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How to Improve Your Health the Natural Way

Posted Jan 24 2013 3:05am
It doesn't matter what your opinion is concerning the public health care debate, everyone wants to be healthy. Besides the positives of a healthy lifestyle, illness usually means an increase in bill during a time when familial budgets are already stretched far too thin. Many people are searching for expensive and complicated programs to improve their overall health and to avoid illness; however, there are simple things that people can do to help improve their health. Here are a few simple things that people can change in their everyday life that will help them be happier and healthier.

Drink More Water - This is a very simple suggestion, but studies have shown that the more water that your body has the better that it functions. An increase in water helps your body flush out waste elements, and it also doesn't allow harmful items to linger in your digestive track. It is important that the increase in liquids be water, and not juice mixes or sodas. Both sodas and juice mixes are usually high in sodium which will increase the amount of water your body retains. Also carbonation has been proven to be detrimental to a healthy diet when people are trying to lose weight. If you have a problem drinking water straight from the tap, then a possible solution would be to get a filtration system. Getting a good filtration system will improve the taste of the tap water, and will eliminate contaminants that may be lingering in your local water supply. A good filtration system doesn't have to be anything expensive. The filtration jugs at your local store do the same job as effective as an expensive faucet mounted system. Drinking more water is a cheap easy way to improve your health. A healthy adult should try to drink at least a gallon a day.

Take a Good Multivitamin - Even a person that is eating a very well rounded diet will still lack vitamins and minerals in their daily nutrition. That is why taking a daily vitamin is very important. The multivitamin will serve as a filler to give your body the elements that it is lacking. Think of daily vitamins acting in the same way that extras act during a film. Most of the time extras in the film are important to the story of the film. They just blend into the background and provide the filler to make the film appear to be more realistic. Yet, during certain scenes it is required for the extras to play a larger role, to be a feature extra, and thus making the film better. That is the way that vitamins work in your diet. They will linger in the background filling holes, until your diet lacks a certain element. Then the vitamins will fill that need in your body ensuring that your body continues to perform at a top level. Studies have shown that vitamins will increase the effectiveness of your immune system, and provide a person with more energy.

Floss Your Teeth - Brushing your teeth everyday is very important, but a shocking number of Americans don't floss every day. It seems like an annoying and trivial practice to do every day, but a healthy practice of flossing everyday will improve the health of your gums and prevent cavities. It will also prevent the growth of disease causing bacteria in the cracks of your teeth. Flossing is a simple. It is also inexpensive. Not only does flossing protect an important asset to everyone, their smiles, but it will also improve your breath and overall health.
Health promotion is the buzz word today as more and more people become proactive in health matters. As result of eating better, exercising more and minimizing stress, many folks have been able to minimize the need for dangerous medications that often cause deadly side effects.

This article will address seven natural steps you can take to improve your health without adding another medication.

Back to Eden

For eons of time, our ancestors promoted health by cooking and preparing locally grown fruits and vegetables that were free of harmful pesticides and chemicals. Such foods were nature's own pharmacy. But, as food is now mass-produced, and profits have become the main objective, we have veered off way off track and are now plagued by chronic ailments of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. What can we do to get back on track?

Shop for locally grown vegetables and fruits. It is a fact that foods that are iced and shipped all over country lose nutrients, particularly vitamin C. (They longer they are off the vine, the more they lose nutritional value).

Also, if you chose to shop at local natural food grocery stores, remember that not all foods need to be organic. Those with thick-skins aren't as vulnerable to pesticides as thin-skinned veggies and fruits.

Avoid MSG and other additives like the plague

Decades ago my mother used to say to me that I should cook my foods myself and stop eating out at restaurants and fast food places. I never knew why, but I can say today that truer words could not have been spoken. We know that foods today are genetically modified, loaded with artificial colors, fats, sweeteners, preservatives, hormones and antibiotics. These things are killing us!

When cooking at home, be careful about the spices that you use in seasoning your foods. Select natural, salt free, MSG free spices. They may cost more but the health benefits are certainly worth it. And, talk about taste? Your meals will dramatically taste better anyway as high sodium seasonings are avoided.

When grocery shopping

To promote personal health and that of your family, take a little time to read the labels on all foods brought into the home. For example, has the meat been injected with hormones and/or antibiotics? Is it free range or have the chickens been cooped up in a pen? It is no secret that such birds in this environment consume their own feces and are often in close quarters with sick animals. Do you want meat like that? Animals that have been raised and fed naturally produce healthier meats, anyway. Further, consider limiting the quantity of meats that your family consumes, particularly beef. This can help reduce lower blood pressure and help with many other conditions such as colon cancer and high cholesterol

If you do eat out

Restaurant chains and fast foods places are the biggest offenders when it comes to having large degrees of chemical and preservatives. Figure, these foods are mass-produced and preserved, probably frozen for months, then shipped to all the various chains country-wide There is absolutely no nutritional value, and the flavor is gone, hence MSG and sodium are used to mask this fact. What are we paying for? There is simply no nutrition in food like that.

If you must eat out, pick an old-time mom and pop place where you have more control; for example, you can request no salt on meat, etc.

Drink more water

Encourage the youngsters-and adults- to drink more water as this really helps flush out our organs of excretion and detox (liver and kidneys). The results are priceless with brighter skin, reduction in cavities and the elimination of some chronic illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma. Don't be tempted to use Crystal Light because this will defeat the purpose.

Limit the amount of fruit juices to four ounces when consumed. I know that this can be difficult, but I know many dentists who recommend this for avoidance of tooth decay.

Many mothers find that with limits on sugar consumption, some behavior issues can be more readily modified without dangerous medications.

Sunshine

We all could benefits from controlled sunlight which helps us in production of vitamin D. Researchers have found that this vitamin is important in fighting depression, breast cancer, high blood pressure and even contributing to bone health. Another benefit is by being outside more, exercise will be increased adding the benefit of weight loss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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