Health and Wellness

Eat right for life!

There are numerous reasons for wanting to eat a healthy and balanced diet. The well-known ones are weight loss and all around general health, but the advantages to eating healthy go beyond that. You can also improve your odds for leading a long life if you can recognize the importance of eating healthy foods. Some of the top benefits of eating healthy are listed below.

  • Healthy eating is an effective weight loss solution.You can lose as much as 20 pounds after several weeks of following a good healthy diet.  You need not also starve yourself or take medication.  If you stick to healthy foods, you can eat and still lose weight.
  • Healthy eating can increase your energy levels! You can become more productive and socially active if you will only stick to healthy foods.  Whole foods are best because they are unrefined and processed. The more processed a food is, the less nutrients it will have. If you can eat whole vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, your body will thank you by feeling good and energized throughout the day.
  • Healthy eating can make you look younger and fresher! You need not seek the fountain of youth anymore. All you have to do is to eat better to keep younger looking skin. Healthy foods promote good cell growth and can eliminate harmful free radicals and toxins in your body. Because of this, your skin will regain its natural glow and suppleness. Along with eating healthy, drink healthy too. Stay hydrated with nonsugared drinks, or drink water!
  • Eating healthy can reduce your health care costs!The benefits of a healthy lifestyle also include the cost of health care. The premiums you pay for coverage are likely rising and will probably continue to do so. By improving your health you are making a down payment on lower health care costs in the future. Getting in shape and eating correctly will improve your blood pressure and decrease the chances of life-altering illnesses in the future.

 

Healthy Recipe of the Week

cider

Gluten Free Hot Apple Cider (www.allrecipes.com) Just perfectly delicious.  Not to mention very good for you!

Past Healthy Recipes

yogurt

 Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola (www.allrecipes.com) - This colorful and wholesome breakfast parfait is nice enough for company, and easy enough for everyday. This parfait is particularly attractive when served in a clear glass to show off the lovely layers.

 

Red Pepper Hummus

Delicious Hummus Dip (www.foodnetwork.com) - This hummus has a great flavor and is incredibly easy to make.  Not to mention very heart healthy!

 

juice

Fresh Grapefruit Juice Smoothie (allrecipes.com) - An easy to make, healthy and delicious drink that not only tastes good, but is good for you!

 

Banana-Cinnamon Waffles (myrecipes.com) - Crown these lightly spiced waffles with cinnamon sugar and/or some bananas, and you are sure to get your day started right.  With only 215 calories per serving, you can't go wrong.

 

Sarah's Applesauce (allrecipes.com) - A delicious treat whether you are on the run and need a revitalizing snack, or need a quick breakfast treat.  All natural ingredients, with less than 130 calories per serving.

Naturopathic Medicine

 

Naturopathic ideology focuses on naturally-occurring substances, minimally-invasive methods, and encouragement of natural healing. Prevention through stress reduction and a healthy diet and lifestyle is emphasized, and pharmaceutical drugs, ionizing radiation, and surgery are generally minimized. The philosophy of naturopathic practice is self-described by six core values, which are summarized below.

  1. Guide and harness the healing power of nature so it can help you heal your own body.
  2. Investigate and evaluate to treat the cause of the illness to rid the body of the disease, not just treat the symptoms to mask the disease.
  3. Stretching - As one of the most under-rated forms of exercise, stretching is your best friend, especially as we age. The benefits of increasing our flexibility include alleviating stress and muscle tension; facilitates muscle recovery as well as being a conducive cool-down that maintains and increases range of motion and mobility; improves posture and reduces pain; and enhances circulation and oxygen delivery to muscles.
  4. Treat the whole person as a physical, mental, emotional, spriritual and social being all needing care, concern and guidance.
  5. The physician is a teacher. Each individual will be instructed how to follow through on their own treatment plan by themselves. This is to make each individual realize the responsibility for their health and well-being is partly their own responsibility.
  6. Prevention is always the best cure. A naturopath is predominantly interested in preserving your good health through a healthy lifestyle and good habits training.

Some common forms of Naturopathic medicine include:

  • Chiropractic
  • Accupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Manipulative Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Meditation

The basic principle of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole body - not just the disease. By trying to obtain and then maintain good healthy living practices, the belief is that many future complications can be eliminated down the road.  Some examples of healthy living practices are listed below:

  • Exercise - The body is made to move. In fact, without physical activity, some physiological processes fail to work at all, and others work less than optimally. For instance, the pumping action of the lymphatic system, which facilitates cellular nutrition and waste removal, is improved with physical movement.
  • Mind-Body Awareness - Recently, this type of activity has been achieving popularity in the West. Mind-body exercises are those which require us to place our awareness in our body, posture, breathing and movements. Some examples include active forms like Tai-chi, certain types of yoga and Pilates; while restorative forms include yoga and meditation. When practicing mind-body exercises, expect to experience stress-reduction, improved circulation and energy flow, increased mindfulness and improvement in the benefits and performance in the other forms of exercise listed above.
  • Stretching - As one of the most under-rated forms of exercise, stretching is your best friend, especially as we age. The benefits of increasing our flexibility include alleviating stress and muscle tension; facilitates muscle recovery as well as being a conducive cool-down that maintains and increases range of motion and mobility; improves posture and reduces pain; and enhances circulation and oxygen delivery to muscles.
  • Aerobic Activity - This is any activity in which you sustain an elevated heart-rate and respiration for an extended period of time, typically over 20 minutes. The benefits of a cardiovascular workout include healthier heart and lungs, improved circulation, digestion, mood, energy, increased immune response and caloric burn.
  • Stress-Reduction Techniques - In today’s world, it is nearly impossible to avoid all stress. Actually, some levels of stress are beneficial! However, if stress is not managed properly, it can accumulate in our body and affect us on a cellular level. Eventually, if the stress is not released, it manifests in the form of physical ailments.