4 Easy Ideas for Radiant Health
Radiant health can be yours for the asking. Making easy, simple and delicious changes translates to big positive impact. Seasonal cycles aren't just for the weather. Here are some easy ideas to move you toward feeling great this autumn.....
We can’t help but to feel autumn presence with cooler temperatures and shorter days. Autumn is a season to release what no longer serves us as the leaves are shed from the trees and the earth prepares for the winter months.
Along with the release is the change of the abundant growing season. The air is already drier, which will be amplified once we turn on our heating systems and our activities shift to more of what’s indoors. Our diet naturally shifts to warmer foods – soups, hot tea, and more baked and roasted foods.
Healthy skin, hair and nails that look radiant on the outside reflect what is happening on your inside. When you think of caring for yourself, the more you focus on nourishing your body from the inside, the more this self care will reflect on the outside.
Here are four tips to support radiant health inside so everyone can see our external glow:
1. HYDRATE – Drinking plenty of purified water throughout the day will support the body’s need for water. H20 is a macronutrient. Yep, right up there with fats, protein and carbohydrates. The formula for adequate water intake for adults is ½ body weight = # ounces of water + the # ounces of diuretics (coffee, some teas, alcohol, juice, sports and soda etc) X 1.5. So if you weigh 100 lbs and drink 20 ounces of diuretics you should consume 80 ounces of pure water daily. Usually a gallon of water daily is a maximum # of ounces.
2. Enjoy the wonderful seasonal fruits and veggies reflecting golden autumn colors – Peaches, Apricots, Cantaloupe, Yellow Summer Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Yellow & Orange Peppers, Winter Squash including Pumpkin, Butternut, Acorn and Spaghetti. These foods contain high amounts of beta carotene which is the precursor for the body to make Vitamin A. Benefits of Vitamin A include enhancing the immune system, bone growth, and helping skin repel bacteria and viruses more effectively. Yellow, orange and golden foods are antioxidant rich. Healthy cellular activity, liver function (where the body does most of its detoxifying) and immunity are boosted.
3. Consume healthy fats and support healthy fat digestion - A variety of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats in the diet along with real butter, coconut oil, quality olive oil and other nut and seed oils does a body good. To aid in the assimilation of fats think of adding a wedge of lemon or teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to water before meals or consult with me to evaluate whether your body would benefit from greater targeted support. Sometimes digestion of fats need tweaking to optimally absorb and assimilate nutrients. It's rewarding at all levels to enhance digestion for optimal benefit of food. I provide a complimentary Wellness Discovery so you can try it out absolutely without obligation or cost.
4. Pause, Rest & Digest. Digestion begins in the brain with the thought of food we are about to eat. The brain triggers the release of digestive enzymes and saliva even before the food is in our mouth. These digestive enzymes allow for the proper breakdown of nutrients for absorption and assimilation in the body. Digestive enzymes are also protective because some are intended to destroy bad bacteria, pathogens and other undesirables from our food supply thereby protecting our lower gastrointestinal tract. Eating while calm, seated and with those we love means better immunity!