Choosing Good Health over Toxic Behaviors
By Donna Stark
We are all a little "toxic" at some point or another in our lifetime. I mean, who isn't guilty of slipping into some unhealthy behaviors every now and then, and having some not-so-good days here and there? It can certainly happen to the best of us, but if you're noticing that you're constantly fighting pain, illness, or infections, you may want to be more intentional about adopting some new or better daily habits. The good news is that it's never too late to turn those unhealthy behaviors around, but you really do need to know where to start.
Lose the Toxicity
There are a lot of things that happen in life that you can't control, but you can certainly control your actions and behaviors when it comes to establishing a healthier lifestyle. By learning the basics, you can easily apply them to your everyday life and start improving your overall wellness. Take a look at a few of the most common aspects that contribute to poor health.
- Poor diet - Unfortunately, more and more people are drifting away from eating raw, organic, good-for-you fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats. What does that mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means that fewer vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are being consumed.
- Dehydration - The majority of people are living their days completely dehydrated and they don't even realize it. Be sure to drink the recommended amount of water each day! Your body depends on it!
- Too much stress - Stress impacts every cell and tissue in the human body and has the ability to break down your immune system and major organs. Stress is definitely toxic and you need to reduce or eliminate as much as possible!
- Lack of exercise - Physically, mentally, and emotionally ... exercise strengthens every part of the body. It can help to improve your body's circulatory and lymphatic systems, cardiovascular and bone health, joint function and mobility, and memory and moods.
- Improper eating - Eating late at night and overeating puts a tremendous amount of stress on the body's digestive system. The body needs the time you are asleep to rest, detoxify, and restore, and if you eat too much too fast, the food will not be broken down properly and cause vital nutrients to be lost.
Creating a Healthy Lifestyle
When you are malnourished, tired, stressed, or not hydrated enough, you are more likely to make rash decisions that can have longstanding consequences to the state of your health. Toxicity can stem from many things in life, but it doesn't have to be part of your wellness journey at all. Learn the basics and start establishing a lifetime of habits that will promote great health and happiness while keeping the toxicity out as much as you can!
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