It's that time of year again, warmer weather, christmas parties, meeting up with friends, food and drink galore. With all of this on the horizon I wanted to help you out and advice you on some easy ways to keep your health in check. Holidays are the perfect time to relax, unwind, eat lots of delicious food and spend time with your family and friends, however it can also be a time to go over-board on many things. If you want to be looking and feeling your best, here are some tips that will help keep your health on track.
With the silly season on its way I thought it would be appropriate to offer you some of my favourite ways to help prevent hangovers. I’m a big advocate for moderation and balance in life. This time of year is a great time to relax, unwind, indulge and have fun with family and friends, however it’s also easy to get carried away.
Outer beauty really starts with inner beauty. A healthy gut truly is a key component to having healthy glowing skin and overall health! Food is what actually feeds, repairs, and rejuvenates our skin cells. Just like your eyes are a window into your soul, your skin is a window into your digestive system and when you aren’t consuming the right nutrients for your body, your skin will let you know.
Every single day we are exposed to a barrage of harmful toxins, from the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, skin care products or medications we take. For this reason I find one of the best detoxification methods to be a daily one. This can be achieved by supporting our bodies natural detox systems, and minimizing our exposure to common toxins. This enhances our bodies immune and repair systems to work more effectively.
Stress has such a major impact on so many of our lives these days. When we are stressed cortisol and other hormones are released into our bodies. This is known as the 'fight or fight' response which is supposed to keep us out of danger. However, these days, everyday stressors are causing this response within our bodies and this is causing a whole host of health issues such as low immunity, IBS, anxiety, insomnia and much more. Stress is unavoidable, but how we deal with stress is what makes all the difference.
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired or anxious? Then this is the pose for you! Putting your legs up a wall is one of the most grounding, nourishing and calming poses. It has so many amazing health benefits and is a fantastic way to calm your nervous system allowing you to enter your 'rest and digest' nervous response. This is something I try and practice daily and believe it has done wonders for my health. If you haven't tried this already I couldn't recommend it enough!
Those who have known me for a long time would know that I used to be totally obsessed and fixated by sugar, my 'sweet tooth' was out of control. After most meals I would crave something sweet, preferably chocolate or ice-cream, and I didn't know when or how to stop, the guilt and sickly feeling I would feel afterwards was horrible.
At that time I had no idea what was happening inside me, but now I do and I will never go back to that lifestyle. Sugar is addictive, there is no doubt about that! I do admit that giving it up is hard work in the short-term, but for me it was well worth it in the long-term. My energy levels stabilized, my immune system was stronger, my skin and eyes looked brighter, my cravings disappeared, my digestive issues disappeared and overall I just felt happier and healthier.
After years of taking allopathic medicines I significantly suppressed my immune system. Since going on my wellness journey and studying holistic nutrition I have learnt different techniques to help support and improve my immunity. Low immunity is something I struggled with for years and I can now finally say I have hit this one on the head and feel healthier and more energetic than ever.
I wanted to make my first wellbeing post about the importance of gut health as healing my digestive system was one of the first steps I took to heal my body. A digestive system that functions effectively is so crucial to every aspect of health. In my nutrition classes we learn 'you are what your body digests and absorbs', this is why when one wants to make changes to optimise health, improving your digestion is a key place to start.