Modern stresses can take toll on the body, from digestive issues and sore joints to runny noses and wounds that take their time to heal.
While such complaints may appear as different symptoms, their connection lies in what is the same initial immune response.
“People who have the best quality diet have the lowest risk of developing these issues—we also know that diet affects how well we can ward off the aches, pains or lurgies,” says naturopath, nutritionist and Lifestream ambassador Janella Purcell.
“We also know that people who are the most physically active seem to have the lowest risks of developing lifestyle discomforts, such as mood swings and anxiousness. Sleep is also an important factor in bringing the body into balance.”
It’s advice echoed by naturopath Karin Spicer, who says when the body is out of balance, it sends signals to “mark” the particular area for review.
“This spot may then become reddened, swollen and uncomfortable as the body sends white blood cells and substances to isolate and manage it—this is all part of the body’s defense mechanism of the immune system, it helps to protect that area of injury and/or invasion,” Karin says.
We also know that people who are the most physically active seem to have the lowest risks of developing lifestyle discomforts, such as mood swings and anxiousness. Sleep is also an important factor in bringing the body into balance.
While potentially irritating to the person, it is the body’s normal acute response. However, it’s our healthy living choices—or lack thereof—that can mean the difference between lifestyle inhibiting symptoms or not.
Without a wholefood diet, regular exercise and uninterrupted sleep, chronic conditions could appear, from out of balance blood sugar to compromised heart health.
10 Top Ways to Everyday Wellness
Boost your wholefoods intake
Ditch the packets and start from scratch. Eating wholefoods will reduce the amount of additives, added sugar and added salt that you are consuming. Your digestive system, immune system and heart will thank you.
Up the greens
Smoothies are a great way to make sure you get your full daily servings of greens. In winter, pull out the slow cooker and make warming vege soup. These can provide you with vital nutrients and fibre for bowel regularity.
Keep hydrated. Low water intake can lead to poor blood circulation and therefore poor nutrient delivery, as well as reduced mental capacity, lowered energy and irritated mucous membranes.
Balance blood sugar
Keeping sugar cravings in check will keep you in good stead as we age. Poorly managed blood sugar can lead to circulatory and eye issues. Instead of reaching for sugary snacks, look for a wholefood protein instead. Protein is going to keep you feeling fuller for longer, and keep blood sugar balanced.
Know when you have had enough
Stop eating when you are full. Research has shown that calorie restriction has positive effects on longevity and overall good health.
Get regular exercise
Keep moving. Exercising supports heart health and circulation, releases endorphins to make you feel good—and helps manage stress levels.
Manage and reduce stress
Make the time to de-stress and breathe. Do something everyday that helps with stress levels. Go for a walk, sit quietly, read or have a candlelit bath.
Get quality sleep
Go to bed when you feel tired. Try and get as many hours as you need. Take steps to support sleep if you are having troubles. Switch off your devices, manage stress, create a sleep ritual such as a hot shower and drinking chamomile tea. Look for nutrients that support sleep such as calcium, magnesium and tart cherry.
Consume good fats and reduce “bad” fats
Refrain from consuming high saturated fat foods. Take good fats daily, which are needed for optimal nerve function. They also support healthy heart function, help manage cholesterol levels and support joint mobility.
Limit free radical damage
Take good quality antioxidants to help protect all cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Janella’s Back to Balance Smoothie
1 cup frozen mango,
1 tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried turmeric powder,
1 tsp grated ginger,
1.5 cups coconut water or clean water
juice from one lime
½ teaspoon Lifestream Natural Vitamin C
Blend it all up! Yummy.