Wellness Tips to Keep
Your Mind, Body and Soul “in the Green”
with Erica Edmond
Health is one of those things that we often take for granted
until we’re fitting a virus or suddenly dealing with a healthcare
issue. While many illnesses cannot be avoided entirely, there are
many ways people can save themselves the aggravation of being
knocked out for a few days or more.
After going through a couple of health scares myself, I’ve
been reading up on the best ways to stay healthy through natural
remedies and proven acts of wellness, and changing my habits. Here
are my favorite “Mind, Body and Soul Wellness Tips" that have helped
me the most:
negativity will deplete your energy. Stay away from stressful
triggers like the news, work and even certain family people.
If you have the
energy, go out for a short brisk walk in the fresh air. A low
level of exercise will boost your immune system. Just 15 to 20
minutes will do the trick.
Be aware of
what you are putting into your body. If you are drinking and
eating things that contain ingredients that your
great-grandmother wouldn’t be able to identify, chances are you
should avoid it at all costs.
One of my
favorite sections in “Wired Magazine” is called “What’s
Inside?” This monthly deconstruction of ingredients often
includes additives placed in food to make products last longer.
A while back, they examined the Hostess Fruit Pie. One such
stomach-turning ingredient listed was Modified Cornstarch. It
was determined to be produced with FDA-approved chemicals
including hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, and sodium chloride. Of
course, you can imagine how ingesting such an ingredient can
harm the body and keep it from performing well.
of fluids, especially good old water, will flush your system of
unwanted and nonessential matter traveling through your body.
The more water you can ingest each day, the better you’ll feel,
look and operate.
If you are ill,
consider Ginger root tea. Ginger root is a natural
anti-inflammatory. Since many illnesses like the flu virus cause
inflammation, this alleviates many aches and pains. I slice up
fresh ginger root and boil it in water or mix with decaffeinated
noodle soup. Making the chicken broth from the bones of the
chicken releases an anti-viral powerhouse. I make my own - it is
very simple. You first roast the chicken. Then, you take most of
the meat off and refrigerate, and toss the carcass in a large
pot of water. Put in several tablespoons of whole pepppercorns
and a couple stalks of celery. Let it simmer all day (you’re
home and sleeping anyhow). Strain out all the ingredients. Chop
up the refrigerated meat, put in a whole chopped onion and the
top half of a stalk of celery coaresly chopped. Put in about a
cup of whole -wheat pasta noodles and salt to taste. Eat this
several times a day.
soup with a fresh berry salad. We all know the anti-cancer
properties of berries and this can be useful for everyday
viruses, colds and flues. If you are unable to buy fresh,
organic berries all year-long, purchase a bag of frozen berries
from a local health food store to have on-hand. I mix up
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and toss in some chopped
walnuts and sprinkle the whole thing with cinnamon. The cinnamon
helps to regulate your blood sugar so you don’t feed those nasty
Take a hot bath
- at least once a day. Put epsom salt in it as well. Elevating
your temperature kills a virus faster. It’ll also help you
relax faster and get into a meditative state. Many illnesses
are triggered by stress, so if you are in a zen zone, you have a
greater chance of being on the mend.
Get lots of
sleep. This is a priority. If you have small children, secure
childcare even if it’s for a couple of hours while you nap.
Think of the airplane emergency protocol, put the oxygen mask on
yourself first and then you can help your children. Allowing
your body to move away from the daily wear and tear and enjoying
some peace and quiet is good for you mentally, physically and
You may have noticed that all of these tips provided are also
in line with living an eco-friendly or green lifestyle. In both
cases, you are using -- and benefitting from -- natural
ingredients. Chicken soup is an anti-inflammatory, so maybe you do
not need for an over-the-counter pill. Eating organic,
locally-produced foods fuel you with illness-fighting nutrients, so
why the need (or want) for products containing counterproductive
ingredients like chlorine?
have found that by making some significant changes, such as putting
my health as a top priority, I am leading a much healthier lifestyle
filled with increased energy, decreased levels of stress and an
abundance of feel-good activities that make me happy day after day.
I hope you are inspired to test some of these out.
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