By: Team Better Together
A lot of the health focus nowadays is on mental health, which is extremely important and necessary for overall well-being. But when focusing on your mental health, don’t let your physical health fade into the background. Without a working body, you would have no mental health to take care of, and our physical health can impact our mental health and all aspects of our lives as well. Here are three things to remember about your physical health from Dr. Frank Lipman!
The Ordinary Things We Do Each Day Have Extraordinary Effects on Our Health
Sometimes, thinking about your physical health can be daunting. There are so many things to take care of, and each expert recommends something different. Instead of looking at it as one big picture and getting overwhelmed, it might be helpful to remember that you can make small, everyday changes to see a positive impact on your health. For example, by cutting out the teaspoon of sugar that you put in your coffee each morning, you can cut down on your overall use of refined sugar by a lot over a week, a month, or a year. Taking care of your body doesn’t have to only include huge and seemingly impossible changes, because the small ones can make a giant impact.
The Gut is the Key to Overall Health
Western medicine may have forgotten, but the gut is actually the key to your overall health. Gut problems may not manifest themselves in expected ways, and can affect your whole body and even your mood. One way to take care of your gut health is by eating real food. Our body was built for food that comes from nature, so try to avoid things made in factories and take note of what kind of meat you’re buying — grass fed grass finished is the best for red meat, and poultry and eggs should be organic and pasteurized. For all foods, it’s best to know your source (try finding a local farmer or store that you trust), but if that’s not doable buying organic is ideal. Another thing that you can do is to put your body under “small stresses”; this can help you live a longer and healthier life by activating different parts of your body. As far as gut health goes, this would be something like intermittent fasting, where you might eat all your meals in an 8 hour period and fast for the other 16 hours of the day. For the rest of your body, short intense bursts of exercise and taking a cold shower after a hot one are good techniques to implement.
Tune into Your Body
It’s easy to get caught up in the outside world to the point where we ignore our internal needs, but you have to tune into your body because it will always tell you when something’s wrong. By listening to your body, you can catch things early, and the earlier you catch something the easier it is to fix. In Western medicine, it’s always black and white — you’re either healthy or you’re not — but in reality there’s a whole gray area in between. Listen to and trust your doctors, but also take note of what is normal and abnormal for you specifically. For example, your numbers for something might be considered “normal” but if they’re, say, on the high end of normal and have been rising or spiking then there might be something you can change now to prevent it from developing into a larger issue. It’s also not just Western medicine that can help your body; a deep professional massage can help fix some muscular issues that might be hurting you, and believe it or not being surrounded by loved ones with whom you’re comfortable is also very important to not just your mental but also your physical health. You wouldn’t put a Band-Aid over your car’s check engine light, so don’t ignore your body’s signals when it’s trying to tell you something is off!