Well-Being

Listen To Your Body For Better Health

“TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY.  IT’S THE ONLY PLACE YOU HAVE TO LIVE.”. Tim Rohn.

So we are approaching that time of year folks where things can get a little chaotic.  Over-indulgence in foods, alcohol, work, social and family pressures, over spending and lack of sleep – all of which will take its toll on our health.  There is always a price to pay sooner or later – immune system compromised, then we feel run down but at this time of year we like to blame it all on the weather.  That is just an excuse for not taking responsibility.  I know as I am guilty as charged!

For many of us, better health does not come naturally. It is usually something we must work on in order to attain. This means listening to our body and understanding what it is telling us about what is going on inside our body. Here are some ways you can listen to your body so you can have a life that is sustained by good health.

Listen For And Respect Signs Of Stress and Fatigue

Feel tired, but keep pushing yourself past your limits? Are you fighting fatigue on a regular basis, instead of taking the time to rest and rejuvenate? Fatigue and low energy are both your body talking to you and letting you know that you need to rest and relax, if you don’t listen you will crash and burn.

Are you ignoring anxiety, instead of looking to erase its sources and lower stress levels? Stress kills, and you are the only one that can take care to reduce its load on your body, mind, and spirit. Great ways to fight stress and its impact are pilates, tai chi, meditation, yoga, or a walk in the park – or taking holidays on a regular basis if you can afford it.  Ideally, we should aim to create more balance in our everyday lives. It is not just those big stresses but the low levels ones that build and build.

Watching The Scale

You can listen to your body every time you put on your clothes or when stepping on the scale.  Do your clothes fit right?  Are they becoming too loose on you or are they fitting too snugly?  Is the scale tipping one way or another?  If you find that you are losing too much weight or packing on the pounds, it may be that you are being affected by stress and are not eating in ways that promote good health. Stress can cause weight gain by raising levels of cortisol in your body.

Good health comes from eating a balanced diet whether you are a vegetarian, vegan or not. We should all know by now that eating processed foods such as cookies, cakes, processed meals, and sweets—all of which have excess calories and preservatives that are generally unhealthy for you. Eating too little can affect your health as well and you can suffer from lack of proper nutrients.  Even obese people suffer from malnutrition because of the lack in proper nutrients which impairs your immune health.

Listen To Your Digestive System

The digestive system is one big part of the immune system so you need to treat it with the care it deserves. This means paying attention to episodes of diarrhea that can strip the colon of protective bacteria, constipation, and indigestion from being under excess stress or eating the wrong foods.

The gut needs good bacteria for good gut health. Probiotics can be taken in by eating plain yogurt with live cultures or by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir.

If you can’t get it in the foods you eat, you can purchase probiotic supplements in your local health food shop or online. Some of the best probiotics are those that come in spore form. The spores can survive the acidic environment of your stomach and then release the live bacteria in the intestines, where they take root and drive out the bad bacteria and fungi.

Listen To Your Cardiovascular System

Get your blood pressure checked.  If you are inactive or have a family history of high blood pressure, you may be suffering from high blood pressure and not know it.  If this affects you, consider modifying what you eat and review your exercise program so you can avoid some of the many complications of high blood pressure.

You should check your pulse as well on a periodic basis.  A high pulse can mean that you are too inactive or are under a great deal of stress. Exercise can cause your heart to function better and will slow your pulse to normal levels.  If you are concerned always see your doctor of a health professional.

Everything is about balance, no need to be a party pooper.  Tis the season to be jolly doesn’t have to equate to over-indulging and your mind being absent from your body. Start to tune into your body and start to read the signs.  After all, the most intimate relationship you should have is with yourself.

Spread The Love and Lets speak soon,

Cherron x

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