It's Time to Spring Clean Your Health!
Spring Cleaning Isn't Just for your Home - It's Time to Spring Clean Your Health!
There are a lot of different ways that you can do this. One of the simplest first steps is to come in and see us at our office! We can help talk you through the best ways to take your overall holistic health to the next level.
We meet you where you are and can help you take step-by-step action to achieve your health goals.
Whether that means recovering from an auto injury, living with less pain, having a stronger immune system, achieving a weight-loss goal, or just getting your digestive system on track we can help you! With our team of experts in Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, Massage, Exercise Therapy, and Nutrition Counseling; we can holistically help heal what ails you.
Which means whole body health with the goal of long term benefits.
We came across a few articles that had some great tips that we wanted to share, if you’re looking to start your Health Spring Cleaning today!
Here are a few tips from an interesting Garden of Life Blog -
Greet the sun. With less sunlight during the winter months, the body can quickly become depleted of vitamin D, an essential nutrient for healthy bones, immune function, hormone balance and many other vital body processes. Going for an early morning walk is a great way to naturally soak in some vitamin D, plus allow for some quiet meditative time to organize activities and goals for the day.
Eat with the season. Out with the processed food—in with the fresh. Stock up on fresh seasonal produce at your local grocer or the farmer’s market for a variety of delicious, nutritious options. Asparagus, broccoli, butter lettuce, honeydew, mango, oranges, green beans, pineapple, peas, spinach and strawberries are just some of the fruits and veggies at their peak in March, April, and May.
Decimate dust. Deep spring cleaning can be therapeutic—and improve health. Weekly or bi-weekly “maintenance” cleaning around the house may seem like enough, but it’s time to clean out the clutter and the cobwebs hiding in some corners. A recent George Washington University study found that household dust contained 45 different chemicals! Open up the windows, pull out the HEPA vacuum, plug in an air purifier, remove those dust bunnies and breathe better tonight.
Take your workout outside. Indoor exercise equipment is great for dreary days, but fresh spring air calls for going outside. Bicycling on a path, running or walking can boost creativity and lower stress. Spring is also a great time to get back to enjoying activities best suited to milder weather, like water sports, tennis and golf.
Get your hands dirty. It’s time to get planting! Maybe it’s that flower border, a new shrub or even a new house plant. Of course, spring is also the ideal time to start growing your own healthy fruits and vegetables—many can thrive even in a small space. Fresh herbs can be grown in a simple window or balcony planter, and make tasty additions to salads, pasta, and chicken.
Here is excerpt from another great article from Fitness & Wellness News Blog -
Spring inspires us to air out and clean up. Don’t be limited to tidying your environment. Take steps for cleaner living through better health …
Clean Your Plate
The old saying takes on new meaning. Eating clean translates into retraining yourself to better enjoy the healthiest food choices. Think of it as getting back to the basics: more vegetables and fruits, better protein choices, and reduced fats.
Fresh from earth.
Focus on eating closer to the earth, and further away from the manufactured. Processed foods can be seasoned with chemicals, excess salt, and hidden sugars. They sometimes are refined to the point of losing nutritional value and gaining ingredients that pollute the body. Eating clean delivers more fuel and less junk. So, clean your plate by filling it with foods worthy of your body.
Think Outside the Box
Limit packaged foods. Food stuff sealed in boxes, bags, and cans often are processed and contain preservatives to keep them fresh. Manufacturers increase shelf-life by using excess sodium and other unhealthy tricks. Read ingredient labels. Nutritionists suggest avoiding foods that contain a long list of ingredients, especially unpronounceable ones. Ingredients are listed from most used to least. For your best options, any added sugars and sodium should come at the end of a short list.
With that in mind, we also must acknowledge manufacturers’ trending efforts. They recognize today’s savvy consumers are more aware of nutrition’s impact on everything from their long-term health to everyday performance. Many grocery stores have specific aisles for foods to satisfy this growing market. A few years ago, it was challenging to find a selection specific to shoppers in need of organic, gluten-free, high-fructose free, or other special requirements. Today, you can find entire stores dedicated to this growing population.
Fresh Is Sweet
Fresh produce, especially choices in season locally, arrive straight from the farm. This unprocessed choice is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and natural flavor. Pile your plate with them. Load them into baggies for snacks. Adults should aim for 2.5 to 3 cups of veggies daily.
Be sure to wash produce well. Some prefer organic produce to assure it was grown in a healthy environment. You may wish to splurge for organic when buying produce typically high in pesticide contamination. The most popular of these include apples, strawberries, imported grapes, celery, and pears.
Sugar is a weakness for many. Try getting your fix from fresh fruit. If you crave a crunchy cookie, enjoy fruit with granola; ice cream, add fruit to plain yogurt; chocolate, dip it. The American Heart Association recommends a limit of six teaspoons of sugar daily for women and nine teaspoons daily for men. High sugar counts may show up in unexpected places. Culprits include yogurt, jarred sauces and salsas, and frozen entrees.
For a treat, visit the bakery. If you are used to eating processed carbs, such as packaged donuts and cakes, you immediately will notice a difference in their freshly prepared versions. Often less sugar is used in fresh-baked goods because it is not needed to preserve freshness during shelf-life. (Extra sugar can be used as a preservative.) Bakery treats usually contain less artificial flavorings. You taste more of the real food, not the sugar coating.
Easy Food Swaps
A clean diet is one low in saturated fats. Reduce use of butter, whole milk and cheeses, and meat when preparing meals. Instead use olive oil, low-fat dressings and spreads, and low-fat cheeses shredded for light sprinkling. Challenge yourself with a meatless meal at least once a week. Replace with heart-healthy protein choices like beans and certain fish.
Delicious can be good for you.
Kick the carbs, or at least give them a nudge to the back of the pantry. Replace the refined grains found in white bread, packaged muffins, white rice, and white flour with whole wheat and whole grains. They deliver more nutrition, often with less saturated fat and sugar.
Research indicates those who regularly eat whole grains have lower body mass indexes and less belly fat than individuals who eat fewer. Experiment with different side dishes made with quinoa, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. Season with a variety of spices and citrus juice to wean yourself from salt.
Give yourself a chance. Don’t expect to make all these changes at the chirp of spring’s first robin. Gradually work your way to “cleaner” eating habits. By summer, you will have a new appreciation for nature’s fresh goodness. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to start a little produce garden of your own, even if only a potted tomato plant.
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