Spring Cleaning for Your Health

Spring Cleaning Tips – For Your Health

Its Spring Time in The Rockies, the birds are singing, flowers are pushing up through the last little bit of snow and baseball just started. It is truly a magical time of year and it’s also a time for tackling some cleaning. Yes, clean the windows, reorganize the garage, put away that snow shovel, but also let’s talk about doing some personal Spring Cleaning and Organizing.

Here are just a few tips that might help you get started.

Simple things, but worth the changes you put forward.

  1. Choose in-season, local produce

Seasonal produce offers more flavors as well as some price savings. Local produce supports farmers and also spares the environment by eliminating long-distance delivery systems.

Look for Farmer’s Markets getting ready to start up in your neighborhood.

  1. Schedule screenings and doctor appointments

Hate to say this but Plan ahead to keep track of wellness appointments during the year.  Time to do that yearly check up and schedule those not so fun tests, but very important. Get your blood work done, check cholesterol, A1c levels for pre-diabetes. Make your appointment for a mammogram and/or a colonoscopy. Catch problems early.

  1. Go outside – enjoy the season

Walking for exercise benefits your cardiovascular system and burns calories. Take a walk in the woods, researchers found that walking in the forest lowers blood pressure and stress and boosts the immune system.

  1. De-clutter your medicine cabinet

First off, medicine should be stored in a cool, dry cabinet, not in the bathroom. The expiration date is your best guidance for the potency of a medicine, but if you’re unsure, toss it if it smells bad or looks off-color. Call your local pharmacy to see how to properly dispose of old or no longer used medications.

  1. Go wheat free or gluten free for 30 days.

If you can’t seem to shake those last few winter pounds, try eliminating wheat from your diet. Cutting wheat can help you avoid the appetite-stimulating property of the wheat’s gliadin protein. Plus, you avoid agglutinin that disrupts intestinal health, as well as amylopectin A that’s responsible for raising blood sugar. Swap wheat-based products for rice, quinoa, legumes, buckwheat, tapioca, and potatoes.

  1. Learn how to de-stress instantly

Resolve to finally learn how to handle your stress this spring. If you can’t spare a block of time every day to meditate, even if you just squeeze in a few minutes each hour you can experience great health benefits. Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Focus on pulling the air down into your belly. Breathe in for a count of five, hold the breath for a moment, and then slowly release. Continue for three to five minutes. Easy and Effective.

Just a few tips to get you on your way.

Now don’t forget to go and tackle that garage…..

Thought for the Week:

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” ~ William Arthur Ward