Ultimate Guide To Better Health and Wellbeing From Head To Toe

ultimate guide better health and wellbeingWhen you take an interest in living with better health and wellbeing (from head to toe) you create a positive impact not only in your life now, but for many years to come.

If you’re familiar with my work, then you know I’m health and wellbeing research geek!

I wrote a bestselling longevity book called Life is Long (where I interviewed our world’s top health and aging experts). Plus I studied to be a yoga and meditation teacher.

Ultimate Guide To Better Health and Wellbeing

motivating healthy eating quoteToday I decided to gather together key elements of ultimate health, from head to toe.

My mission: Help you to regularly choose healthy lifestyle choices, so you lower the risk of common health problems and promote mental wellbeing. 

So if you’re looking for simple ways to make a difference in your health and wellbeing, look no further than my ultimate guide to better health. 

1. Mental wellbeing

better wellbeing anxiety karen salmansohnFor many years, we prioritized physical health over mental wellbeing.

Thankfully times are changing.

People are more willing to talk about mental health. Plus more and more of us are taking steps to protect and nourish our minds, as well as our bodies.

I myself am a recovered anxiety sufferer. It’s why I studied to be a yoga and meditation teacher – and created my video course The Anxiety Cure.

It’s essential to understand that everybody can benefit from thinking about mental wellbeing. Even if you don’t have symptoms of anxiety or depression, you can still feel overwhelmed, insecure and negative at times. Thankfully there are constructive, cathartic ways to deal with your emotions and things you can do to increase confidence and happiness.

If you’re stressed, or feel like you can’t switch off your negative thoughts, here are key techniques to improve your emotional wellbeing.

  • exercise on a regular basis
  • stop stress eating sugary and processed foods (Get tools here!)
  • do hobbies where you go into “flow” and lose track of time
  • spend time with people who put a smile on your face and create boundaries for toxic people (Get tools here!)
  • get enough sleep and take naps if you need them
  • meditate (Get tools here!)
  • write in a journal (Learn more here!)

Note: If you truly struggle with your psychological health, it’s important to reach out and seek professional help.

2. Dental health

better dental healthWhen you take good care of your teeth and gums you not only lower the risk of cavities and gum disease. Studies show that good oral health can also help to improve general health, reducing the risk of life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease.

How to protect your smile and keep dental disease at arm’s length:

  • brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time
  • floss twice a day too
  • see your dentist for regular check-ups
  • if you have any dental problems, arrange an appointment ASAP

If you develop intense pain, or your gums are bleeding when you brush, don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment. These symptoms may be linked to gum disease, decay, infection or problems with the wisdom teeth.

It is common to experience discomfort when the wisdom teeth erupt. But if pain persists, it’s wise to look for a dentist who specializes in high quality wisdom teeth removal. Extracting the teeth won’t have a negative impact on your oral health and it will prevent pain.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, think about booking a check-up soon. If you keep up to date with routine appointments, you should save money in the long-run. Best of all, you can enjoy peace of mind that your teeth and gums are healthy. 

3. Strong bones and muscles

strong bones comes from yoga and exerciseExercise has a wealth of physical and mental health benefits.

In particular, regular exercise plays a key role in strengthening the bones and muscles.

Thankfully, you don’t have to spend your life in the gym to get in shape and reap the rewards of a more active lifestyle.

You just need to be active – by choosing one or two things you love to do – so you will actually do them!

  • pilates
  • yoga (or even stretching)
  • walking
  • jogging
  • swimming
  • team sports
  • dance classes (or even dancing at home to good music)
  • cycling or spin classes
  • racquet sports
  • weight training

Exercise is a means of conditioning your body. If you’re an active person, you should be less prone to injury and you should also notice an improvement in your flexibility and mobility. You should aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. This can include anything from walking the dog to trampolining. (We have an indoor rebounder we love to use!)

If you tend to start workout programs, then get bored or lose motivation, vary your training sessions. Also, get friends and family involved. When exercise feels fun, you’re more likely to stick at it.

Resistance exercises are particularly beneficial for the bones. If you have family history of osteoporosis or your bone density is low, you might want to work with healthcare professionals to create an exercise regime. 

4. Digestive health

better gut health and wellbeing digestiveWhen you exercise, you improve digestion. But your diet is perhaps the most crucial contributing factor to good digestive health.

You need to mindfully pay attention to the quality of the foods you eat and the amount of food you consume. What you eat has an important impact on gut health.

If you’re prone to constipation or you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it’s critical to seek advice from your doctor or a nutritionist. You may need to make major changes to your diet.

Key factors to help promote good digestive health (for those who do not have underlying conditions)

  • increase the amount of fiber in your diet
  • eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • avoid sugar processed foods (Get tools here!)
  • control portion sizes (Get tools here!)
  • take a good probiotic and eat foods which are probiotics (like kimchi, kefir and yogurt)

 If you experience symptoms such as bloating, cramps, flatulence, or changes in your bowel habits on a regular basis, it’s advisable to keep a food diary and see if there are any triggers. 

5. Foot care

better health from head to toesMany of us spend a lot of time on our feet, so it’s important to take good care of them.

Be sure you are…

  • washing your feet on a regular basis
  • making sure you dry them thoroughly
  • buying shoes made from high-quality materials
  • making sure shoes fit comfortably (It’s wise to try before you buy)
  • wearing socks on hot days to prevent sweating
  • exfoliating and moisturizing your feet (to prevent dryness and keep skin soft and supple)

If you wear shoes that are too small or too big, this can cause pain. Plus it might also affect your knees, ankles and hips, as you might walk differently.

You should make sure to seek advice if you notice any abnormal lumps or swelling in your feet, or if you have an ingrown toenail.

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