Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you’re having a great – and lucky day today. Last time, we talked about easy steps to a better diet and more affective exercise. To follow those ideas, we are offering some suggestions today for protecting your over-all health, naturally…

Do you want to live a long, healthy life? Would you like to see not only your children grow up, but your grandchildren and great grandchildren as well? Who doesn’t, right? That’s why society is so focused on eating right and exercising. We all want to extend our life as long as possible. And, not only do we want to have as many years on this planet as we can, but we also want to make them quality years. We want to enjoy our health and reduce our risk of major diseases and illnesses. The great news is that there are tons of things you can do NATURALLY to get you to that point. Just follow some of these simple guidelines, and you’ll be a natural health whiz in no time!

Choose prevention over treatment.

So often we beat up our bodies because we know that there are treatment options available when the negative repercussions crop up. But, why do things that may be potentially harmful just because we feel we can fix them later if we need to? Here’s the problem with that way of thinking: You can’t always undo what you’ve done. Yes, there have been some brilliant medical advances. But, that doesn’t mean that they always work. Also, why deal with the pain and aggravation you’ve caused (not to mention the financial cost) when you can just avoid it to begin with? As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Instead of focusing on fixing problems once they occur, concentrate on preventing them in the first place. You’ll be much happier in the long run.

Read labels.

The only way to know if a product is all natural is if you read the label. This goes for food, cleaning supplies, and basically anything that is made up of a number of ingredients. It takes time to do initially, but once you start to see which products meet your qualifications, you’ll learn just to repurchase them and won’t have to reread the labels every time. And don’t just assume that something is all natural just because it says so on the label. Take the time to check it out for yourself. Manufacturers have a little bit of leeway when it comes to the phrases they can use, so things aren’t always as simplistic as they may seem. That means that you should look not only at the labels on foods, but on any product that you’ll come in contact with, like hair care, skin care and cleaning supplies.

Educate yourself.

What good is reading a label if you don’t understand what you’re reading? That’s why you need to learn what some ingredients are and the effect they may have on your system. For instance, sugar comes in many forms. It’s also called corn syrup (remember our previous message about this), and most any ingredient that ends in “…ase” or “…ose” is sugar with a fancy name. However, you wouldn’t necessarily know this unless you had heard it and then remembered it during your next shopping trip. Keep a list of ingredients to avoid on hand until you know them all by heart. In addition to learning about ingredients, you may also want to study up a little bit on natural health remedies. For example, honey helps heal cuts and prevents infection (also previously discussed here). Wouldn’t you rather use that than some unnatural ointment or cream?

Pay attention to your body.

This is a biggie that most everyone misses. You get so busy just living life that you don’t pay attention to cues your body may be giving you when something is off or negatively affecting you. Take eating processed foods as an example. You may eat them on a regular basis without even thinking twice about it. However, if you truly monitor how you feel after eating them, you may begin to notice that they make you feel lethargic. They initially give you an energy kick but then leave you more tired than you were to begin with. When you pay attention to your body, you’ll likely notice that your body reacts better to natural substances than it does to processed ones. That’s because your body is more efficient at digesting and using natural “real” foods and isn’t as quick to become inflamed when you take care to consume more of the good stuff.

Detox!

Get all the gunk and junk out of your cells, organs and blood stream, and provide your body with only natural nutrients. One way to do this is through detoxification. There are several options for detoxing available on the market. However, you have to be careful as some of them can be unhealthy and downright dangerous for your body. Probably the best thing you can do is just start to slowly eliminate unnatural substances from your diet and environment. If you try to do it too quickly, you may have some unpleasant side effects. For example, if you have a diet high in sugar and stop eating it cold turkey, you’ll probably have some nausea, feel tired and even have some mental cloudiness when you try to concentrate. Some detox drinks, such as the celeb favorite Master Cleanse, may help, but use your head when it comes to programs like these. Your body needs nutrients from food to survive so don’t go too drastic. And if a total detox seems like too much to manage, at least start with a baby step – Click here to learn what toxins are in your environment, and take steps to begin removing them. You’ll feel better very quickly! If you want to beat toxins once and for all in a way that will have you shedding pounds, fighting cellulite, and give you healthier skin for life, you’ll like the results that come from using this full anti-toxin guide called Every Day Roots.

I’m going to find some healthy Irish recipes for you. So, keep an eye on the blog to see what’s new.


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