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The Top Reasons You Are Not Healthy

The Top Reasons You Are Not Healthy

1. You are stressed out.

Stress has been called the “silent killer.” That said, it screams at you every day. Unless you tame and eliminate stress, it will permeate your mind, body, and soul. In turn, this will manifest disease by altering your epigenome and triggering predispositions that may have otherwise stayed dormant.

One of the greatest ways to start to combat stress is to quiet the mind. This is no easy feat, but like all things with practice comes habit. You must tap into your conscious self and recognize the stress triggers. They can be as small as a noise, or as big as your job or spouse.

Take stock at the end of each day of things that are stressing you. Release the little ones that you do not control. Do not waste energy there. Take the other areas, and manage them by taking small steps to lower their impact on your life bit by bit. Perhaps, you need to address someone that you continually put off. It is time to take action. Perhaps, your job is unhealthy. Take steps to either fix or change it. A little action forward has a domino effect.

The guru of quieting the mind is Deepak Chopra. Here is a good article to the principles behind it.

2. Your diet does not nourish you.

Next to stress, this is one of the most impactful areas that can resurrect your health – and quickly. Even more interesting is the fact that if you feed and nourish your body, you will have overall lower stress and be able to handle things a lot better. It is truly a win/win.

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What can you do without thinking too much about your day-to-day nutrition? Easy! Follow these little rules as a first step:

  1. Does the product have DNA? If so, you can eat it.
  2. Does the item rot within days or hours of buying? If so, you can eat it.
  3. Can you pronounce the name of the food and/or what the food is made from? If so, you can eat it?
  4. Is it a plant, vegetable, or fruit? Great, double up on those.
  5. Does it live, breathe, and communicate? Limit or omit these options all together.

A first step to a better diet is simply doubling the amount of vegetables you eat, and take that amount away from all the white and meat things you usually eat. This simple advice can add years to your life and life to your years.

Here is a true life story to inspire diet change, although it does not have to be this dramatic to make an impact.

3. You sleep poorly.

I have only ever had 2 patients who slept well. Both were athletes. Both were children. Sleep is the gateway to well-being. However, to get to the gateway, you need nutrition and a balanced lifestyle that does not have a whooping dose of daily stress.

What can one do to get a better night’s sleep today? Easy.

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  1. Stop eating before 8:00pm.
  2. Do not have alcohol. No, not even one glass. You probably have 2 anyways, and if you have not taken a break in some time, let’s start now.
  3. Turn off your devices. Set a wake-up alarm on your phone. Great. Now, turn up the volume and put it in the hallway.
  4. Have a warm bath as your last activity.
  5. Don’t watch TV for at least 60 minutes before retiring for the night.
  6. Oh – and get the TV out of your bedroom.

I promise, if you do these simple little steps you will be well on your way to improved sleep quality.

Need more convincing? Check out this research article.

4. Your environment is toxic.

When was the last time you gave thought to your home – your inner sanctum?

Here are some great things to do to “detox” the environment:

  1. Clean your furnace filter and/or replace it.
  2. Clean your ducts shortly after replacing the filter.
  3. Clean your curtains and blinds.
  4. Clean all the vents on the floor and overhead.
  5. Throw out and buy new pillows.
  6. Get all your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned.
  7. If you have a pet, get the fur groomed once a month to cut down on your efforts to keep the house clean, as well as for your pet’s benefit.
  8. Change your bedding every week.
  9. Do not keep a TV on at all times.
  10. Shut your computers and phones off for periods of time.

By doing the above steps to your home you will dramatically lower the allergan levels in your home. In turn, this lowers your body’s histamine levels – which will keep you stronger and healthier.

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Notice how many of these items also affect sleep.

5. You fix your problems with pills (medication and supplements).

In our “fix it now” society we treat both traditional and alternative medicine the same way. Pop a pill. Get an injection. Drink something.

Here is something to consider: It took you a long time to get to the point of requiring a pill, supplement, or magic potion, should it not take some time to fix it?

Make a list of everything you take. Get a physical and go over these lists with your doctor. Are they all necessary? If you doctor or alternative practitioner is not open to this discussion – fire them and get new ones.

Start shifting your mindset to eating and nourishing your body. Make a plan to prioritize the items in this article and then (god-willing) you can eliminate some (if not all) of your prescriptions. You can also eat your vitamins and minerals the way Mother Nature intended.

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Millions of people take cholesterol lowering medication. Read this article to learn more about how nutrition can help change that.

6. You Smoke.

Quit.  It is not only killing you, but those around you.

7. You drink alcohol too much.

Let’s go back to drinking on special occasions and on the weekend. We all know we overdo it. There are over 3.3 million deaths from alcohol annually in the world. It is related to over 200 diseases and injury conditions including many cancers. In persons 24-39, it accounts for 1/4 of all deaths. Millions and millions of people cope with the affects of alcoholism daily.

Conclusion

There is no need to go on. We all know these things, but choose to make short-term decisions. Let’s be smarter this year. Save that hard-earned money for a trip instead!

Let’s get moving on making 2016 the year of positive and healthy change!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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