Health and Wellness Fridays – Benefits of a body detox

Welcome back everyone to Health and Wellness Fridays! I hope that everyone is doing well.

Today I would like to talk about the benefits of a body detox. 

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What is a body detox?

A  body detox refers to the process of removing toxic or unhealthy substances from the body to help the body’s natural detox system function efficiently and effectively. 

How does the body naturally remove toxins?

The body’s natural detox system consists of the liver, the kidney, the digestive system, the lungs and the skin.  All of these organs are responsible for transporting and removing waste from the body.  Heavy metals for instance are removed through our urine and sweat while solid waste are excreted in the form of faeces.

Where do the toxins come from?

You may or may not know this but we’re exposed on a daily basis to toxins.  Toxins are in the air that we breathe, the water we drink and even some of the food we eat unless it is organic.  Over time, such toxins may build up in the body making it increasingly difficult for the body’s natural detox system to perform at its best.

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Some benefits of a body detox include:

  1. Increased energy levels
  2. Boost metabolism
  3. Remove free radicals
  4. Boost immune system
  5. Support digestion
  6. Reduce inflammation
  7. Reduce cancer risk
  8. Cleans the blood
  9. Support weight loss
  10. Promote healthier skin and hair
  11. Improve sleep habits
  12. Improve mental alertness
  13. Improve sex drive
  14. Inspire you to make better lifestyle choices

We’ve seen some of the benefits to be gained from doing a detox.  There are many products on the market that claim to facilitate detoxification but all aren’t created equally as some actually add more manufactured chemicals to our bodies so be sure to read your products carefully.  The good news is we can take a natural approach to detoxification with products that many of us already have at home. 🙂

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Some natural foods that are great for detox include:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Green Tea
  4. Lemon water
  5. Apples
  6. Garlic
  7. Broccoli
  8. Cabbage
  9. Carrots
  10. Ginger
  11. Pineapples
  12. Watermelon
  13. Cucumbers
  14. Mint
  15. Aloe Vera Gel
  16. Raspberries
  17. Strawberries

Click here for some simple detox recipes you can try at home.  With the many chemicals we breathe, eat and drink often sometimes beyond our control – implementing a simple detox routine would go a long way in helping our bodies continue to take care of us as we do our best to care for it. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for stopping by.

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Strengthening the Immune System

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  I hope that all is well.

Today I would like to talk about things we can use and do that naturally help to strengthen our immune systems.

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The immune system is our bodies defence mechanism that helps fight and protect us from diseases.  The demands on our immune system are great and as such giving it an extra boost from time to time is a good way to help ensure that it can perform at its best.

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Here are some things we can DO and USE to help strengthen our immune system.

  1. Eat healthy servings of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
  2. Reduce alcohol consumption.
  3. Avoid tobacco smoke.
  4. Consume friendly bacteria – such as probiotics to your diet.
  5. Get enough sleep.
  6. Manage stress levels.
  7. Eat garlic – preferably uncooked
  8. Reduce sugar intake
  9. Get some sun – vitamin D
  10. Get immunized
  11. Drink more herbal teas – green tea, peppermint, elderberry and ginger.
  12. Invest in a good multivitamin supplement to support our diet.
  13. Consider introducing immune-enhancing herbs such as Echinacea, ginseng, ginger, astragalus root
  14. Get active – moderate exercise
  15. Expose ourselves a little – when we are exposed to germs our bodies learn how to fight them and how to better protect us in the future. Don’t go looking for germs but you can try using plain soap instead of antibacterial gels, soaps and lotions from time to time.

WE are our ultimately our bodies primary defence against diseases. So let’s do what we can to help our bodies better PROTECT us.

What do you do to help your immune system perform at its best?  Can you make any recommendations? Feel free to make your suggestions below.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have an amazing weekend! 🙂

 

 

Sources:

NaturalSociety.com

Motherearthnews.com

 

 

 

Health and Wellness Fridays : Self-control

Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday. Tonight, I want to talk about the challenges most of us have in exercising self-control especially as it relates to our eating habits.

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Let me first start off by saying that this is an area I personally struggle with.  I know all the right foods to eat and all the unhealthy foods to avoid and yet in spite of all of this knowledge and wisdom – it can be really tough to walk away sometimes.  I know for a fact that I’m not the only person with this issue but let’s keep the focus on me. I don’t want you guys feeling bad or guilty. So just hear me out. 🙂

Self-control means that not only do we have the POWER to control ourselves, our choices and our decisions but that we actually USE that power in our best interest.

I believe we all have self-control the challenge is applying it to the areas of our lives that we have relinquished control – for some it is their finances, others their relationships, and so many other areas but mine is junk food. 🙁

Do I have self-control? Yes! Is it effectively applied to every area of my life? No. Food is one of the most challenging areas for me. Sure, I have the good stuff like my fruits, veggies, nuts, multivitamins, and so on but I also have occasional fries, fried chicken, pizza and Chinese food from time to time.  I know what I have to do and yet there are times when I decide to just throw it out the door and just have what I want and not necessarily what I need.

Do I love myself enough to do better? Yes!  So what’s holding me back from committing fully to the process?  Let’s find out.

  1. Cravings – old habits where you can’t help but want what you want even after you’ve implemented new habits.
  2. Enablers – the people around me who love the same stuff I love so it’s easy to fall back into it.
  3. Self-talk – where I convince myself I’m in control and I walk into an establishment leaving self-control at the door as the aroma of food fills the air.  He better not watch me crossed eyed when I’m walking back out with my fast food in tow so he can pout all he wants.  🙂
  4. Emotional eating – if I am feeling stressed out  you could believe that I am going in search of my comfort food KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) or a good BBQ. It does help to be honest but I do feel guilty after so all I end up doing is transitioning from one emotion to another.
  5. Not eating on time.  This is a major factor in me making poor food choices as I let my sense of smell and sight along with my hunger pains determine what I eat and how much.
  6. The belief that because I make healthy food choices most times that  I can have occasional ‘feel good food’. Life is just too short for diet rigidity.

All of the above factors make self-control over eating habits more challenging.  How do we overcome them?

  1. Eating on time. I try to add little snacks like yogurt, fruit or even nuts to help me not feel as hungry since I’m often stuck behind a desk.
  2. Try to monitor my stress levels and try to distract myself with music to take my mind off of whatever is attempting to throw me off.
  3. Monitor the self-talk. If I feel like convincing myself to go through the drive thru I would try to give myself reasons why I probably shouldn’t go – the line is just too long, the chicken might not even be fresh or the fries might be hot.  It works most times.
  4. As for the enablers, I just started saying NO especially if I already indulged once or twice for the week then anything after that is a no. I end up talking down their cravings as well. Of course, they’ll be a little disappointed and I’ll probably have to provide an alternative but at least we saved ourselves from overindulging.
  5. Cravings – I try not to stifle my urges entirely because food makes me happy. I have made an effort to regulate how often I would indulge for the week and month and try to stay within or under that goal making sure not to exceed it. Example, I might have KFC 2 -3 times for the month rather than 2-3 times for the week.
  6. Being honest with myself about what my weaknesses are and trying to put things in place to improve them for the betterment of ME.

Self-control is inside of each of us we just have to tap into it meaningfully. We all stumble from time to time and that’s okay. We need to support and encourage each other especially in areas of weakness – so let’s pick ourselves up and keep pushing forward. When we give up on ourselves self-control walks out the door.

Our health and wellness is just as important as those other areas of our lives that we apply self-control to if not more so.  It is there to protect us but it can’t work if we don’t use it.

Have a wonderful night and an amazing weekend.  Thank you for stopping by.

Health and Wellness Fridays- Laughter

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Friday Greetings to each of you!!  🙂 Although it has been raining all day and most of the night I am happy to report that I’ve been blessed with another day and opportunity to share this earth with each of you.  I hope you’re all having a wonderful day so far and that you choose to make the most of it regardless of the obstacles that try to throw you off your game.

Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the benefits of laughter to our overall health and well-being.

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Does laughter have any affect on our well-being?  Let’s find out.

Some benefits of laughter include:

  1. Reduce stress hormones
  2. Boosts immune system
  3. Regulates blood pressure
  4. Increases blood oxygenation
  5. Enhance your mood making you feel better
  6. Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers
  7. Help burn additional calories
  8. Help you cope better during challenging times
  9. Helps improve your sense of humour
  10. Works out the stomach muscles
  11. Improves heart health
  12. Improves memory
  13. May even fight off cancer
  14. Promote creativity
  15. Laughter increases connection with others

Some of us often think that if we or others are laughing then we or they are not taking life seriously.  The truth is, there will always be something going on in the world that we don’t like or agree it.  However, there will also have good things and people as well that should be celebrated and enjoyed and not overshadowed by all of the negativity that can suck the joy right out of us.

Just take a look at the possible benefits to be gained from such a simple act as laughing.    No sign up fee.  No membership fee. Laughter is the easiest and most affordable element we can add to our everyday lives to make even subtle improvements to our overall health and well-being.

Now back to my earlier question, “Does laughter have any affect on our well-being?”  Yes, I believe it does.  When I look around it is almost impossible to miss the visible differences between people who laugh nearly everyday and those who are barely able to crack a smile.  The major differences would include: their uptight physically and in their interactions with others; their bodies seem tense all of the time and some may even be labelled as unapproachable.

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I’m almost certain that if we took a closer look at their blood pressure and stress levels their scores would probably be higher as well and they may not even know it.  Most of us don’t realize until it is too late and we’re forced to go the doctor or the hospital.  Don’t allow the pressures of life to stifle your laughter.

Okay, so we’ve seen the benefits of laughter but there can be some side effects also.  Let’s take a look.

  1. Sore muscles. Have you ever laughed so hard and long that your muscles hurt? The joke or moment was hilarious but your poor muscles paid the price after. That was actually your muscles getting a workout.  The pain is short-lived but the funny memory would live on.   🙂
  2. Persons in recovery from abdominal surgery in particular as well as any other area of the body that may be impacted by laughter should be cautious and if possible try avoiding laughter as this could be painful at least until after they have fully recovered.

At the end of the day, life has its complications from time to time but laughter is not one of them.  Smile, laugh and live each day enjoying every moment where and whenever you can.

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Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!  Don’t forget to laugh. 🙂

 

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Health and Wellness Fridays – Inspiration and Drive

Health and Wellness Greetings to each of you!

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Today I felt inspired to write about some of the things that typically inspire and drive some of us to take a different approach to our health and overall well-being.

  1. A visit to the doctor.  You go to the doctor for one thing and you end up with more feedback than you were expecting.  Sometimes he or she would have to recommend that we change or cut out some of our everyday habits.  We would probably even have to make changes to our diet and even increase or start taking exercising more seriously based on the findings.
  2. Looking in the mirror.  This one does not always inspire everyone.  For some a glimpse into the mirror is all they need to run and join a gym.  For others it just a reminder of the areas we should be working on.  I for one know the areas I need to pay closer attention to but I don’t let the mirror get me down.  Focus on the good, enhance your assets 🙂 and try to improve what you can.  Don’t spend anytime beating up yourself about where you’re at.  Focus on where you would like to be and make an effort to get there. 🙂
  3. Constant feedback from those around you.  Some people mean well but they often neglect the fact that their good intentions can have a negative impact on the same people they are trying to help.  We allinternalize criticism differently.  Some use it as a driving force to excel in life while others absorb it and let it eat away at their very core.  When the latter happens, this not only hinders growth it creates depression and can even make things worse.
  4. You reach your ‘enough is enough’ moment. This is the point in your life when you’re tired of the excuses and you just take control of your life. You pay attention to what you eat, you make an effort to get active and just choose to no longer be a bystander in your own life.
  5. Fear of death.  Many of us want to live for as long as we can so we try to educate ourselves on the Dos and Don’ts and try to implement healthier lifestyle choices all in effort to preserve and hopefully extend our lives. The reality is, we all will die eventually and we have no say in how we go ultimately but we can reduce our risks for the things within our control.
  6. Family and loved ones.   Sometimes just the thought of  dying and leaving our loved ones is enough to motivate us to take better care of ourselves and them. Eating habits are learnt and taught whether we believe that or not.  Our families eat what we provide so we ultimately set the tone for their lives.  We owe it to them and ourselves to make better choices.

In the end, for each of us there may be multiple reasons why we do what we do and a few why we don’t.    These health and wellness posts are for people like me who sometimes need the reminder or gentle push to do more for ourselves.  No matter what ultimately drives and inspires us to live better – the number one reason should be because we are WORTH IT! 

Do I have all of the answers to health and wellness? NO but I do understand how challenging it can be when you have gained the weight and you’re trying to get if off and keep it off.  The battle between what taste best and what is BEST for us is real.  For some this comes easy and others like myself, we just have to take it one day and even one meal at a time.

Happy Friday to you all. Make today a great one and have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Health and Wellness Fridays! – Special Giveaway :)

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  As promised I have my very first giveaway for you guys brought to you compliments of the Happy Guide blog which is run by Michael Kinnaird and his brother James Riddett.

What is the Happy Guide blog all about?

The Happy Guide blog is all about lifestyle changes that foster better health and greater happiness in our lives.   I had the pleasure and opportunity of reading their eBook called Happy Guide – 6 Simple Lifestyle Changes for Health and Happiness.   It shares not only WHAT to change but HOW we can go about making those changes.   I found it insightful, user-friendly, inspiring and refreshing.

James reached out to me and offered to team up to provide 5 of my wonderful readers with an opportunity to win a free copy of the Happy Guide eBook.

Excited?  🙂 If you’re interested in learning more all you have to do is be one of the first five people to comment below telling us what being healthy means to you.  It does not have to be long just a line or two.  It’s that simple.

I’ll list the winners in a follow-up email after which the guys over at Happy Guide would email the winners their eBooks.

Best of luck to each of you.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Remember, being healthy and happy starts with YOU working from the inside out.

As always thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.  🙂

Health and Wellness Friday – Simplicity (originally posted 15.09.2017)

Health and Wellness Fridays – Simplicity

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today, as the topic suggests I’ll be talking about the simplicity of health and wellness.

Yes, being healthy and taking better care of our bodies does not have to be complicated and technical although at times it can feel that way because there is just so much information, products, options and opinions out there.

Everywhere you look there’s someone or something saying, ” Do this! Don’t do that! Eat this! Don’t eat that! It can leave anyone struggling to get and live healthy feel overwhelmed and just frustrated trying to do everything.

The good news is we don’t have to do everything! However, there are some things we should do. Here are my 13 tips for working towards being healthier without the pressure. 🙂

  1. Love yourself enough to do and eat what’s best for you.
  2. Strive for balance in your meals not too much of any one food group.
  3. Take it slow and be gradual in the adjustments you make. Don’t be too drastic in the measures you try to implement. 
  4. Make realistic goals.
  5. Create short-term and long -term goals for yourself. Example: I want to reduce my sugar consumption or I want to  eat more fruits and vegetables per day.
  6. Create and start an action plan to help you meet your goals. 
  7. Encourage a friend or family member to team up with you as you both try to live differently and support each other.  It’s easier to do when you don’t feel like you’re alone but it’s not necessary.
  8. Don’t give up!
  9. Get active. Activity of any type be it dancing, running, walking, swimming, sports whatever you choose do something and stick with it.  Movement is good for our hearts and our bodies and is a step in the right direction.  🙂
  10. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get anyone to join you on this journey.  Remember, who stands to benefit from a healthier and happier you.
  11. Believe in yourself.  Be your own coach, your own motivator. Being negative and having the wrong attitude would only work against you. 
  12. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall short of your goal.  Assess why and take corrective action to reduce this in the future and move forward.
  13. It’s alright to treat yourself every once in a while once you’ve acquired the self-control to not overindulge.  

Sounds simple enough right.  Being healthy is a lifestyle so what we do and eat affects our health.  Therefore, if we pay closer attention to what and how much we put in we’re doing better already. 🙂 We have more control than we think but we have to use it and this is often where the challenge comes.  Accept responsibility and get proactive in your self-care.  🙂

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.