How to Boost General Health the All-natural Way

When it comes to improving general health, we sometimes look for quick fixes, such as crash diets, grueling fitness challenges and the like. The truth is that the old-fashioned methods of improving health never go out of style. Today, we’re going to discuss the simplest, safest and gentlest ways to improve general health. It’s all about going easy on yourself by making small adjustments and then moving forward from there.

Take It Easy on Yourself

Sometimes, people try to do complete overhauls of their lifestyles. Occasionally, this is necessary, due to health concerns. However, if you’re not currently suffering from health problems (and taking medication in order to stay healthy), you will find that making minor changes is probably enough to improve the way that you feel.

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If you do have health problems for which you’re taking medication, you should talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your lifestyle. Everyone is different and your doctor will know which lifestyle adjustments are most beneficial for you.

If your general health is pretty good, but could be better, the key to making improvements is paying attention to the basics, which are diet, exercise and hydration. This “Holy Trinity” of wellness is really important. It’s about what you put into your body and how you treat your body. Also, if you have bad habits, such as tobacco, alcohol and/or drugs, consider taking action to get these negative influences out of your life.

While most people are just fine having an occasional beer, glass of wine or cocktail, some people go too far. If you have addiction issues, tackling them will greatly empower you and improve your health. Also, exercising for thirty minutes per day a few times per week will be great for you.

In terms of diet, it’s about staying close to nature. This means avoiding processed flours, staying away from refined sugar and avoiding anything that is processed. For example, cured meats, such as bacon, are linked with the development of cancer, because they are processed and contain nitrites. It’s best to stick with organic meats if you are a carnivore. Also, consider adding more meatless meals to your weekly meal plans. Substitute tofu or chickpeas for meat in order to lower the amount of fat that you take in. In particular, fatty cuts of red meat and processed meats should be avoided.

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Clean Up Your Diet Today

Stick with whole grains, low-fat dairy, veggies and fruit. Drink a lot of pure water. Reward yourself for your clean diet by allowing yourself occasional cheat days and treats. It’s about building good habits and practicing them most of the time.

Myths about stress that have you pulling your hair out

A recent study released in America by the American Psychological Association states that about 72% of the adult population around the world is dealing with considerably more stress today than adults used to 10, 20, and 30 years ago.

Our world has changed considerably and continues to change on an almost daily basis. All corners of the globe have been mapped, and thanks to technology there is more opportunity – and more competition – today than there ever was before.

This has people feeling very on edge, very anxious, and very nervous, as the future is anything but certain endings have a tendency to change right underneath our feet.

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At the same time, there are some considerable myths and misconceptions out there regarding stress that likely have you pulling your hair out. Let’s get in front of these myths ASAP to cut back on the stress and pressure you may be dealing with already.

“Some stress is good for you”

Though you are certainly going to want to learn how to best manage and mitigate any stress that you may be dealing with on a routine basis, the truth of the matter is that you want to eliminate as much stress and pressure so that it doesn’t create biological and biochemical reactions throughout your body that physically manifest themselves in negative ways.

Sure, it’s important that you don’t bury your head in the sand and refuse to face reality – but that doesn’t mean that you want to overload yourself so that you become stressed out just because “you should”.

“You can always tell when someone is stressed out”

Yes, there are definitely some physical manifestations of stress that are pretty easy to recognize – folks become tired, unfocused, forget full, and usually have a short temper – but some are better with internalizing stress than others and you may never recognize that they are stressed out at all.

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Do not make assumptions about someone’s state of mind unless you know exactly what’s going on beneath the surface.

“Alcohol it is the ultimate relaxer”

A lot of folks love nothing more than coming home after a long stressful day at the office and grabbing a cold one or a glass of wine to kind of relax and decompress, but it may not be the most effective tool – and it may even be exacerbating your situation.

A 2012 report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse shows that long-term drinking has a negative impact on your brain chemistry and your ability to handle anxiety. Daily drinking can cause significant issues later down the line.

What You Stand To Gain By Losing Weight

Losing weight comes with a wide array of benefits. If you still haven’t made the leap towards making some positive lifestyle changes, you may need a little assistance in the motivation department. Sometimes, our motivation is in serious short supply. This can play a significant role in determining whether or not we stick without a health routine, or if we even start one at all.

Motivation can be the foundation that gets you started. It can keep you coming back, as well. You can keep a number of things in mind, in terms of how you’ll benefit.

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Benefits To Losing Weight

If you can handle dairy, and if you have no moral objections to dairy products, you can benefit from certain dairy products quite a bit. Not only can certain kinds of dairy help you to lose weight, but it can also improve the enamel of your teeth. This means that not only are you going to improve your self-confidence by losing some weight, but you’re going to have the smile that will back that up. Combine both of those things, and you are quite frankly going to be unstoppable.

Did you know that losing weight can impact your significant other? Studies show that people who take losing weight seriously, and show results to that end, can also effect the weight loss of their partners. To put it another way, when you take losing weight seriously, your significant other is going to pick up on that. The two of you can then benefit and encourage one another in a variety of extremely useful ways.

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You will also find that establishing a larger routine can change your smaller behaviors. For example, when you embrace diet and exercise, you do things like grab a quick, healthy snack, before you leave the house for a big party. You stop snacking in the middle of the night. You start taking the stairs at work, rather than take the elevator like everyone else. This is the great domino effect that will begin to happen, once your routine for eating right and exercising becomes more established. You can start on both of these things simply enough. For example, opt for a healthier breakfast, make meals that you can take to lunch, and get in fifteen minutes of walking each day. All of these things can get you started on the right track. Your mood, sex drive, and overall energy levels will significantly improve for the better.

Only about 3% of the population is healthy – Are you one of them?

According to new information released in 2015 by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, only about 3% of the population in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are actually healthy – with 97% of those individuals living in those countries struggling with a variety of different ailments that sets them up for pain and frustration.

It is critically important that you do absolutely everything in your power to improve your health if it is lagging behind, but you are only going to be able to do so if you understand where you are health is right now.

After all, most people are under the false impression that they are significantly healthier than they really are (as evidenced by the 3% figures outlined above). Here are three questions you want to ask yourself to determine whether or not you are actually healthy or if you need to get to work.

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Are you actually exercising enough?

To hit the kind of healthy lifestyle that you are looking for these days you need to spend at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week exercising and really pushing your body to the limits.

The overwhelming majority of people are leading very sedentary lives that are getting even more sedentary as time goes on – and that’s going to cause some pretty big trouble later down the line.

Do absolutely everything in your power to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day five days a week (seven days a week would be even better) and you’ll be able to dramatically overhaul your health in a hurry.

How does your diet stack up?

The average diet is absolutely awful, loaded with all kinds of simple and complex carbohydrates, processed food items, and all kinds of toxins and additives that have absolutely no place whatsoever in the human body.

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You’ll want to switch your diet to something that focuses on food as close to its natural state as possible. Lots of fresh fruit, lots of fresh vegetables, and lean sources of protein will have you much healthier in record time.

What does your body fat percentage look like?

A healthy Body Mass Index (your percentage of body fat versus bone, muscle, and water) sits somewhere between 18% and 24%, and you’ll want to get measured ASAP.

There are quite a few homes scales that can calculate BMI effectively, though if you’re looking to get the most accurate numbers you want to go to a testing laboratory and drop some serious cash to find out EXACTLY where your numbers lie.