Are you permanently attached to your smartphone and constantly check it for updates? Although this device can help you stay in touch, it can also have negative repercussions on your health.
Follow these tips to learn about negative effects from your smartphone and how you can prevent them:
1. Neck pain and damage.
You may be adding extra stress to your neck by looking down as you type.
- Medical professionals have noticed that people are complaining more about neck pain, and it’s caused by smartphones.
- You can damage your neck and cause serious issues that affect your mobility. It’s important to exercise and avoid stressing your neck as you use your phone.
- To prevent this damage, hold your phone up higher so you’re not constantly looking down.
2. Hearing damage.
Does your smartphone have a loud ring tone? Do you spend hours listening to music on your phone? You can damage your ears by listening to music that is too loud.
- Your ears have sensitive hairs that can be hurt by loud sounds.
- It’s important to adjust the volume on your phone, so it’s not too loud. You’ll also be more courteous to others who may not want to hear your favorite rap song each time your phone rings.
3. Finger and hand damage.
Are you spending hours typing on your tiny smartphone screen? You can hurt your fingers by using your phone too much.
- You may suffer from cramps, strains, sprains, and other hand issues. Tendonitis and text claw are common concerns.
- It’s important to pay attention to how much you use your smartphone and rest your fingers often.
4. Sleep concerns.
The blue light emitted from your smartphone affects melatonin levels in your body and can interrupt your sleep cycle.
- Since many people keep their phones next to their beds and check them, they’re hurting their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- To prevent sleep cycle interruptions, avoid using your phone for several hours before you go to bed, and turn it off at night.
5. Eye stress.
The small screen on a smartphone can hurt your eyes as you squint to see tiny words and images. You can also experience headaches from the eye strain.
- To prevent eye strain, increase the font size on your phone and switch to a bigger computer screen for important tasks.
6. Distraction concerns.
As you check your email or social media accounts on the phone, you’re at risk of being distracted. You may not be paying attention to your surroundings and can get hurt.
- Researchers have noticed that distracted walking while using a phone is a serious issue.
- If you’re paying attention to the phone and nothing else, you’re at a higher risk of running into another person or object. You’re also in danger of getting hit by a car that you may not see. This type of distraction can lead to major accidents.
- Prevent accidents by staying off your phone while driving or walking.
It’s not easy to change your dependence on smartphones, but it’s important to consider the health factors. Use your phone safely and prevent unnecessary challenges to your health.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use functional medicine and lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them). In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.
If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better.
But it is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 30 or even 50 years ago.
Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.
Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.
So… if you are unable to eat better, the supplements in my MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Wellness and Immune-Boosting Supplements to use! This MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency.
For best results make sure you use the supplements with dietary changes including a whole food plant-based diet, regular exercise (at least 2-3x per week), regular sleep (8 hours per night), and intermittent fasting (at least 1-3x per week).
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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