6 Strategies for Head-to-Toe Health by guest blogger Dana Brown
Chances are that unless you’re willing to sequester yourself away in a hygienic, sterile bubble, you’re going to come into contact with the odd germ or two, suffer from a bad hair day, or add an unwanted wrinkle or two. Instead, try these tweaks to stack the deck in your favor.
Use a detoxifying shampoo once a week when you’re encountering lots of chlorine to eliminate chemical buildup. Wet or dampen your hair before diving into the pool to cut down on the cuticles’ porousness. Spritz a leave-in conditioner on your hair before you swim, and wait to retouch your hair color until swim season ends; use a UV protectant or a hair mask to repair sun-damaged hair. Splurge on a stylish hat—and wear it when you’re outside for long periods—and check out these other tips to the perfect coiffeture.
Your respiratory system
How clean is the air in your home? If you’re plagued by allergies or suffer from asthma, you may want to purchase an air purifier that specializes in mold spore removal. Mold exposure can be harmful and can cause runny noses, sneezing, red eyes, rashes, and other symptoms we commonly attribute to colds and hay fever. Very young and very old people—as well as those with compromised immune systems—are affected worse than others.
Do you snore? Snoring can indicate a problem with sleep apnea, a disorder that causes sufferers to stop breathing completely or struggle to breath while they’re asleep. If you or a loved one snores, talk to your doctor about a possible sleep study.
We tend to think about wearing sunscreen only in the summertime, but the sun can damage your skin at any time of year. Use SPF 30 if you’re outside infrequently, but opt for a higher SPF—50 works well—that’s also waterproof, and apply it frequently. Choose lightweight, protective clothing made from UPF (the clothing-equivalent of SPF) and a wide-brimmed hat for lengthy outdoor adventures.
Learn the ABCDEs of skin cancer, too: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Colors of varying hues, a Diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and moles that Evolve in size, shape, or color. Get your family in the habit of checking their own and each other’s skin regularly.
Hydrate your body by drinking plenty of fluids—water is best, but tea and coffee are okay, too. Avoid drinking sugary beverages full of empty calories that do little to help flush your system. Your skin will reflect the benefits of drinking plenty of water. Plus, drinking water increases brain power, provides energy, maintains your regularity, boosts the immune system, prevents headaches, and more.
The best way to prevent your bones from getting brittle, and one way to ward off—or at least decrease your chances of getting—osteoporosis, is to get enough vitamin D. Your skin needs only about 15 minutes each day to absorb the so-called “sunshine vitamin.” Add veggies to your diet and strength training to your exercise regimen, and eat these foods, too, which will nourish your entire body inside and out.
Your neck and spine
Spend a lot of time looking down at a desk, tablet, or phone? Look up every hour, and add some range-of-motion stretching to reduce the possibility of back and neck pain. If you spend many hours on a computer, consider raising the screen to eye-level and taking other steps to make your workspace as ergonomic as possible.
When’s the last time you got a new pair of shoes? According to many podiatrists, not replacing shoes frequently enough—or wearing the same pair day after day—is the number one cause of overuse injuries like tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Check your feet at least once a week for possible issues. If you’re diabetic, make sure your doctor checks your feet regularly, too.
Make time to engage your brain in activities that bring you joy and pleasure. Unplug from technology—and step away completely from work. Practice yoga, mindfulness, or deep breathing to help yourself de-stress.
Mix and match these suggestions for keeping your whole self functioning at an optimal level. Since everything works together, trying one strategy positively affects other parts of your body—a win-win situation!
By: Dana Brown, http://healthconditions.info/
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