Spring cleaning is an annual tradition in households across America. We spend hours, even entire weekends, dusting and de-cluttering, sweeping and scrubbing. The result is a pristine home that shines inside and out.
Now, if we only spent the same amount of energy taking care of our bodies…
Just like a home, your body needs a spring refresh, too. When the springtime rolls around, many New Year’s resolutions have been broken and old habits have resurfaced.
No matter an individual’s age, fitness level or health concerns, a little spring cleaning can’t hurt. Below are six ways to treat your body to a spring refresh:
Overindulgence is common around the holidays, but continuing the celebration through the winter has consequences. Eating too much of a bad thing can sap energy, impair mental clarity, increase blood pressure and blood sugar, impact sleep and throw off your digestive system. Detoxing helps restore your body’s natural balance, and it’s really simple. Consider these two effective detox strategies:
- Hydrate: Drink plenty of filtered water or green tea with lemon. Hydration helps increase metabolism and alkalinize your body. It also helps rein in cravings.
- Plant-based foods: Fill your plate with natural foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts. Add lean protein into your diet. If a food doesn’t fit within those parameters, you may not need it.
Reset your stomach with prebiotics and probiotics to introduce healthy bacteria to your gut. Purchase non-GMO products and genetically modified foods. Eliminate consumption of sugars, carbs and gluten for two weeks to see how you feel.
Frustrated with bulging waistlines or a poor prognosis at the doctor’s office, many people pledge to eat right. But what is “right?” The definition varies from person to person. Generally, fresh food is best. Avoid processed foods with artificial ingredients that are added for sweetness, flavor or extended shelf life.
Certain types of foods, including artichokes, avocados and blueberries, can fuel your brain health. Meanwhile, studies have linked soft drinks and sweetened beverages (real or artificial sweeteners) to liver disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pancreatitis, osteoporosis, weight gain and obesity.
Follow these five supermarket shopping tips to make your next trip to the grocery store a success:
- Shop the perimeter of the grocery store
- Shop with a list
- Buy organic when possible or shop locally
- Plan meals ahead
- Batch-cook items that will keep or to freeze
Find healthy recipes that taste good and are good for your body.
In the spring, allergies from blooming trees and flowering plants cause a variety of breathing problems. So, too, does air pollution. Nasal irrigation kits can help clean air passages and improve breathing.
Spend a few minutes periodically throughout the day focused on deep breathing. Chronically low levels of oxygen can have serious consequences, causing:
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is surging in popularity. The FDA-approved medical treatment is proven to rejuvenate the entire body by increasing oxygen levels in tissue and plasma.
For some, the term “exercise” means running, biking and lifting weights at the gym. For others, it means a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Age, health history and physical limitations all come into play. Doctors often recommend moderate to vigorous exercise daily to:
- Increase metabolism
- Reduce risks for chronic disease
- Boost mental health
- Rejuvenate the body
It’s important to not rush into an exercise routine and to consult your physician prior to starting a new exercise routine. The key is to sit less and move more!
Sleep is an incredibly important ingredient in your overall health and wellness. It is when the body can rest and repair. Individuals who don’t get enough sleep are at risk for higher rates of chronic disease, including obesity, heart disease, stroke and cognitive issues.
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are far-reaching, and have been shown to improve:
- Memory and concentration
- Immune system function
Another benefit of ample sleep is that it helps manage your appetite. Strive for eight hours of sleep each night and avoid eating within three hours of going to bed.
Humans absorb vitamins and minerals primarily by eating and drinking. Nutrients are absorbed through the intestinal tract. Even a healthy diet might need to be supplemented with quality vitamins and minerals. B vitamins specifically play a vital role in converting food into energy (metabolism), creating new blood cells, supporting stress-related and adrenal functions and maintaining healthy skin cells, brain cells, and other body tissues. Consider speaking to your health care professional about adding a B-12 or B-Complex supplement or IV therapy to your nutrition plan. IV therapies infuse nutrients directly into the bloodstream. IV therapies can:
- Boost energy and immunity
- Treat migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and other symptoms
Naples Center for Functional Medicine also offers the FastVitaminIV™, a proprietary blend of 19 vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Patients report improved moods, boosted energy levels, elevated concentration and focus, better sleep and an overall improved sense of well-being. Additional benefits may include improved athletic performance and recovery, relief for hangovers and migraines, and anti-aging properties.
As always, consult with your physician prior to making any substantial lifestyle, health or nutritional changes. For questions, please contact our office at 239-649-7400.