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Spring Clean Your Health

Bagged Grocery Produce Items on a Wooden Plank

Wow, March sure did spring up on us
fast, huh?
If you’re like many Americans, you’re
going to use the warmer weather that
comes with spring to do some serious
cleaning in your home. But did you
know you can also take this time to
spring clean your health?
This is perfect if you made a New Year’s
resolution to get healthier in 2017, and
even if you didn’t, it’s a great kick start
to a new you!
1. Eat high quality, organic food as
often as possible.
You’ve been hearing about organic food
for a while now, but the truth is as long
as you buy organic versions of the so called “dirty-dozen,” you’ll add years to
your life. The “dirty dozen” refers to 12
fruits and vegetables that absorb so
much of the pesticide sprayed on them
that only the organic variety, which is
pesticide-free, should be eaten:
• peaches
• apples
• bell peppers
• celery
• nectarines
• strawberries
• cherries
• pears
• grapes (imported)
• spinach
• lettuce
• potatoes

2. Get your Vitamin D.
Now that winter is almost over, it’s time to start getting
outside for your daily dose of Vitamin D. You’ll need to be in
direct sunlight for 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on skin
tone, to get an adequate dose, but the results are well worth
it (you can also take a supplement). Vitamin D is necessary
for your bones to absorb calcium, and it’s also vital to
immune system health. A deficiency in Vitamin D will leave
your body susceptible to disease and illness.
3. Take a probiotic.
Speaking of your immune system, research is making it more
and more clear how important your gut health is to keeping
you healthy. Your intestinal tract is already home to more
than 500 species of both good and bad bacteria (they outnumber
cells in our body by about 10-to-1). A probiotic is a
mix of “good” bacteria and yeast, and by taking it you’re trying
to ensure that the “good” bacteria outnumbers the bad.
4. Eat “GOOD” fats and avoid “BAD” fats.
Not all fat is created equal. “Good” fat, like grassfed butter,
coconut oil, and avocado, actually reduces cholesterol and
helps avoid risk for heart disease. “Bad” fat, on the other hand,
does the opposite. Avoid fried foods, red meat, and shortening
to avoid bad fat.
5. Avoid gluten, corn, soy, processed gluten-free alternatives,
carrageenan, and any “gums”.
These foods can trigger an inflammatory response in your
digestive system, which can throw your body out of balance.

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