Top Ten Wellness Tips

Sep 16, 2017

Health and Wellness Tips

Do you wish you felt better? Had a lot more energy? Had fewer health problems?

With a nearly infinite number of websites giving you endless possibilities and programs for improving health, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.

But improving your health does not have to be expensive, difficult, or painful. It can even be fun and downright delicious. And feeling better will be worth each step you take!

Small changes in a few areas can help you more than you might realize.

1. Modify Your Diet

Everyone knows that “you are what you eat.” But few have the willpower for strict or complicated diets. But that is okay. You don’t have to have a perfect diet to feel good. A good diet will make most people feel good. Giving up birthday cake forever would be potentially depressing; so have birthday cake, but don’t have it for breakfast!

Try to eat well most of the time. What does eating well mean?

  • More whole foods.
  • More fruits, vegetables.
  • Less processed foods.
  • Less fried foods and fast foods.
  • Less sugar.
  • Quality oils like coconut and olive oils.
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee daily, but not a pot of coffee every day.
  • Drink plenty of water or herbal tea.

Learn to make smoothies. Once you learn how, you can make a simple meal chock full of superfoods to energize you much more productively than an energy drink would.

Many grocery stores are catering to those who wish to pursue a healthier diet but don’t have time to cook. Instead of getting fast food for lunch, consider picking up a salad or fruit bowl from the grocery store.

2. Improve Digestion

Make sure your digestive system is working well. This will help you to feel well and allow your body to make the most of the nutrients you give it.

If you suffer from constipation and the above dietary changes do not help you, find a doable remedy that does. You will feel so much better.

If you have chronic diarrhea, your body often does not have time to pull the nutrients from the foods before your body eliminates them!

If you suffer from heartburn or other digestive distresses regularly, look for simple remedies to relieve these issues. Digestive problems can mean that you are not getting the most out of your food.

3. Alkalize

An acidic body is more likely to feel poorly and suffer with disease. An apple cider vinegar tonic or one of Ted’s famous alkalizing remedies are simple solutions to this problem for many.

4. Exercise

Exercise improves your energy, mood, digestion, circulation and your immune system. Once you get up and moving you will be glad you did. Do something you enjoy! Walk with a coworker at lunch! Dance with your grandchildren. Go swimming. Jump on a mini-trampoline when you watch a movie for 5 minutes out of each hour.

5. Get Some Sunshine

Sunshine is good for you, in moderation of course. It allows your body to produce much needed vitamin D and is important for a good mood and proper immune function. Long winter months and summers spent in the air conditioning make it difficult for many to get minimum sunshine requirements.

6. Don't Skimp on Sleep

Sleep is when your body rests and repairs itself. While an occasional late night is okay, missing needed sleep each night catches up with you. Turn off phones and computers an hour before retiring to bed. Read a book to unwind or take an Epsom salt bath instead. If you have trouble with insomnia, see if you can find the cause and work towards a solution.

7. Stress Less

You may have little control over external stressors in your life, but you can improve how you manage them and how your body copes with them.

Exercise and sunshine are great for helping you cope with stress. Sometimes issues that loom large don’t seem quite so oppressive after a walk in the sunshine.

Support groups can also give you a place to verbalize your difficulties and be encouraged by others in similar situations.

If you regularly experience anxiety, you may find some supplements or herbs that can reduce that anxious feeling.

8. Reduce Chemicals in Your Life

You may not be able to do much about the chemicals you must deal with at work or on the road, but you can do something about your chemical exposure at home, where you likely spend a good deal of time, at least while sleeping!

Use simple items to clean – white vinegar and baking soda can clean nearly anything in your house.

Make your own laundry detergent to reduce the chemical load in your clothes.

Use natural body care products, or make your own.

9. Laugh

Laughter is good for you. Read a funny book. Watch a funny video. Hang out with fun friends. Laughing releases endorphins, a chemical released by the pituitary gland that makes your feel good and relieves pain. Which is the same chemical responsible for pain relief! Laughing fills your lungs deeply with air. Deep breathing is good for you! Earth Clinic has a page of funny posts and jokes to get you started.

10. Take Healing Baths

If you like to multitask, consider turning your bath (or shower) into a healing event!

Bath additives like Epsom salt, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar can give benefit your health without you having to carve more time into your day to accomplish another “healthful activity.” Epsom salt supplies necessary nutrients, promotes sleep, and can reduce anxiety. Baking soda can help to relieve skin problems and alkalize the body. Apple cider vinegar baths are also great for your skin.

For more ideas on detox baths, see this page.

If you are not a bath person, try a cold shower. Cold Shower Therapy can relieve anxiety, help a frozen shoulder and boost the immune system. Some find a cold shower will relieve asthma symptoms or a headache.

Don’t try all ten tips at once. Pick one and make a few positive changes. Then come back and reread this article and pick another one.

Be sure to let us know about your results. We would love to hear from you!

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ACV, Garlic and Ginger Tonic  

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Posted by Jacque (South Dakota) on 01/09/2016
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I was researching natural remedies for abscessed tooth. I came across your site and started reading all the solutions posted. I had forgotten about the many uses of raw garlic.

My Uncle started us on a tonic of equal parts organic Apple Cider Vinegar and quality honey from a health food store and 1 clove minced garlic and a slice of minced ginger. We did this every morning in a shot glass and I was never sick for years. I have renewed faith that this is what I need to get back to. I have tried the essential oils and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.

If you do a garlic tonic every day I think people would have better overall health. I know that I am going to get back to it right away. Thanks everyone for all of the information. Hope my little statement will help someone else.


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Posted by Nana (Fife, Washington) on 05/23/2016
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My grandmother drank ACV every day of her adult life until she died at 101.5! She attributed her health and longevity to ACV.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
05/23/2016

Hello Nana;

Did you know that ACV with a little honey and consumed daily is called "Methuselah"? so reported in the classic book, "New England Folk Remedies."


Exercise  

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 01/01/2016

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope it is a wonderful 2016 for you all! Have you made any resolutions? Well, I am not one for resolutions, really. But it is a new year and an opportunity for a fresh start. Consider making one positive change for your health. Don't make a bunch of resolutions. Pick one thing to improve you health. Maybe commit to taking a daily walk. Or drinking more water each day. Maybe you need to heal a broken relationship. Commit to fixing that. It will be good for your soul and your body, too! If you make a resolution or a decision to make a positive change, consider adding accountability to the equation. My brother is a marathon runner. He had a friend who wanted to lose weight and he asked my brother to keep him accountable. Each of them kept track of their exercise (estimated calories burned) and my brother's friend had to burn a certain percentage weekly of what my brother burned. Over time, with accountability, his friend lost 100 pounds!

I had some accountability myself this morning. There was a little community 5K run today. My family decided to participate. I told my friend I would be there. So, even though I did stay up to welcome in the New Year with friends and family and got to bed way too late, I drug myself and my family to the starting line this morning and we all walked/ran. My 19 year old came in 3rd of 63. I tied for last, with my friend, my husband and my four year old! But we did it! It felt great! Oh, and we walked by they way. It was really quite fun and the accountability made all the difference. If I hadn't told my friend I was going, and told my kids I would take them, I would've stayed in bed for sure.

So, pick something to do to improve your health. Find someone to keep you accountable! And Happy 2016!

Love,

~Mama to Many~


Healthy House Tips  

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 10/06/2015

HI U OLE PATOOTS DOIN, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The stairs at our lake cabin are getting about as interesting as I can stand. We know that one day we will have to build a one level home at our farm. Tonight I decided to design that home and my first thought was to incorporate a health room that our present bathroom has become.

Problem is that the more I thought, the bigger this health room became. Have you ever seen a home designed with a heath room? Me neither. Almost all homes in Scandinavia have a Sauna and so do we. However, the more I thought, the bigger this room became.

All my friends that converted a room into a media extravaganza have all passed on. So we now know that the media thing will not extend your life. I suggest you all re-think your house design and convert it to what will prolong your life.

I am original in a number of things in my lifetime, but none have made me any money. This one won't either, but at least I know I've made a contribution.

So what am I saying? Designate a room in your house as a health room and fill it up with things that will help you live a better life.

Still stirring the pot. ===ORH====

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
10/08/2015

ORH, as a detail of your great suggestion: exercise needs no gym, nor expensive gear. Anything around the house can be a exercise helper: bags of sugar are weights for beginners, a wall or later a table and later a floor, are great for wall/table/floor push ups, a strong bed can be gently trampolined upon, etc. You get the idea.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
10/08/2015

HI U DOIN Mmsg, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Guess I missed my point as I was not talking about a gym.

Let me explain..... when we built our cabin back in '91, we put in a standard 5'X 7' sauna . We also installed a Jacuzzi tub. Since then we have added an Ozone generator and remodeled the sauna to a custom FAR sauna with a happy light. We have added facilities to do a coffee enema. We have recently added a ionic foot bath for detoxing. I have just ordered a Amethyst BioMat and that has to go to our bedroom because there is no more room in our bath. We also have a foot vibrator that we use for our lymph system.

Our workout equipment is out on the deck. I seldom use that stuff any more. Jus sorry.

ATS========ORH=======


Wellness Tips by Mmsg  

Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/28/2015

To follow up ORH's idea of posting "wellness tips" to help us stay away from needing remedies, here's two things I've found:

1. Gelatin DOES help sore or "bad" knees, or keeps them from getting that way. For some people, even a teaspoon twice a day (melted in water, juice etc.) causes constipation. So even a 1/2 a teaspoon, twice a day, does the trick, at least in my experience.

2. Just like planting ONE veggie in a flowerpot on the porch, can give great satisfaction and health benefits - like having to squat to take care of them, a LITTLE bit of exercise here and there around the house/office accumulates and helps. Something simple to start with is getting up from and down into a sitting position, without using the handrests and doing it slowly, not plopping down or "ooomphing" up. This way, you actually learn to use your muscles.

EC: Thank you so much, Mmsg!

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