Total Health simply means health for the whole body. The idea of Total Health is to make more healthy choices, more often. There are many simple lifestyle adjustments which could improve your Total Health.
First, you must restore your gut health. Second, you should replace regular personal care products with non-toxic natural and organic ones. Finally, you must modify your habits to improve total health over the long term.
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“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
1 – Oral Care for improved Total Health
Good oral health is essential to total health. Oral health is not defined by lack of pain but rather by a clean environment. Learn ways to support oral health naturally.
Regular dental visits
Regular dental cleanings by your dental hygienist are essential to whole body health. The mouth is a common source of inflammation in the body but one of the fastest parts of the body to heal.
Learn more: Why you really need a dental hygienist.
Your immune system cannot defeat an external enemy if it is fighting an internal enemy, or in other words, its own inflammation.
How often does one need a dental cleaning? Every 6 months or twice per year for a healthy mouth and every 3 months or 4 times per year for gum problems or cavity problems.
Give your immune system a break and a boost by visiting your dental hygienist today!
Shop for natural oral care products that can improve Total Health.
2 – Stop smoking for better Total Health
Quitting smoking will help to boost oral health, but also comes with many other obvious health benefits.
The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) throughout Florida now offer free virtual online smoking cessation group classes at multiple times during the week using accessible, easy to use web-based teleconferencing technology.
Download the flyer below.
These virtual classes are provided in the same interactive, friendly, respectful, and supportive atmosphere that has been a hallmark of AHEC’s community tobacco cessation services for over a decade.
These services are a major program of Tobacco Free Florida’s “Quit Your Way” and as made up of well proven, evidence-based curricula, given by highly-trained Tobacco Treatment Specialists for free to all Floridians who smoke or vape.
In addition, participants may receive free workbooks, materials and over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gums and lozenges.
For details about the free AHEC Virtual Smoking Cessation Services in your area please call (USA) (877) 848-6696 or visit www.ahectobacco.com.
Read: The president of the FDHA on the importance of quitting smoking
3 – Diet Support to Improve Your Total Health
Improved Total Health and immune system resilience starts with a healthy gut. Protect your gut from the harmful effects of glyphosate and restore your gut health with probiotics and gut health supplements.
See other diet supplements that may improve your Total Health.
The Autoimmune Protocol diet (AIP)
Autoimmune disease is on the rise.
Since many types of autoimmune disease are directly linked to diet and lifestyle, this implies that autoimmune disorders can be controlled – or even eliminated – by lifestyle adjustments.
While a healthy weight is important, it is not the only factor.
This well-rounded Autoimmune Protocol diet (AIP) has been proven to reduce inflammation. Especially so for patients with autoimmune diseases. It also helps one learn about ones body and, therefore, to avoid foods that could trigger an exaggerated immune response.
The Autoimmune Protocol diet is both practical and sustainable, and is a great way to get on the road to improved Total Health.
Read more about my own struggles with Autoimmune Disease.
Community Supported Agriculture
The next thing to do is to find and support small local farms. Ask if these farms use crop rotation and if they avoid artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides on their crops.
“Community supported agriculture” allows more control over what one eats while supporting those farmers who work hard to produce clean crops.
Meet the farmers making a difference every day – Farmer’s Footprint
Naturally fermented foods can improve total health
Fermenting your own vegetables at home is super easy to do and yields so many gut healing benefits. And as we know, better gut health is a great way to improve Total Health.
The best way to ferment vegetables is to take a large clean container with a fitting lid, wash and cut your vegetables as you like, before adding to the container in a salt water brine.
Leave the container ‘open’ for 48 hours but cover with a slightly porous cloth to absorb the bacteria from the air.
After 48 hours, seal it and store in a cool place for at least a week for the magic to happen. You can find more details about the process here.
This refers to a gelatin rich broth made from organic cow bones that is said to foster gut health. There are many recipes around, but the general recipe is this.
First, take organic beef bones with as little meat on them as possible and especially with the marrow present, allow the bones to simmer for about 24-48 hours in a slow cooker. Then, add apple cider vinegar and/or garlic, as well as onions, during the last 24 hours.
Finally, as the broth cools, it should harden to a jelly-like state due to the large amount of gelatin present. This jelly is quite versatile. For instance, you can eat it like a soup, take it like tea, or add it to other dishes.
You can learn more about making bone broth here.
Hot lemon water
Drinking hot lemon water first thing in the morning wakes up your digestive system and provides many other benefits. You can read about some of those benefits here.
The Environmental Working Group tests thousands of foods and products for toxicity and contamination.
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- The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database – find ratings on more than 60,000 products
- EWG’s Food Scores – see how your favorite foods rate
- EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning – see ratings for more than 2,500 products
Best Produce Wash for Gut Health
According to one study, in order to remove a large part of the pesticidal and herbicidal residue from your produce, soak your produce in a baking soda solution of 10 mg per litre for 15 minutes.
Effectiveness of Commercial and Homemade Washing Agents in Removing Pesticide Residues on and in Apples
Tianxi Yang, Jeffery Doherty, Bin Zhao, Amanda J. Kinchla, John M. Clark, and Lili He
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2017 65 (44), 9744-9752
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