advantage of seasonal opportunities, such as hiking and ice skating.
Yoga is an ideal choice for exercise because it also addresses your mental, emotional and spiritual health. Most classes end with a meditation session, so you should leave with a relaxed mind and invigorated body.
However, you don’t have to take yoga in order to meditate. If you want to, you can learn how to meditate without yoga. Start with just a few minutes each day rather than pushing yourself to go longer. Over time you will become more comfortable with extended meditation sessions.
Take steps to ensure you get the best rest possible. While society promotes burning the candle at both ends, doing so wreaks havoc on your entire system. Establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. Avoid food and electronics for at least an hour before bed. Use a schedule for your evenings rather than climbing into bed whenever you feel like it. Schedule at least seven hours of sleep during the same time at night, and quit hitting the snooze button.
There are several other things you can incorporate into your routine to promote health and wellness. Massage, essential oils and chiropractor treatments are just a few options out there. Make sure that the products and practitioners you choose are well-reputed.
It is much easier to enjoy life when you have good health and avoid infections. These suggestions will not only ensure that your physical body has what it needs, but also improve your mental and emotional wellness. Keep track of your progress so you can see the positive impact these behaviors have on you!