How To Listen to Your Body For Better Health

For many of us, better health does not come effortlessly. It is usually something we must work on in order to lead healthy lives and have overall excellent health.
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This means listening to your body and understanding what it is telling you about what is happening inside the body. Here are some ways you can listen to your body so you can have a life that is sustained by good health.

Watching The Scale

You can listen to your body every time you put on your clothes or when stepping on the scale. 

Do your clothes fit right? 
Are they becoming too loose on you or are they fitting snugly? 
Is the scale tipping one way or another in the wrong direction?

If you find that you are losing too much weight or packing on the pounds, it may be because you are being affected by stress and are not eating in ways that promote good health. Good health comes from eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.

This is in lieu of eating processed foods such as cookies, cakes, processed meals, and candies—all of which have excess calories and preservatives that are generally unhealthy for you.

Eating too little can affect your health as well
. When you eat less than the amount of food you are meant to eat, you can suffer from lack of proper nutrients.

Lacking in proper nutrients, your body does not function properly and you can cause yourself to be sick from lack of nutrients to support immune health.

Listen To Your Digestive System

Your digestive system is not only the way you get proper nutrients but also, it is a main way your body uses to protect itself from pathogens.

The digestive system is one big part of the immune system so you need to treat it with the care it deserves. This means paying attention to episodes of diarrhea that can strip the colon of protective bacteria, constipation, and indigestion from being under excess stress or eating the wrong foods.

You can care for your digestive system by eating healthy foods and by taking probiotics, which can replenish the gut with beneficial bacteria. Probiotics can be taken in by eating plain yogurt with live cultures or by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir.

If you cannot get it in the foods you eat, you can purchase various probiotic supplements at the drug store or online.

Some of the best probiotics are those that come in spore form. The spores can survive the acidic environment of your stomach and then release the live bacteria in the intestines, where they take root and drive out the bad bacteria and fungi.

Listen To Your Cardiovascular System

This means following your blood pressure and pulse very carefully.

If you are inactive or have a family history of high blood pressure, you may be suffering from high blood pressure and not even know.

This means you need to check your blood pressure every time you run across a blood pressure machine at the drug store or grocery store.

When you see the doctor, your blood pressure will be taken as well. If it is consistently elevated, you may need to be on an antihypertensive medication or modify your diet and exercise program so you can avoid some of the countless complications of high blood pressure.

You should check your pulse as well on a periodic basis. A high pulse can mean that you are too inactive or are under a great deal of stress. Exercise can cause your heart to function better and will slow your pulse to normal levels.

Listen For And Respect Signs Of Stress and Fatigue

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Feel tired, but keep pushing yourself past your limits? Are you fighting fatigue on a regular basis, instead of taking some time to rest and rejuvenate?

Fatigue and low energy are both your body talking to you and letting, you know that you need to rest and relax, if you do not listen you will crash and burn.

Are you ignoring anxiety, instead of looking to erase its sources and lower stress levels?

Stress kills, and you are the only one that can take care to reduce its load on your body, mind, and spirit. Excellent ways to fight stress and its impact are Tai Chi, meditation, yoga and taking vacations on a regular basis.

Take care and be well,
Tommy Douglas
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