Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A Holistic Approach to Wellness

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The healthiest approach to weight loss is a comprehensive lifestyle change that will boost your overall health and wellness.
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Create a plan that provides long-term benefits to your health and set realistic goals that include exercise, to boost your physical and mental health.
Consider for the first week you can focus on reducing sugary drinks with water as a way to flush your system, then follow that up by completely replacing sugary drinks with water.”
These small changes compound and become new, sustainable habits that effect your overall well- being.
In the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, many are taking additional precautions to stay healthy and strong.

Washing hands for 20 seconds, without fail and practicing social distancing are essential in preventing the spread of the virus for each and every one of us.
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It is just as important to have a strong immune system that can fight back against the germs you may encounter.

Pay close attention to any changes in your health such as feeling fatigued, insomnia due to stress, or have other symptoms you can’t understand, it may mean your immune system is weakened.

1. Your colds are more frequent
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It’s perfectly normal for adults to sneeze and sniffle through two to three each year. Most people bounce back in seven to 10 days.  However, during that time, it takes the immune system three to four days to develop antibodies.

2. Your Stress Level remains Sky-High
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Long-term stress weakens the responses of your immune system according to the American Psychological Association.  Stress decreases the body’s lymphocytes, the white blood cells that help fight off infection. The lower your lymphocyte levels, the more you’re at risk for viruses like the common cold.

If you’re constantly catching colds – or have a cold that linger – that’s a clear sign your immune system is struggling to fight off exposure to other illness.

3. You’re experiencing Increased Stomach Troubles
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If you have frequent diarrhea, gas or constipation, it could be a sign that your immune system is compromised due to stress, exposure, etc.
Research shows that nearly 70 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. The beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that live there defend your gut from infection and support the immune system.

4. Your Wounds Are Slow to Heal
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The healing process depends on healthy immune cells to repair wounds.
But if your immune system is compromised, your skin can’t regenerate. Instead, your wounds linger and have a hard time healing.

5. You Feel Tired All the Time
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If you’re suffering from exhaustion due to insomnia or stress, it’s worth considering your immune system is trying to tell you something.
Your body is trying to conserve energy to fuel your immune system so it can fight off germs that you may have been exposed to.

6. Boost Your Immune System
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A few lifestyle changes and new habits can naturally keep your immune system healthy and strong:

o A balanced diet is essential

o Get enough sleep – consider what robs your sleep and remedy it

o Exercise regularly – practice breath control when exercising

o Wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially when returning home

o Keep up with your vaccines and medications

o Maintain a healthy weight

o Don’t smoke

o Try to minimize stress

o Frequent those things that make you laugh, there is no healthier activity for the body. Laughter    increases enzymes that boost your immune system

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