Surprisingly, it’s very possible that the choices you make in your wardrobe are working against your good health.
Bear in mind that designers aren’t in the business of making clothing safe. They’re in the business of making them attractive to the consumer.
Making these wardrobe changes can eliminate health issues that your clothes may already be causing:
Wear lower heeled shoes.
As researchers delve further into the impact of high heeled shoes on physical health, more and more are concluding that they are indeed damaging to the lower back and feet over the long run. To avoid running into any issues with pains or other conditions, follow these tips:
- If you must wear high heeled shoes, alternate with lower heels throughout the week.
- If you do a lot of walking and standing each day, take a pair of flats with you just in case you start to feel weary.
- Try to incorporate exercises that strengthen the back so you’re less prone to damage from high heeled shoes.
Balance skirts and pants.
For women especially, wearing pants all the time can result in a buildup of moisture, which in turn can encourage the growth of bacteria. In order to avoid putting yourself at risk of bacteria, alternate between pants and skirts or dresses during the week.
- Wear pants only a few days for the week, or on days when you don’t expect to have an unusually long or arduous day at the office.
- In the summer months, try to wear more skirts and dresses, and reserve pants for the cooler seasons.
Wear breathable fabrics.
In line with balancing pants and skirts is wearing breathable fabrics. Again, not allowing your body to access as much air as it needs can result in excess moisture. In some cases, that can lead to infection, and in other cases it can lead to body odor.
- Your best bet is 100 percent cotton fabrics. A cotton blend often works well for air circulation also.
- Try on the garment you’re considering and notice if it feels airy and cool or seems to keep any air from getting to your skin.
Wear pantyhose less.
Women are guiltier than men of making wardrobe choices for the sake of fashion. Such is the case for women who wear pantyhose. When worn frequently, pantyhose can cause poor blood circulation, which has its own set of side-effects, including:
- Development of varicose veins due to continued pressure on the veins.
- Pains in the legs when pantyhose are removed.
- Swollen, sensitive legs.
- Numbness and cramping in the legs, also known as “pins and needles.”
It’s a very nice feeling to be able to look stunning. You feel good about yourself and others notice how well put-together you are. But there also comes a time to consider your physical health and well-being.
Your wardrobe can make a big impact on your health. Keep these tips in mind when you’re getting dressed in the morning. When you shop for new clothes, make wise choices that support your good health. Your body will be glad you did!
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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, your environment, 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, reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them), and can even help you with detoxification. 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 Essentials Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Wellness and Immune-Boosting Supplements to use! This MaxHealth Essentials Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants 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, help you maintain a healthy weight, and is a great way to detox your body!
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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Last updated on July 13th, 2022 at 06:51 am
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