Diet, exercise and nutrition are great starting places to improve your overall quality of life. Losing weight, toning up and making sure your body is receiving the correct nutrients will help to reduce illness, increase energy and improve confidence.
The internet is a great source of information on pretty much every diet ever created. Popular diets that provide proven results are weight watchers, low carb diets such as the Dukan Diet, keto, paleo and the Mediterranean diet. Most of these diets focus on reducing the amount of processed foods, and creating high quality meals from natural ingredients. Many of the faster working diets focus on reducing the amount of carbs you consume each day so your body has to switch to burning stored fat as an energy source.
Exercise apps are a great way to tone up and burn calories without the need for costly gym memberships. Simply search your app store of choice and you’ll find a whole host to choose from including 5 minute workouts, yoga and pilate, and much more.
We all know smoking is dangerous for us, so why do we still do it? You may think it looks good, relieves you of stress or you started a long time ago and just can’t stop, but serious health conditions can come from it. Yellow teeth, premature ageing and hair thinning are the least of the side effects. Cancers, infertility, cardio and respiratory diseases are the most worrying. If you’re trying to improve your lifestyle, stopping smoking will be difficult; you need motivation and support from family, peers and health professionals.
There is a range of methods to help you stop including nicotine gum, patches and sprays. Another popular method that many smokers enjoy using is electronic cigarettes. These are a great alternative to traditional cigarettes, allowing you to still get a nicotine hit but without the harmful chemicals. They are available in different sizes and designs, with a massive choice of flavours, so you can choose whichever you feel comfortable with. If one method doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, just try another and try to stick it out as long as possible.
Detoxing and Naturopathy
Naturopathy is a healing philosophy that relies on the power of nature to restore the balance required for good health. It is often used in the field of osteopathy as an alternative treatment for physical ailments.
Osteopathy is concerned with the proper function of muscles and bone. Part of the theory of naturopathy is the concept of detoxification of the body to maintain health. As the body carries on its natural processes each day, it takes in nutrients and other materials, and discards wastes. However, individuals may have different reactions to the materials their bodies process each day. Some of the materials we take in every day can have serious toxic effects, such as environmental contaminants or noxious substances in our foods. These substances can lead to bacterial or fungal overgrowth can also lead to chronic inflammation of tissues that can lead to cancer.
Detoxification helps to remove the materials that cause sensitivities inside the body that lead to poor health. This process includes many components. Filtering the air you breathe to eliminate contaminants that are commonly found is an important part of this process. Detoxing your body through the foods you ingest is another component. This process removes processed foods that contain unhealthy chemicals, hormones and other substances. Eating food as close to its natural state, without additives, helps to clean out the liver, kidneys and other organs from hazardous toxins. Drinking purified water also helps clear the body as an aid in treating conditions and preserving good health.
The simplest and most highly effective treatments may be found in the kitchen. Many of the herbs and spices used in everyday cooking can aid with illnesses and promote good health.
Popular herbal remedies include:
Turmeric – uses include aiding depression, cholesterol reduction and osteoarthritis pain reduction. Turmeric can be added to tea and latte as well as food.
Garlic – uses include lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. It aslo has antimicrobial effects that make it great for fighting colds.
Ginger – uses include relieving nausea and helping with travel sickness.
Cinnamon – uses include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’re interested in using herbal remedies, we recommend Googling popular herbs and spices to find ones that are beneficial to you.