Few things in life are more important than taking care of your body. But it can feel difficult to keep up with every new health trend that comes along. Is it possible to tell what information is right from wrong? People still debate about drinking coffee, eating gluten, having dark chocolate, drinking wine, and other food myths. With all of this mixed information and the wave new super food trends like kale and turmeric, it can be tricky to muddle through to find the truth about health.
If you are wondering how to stay well this year, here some basic and trustworthy health principles to keep in mind for total body wellness.
To Diet or Not to Diet? That’s a Great Question
Maintaining a healthy diet is probably the most essential aspect of maintaining good health. But this begs the question, what is still considered a “healthy” diet? From vegan, to clean eating, to Paleo diets, there are endless eating methods to decide between.
Another new health idea rapidly growing in popularity is cleansing. Participating in a detox diet or liquid cleanse can stimulate the body to release impurities and return to balanced health. If attempting to eat healthy after a period of consuming junk, the body is will need to expel toxins. Cleansing the body with a detox diet will remove the toxins from the body and can invigorate the body’s metabolism and help to prevent diseases such as cancer.
Conferring with a nutritionist can help you understand what your individual body needs in terms of nutrients. Each person has different requirements. But, for the most part, a balanced diet filled with fruit, vegetables, and lean meats is essential for everyone.
Exercise and Endorphins
Just after eating a balanced diet, exercise comes as another indispensable aspect of good health. The body needs exercise to keep the heart healthy, muscles active, and lymph flowing.
Being healthy is not the same as being thin. Many naturally thin people still have health problems if they never exercise. If the body is not strengthened, blood will not flow smoothly which can lead to serious health complications such as heart attack, hypertension, high cholesterol, or clogged arteries.
Additionally, exercising is known to be a positive mood stimulate. Physical activity stimulates chemicals in the brain that release good energy and optimistic feelings. In the words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy.” Endorphins are a natural way to boost and uplift a mood.
One of the best ways to maintain bodily health is to look into a primary healthcare physician. Direct primary care is related to the practice of private medicine with concierge doctors. But direct primary healthcare works on a monthly payment plan with a general physician. This allows for patients to have a personal relationship with their doctor rather than dealing with impersonal, rushed doctors at a hospital or clinic.
Private healthcare provides the patient with access to their doctor whenever they need help, too. From a serious medical emergency to a common cold, private physicians are there for their patients when they need it and can be visited as many times as necessary for one monthly retainer fee.
Making the Most of Your Mental
There is definite power in positive thinking. And maintaining a bright outlook can add years to your life. Mental health is as important as physical wellness. Emotions actually play a huge role in how the body functions because they can result in physical stress.
Just as your muscles need a work out, the brain requires strength training, too. Reading, participating in brain puzzles, and working on different skill sets will exercise the brain and keep it sharp which can be help prevent for forgetfulness later on in life and keep you alert.
The body works together and needs to be in a state of good health. Even though there is always a new diet or new pill to get healthy, sticking to the basic principles of wellness is the best plan for a balanced lifestyle.
Author Bio: Jessica Socheski is a writer and health nut who loves hiking and swimming. She is also an editor at theteachingbox.com, and you can connect with her on Google+
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