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Long-term wellness depends on making healthy lifestyle choices more than on taking medication to battle symptoms. Many people are under the impression that if they do not feel well, they need to take medicine that will make them feel better. In many cases, making simple lifestyle changes can not only help increase wellness without the need for medication, but can work better.

Most medications have some form of side effects, while natural remedies and better choices do not. Dr. Carolyn Dean is a naturopath and licensed medical practitioner and advocates introducing wellness habits into a daily routine before resorting to medication, as well as getting to know your body’s wellness cycle. More information about the wellness cycle can be found in the PDF attachment to this post.

Dr. Carolyn Dean recommends introducing a series of simple but effective changes that have been proven to improve wellness.

Hydration and Nutrition

Staying hydrated is essential for good health. Choosing low-calorie, unsweetened drinks such as water or tea can help retain optimum levels of hydration without adding unnecessary fats or sugars to the diet. The first step to ensuring proper nutrition is to keep a food diary, examining areas where changes need to be made and areas where the diet already provides enough nutrients.

Fruits and vegetables, whole grains and foods rich in essential minerals such as calcium can all help us feel healthier. A food diary will also highlight whether there are any of the major food groups or essential vitamins and minerals being neglected, so these can be introduced into the diet. The embedded short video has some tips for simple changes to make a healthier diet.

Supplement Missing Nutrients

Once the diet has been analyzed and improved, Dr. Carolyn Dean recommends supplementing missing nutrients using the RnA ReSet range of dietary supplements. These are specially designed for 100% absorption, meaning a lower dose for a stronger effect.

Dietary supplements can fill the nutritional gap that most of us will find, even when we consume a varied and healthy diet. As we age, our ability to absorb essential nutrients deteriorates, so supplements become even more essential. Taking daily supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle can help ward off or prevent a variety of potentially harmful conditions.

Exercise and Fresh Air

Everyone knowns that exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. To gain even more benefits, exercising in the fresh air can boost mental wellbeing as well as physical health. Studies have shown that people who exercise outdoors are more likely to experience mental wellbeing than those that perform the same exercises indoors. Spending time outside also increases our daily dose of vitamin D, which is transmitted through sunlight. On top of that, the outdoors is free to access for anyone, meaning money is no barrier to a healthy exercise program.

Sleep, Stress and Environment

People who regularly get adequate sleep are likely to be healthier than their counterparts who burn the candle at both ends. Sleep helps us to restore and repair our organ systems, retain memories of things we have learned, and boosts the immune system.

Stress can have a detrimental effect on both mental and physical health, causing irritation, depression, anxiety and other mental issues, as well as being linked to various types of disease including cancer.

Finally, changes to environment can make the difference between introducing successful and sustainable lifestyle choices easily or falling at the first hurdle. The infographic attachment provides some tips on how to design your environment to promote making better choices.