If you are interested in holistic health and living a more natural life, it starts with what you put into your body. Your gut is often referred to as your second brain, and for good reason. It controls a lot of your health and emotion, so you need to be very careful about what you eat or don’t eat. For healing your body and mind, here are some holistic dieting tips.
Switch to Healthy Fats
For a holistic and more natural diet that is good for your body, you need fats, but only the good ones. Many people think fat is a dirty word and should always be avoided, but this isn’t the case. You need fats in your body to provide energy and important nutrients, plus they help make you feel full. However, you want to pay attention to the types of fats you consume. Get rid of the bad fats, including vegetable oil, soybean oil, trans fats, and fried foods. Switch to healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, avocado oil, nuts, and seeds.
Add More Plant Foods Into Your Diet
Do you want to eat a healthier and more organic diet? Start with fresh fruits and vegetables. Look for plant foods you enjoy to eat, otherwise you are not going to stick with it. You want lots of greens in your diet, including broccoli, spinach, kale, lettuce, and collard or mustard greens. Get these organic when you can, or at least rinse them very well before preparing your meals. Try to stick more veggies in the foods you prepare, and don’t forget your fresh fruits for added vitamins. You don’t need to follow a vegan diet just to be healthy, but try one meat-free day a week and see how you feel.
Increase Your Protein
As you begin eating a healthier diet, you should also make sure you are getting adequate amounts of protein. Protein benefits you in so many ways, including giving you energy and helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is also essential when you are working on building your strength through weight training. Choose natural sources of protein, including lean meat, poultry and fish, nuts like almonds, chia seeds, hemp, protein powder, lentils, peas, and beans.
Consider Giving Up Dairy and Complex Carbs
These are not for weight loss, but rather to help heal your body from the inside out. It is likely that your gut issues are from grains, complex carbohydrates, and added sugar in your dairy products. Try to reduce how often you have milk, cheese, ice cream, rice, pasta, and white bread. At the very least, stick to whole grains instead of the white, starchy grains and breads.
Living a more natural life is something many people are now embracing, as it provides multiple benefits. You can save money, have access to all-natural products, and put less chemicals and additives in your body, on your skin, and in your hair. For holistic beauty, it is all about healing your entire body and using organic products, not just with beauty itself. Here are some ways you can start with a more natural approach to your beauty regimen.
Get Rid of Toxic Ingredients
If you want to have a more natural approach to your beauty and skin care regimen, it starts with what you are currently using. Now is the time to start getting rid of beauty products that you either don’t need, or that you know are not using natural ingredients. This doesn’t mean you can’t use anything you currently have, but you should be more conscious of the product, where it comes from, and what is in it. This is when you will become more familiar with labels and ingredients.
Check All Your Labels
As you might have guessed, you want to start reading your labels on all beauty and skincare products. It might not be realistic to go 100 percent organic and natural, but the closest you get, the better off you will be. After getting rid of any current toxic beauty products you have, start looking for other products you can get that have more natural ingredients. One thing to understand on labels is that “natural” or “organic” is subjective. These labels are not nearly as reliable as what you actually find in the ingredients.
Some Natural Ingredients to use at Home
There are two ways to use more natural skincare and beauty products: purchase them from the store and make them at home. It might not be realistic to make all your beauty products, but the more you can make at home, the more money you save. This also ensures that you know everything going into products you use on your skin and in your hair.
Here is a list of natural ingredients that work wonders for your skin, hair, and nails:
Eggs bananas Avocados Raw honey Baking soda Activated charcoal Coconut oil Olive oil Sugar Salt Apple cider vinegar
You can make your own products with these and other simple ingredients that you find right in your own kitchen. Apple Cider vinegar being the most useful!
My Top 5 to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
While you may know some of the general benefits, do you know specific ways to use it?
1. Put it in Your Water
Drinking apple cider vinegar is the first and main way to use it. This is really easy to use and reap a lot of health benefits from it. You can easily just put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, but keep in mind the taste is a little strong. If you don’t like the taste, try adding a few more ingredients to the water mixture, such as some raw honey or even adding it to flavored water or juice that is slightly diluted. Another popular option is a drink with lemon and apple cider vinegar, sometimes with ginger as well.
2. Treat Your Dandruff
Do you have a dry scalp or skin condition causing flakes on your scalp? This is dandruff and can be really frustrating to deal with. Apple cider vinegar helps to remove buildup and flakes from your scalp, and wash them clean from your hair. Just mix apple cider vinegar with some water in a spray bottle, using about equal amounts of each. Spray it onto your scalp after you have washed with shampoo, and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing out.
3. Use it as a Natural Cleaner
If you are looking for a natural cleaner for your home, look no further. Apple cider vinegar joins a group of ingredients that are natural and allow you to clean your home completely toxic-free. To make your own cleaner, you can add apple cider vinegar to a spray bottle with water, and have the option of adding some essential oils as well. Choose an oil with cleansing powers, like thieves.
4. Get Rid of Foot Odor
Foot odor can be embarrassing when you are around other people and frustrating even for you. If you are struggling with foot odor, you need something strong and natural like apple cider vinegar. Get a container of baby wipes, open it up and pour about a cup of apple cider vinegar inside. Let these soak overnight, then use them every time you need to wipe your feet.
5. Detoxify Your Body Naturally
Apple cider vinegar also works well as a natural body detoxifier. The easiest way to use it for this purpose is to add it to your bath. All you need is about a cup of the vinegar added to your bath water, along with some essential oils and a little Epsom salts.
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