• Theresa Quitto-Dickerson

5 Great Natural Practices For Keeping A Healthy Body

Updated: May 11

When it comes to our bodies, we all want to be fit, healthy, and be full of energy all the time. And I believe that it's possible, but so few of us ever attain it. Being 100% healthy and never overdoing it is the sort of lifestyle that requires a lot of work. That's why most of the people we see are unfit, unenergized, stressed, and generally unhappy about where they currently are or what's happening. In our adult lives, we put on ourselves that we have too much work to do, which disables us from focusing on what's more important. Although we subconsciously know, we don't realize that we are aren't being kind to our selves, being healthy and taking care of our bodies should always come first, but often that isn't the case. Nothing is more important than our health, as I began to succumb to health issues due to my weight, I learned this the hard way, they say, You Only Live Once, but I've come to believe the things I was doing wasn't living, why shouldn't I live this one live without illness?


As I stated, I am on this journey, and it does take a lot of determination and will power to start living healthier, but in this case, the benefits do outweigh the cost. I completely understand the pitfalls one has. I mean, sometimes that pizza with the gluten-free option just isn't going to cut it. So, you've come to the right place to learn how about beginning this journey to a better, healthier, and happier life. Here are a few practices I have found that it is easy for the beginner and can be built upon as you advance in the journey. Read through these routines carefully and determine which ones will suit you best and which can fit into your busy schedule.


Move Around As Much As You Can


Yes, the title of this one could have been "Exercise," but it's clear that not everyone has the time to go to a gym or put aside a few hours for a full exercise routine, which is why this tip can help in those situations. Maybe you have somewhere to go and have a bit of extra time? Take your bike and enjoy the day or set a brisk pace and walk, enjoy the scenery and use the moment to practice some environmental mindfulness. When we move, we raise our body's temperature a bit. In addition to burning those calories, our temperature rasing helps bacteria from growing and spreading; it also helps flush out bacteria from the lungs. Researching for this blog, this was one of the most surprising things I learned, Terry Kang, MD, of UnityPoint Health states, "working out usually boosts the body's metabolism, as well as the body's immune response." He does mention that doing an intense workout is not as useful and can actually have the opposite effect just so you know. So a nice brisk walk can assist our body's immune system, improving as it the white blood cells have more of an advantage defending the body against unwanted guests. Every chance you get, move that body, climb the flight of stairs at work instead of taking the elevator or walk that extra block to the next Starbucks instead of the one on your corner. Anything you can do more, do it!

Add More Variety To What You Eat

Adding a variety of foods to your diet means that you need to switch up your eating habits. Don’t eat the same thing every day, and one thing for the whole day. Adding more variety in your meals means you have a little bit of everything. Vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, fibers, even a few natural sugars from fruits are beneficial. Instead of eating a whole lot of meat today, and something different for the entire day tomorrow, divide that into small portions for each day, mixed with other healthy stuff like the ones mentioned above. One of the ways I can ensure I am eating a tasty variety is I try to make a colorful plate of food. Fruits and vegetables photosynthesize differently, thus offering a multitude of different benefits. Orange food has a lot of beta carnitine and vitamin A, promoting excellent eye health. Greener foods provide folate, which helps with cell reproduction. Taste the rainbow, in this case, means flooding your body with a beautiful mix of vitamins and minerals.

Consume More Antioxidants


Antioxidants are beneficial for the body's immune system and preventing damage to cells. They are substances that prevent or slow down damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body naturally makes as a reaction to something stressful that is happening to it. They come naturally in many foods but are also produced artificially, of course, on this journey, we're going for natural, which is always better. Making a habit of consuming them regularly will ensure you'll always have an excellent reserve.


Here is a list of foods that are high in antioxidants:


Blueberries, According to a FRAP analysis, blueberries have up to 9.2 mmol of antioxidants per 3.5 ounces (100 grams).

Dark chocolate, based on the FRAP analysis, dark chocolate has up to 15 mmol of antioxidants per 3.5 ounces (100 grams). Surprisingly, dark chocolate is even more full of antioxidants than blueberries and raspberries! These fruits are still good sources, as they contain up to 9.2 and 2.3 mmol of antioxidants in the same serving size. But yeah, 1 Large Point for CHOCOLATE!!

Kale is one of the most nutritious greens on the planet and is rich in vitamins A, K and C. It’s also rich in antioxidants, providing up to 2.7 mmol per 3.5 ounces (100 grams)

The list goes on and on, but check out some additional ones here.

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Breathing


"Um... don't we do that anyway," you may ask? But conscious breathing is a great way to improve one's health. There have been some fantastic benefits that have surfaced with the new research conducted that shows all of the great things controlled breathing can do. For example, it sends a message to your brain that you are calm which in return reduces blood pressure, reduces muscle tension, lowers the heart rate and so on. But, there is one particular case that did the impossible. Have you heard of Wim Hof? This man literally injected himself with a bacteria, in the name of science, to show everyone that years of doing this has made his body more immune and has different and safer reactions that others. Of course, I do NOT recommend doing this, but the technique showed his long-standing practice had reduced the body's promptness to inflammation, which can be the trigger for many illnesses. Be sure to watch this video and read all about this man and his ingenious breathing technique

At the end of the day, it literally takes up 15 minutes of your day and the feeling is amazing. After a while, you will get addicted to it, which let's be honest isn't the worst addiction to have, Ha!

Drink Tea All Day, Every Day


Ok, I'm not selling anything, but truly the benefits of a good cup of tea will surprise you and don’t think, that tea is only for the winter season to keep you warm and it just protects against the cold or flu. There are so many kinds of teas that cover many health benefits. One of the biggest benefits of drinking tea throughout the day is that you will be always hydrated. Other than that, making a tea schedule that covers the whole day can add some natural caffeine into your diet which has been proven to curtail hunger. This is the schedule I have and maybe it will suit you too. It’s perfectly beneficial for everyone and you don’t have to be sick to do this. It’s even better to start doing it while you are healthy so you can improve your health even further and prevent any unwanted situations.


- First Tea: Green Tea

I chose green tea for the morning because it is rich in caffeine and is a very good replacement for coffee. It’s also very rich in antioxidants and, as we mentioned above they are super important for maintaining good health. Other benefits from green tea include improved brain function, improved physical performance, green tea helps in killing bacteria and lowers the risk of infection and so on. In fact, you can find more benefits from drinking tea in this great article

- Second Tea: Mint Tea

Second is mint tea. This tea has great effects on your respiratory and digestive systems. Aside from that, it freshens your breath as well. ;) Mint tea is also great for headaches, this is usually around the time I'm buried deep in my, admittedly ridiculously full inbox. A really cool side effect of mint tea is that it also clears out your sinuses. Another benefit of mint tea is it can relieve bloating and gas. It’s also a great noon tea for me to freshen up and conquer the day.


- Third Tea: Nettle Tea

This tea is known to be great for preventing inflammation to the body and is a great immune system booster. Being allergic to NAISDs makes it hard for me to get quick relief from pain so drinking nettle tea helps keep the inflammation down so I don't have flairs of pain. It’s also a great middle of the day tea for me because I’ve eaten breakfast and some snacks, and maybe even an early lunch by then and I want to control and boost the body’s responses to what I’ve eaten. inflammation is caused by mucus build-up, which many (unhealthy) foods can cause our bodies to produce more mucus than needed and cause havoc to the body.


- FourthTea: Hibiscus Tea

This tea is great for relaxing as it lowers blood pressure and also tastes great. It’s good for improving liver health and is a powerhouse for Vitamin C. Hibiscus tea also like the others, has anti-inflammatory properties which are very important for a healthy body. Inflammation is a start for many diseases which is why we all need to prevent that. It’s my favorite tea of all due to its great taste.


- Fifth Tea: Chamomile Tea

Last, but definitely not least we have chamomile tea. This one is great before bed as it is super relaxing and helps with going to sleep faster. It’s my favorite tea to drink before bed because it does get me very sleepy. It has some other cool benefits like helping in the fight against cancer and treating cold symptoms.

All of these tips are super easy to do and require very little time. If you can do all of them every day you might start seeing results faster. But like I said, start small, build up the habit with practice. Remember, the goal is to keep your body in great health and to prevent disasters and diseases. Start slow if it’s too much to do at once and start applying at least one practice per month. In the end, it’s all about you and it’s your choice, so why not choose to Live Organically!

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