The start of a new year is a time to make resolutions for better health and wellness. Many people think that major changes must happen to make better health possible, when your health is actually determined by small, daily decisions. Those decisions have to do with how you eat, if you’re active, if you sleep and if you have good ways to relieve stress. Let us help you take those easy steps towards better health today!
Did you know that eating healthier is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make? That may come as no shock to you, as one of your resolutions likely has something to do with nutrition. 37% of Americans want to eat healthier and 37% want to exercise more. The two really go hand-in-hand, but your nutrition may do more for you than anything else. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”, and it’s actually very true. What you eat can determine how good you feel throughout the day, how well your body functions and even how clearly you think. What you eat can help lengthen your life or it can cut it short.
Want to have better health? Start with your nutrition! Every person needs 6 essential nutrients every day and they are ones that your body can’t get if you’re not eating right. Those essential nutrients include fats, carbohydrates, protein, water, vitamins and minerals. If you don’t get those nutrients, cells can’t rebuild themselves, your body will run slower and less efficiently and you can develop chronic conditions. If making a conscious effort to eat better is hard for you, simply start with these tips:
Do you exercise? If not, you might want to consider starting. Studies show that people who exercise moderately can add 4-5 extra years onto their lives. What is moderately? The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. That’s about 30 minutes a day for 5 days of the week. That “moderately” can be walking, biking, doing housework and anything that gets you up and moving. Even with this simple amount of exercise, you are helping your body to become stronger and able to live longer.
This is because digestion improves with exercise (or movement), oxygen can get to cells that need it with more blood circulation, and toxins can be removed quicker from the body. Muscles are worked, making them stronger, your mind can become clearer and inflammation is less likely, as inflammation happens easier with a sedentary lifestyle. Better health with exercise can happen even if you get up for 10 minute bursts throughout the day to walk or do simple exercises.
You may not know what inflammation is, but odds are that you have it. Inflammation is your body’s natural response to an injury, allergy, virus, bacteria, infection or any foreign substance in the body. When something comes into your body, cells jump into action to seal that substance off from the rest of your body and to eliminate it. Often, that autoimmune response is to cause swelling and extra fluid in an area of the body. That is what inflammation is, and it can be painful. Inflammation happens to people with arthritis, especially in the joints. It’s what leads to the pain patients feel, as the joints are being attacked by a person’s own body when they are seen as a toxic substance.
That inflammation can happen with countless other diseases, chronic conditions or even from your daily decisions. Nutrient-poor food can cause slight inflammation all over because the cells don’t get the nutrition they need to function correctly. Allergy reactions can cause inflammation as well. Not controlling chronic conditions, using too much medication, drugs, tobacco and countless other things cause cause inflammation, which is eventually what kills cells and leads to a shorter life. If you want better health in 2019 and forever after, start now on eating a good diet, get yourself checked out for allergies, avoid addictive substances and control your chronic conditions.
There are so many ways to achieve better health and they are all things you can do such as:
There are many simple tips here that you can use to have better health in 2019. Follow all of them or incorporate one here and there, and you’ll notice a difference in how your body feels and functions. For professional help to reach your health goals this year, call Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025!