Do you find yourself complaining often of an upset stomach, headaches, joint aches or feeling constantly fatigued? If so, you can benefit from taking some time to assess why this is your “normal”.
It is not normal to always be craving to go to bed early or to take midday naps; nor is it normal to have frequent headaches or stomachaches. You should have a vitality for life and be looking forward to what life has to offer. There are many reasons that you may not feel well but luckily our bodies are built to heal themselves when given the right amount of rest and nutrients.
Nurturing your body with clean organic food with the highest amounts of available nutrition will fuel your body to have the energy to take on anything that life throws at you. Our gut is said to be our second brain and largely affects our mood and energy levels. Taking an investigative look at what you are putting into your body might provide some clues as to why you are not feeling as well as you should.
By simply omitting common allergens, such as dairy and gluten, from your diet, you will begin to feel a difference in as little as two to three days. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease, and an estimated 83% of Americans that do in fact have celiac disease go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. So that 1 in every 133 Americans statistic, really only represents 17% of those that are actually dealing with Celiac. An estimated 30 to 50 billion Americans are lactose intolerant and are unable to properly digest milk products. The body’s reaction to ingesting these hard to digest foods is commonly inflammation, digestive issues, fatigue and headaches.
Healthy Gut and Colon
If the pH in your stomach is off, you may be a consistent victim of heartburn acid or reflux. To get back on track, avoid caffeine, spicy foods, onions and carbonated drinks. If you feel that a large part of your everyday complaints are a result of your digestive issues, consider trying Dr. Nuzum’s Digest supplement. Doing a Two Week Detox Cleanse at least once a year will help to flush your system of toxins and help your body to work with its natural systems to defend itself against disease and illness.
Exercise and Weight
Getting a healthy amount of exercise is recommended to get back to feeling healthy and energetic. It is recommended to have two to two and a half hours a week of aerobic exercise but can vary depending on your weight, age and fitness level. Healthy amounts of exercise will tire both your mind and body and helps you to get better sleep and promotes healthy digestion. When possible, exercise outside to gain the benefits of vitamin D absorbed from the sun, exposure to nature and fresh air.
Maintaining a healthy weight is will also help in fighting off fatigue and illness. Being significantly over or underweight or doing back to back yo-yo diets is harmful to your overall being. It puts stress on your digestive system, heart and immune system. There is no one size fits all when it comes to weight and waist size but most adults should aim for having a body mass index of 18.5 to 25 when comparing body fat to muscle.
We all experience stress on a day to day basis but how we choose to deal with it can result in the long term effects. Long term exposure to stress such as that relating to work or unhealthy relationships, can leave your body in a constant feeling of “fight or flight”. This results in elevated levels of cortisol and adrenaline that can have negative results on your heart, body and mind. Tension headaches commonly occur from stress held in our neck. Self care is most important when it comes to avoiding stress. Massage, breathing exercises and scheduling “down time” for yourself all can help in relieving stress.
Good Night’s Rest
In our fast paced society, it is difficult to get the recommended seven to nine hours hours of sleep a night. Getting a good night’s rest should be made a priority each and every night. Attempt to make it to bed at the same time every night and to create a routine that your body can look forward to. If you have issues falling asleep try listening to a guided meditation, some relaxation yoga or a warm cup of chamomile tea.