Taking Care Of Yourself The Natural Way

We all have our values, the code of ethics that we want to live our lives by, whether consciously or unconsciously. For those who want to live in a way as close to natural as possible, reducing their environmental footprint, it can sometimes be tough to ensure your good health at the same time, when so many health and fitness products make such widespread use of synthetics, or unsustainable practices. Here, we’re going to look at a few tips that can help you stay green, natural, and healthy.

Link – Pixabay License

Get used to clean eating

Nowadays, we are so readily surrounded by foods that are at least in some part processed, and delivered in convenient, branded packaging, that it can be easy to forget that clean eating exists in the first place. Even if you’re not a vegan or a vegetarian, it still greatly benefits you to switch to a clean eating diet. That said, most of us can afford to eat less meat. But we can also take the time to visit local butchers and greengrocers, taking a little longer during our grocery shopping to make sure that we’re cutting out refined sugars, processed fats, preservatives, and other non-natural and non-nutritional additives in our foods.

Doing your diet research

For those who are looking to avoid processed foods, as well as meats, a lot more research has to be done into the kind of diet that meets your nutritional needs. There are alternatives out there that can help you reach your goals, you just have to know what those goals are and look for the foods that specifically help you towards them. For instance, weight loss on a vegan diet is certainly possible and might even be easier than for those eating meats or fatty animal products. Strength training and muscle building can be a little more difficult, but there are foods like lentils, chickpeas, hummus, and the like that can help you meet your protein needs.

Fueling up for your workout needs

Of course, if you’re talking about protein, then it’s important to keep in mind the pre-workout shakes that so many of us use to ensure that we get the best possible results of our workout, and to help our body repair itself better and recover faster after the fact. Although the selection is by no means as wide, there is a steadily growing market of vegan protein shakes that is well worth looking into. That said, you do not want to make your protein powder the only source of protein that you rely on throughout the day. It should be used to support your workouts and help top you up, not to entirely replace animal protein sources. You should look into other vegan protein foods to ensure a varied diet.

Link – Pixabay License

Making exercise more natural

This isn’t an attempt to undermine the benefits of using modern exercise machinery and equipment. Exercise technology has come a long way in helping us care for every part of our body through vigorous work. However, it is worth it to get out of the gym once in a while, perhaps once a week if possible. Exercising in nature brings a whole host of even more benefits, as WebMD shows. In particular, it can really enhance the mental health side of exercise’s benefits, improving our mood, our tolerance for the aches of exercising, as well as our ability to keep going for longer without getting tired. Plus, it can be good to get out of the social pressure that can come with the gym, once in a while, too.

Take a natural approach to healthcare, too

Fitness and diet can certainly benefit from the natural approach, but so too can how take care of your healthcare needs. There is a rising market of plant-based medication, such as those from PLNTD, that are being developed to help with all manner of issues, from sleep health and mental health to chronic pain and inflammation. Of course, a lot of people might be extra tentative about changing their approach to medication, and your doctor should always be involved in the conversation. But it is good to know that there are alternatives on the market that can help you stick to principles of clean living and natural health, and plant-based treatment can be the superior option depending on your needs.

Embrace an approach of comprehensive wellness

If you’re looking to take care of yourself naturally and completely, then you want to make sure that you’re not just adopting this more mindful approach when it comes to your diet and your exercise, but rather, how you live your life in general. The holistic approach to health is not just a name for alternative healing practices used outside of the medical environment, but it’s about taking care of your health as a whole, understanding that mental, physical, and emotional health can all influence one another. For instance, taking on the habit of meditating every day can also help you be a lot more aware of physical issues that you can make efforts to solve, as well.

Link – Pixabay License

Create a real daily routine

There is nothing more natural than getting up with the sun and going to bed when it gets dark. However, for a lot of us, work, socializing, and other habits of modern life can throw off our synchronicity with the earth’s natural day and night cycles. This can have real impacts on our health, as messing with our circadian rhythm can affect our mental health, our sleep quality, our metabolism, and much more. As such, it’s a good idea to make sure that you time your sleep correctly, creating a bedtime ritual that helps to slow your body and brain down, readying you for sleep, and try to time waking up so that you rise with the sunrise.

Sometimes, compromises do have to be made, and your values have to give way to the practicalities of life if you want to continue living healthily. The examples above, however, can hopefully stop that from being as much of a constant.