I have written several articles on deep breathing and its health benefits but the benefits are reduced if you end up breathing poor air.
Here are ways I create a good air quality for myself and another great article on natural ways to improve your air indoors.
1. Don’t pollute your home environment with chemicals . This includes: Read the rest of this entry »
While trying to improve my health over the years, I tried many things that didn’t work and made plenty of mistakes. Some of these missteps cost me time (not getting better), some cost me money and and some cost me both. Maybe you’ve gone through this, too.
You won’t find the common health mistakes of smoking, drinking too much or not getting enough sleep or exercise on this list of health mistakes. Instead, I want us all to take a look at how our obsession with the quick fix overtakes our common sense and holds back our health.
1. The Magic Pill Promise
There is a pill to magically take away all your pain. There is a pill to magically suck away all your fat– no matter how much you eat! There is a pill for everything.
We want to believe in these pills. We want them to work because we want to feel and look better.
Think about it though – how can a tiny little 500 gm pill make up for the pounds of sugar we eat, the bowels of greens that we don’t consume, the shopping carts full of dumb carbs and junk food we eat, instead of the whole foods, fresh fruits and whole grains?
The only answer to this question is that it is magic. The ads promoting that pill usually won’t use the “magic” word–but that’s what they’re selling us. These weight loss methods come equipped with a rational explanation for why and how the product works. But, any position or viewpoint can be explained rationally. That doesn’t make it true or applicable to your situation.
2. The Quick Fix Diet
I am very suspicious of any diet named after a famous city or a single food.
Some examples include the Beverly Hills Diet, the Park Avenue diet, the martini diet, the peanut butter diet and the grapefruit diet. This doesn’t make any of these particular diets necessarily unhealthy. However, many diets framed this way are silly and neglect nutritional balance.
Any diet that promises quick weight loss in a short time is suspicious. Any diet that doesn’t encourage not just a long-term plan, but a lifetime plan, is suspicious. Just because a friend tried this diet and lost some weight doesn’t mean you will have the same results.
A good lifetime approach to food will feed the body instead of just restrict calories. It will balance the body’s systems and organs, it will improve the digestion instead of destroying it. It will take into consideration your own personal uniqueness and possible food sensitivities.
3. Blinded by Science: Don’t be a guinea pig for ‘new’ discoveries.
Nutritional science is young. Just because a scientist has discovered new nutrient XYZ, and it’s workings in the body, that doesn’t suddenly mean you need XYZ in a supplement or added to your yogurt.
This new nutrient could be helpful, but no matter how many doctors and researchers are explaining its value in very scientific and convincing language – if it hasn’t been used for long periods of time, you can never be sure of the long-term results on your health or if sticking to a whole food diet is better.
Consider Vitamin C, for example. It is the oldest known vitamin, discovered in 1747. We have been enjoying Vitamin C from the apples, oranges and vegetables we eat for tens of thousands of years. The lowly orange, contains vitamin C plus THOUSANDS of other nutrients. These include bioflavonoids, MANY other vitamins, many trace minerals, live enzymes, and a host of phytonutrients that nutritional science is just starting to discover.
Many long standing cultures have rich traditions of food science. They have been producing healthy happy individuals for centuries. These cultures systematically classified foods and herbs according to how they benefited the body. The ayurvidic system, for example, even understood acid/alkaline balancing thousands of years ago.
Achieving peak health IS something that you can work towards your whole life with ease and joy… as long as you are not in a hurry and are willing learn.
Have YOU tried out diets or supplements that didn’t work in your health journey?
This article contains excerpts from the free e-book The 3 Secrets Health Habits of The Naturally Slim and Healthy
Have you done your spring cleanse yet? Here are 10 benefits and 8 tips to get you going.
Just as our house needs a thorough cleaning of all the corners of our home to freshen it for summer, so does our body.
The cells in our body are always producing waste so cleansing w always naturally takes place to keep it functioning. Unfortunately, due to our toxic environment and unhealthy lifestyles, our cleansing systems are often overworked.
Overwork your cleansing organs, such as your liver long enough, and eventually they cannot do their job well and waste builds up. This allows chronic conditions to develop and is one of the ways our body degenerates over time. Having a healthy elimination system is important. You can see why it is a good idea to do a spring cleanse. Read the rest of this entry »
What is potassium and what does it do for you?
Potassium is an essential mineral found in every cell in the body. Potassium has a strong relationship with sodium, calcium, and magnesium. It is important to have a balance between all of these minerals for good health. Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It is an electrolyte that regulates the proper function of every cell in your body. It is often referred to as the wonder mineral and when you read the list below you can see why!
Potassium helps your body:
- keep your heartbeat regular
- makes sure your muscles work right
- aids rheumatic or arthritic conditions by causing acids to leave the joints, thus eases stiffness Read the rest of this entry »