Three Simple Tips for Staying Healthy
Get a water filter
Filtered water can contain less toxins for the body to deal with.
Tap water often has harsh chemicals in it like chlorine and fluorine. There are many different opinions on the benefits of these. What can be said is that chlorine is anti-bacterial; the normal bacteria that should be colonizing and balancing your healthy gut may be killed off in small quantities.
The science on fluoridation is still controversial. The anti-fluoridation consensus these days seems to be that while fluoridation may help prevent dental caries in children, it doesn’t appear to have benefits for adults. Some researchers regard fluoridation of water as a nanny state intervention.
A good filter will remove possible heavy metals like arsenic and mercury from your water, as well as pesticides and groundwater phosphates and nitrates in rural areas that depend on river catchments for water supply.
Several glasses of filtered water a day will hydrate you nicely. Some people find that their headaches and joint pains symptoms improve when they frequently sip filtered water.
Walk for at least half an hour a day
Walking is an excellent practice for your overall health. It can be done anywhere, in comfortable clothing, and usually doesn’t raise much of a sweat unless conditions are very warm. There are other health benefits to be earned from walking daily.
For a start, walking calms our parasympathetic nervous system, which benefits our mood, and our immune system. Walking stimulates the release of the feel-good hormone epinephrine, which acts to calm the mind and can unwind the tensions that lead to neck and upper back discomfort.
The rhythmic low-intensity exercise of walking utilizes fats for an energy source. It lowers blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol, while stimulating the general flow of oxygen to our brain and organs. Apart from the feel-good factor, walking stimulates the lymphatic system–the body’s filtration and immune system. Walking is best done in a natural outdoor setting, where we can breathe in the oxygen-rich air of bush and forest.
Supplement with magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is extremely common, and often overlooked in cases of night cramps, mild tremors, tension headaches, and muscle spasm. Good magnesium supplements very rarely cause problems, unless there is an underlying kidney problem, usually associated with advanced age.
Magnesium is found in green leafy foods, dark chocolate, and nuts like almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts or peanuts. Legumes can be rich in magnesium. A one-cup serving of black beans can have 30% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and halibut are rich sources of magnesium.
Look for a supplement with magnesium diglycinate or magnesium glycinate dehydrate (they’re the same substance) or magnesium citrate for ease of absorption. Most people could benefit from daily magnesium supplementation, and if you have a bit more than you possibly need, the body can readily utilize whatever you have ingested in myriad pathways.
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