Naturally Mama.

From one natural mama to another…

25 simple tips for natural & healthy living November 16, 2010

It’s easy nowadays to forget to take care of our bodies and our minds. Modern day society is filled with junk for food, crap for water and enough mind-numbing television to last 100 lifetimes. The typical western view of life is we think we’re healthy as long as we aren’t sick… but being healthy is so much more than that. Being healthy is a feeling that all parts of your being- physically, emotionally, spiritually- are one and at peace. Here are some simple ways to take care of the well being of yourself and your family. Start with one and incorporate more into your way of living at a pace that fits your needs.

  1. Eat more raw foods. Science has proven that heat kills beneficial enzymes in food. Science also proves that heat changes foods into free-radicals that can destroy our health.
  2. At the very least, choose organic produce and dairy. Ideally, choose all certified organic foods.
  3. Cut down on (or completely cut out) meat products. Meat is hard for the body to break down and absorb and there are many easy ways to incorporate protein into your diet. It is not necessary to eat meat.
  4. Ditch the tap water. Tap water contains fluoride which is not proven to benefit us, is known to cause dental problems and is a environmental waste product. Water also contains other contaminants and traces of medications. PS: Not all bottled water is fluoride/contaminant free. Do your research and read water quality reports.
  5. Walk. Easy and so good for your body, mind and soul. Keeps stress down. Lubricates joints.
  6. Check out your health and beauty product ratings at Skin Deep. Know if your cosmetics are toxic to your body and what ingredients you’re really exposing yourself to. You might just want to make a change…
  7. Meditate. Relax. De-stress. Be one with yourself.
  8. Drink organic coffee and drink less coffee altogether. Coffee is some of the most heavily sprayed crop (pesticides).
  9. Drink coconut water. It’s all-natural and is said to add years to your life!
  10. Take your vitamins. Don’t forget extra vitamin D for immune health and to fight sickness. Here is a fact sheet on vitamin D3. I’ve read articles that state when you feel sickness coming on, you can take between 25,000 and 50,000 IU’s (depending on your body weight) of vitamin D.
  11. Cut out non-organic soy products. Somewhere around 80+% of soy in America is genetically modified.
  12. Antibiotics are given out like candy these days and make resistant strains of infections because our body is so pumped full of them by the medications, as well as the meat and dairy we eat and the soap we use. If you MUST take an antibiotic, take a probiotic as well. Children can eat yogurt with live cultures.
  13. Google the term “superfoods” and choose one to start consuming. Gradually work your way up to as many as you can.
  14. Feeling depressed? High doses of niacin can help!
  15. Choose non-toxic candles. Your candles may cause cancer over time among other health ailments. Check out this article for some great information on how and why to choose non-toxic candles.
  16. Eat more broccoli– it lowers your chance of cancer and slows the effects of/prevents arthritis.
  17. Read food labels: if you don’t know what it is or can’t pronounce it, our bodies weren’t made to process it. Don’t eat it.
  18. Have a positive outlook. When something not-so-great happens to you, ask yourself what good can come of it and remember that ‘this too shall pass’. Positive thinking brings positive outcomes.
  19. When you get sick, instead of calling the Doctor, look for a natural/homeopathic solution online or in a book. Also, if you have access to breast milk, it can sure anything from pink eye to a bug bite. Check it out!
  20. Switch out all plastics in your kitchen to glass, stainless steel or stoneware. Cut out Teflon coating as well. It’s a carcinogen.
  21. Switch to a non-PVC shower curtain. PVC shower curtains fill your entire home with toxic air pollutants that you and your family constantly breathe in.
  22. Buy vintage or organic/green furniture and organic/green mattresses. The amounts of toxins in modern-day furnishings is disgusting.
  23. Turn the TV and computer off. Have screen-free days every week, at least!
  24. Grown your own herbs and veggies. Yum 🙂
  25. Get the microwave out of the house. Replace with a toaster oven if you so desire. Your microwave changes the structure of foods into something your body cannot properly absorb and/or recognize. Microwaved food may cause cancer/tumors and it destroys molecular properties and nutrients of foods. See more on this here. Anything you can do in a microwave you can to on the stove, in the oven or with a toaster oven.

Never stop looking for ways to live more naturally/organically. It’s a life-long journey to be healthy and live naturally, and it’s worth it!

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