If you would like to lead a healthy life, you need to examine your diet, exercise and the products you use on your body and around your home.
The first step towards a healthy life includes an assessment of your diet. A healthy diet should consist of whole, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, proteins and gluten–free grains such as quinoa, rice, corn, amaranth, buckwheat and oats. One of the best ways to keep track of your balanced diet is to have half of your plate filled with veggies while the other half is split evenly between protein and whole grains. I advise my clients to avoid cow’s milk as it can be inflammatory, and if you are vegan or vegetarian, to be sure you are getting healthy sources of protein from vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
Exercise is just as important as your diet for maintaining a healthy life. For individuals who are overweight, even small weight reductions from a combination of diet and exercise can have significant health benefits. In addition, regular exercise helps to strengthen muscles and alleviate joint pain, increases bone density for a reduced risk of osteoporosis–related injuries, and causes your brain to release serotonin, a feel–good hormone. Want to beat the winter blues? A study in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience noted that the correlation between exercise and mood is clearly demonstrated, and argued that in mild cases of depression, exercise was more beneficial than antidepressants.
You’ve heard the expression, “you are what you eat,” but you are also what you put on your skin. Many people don’t realize that the products we use everyday are inhaled or absorbed into our skin, making their way into the bloodstream and circulating throughout our bodies. Just think of all the cleaning products you spritz around your home and all the soaps, shampoos, makeup, sunscreen, moisturizers and anti–aging products you slather on each day. If those products contain harmful ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and phthalates, they’ll end up in your body.
So how can you make informed decisions about your hair and skincare products? Unfortunately, it’s tricky. According to the Organic Consumers Association, products can be labeled, “natural” or “organic” without complying with federally backed regulations. In addition, the Environmental Working Group notes that skincare products do not need to include dangerous chemicals on their labels. After extensive research, I endorse Arbonne’s pure, safe and beneficial products. They are free of harmful chemicals and are responsibly produced and distributed. If you are concerned that your products may not be safe, the Arbonne line can be found on my website for your convenience.
Don’t wait until tomorrow to get a healthy life. Open your cabinets and keep a food journal to examine what you are eating. Invite a friend to be your exercise buddy, and tell one another each time you are active. Go through your household and personal care products to see if they contain toxins, and then replace anything that isn’t safe. Your health is your biggest asset, so treasure it, and make conscious healthy decisions.
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