Most people today are on the go-go-go. So many people around the world are stuck in “5th gear”, and there is little time to down-shift.
Slowing down – relaxing – is critical to good health; it is important to take time every day to unwind, to be quiet, and undisturbed.
Here are some important steps you can take for your health’s sake.
Your Immune System
Slowing down protects your body’s immune system, which is one of the most important components of your overall health. When your immune system goes down, your entire body goes down with it, and illness, allergies, and degenerative diseases take hold.
Your immune system isn’t a single entity working on its own. Your immune system is a collection of processes working together to protect your health from disease, toxins, and other foreign bodies.
Your immune system works best when you are:
- drink plenty of water,
- and when you provide proper daily nutrition, exercise, and sleep.
A balanced diet provides essential vitamins and minerals from whole foods, vegetables, grains, and proteins. Healthy foods keep you calm, especially foods rich in the B-Complex vitamins.
Junk food (fast food and processed food), GMO products, dairy products laden with all kinds of man-made chemicals, processed oils, and diet sweeteners leave you malnourished.
This leaves you hungry all of the time, which leads to craving simple carbs. A simple carb overload results in lethargy, mood swings, and agitation – all contributing to stress.
Busy people eat on the run – and this leaves your body without the needed nutrition to maintain energy and stamina.
Slow down and take the time to prepare homemade meals. Pack your lunch, and add some healthy snacks to graze on throughout the day. If you are at work, go outside and eat your lunch or snack under a tree. Watch the birds and relax during your meals.
Make eating your down time.
This not only helps with digestion, but it gives your body a chance to relax while it is recharging with brain fuel.
Supplementing your diet with specific vitamins, minerals, and probiotics can build and fortify your immune system.
You can supplement with a multi-vitamin + trace mineral 5 to 7 days a week as insurance to supply the complete spectrum of needed nutrients, but how do you know which vitamins and minerals you actually need?
If you want to know if your body lacks a certain supplement, get a hair analysis every year or so to learn which nutrients your body may be high or low in.
If you are not feeling your best, stop guessing why and get some answers. A hair analysis saves you time and money.
A good night’s sleep, or a quality power nap, is a very important part of “slowing down.”
You cannot get good sleep if you don’t relax, and you can’t relax if you don’t slow down.
It’s critical that you get enough sleep every night, and it’s important to maintain a consistent schedule of both daily activities (including work demands) and rest periods (including a good night’s sleep or power naps).
Your body repairs wounds and injuries during sleep, and it detoxes when sleeping. During sleep, you step out of your body’s way, allowing your body to repair and restore without a bunch of activity going on.
You cannot step out of the way if you don’t relax and shut down. So, make a good night’s sleep a priority.
We all know that exercise benefits the body in many ways. What isn’t well recognized, however, is the fact that exercise produces more energy and lessens stress.
Exercising doesn’t mean just going to the gym or hiring a personal trainer so you can lose weight or look buff.
Exercising is merely moving your body everyday so you can strengthen your immune system through improved circulation and stamina. Exercise includes walking the dog, gardening, painting the house – getting out of the chair and keeping active.
When you are in good physical shape, moving your body enhances better oxygen flow, detoxing, and increased blood flow, and these result in wellness, vigor, and enhanced energy.
Exercising regularly actually helps you relax, and when you strengthen your body through exercise, you release mental and physical stress.
Moving your body results in relaxation.
Step Outside Of The Box
Take the time every day to step outside of your box – even if for just a few minutes each day. Relax. Be quiet. Tune out the background noise. Move your body. Get quality sleep. Eat healthy food. Drink lots of water. Take some time to watch the birds and smell the roses.
Relax. Slow down. Spend time outdoors. Sleep more. Eat right, and stay positive.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.