Making positive choices daily can help improve our chances of maintaining good health as we age. Eating well, moving everyday and living a clean and optimistic lifestyle are vital. If taking steps to improve your diet, lifestyle and exercise regime seem overwhelming, start with improving just 1 or 2 simple things first. Below you will find some links to companies or organizations that provide awesome resources!
Here are a few simple guidelines to help support you:
Tips to help your overall health:
- Reduce stressors – avoid, eliminate or find strategies to get through challenging times (talk, write, breathe).
- Eat smaller meals more often – reduces stress on the digestive system.
- Minimize time spent on the computer – get up and move when possible.
- Get outdoors and breathe the fresh air – don’t rush, walk and enjoy the journey.
- Add more exercise to your week – this can be as simple as going for a nice brisk walk.
- Drink good quality water or beverages (herbal tea) through the day – keeping hydrated is important for healthy skin and weight.
- Set a good sleep pattern – important for repairing and rejuvenating the body.
Health in the home:
What we wear, what we use and what surrounds us each day can all have just as many negative affects on our body as eating fast food and smoking cigarettes. We come into contact with a variety of chemicals throughout the day, often found in our face creams, shampoo, laundry detergent, makeup or air freshener. This constant bombardment of toxins can put stress on our liver and kidneys as they try to neutralize and then excrete them from our body.
The environment within the home, work and outdoors can play a key role in our overall health. Avoiding as many products that contain toxic chemicals as much as possible gives our body the opportunity to function more efficiently.
- Try a non-scented green softener or a cup of baking soda in your rinse cycle to soften clothes.
- Safer options for cooking include stainless steel, glass, cast iron and ceramic titanium.
- Look for products free from the chemicals Phosphates, Sulfates, Parfum, Phthalates, Parabens, Methylparabens, Aluminum and Petroleum.
- Don’t work with your computer on your lap, unplug what you don’t need to use, keep cell phones away from the body as much as possible and avoid microwaves when you can.
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Ingredients in your health and beauty supplies http://www.ewg.org/skindeep