Tomorrow, April 7, 2019, is World Health Day. So, I thought I would share some simple ways you can improve your health. These tips can be incorporated into your life any way you wish.
Drink More Water
I suggest in all my books and articles to drink half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in every 32 ounces of water you drink. Click Herefor my reasons for including sea salt in your water.
Improve Your Nutrition
Currently, I am eating a modified Keto diet with intermittent fasting. Hereis my book that describes my eating plan in detail. This is a good place to begin your exploration of a low carb/medium protein/high fat lifestyle.
For those people who have issues with yeast overgrowth, there is an extensive nutritional plan available in Chapter 5 of my book, ReSet the Yeast Connection. The meals mentioned there teach you how to feed your body instead of the yeast in your body. This helps maintain a healthy population of yeast in your gut.
Get More Exercise in the
Fresh Air and Sunshine
The lymph system which is part of the body’s natural system for detoxification and elimination of wastes does not circulate without exercise. So, I wholeheartedly suggest that you walk outside during the day for at least 30 minutes to keep flow going, breath air in Nature, and soak up sunshine.
Supplement Missing Nutrients
Begin your own research about what nutrients are available in the soil (and, therefore in various foods) and how to supplement those that are no longer available. My archives have a plethora of information where you can begin your research. They are located at:
- https://drcarolyndeanlive.com(audio blog, emails, free books)
- https://drcarolyndean.com(written blog)
Get Enough Sleep
The research on the number of hours you need to sleep varies, but I’ve found that a minimum of 5 hours and as many as 10 hours of sleep per night is ideal. The hard wiring of information and the resetting of your organs and systems all depend on you getting enough sleep.
How much is enough sleep? I believe in your body’s intelligence, and you always get signals from your body about when it is sleepy and when it is wide awake. The best way to find out what sleep pattern is right for you is to keep a daily diary of these signals for a week or two and see what patterns develop. Then, experiment sleeping within the pattern you discovered and see if your sleep improves.
Reducing stress does not have to be difficult. By choosing a few techniques that appeal to you so that they are easy to use if you get over-stressed, you have a tool box that is available at any given moment. These can be anything from listening to your favorite music, petting your cat or dog, crocheting or knitting, going for a swim (weather permitting), walking out in Nature, deep breathing, or short medications or cat naps. Even five minutes away from a stressful situation using an effective tool can bring you to levels of better performance.
Improve Your Environment
Small improvements to your environment – from just adding some lovely house plants to a room to doing a spring clean – can free up energy in your environment. Another idea that can help is changing window coverings and bedding seasonally. Many families have a tradition of having seasonal decor, and this can be a very good idea to brighten the atmosphere in your home. What I find is that the more spacious my environment is, the easier it is to relax in. I think you will find this, too.
Monitor Your Medications
We never tell anyone to stop taking their medications. But, as you improve the above wellness factors and start feeling healthier, you might find yourself in a situation where you don’t need as much or any medication. When you have your regular check-up and your doctor notices your health improvements, you might ask if you can reduce your medications.
If this is not appropriate for you at the moment, at least research your medications so that you understand how they work, what effects they have, and so on.
Consistency is Key
Your body likes consistency. So, if you make some small improvements and are consistent in including them in your daily self-care, your body will reward you with ever-increasing wellness.
Dr. Carolyn Dean