It’s very hard to LOVE LIFE if you don’t feel well. In fact, it would be exceedingly difficult to be happy if you are in pain, don’t feel well, or have other challenges caused by a health problem. If you are with me on the Journey to Loving Your Life, then taking your health seriously – as if it really mattered – would be a crucial step. And, yes, I do the things I am recommending with rigor because I know that they make a difference for me. Each one of these 8 items merit an individual blog post devoted entirely to that item. Today you get the highlight of why. I will eventually drill down on each one separately in the future.
All this means that getting connected to and related to people will greatly enhance your health! That might be easier for some of you than others, but regardless of the level of difficulty, if you want improved health and the potential to live longer, it is important to develop relationships and put yourself in situations where you can connect with people. How to do that is a lengthy enough topic for a future blog post. Bottom line – dealing with any feelings of loneliness and social isolation will boost your health and surely make you feel better.
If you have an ongoing health issue you should consult with your physician before embarking on any exercise program. Period. I use an old-fashioned pedometer to track my daily steps and record them in my planner. Regardless of what exercise you do – walking or other – any exercise carries significant health benefits. Like Nike says – Just Do It.
As the author of an Allergy & Celiac Cookbook, which contains a whole chapter on nutrition and special diets, this subject is worthy of multiple blog posts. Suffice to say for this post, consider substituting a beverage loaded with nutrition like a fruit or green smoothie for one of your less nutritious drinks (soda, coffee, tea, etc.). Consider adding one more green vegetable per day. Substitute a healthier entrée for a less healthy entrée. Start thinking about what you eat and drink and the nutritional density of those foods and beverages. And if you are unwilling to improve your diet, see item #8 in this post, which is all I can offer you.
The bottom line is that whatever you can to do be more positive and grateful will benefit your health. If you need help moving to this as a practice, then one of the old standby recommendations is to keep a gratitude journal and write down on a daily basis what you are grateful for. Certainly, getting to know others who have much bigger problems than you have should be helpful in moving you to a perpetual state of gratitude.
What are the things that cause you stress? What can you do to manage or reduce it? Sometimes the choices you make to manage or reduce your stress will cause other people to be unhappy. Deal with it. Or let them deal with it. Any work you can do in this area will definitely yield health benefits. You can also see my past blog posts on Leveling up your Happiness for suggestions.
“EWG tested these 10 Americans in 2004 and found more than 200 synthetic industrial chemicals in their blood, including dioxins and furans, flame retardants, and active ingredients in stain removers and carpet protectors. We also found lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and pesticides that the federal government banned more than 30 years ago.”
We are birthing babies that have high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood. You are unwittingly exposed to carcinogenic chemicals in many personal care products like perfume, cologne, personal care products that list “fragrance” as an ingredient, as well as cleaning products, and many more indoor chemicals and toxins that can be mitigated. Choose natural products for your personal care and cleaning. Open your windows for fresh air to improve your indoor air quality. I have so much more to say about this subject having tested one of my kids for toxic chemicals in their blood and what it took to address that, which will be covered in a future post.
According to the CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 50% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and magnesium; greater than 50% of the general population is Vitamin D deficient; 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in potassium; 7 out of 10 Americans are deficient in Calcium; and the statistics just go on and on. While many U.S. physicians’ rail against Americans taking supplements, the statistics simply do not support that advice.
If money were no object I would suggest that you get nutritional testing, which would give you concrete medical data about where your body stands with respect to nutrition. However, even if you are diagnosed with malnutrition, most insurance companies will still not pay for nutritional testing. What to take and how much to take in the way of supplements is not something that I can answer for you because that would be irresponsible. I take a good number of supplements because I have experience in this area. I only take high quality products that are recommended by the kinds of physicians I tend to prefer.
Happy & Healthy
Can you truly be happy if you are unhealthy? Probably. And clearly it would take a lot more effort if you are in pain, having a health problem or challenge to be happy in life. To be healthy in our current society and culture takes some effort, a willingness to make changes that are either needed or called for, awareness, and some commitment. For me these above things that I do on an ongoing basis provide me with huge rewards or I would not do them. They are habits or practices that are ingrained in how I live life. They can become habits or practices for you. My wish for you is fantastic and glowing health where you feel well and have plenty of energy to do what you LOVE. Let me know if you have any questions.
P.S. I am well aware that the line spacing and indentations are way off on this. Just call it another imperfect post!!
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