Your body is an incredible organism with the potential to heal itself and achieve amazing feats. Investing in your health should be a top priority over money and material goods, but some people think that you have to have money to make healthier choices.Start by investing in these five things for your health:
- Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products
Most of the ingredients you need to clean your home can be found in your pantry, such as baking soda and vinegar — even ketchup and steel wool:
Shake baking soda onto your kitchen counters, with a little salt for stubborn grime. Wet a rag or sponge and use that elbow grease. The paste will remove stains and build up. Dipping your rag into water and vinegar mix will help for extra-stubborn grime, as it reacts with the baking soda.
Create a glass cleaner by diluting vinegar with water. If you’re sensitive to the smell, try two to three parts of water to one part of vinegar. Wiping with newspaper doesn’t leave streaks on glass, mirrors and windshields, and newspaper is biodegradable, adding carbon to compost or soil.
Use ketchup to clean brass. Lather it on there and let it sit for a minute and wipe away. Old stains may require steel wool scrubbing.
- Choose or Make Greener Personal Products
Do you have sensitive skin, or has using a commercial product done damage to your skin? Homemade or greener products are gentler on the skin, and many ingredients are also found in your pantry:
Combining a little baking soda with coconut oil will substitute as a deodorant, or you can purchase a natural deodorant from a small business owner on sites like Etsy. Don’t put baking soda on your armpits directly. Some people experience sensitivity.
Place a little baking soda on top of your toothpaste once a week for teeth whitening treatment. Brush a little longer than normal and rinse. It’ll taste a little salty, but in combination with your toothpaste, it’s not bad.
- Yoga Detox
With a yoga detox, you utilize asanas to eliminate toxins in the lymphatic, endocrine, and digestive systems. Yoga exercises increase your flexibility by placing your body in all kinds of positions, and these positions also support and stimulate particular organs in the process of regaining balance and health.
Other asanas could be used to optimize the functioning of your intestines and stomach or to relax the nerves around your spine. When you combine your asanas with other detox methods, such as juice fasting, you attack toxins from the outside and inside. Just skipping one meal for juice every two weeks, also known as intermittent fasting, helps your body focus its attention on toxins you may have consumed or been exposed to. You may notice lower blood sugar, a decreased heart rate, clearer skin and a more resilient memory.
4. Eat More Plants and Whole Foods
The key to getting more nutrients and vitamins into your diet is a colorful plate: reds, oranges and greens. Leafy greens are beneficial for skin health. Those colorful veggies contain abundant nutrients and vitamins, such as carotenoids, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C:
Carotenoids: Carotenoids are contained in yellow, orange and red vegetables and help create vitamin A in the body, another antioxidant. Eat peppers, carrots and pumpkin. Leafy greens also contain carotenoids.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is another antioxidant which protects the skin from free radicals and toxins aging you. Eat avocado (a healthy fat), yams, sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is also an antioxidants that guards against harmful free radicals, but it’s also vital to produce collagen and maintain elasticity in the skin. Eat potatoes, leafy greens, broccoli and green peppers.
Instead of scrubbing down counters with bleach, use baking soda and vinegar. Instead of putting a plethora of strange chemicals on your face, use diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner and olive oil as a moisturizer twice a week.
Investing in your health is the best thing you can do to live a longer and fuller life. Start with these five things, and your mind, body and spirit will feel lighter and more joyful.
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