5 Tips for Living a More Holistic Life
Living a holistic lifestyle means that you’re choosing to live as naturally as possible. Holistic means viewing everything as as a whole. Everything in nature and in the body is interconnected so by living a holistic lifestyle you’re protecting your health and a sense of well-being, or healing using natural methods. The advantages are numerous. You can maintain or improve your health, vitality, and prevent premature aging. Here are 5 Tips for Living a More Holistic Life that you can start implementing today for living a more holistic lifestyle according to Create Health Coaching!
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5 Tips for Living a More Holistic Life
Most people are not getting adequate amount of pure clean water. Drinking enough water each day is important for many reasons. Water regulates body temperature, keeps joints lubricated; helps prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, memory, and mood. Caffeinated and sugar sweetened beverages don’t contribute to adequate hydration. Soda, fruit juice and other sugar-sweetened beverages, even energy drinks and vitamin waters are loaded with sugar and not worth the use. Drinking water also helps control hunger and contributes to weight loss, as body often confused thirst for hunger.
2. Get adequate sleep
Sleep plays a vital role in health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep protects your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. The damage from sleep deficiency harms you over time. Ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect your memory, mood, cognition, and reaction to stress. Lack of quality sleep is also a major contributor to weight gain. During sleep the body releases 2 hormones: leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a “satiety” hormone that is responsible for your feeling of fullness when you eat. Ghrelin is a hormone that makes you feel hunger. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel more hungry and less full after you eat, thus contributing to overeating.
3. Avoid processed food
A lot of the food we eat is toxic. Many processed foods contain refined vegetable and seed oils that are manufactured using chemicals and contribute to inflammation. Trans fats are unhealthiest fats of all. The body doesn’t recognize or process trans fats in the same way as naturally occurring fats.
Eating them can lead to a number of serious health problems including negative effects on heart health. Processed foods also contain added sugar. Harmful effects of sugar and high fructose corn syrup are more than just empty calories. Excess fructose intake has been linked to many serious conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease. Excess sugar is also linked to breast and colon cancer. This may be due to its effect on blood sugar and insulin levels, which can drive tumor growth.
4. Minimize environmental toxins exposure
Toxic particles in the air can lead to inflammation and dementia. Manufacturers have no legal requirements to prove safety of chemicals they put into their products so you end up with multiple products such as carpets and furniture that is off- gassing chemicals in your home. Phtalates from plastic can leach into our food from storage containers. Tap water or even spring water contains contaminants such as chlorine, fluorine compounds, Trihalomethanes (THMs), assorted hormones, pesticides, trace amounts of prescription drugs, lead from old pipes, fertilizer chemicals and many more.
5. Manage stress
Chronic stress can damage health in significant ways. Chronic stress negatively affects the immune, digestive, cardiovascular, sleep, and reproductive systems. Some people may experience mainly digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger, or irritability. Stress has been linked to illnesses that include cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver. Stress contributes to premature aging and can make you gain weight. Being stressed can ruin your relationships. High levels of stress in pregnant women may also trigger changes in their children as they grow, specifically behavioral and developmental issues.
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