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Why You Should Monitor What
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By Elliot Caleira

The body is a miraculous organism, carrying us through this world with grace, strength, and quiet endurance despite the abuse that we regularly put it through. From the minute we physically enter this world, our bodies are subject to all kinds of stressors, toxins, and situations that compromise its function, yet it rises to the challenge of achieving homeostasis and balance each day, allowing repair and restoration of critical functions that move us toward health.

In order to maintain our health and wellness late into life, it is important to regard the body as a high-performance automobile or a prize-winning animal--what would you put into these vehicles to get them to perform at their peak? Too many times, we tend to reach for convenience food and drink, not giving a thought as to how it affects our overall health and performance in the long run. Here are some reasons as to why it is essential that you should monitor what you are putting in that miracle body:

Watch That Food

What you are eating has profound effects on how your body functions. Focusing on proper nutrition is the single most important thing you can do to maintain lifelong health. Nutrition affects your ability to stay at a healthy weight, your likelihood of developing a disease, and even your mental well being. Including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains will set your body up for optimal functioning and success in its natural ability to fight infections. Learn what you can about proper nutrition for your unique body type and needs, and fuel it the way that you would a high-performance vehicle--your body will thank you well into your golden years.

Monitor Those Meds

Whether the herbs and drugs you take are natural or synthetic, they have an effect on the body. There is always a possibility that taking a drug or supplement--even if it was taken as it was intended to be used, will have adverse effects on the system. Going through a pharmaceutical sales training course can help inform you, however, be prepared for an overload of information on drugs and their properties. Doing your research to find possible side effects of drugs and their interactions with other substances will ensure that you are informed about what your experience will be when taking them. If you have health issues, be particularly vigilant about how your supplementation will affect your compromised system, as it can have dire consequences on your health.

How About Other Substances?

We are bombarded by toxins on a daily basis--from the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the personal care products we choose to slather on our skin, hair, and clothing, it's all part of the "soup" that we are immersed in as we go through life. Paying attention to what we choose to use and how we feel when wearing these products will give us signals as to whether our bodies can tolerate these substances. Finding ways to improve your personal hygiene by using natural substances is ideal--there is a wealth of information online and in print on how to create your own soaps, lotions, shampoo and toothpaste that are relatively inexpensive and less toxic for your system. Consider making some changes to your household cleaning products and laundry detergents as well--the cleaner you can live, the more you will be making a positive impact on the environment in which we all live.

Air And Water; Life Giving Forces

With all of this attention being spent on creating better nutrition and personal care habits, let's not forget the importance of clean air and pure, fresh water. Finding ways to purify the air in and around your home will reduce chronic respiratory issues and reduce the number of toxins that you ingest during breathing. Purified water is a life-sustaining element that must be given proper credit; you simply can't be too picky when choosing to purify the water that you use to drink, cook, and clean yourself with.

You are an extension of the environment that you choose to live in, and while you don't necessarily have control over what happens outside your home, doing what you can to monitor what you put in--and what you are getting out--of your body will give you excellent feedback on how clean your carbon footprint is. Now, clean up your act and get ready for pristine health by following some of these tips to wellness.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.
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