Staying well naturally can be a challenge for most of us, especially during times of stress. Poor nutrition combined with too much stress can weaken the immune system, making you more prone to bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic pathogens. When your body is stressed it produces cortisol, a stress hormone that contributes to the worsening of inflammatory conditions and auto immune disorders. Cortisol pulls calcium from the bones, when long-term production occurs. Reducing stress can stop cortisol production allowing the body to return to a balanced state.
Here are some important tips to improve your health:
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- Eat at least five servings of fresh locally grown, organic, tree or vine ripened fruits and vegetables each day.
- Eat from each of the food groups every day :
- Eat food that is in it's natural state or as close to its natural state as possible.
- Reduce and minimize contact with toxins such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, pesticides, smoke, herbicides, exhaust, industrial wastes and hormones.
- Avoid excess salt, sugar, fat, caffeine and alcohol.
- Drink at least one ounce per two pounds of your body weight of filtered water daily. Add lemon juice for taste.
- If you are experiencing a health challenge, increase your consumption of the most important foods and supplements.
- Contact an informed health professional when using concentrated herbs and dietary supplements to correct health problems.
Remember that the effects of nutrition from food or supplements are time-dependent. Improving your nutrition can take at least 24 hours and up to 18 months to significantly affect body tissues depending on your body's cellular turnover rate.
Many of these factors are based on our values, decisions and choices. You can take control of your health if you choose to. It's never too late to start; don't give up and think positively.