We all know that exercising and maintaining a healthy diet will help your overall wellness. However, there are a few areas of the body that when focused on can have interesting health effects on other, unexpected areas as well.
Taking care of your mental health will have direct effects on your physical health. A lot of ways to care for your mind are actually ways to care for your body as well.
Being in a good mental space will prepare you to make changes in your life you may need to be healthier. For example, if you suffer from depression, it can be hard for you to have the motivation to exercise or eat better. Therefore, the first step in improving your mental health should be seeking a professional therapist to talk about any issues you may be experiencing. Then, you can improve your mental health by exercising, getting a good night’s rest, meditating and eating a balanced diet; all of these will directly improve physical health as well.
Small changes like the ones listed above can have big effects on your overall health. They can ultimately help with weight management, blood pressure, gastronomical problems and even addiction issues.
Taking good care of your eyes goes hand-in-hand with physical health. Your eyesight isn’t something that has to get worse with age; there are a ton of natural ways to keep your eyes healthy and prevent blindness.
To help counteract vision decline related to age, diet is the most important factor. Food high in omega-3’s like fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes help with dry eyes and other vision issues. Other foods to keep in mind to help improve your sight are those that are high in vitamins A and C, like carrots, citrus fruits, and leafy greens. Remember that diabetes is the number one cause of blindness, so diet is a big part of maintaining healthy vision.
If you are battling eye pain or eyesight issues from your digital screen, then we have a few more natural tips to help. Start with the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes take an A 20-second break from your screen and look at something 20 feet away. You can buy eyeglasses that can help prevent digital eye strain with special blue light blocking lenses. These lenses are a great option for those of you of who spend the bulk of your day at a computer screen.
Taking care of your vision naturally can help with overall body health, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even insomnia.
Of course, eating a wholesome diet is a large part of having a healthy gut. However, your gut goes beyond just your stomach and it’s a lot more complex than we once thought. A healthy gut contributes to a great immune system, heart and brain wellness, your digestive system working effectively and even helping prevent cancer.
If you are unsure how healthy your gut is, here are some common signs of an unhealthy one: digestive issues, stomach pain, skin problems, moodiness, sugar cravings, rapid weight changes, issues with sleep, gas and bad breath. These are only a few of a very long list of symptoms you may have.
The first step should always be consulting your doctor. However, gut health can be fixed with changes in diet alone. So, don’t feel the need to get on medication before trying a natural way to heal yourself. To help improve your gut health try first to stop eating inflammatory foods like corn, soy, sugar and anything you may have intolerances to such as gluten or dairy.
Then, focus on consuming things that are great for your gut. Foods that are high in fiber and fermented foods or drinks will help improve your health naturally. Also focus on consuming a lot of water, getting more sleep and eating slowly. You will quickly be able to reap the benefits of a healthy gut – better mood, no stomach pain and heart, and brain health!
Studies have shown that taking good care of your teeth and gums can have a positive effect on cardiovascular health as well. Plus, this is likely the part of your body that easiest to take care of. It doesn’t require an overhaul of your diet and exercise routine. It’s as simple as flossing!
If you aren’t already, make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. There is plenty of natural toothpaste on the market that isn’t harsh and won’t strip your teeth of enamel or make them more sensitive. Add flossing to your regimen at least once a day to help improve not only mouth health but heart health too. Flossing can help prevent heart disease, gum inflammation, mouth infections, and gingivitis. Keep in mind, if you have braces or sensitive gums, flossing is necessary to help keep your mouth clean and healthy. If you feel pain when flossing, try a water flosser for a more gentle experience.
These are just a few of the many ways you can improve your overall health by focusing on changes in smaller areas of your body. It’s easy to see that any issues related to mental, eye, gut and mouth health can have positive effects on your whole body. Let us know in the comments any other ways you improve multiple areas of your health with one habit!