7 Habit Changes that Make or Break Long Term Healing

7 Habit Changes that Make or Break Long Term Healing

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Old habits diet hard. However when you are trying to heal and maintain a healthy lifestyle, creating some new habits can matter in the long term.
If you are looking for inspiration to move the needle in your healing, we’ve put together a list of 7 simple habit changes that can be helpful for your success in the long term.

1) Catching your ZZZs

Why is sleep important? During sleep, your body works hard to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In other words, sleep helps your body heal. Losing sleep over time can raise your risk for chronic (long-term) health problems. It would then make sense that you ensure you get enough sleep so that both your body and mind can repair itself.

Are you getting enough sleep? According to Mayo Clinic  , an adult needs a minimum of 7 hours of sleep, while a teenager needs at least 9 to 12 hours of sleep. If you are missing out on sleep and find it hard to increase it suddenly, start by increasing your sleep by 30 minutes at a time.

2) Morning Cleanse

No matter what diet or protocol you are on, it is hard to deny that after a good night’s sleep, our bodies would be flushing out the toxins in the morning.

As Medical Medium, Anthony William shares in his book Cleanse to Heal, “Every day that we bring fats into our morning with our early meals, we prevent our body from completing its natural detox routine. On the other hand, every morning we work with our body by getting properly hydrated and keeping out radical fats, we guide ourselves toward healing. That’s the purpose of the Morning Cleanse.”

A full Morning Cleanse on the Medical Medium protocol includes Lemon Water, Celery Juice and Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie.

3) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Water is the foundation of life – it not only helps keep your circulatory systems functioning, it also helps flush toxins out of your body. Our bodies are made up of an average of 60% water, so having enough fluids is important in keeping ourselves hydrated and our organs functioning. However the quality of water can make a difference. Ensure you have a clean and quality source of water by investing in a good water filter. If you are doing health cleanses, it is even more imperative that the water is high quality and clean to effectively help you flush out those toxins your cleanse is trying to clear.

How much fluids should you be having a day? According to Harvard Health, men require an average of 15.5 cups of fluids and women 11.5 cups (of which about 4-6 cups should be water and the rest from juices, teas, and other fluid sources).

4) Exercise, Fresh Air and Sunshine

Our lungs are the filters for our bodies and fresh air, sunshine and exercise can be extremely helpful for someone who wants to heal from any chronic or mystery illnesses. Exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. The increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in your body. Getting some fresh air while exercising can also lighten your mood and in turn improve the positive energies to aid your healing. Getting enough sunshine ensures you get Vitamin D that helps build strong bones and also improves immunity.

Not getting enough sunshine? Then consider adding some Vitamin D  in your diet.

5) You are what you eat

According to NIH, having too much sugar, salt, or fat in your diet can increase your risk for certain diseases. Healthy eating can lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health conditions. A healthy eating plan should include lots of vegetables, fruits and whole foods instead of processed food whenever possible.

Locally, our Ministry of Health recommends that at least half of our diet should consist of fruits and vegetables. (Info from HealthHub)

6) Supplementation

While most of your nutrition should come from the foods you eat, it is important to understand that it may not always be possible for you to consume enough of what your body needs especially if you are at a particular life stage, eg. pregnancy or old age. Other times depending on our environment or activities, we may actually miss out on an essential vitamin or mineral without us being ware. For example, 3 out of 4 people in India suffer from Vitamin D deficiency (Source: Times of India). Who would have thought that possible in sunny India?

Therefore, supplementation can be a good way to ensure we are getting enough of what we need to stay healthy. If you are unsure, you can always check with your doctor on what you need.

7) Drinking Herbal Tea

Coffee is the most widely consumed beverage in Asian countries according to this report in Asia Business Outlook. Most of us who live in Southeast Asia grew up with coffee and bring this habit with us to our adult lives. However an average 8–ounce (oz) cup of coffee contains around 80–100 milligrams (mg) of caffeine according to MedicalNews Today .

Insomnia, irritability, heartburn and rapid heartbeat are some of the commonly known side effects of caffeine. On the other hand, herbal teas may offer several health-promoting benefits including antiviral, cardiovascular, calming and other benefits depending on the properties of each individual herb.

Why not consider switching out your coffee and incorporating some herbal tea in your routine?

Change often takes time and new habits can be created over time. Start off with something simple that you can manage and is sustainable, then move on to incorporate the other elements as you feel more confident. Moving at your own pace and making gradual changes in the above areas may well help you see greater success in your healing and health journey.

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