If you’ve been working on your health and establishing healthy habits for any amount of time, there is much for which to be grateful.
This blog and our full line of products aim to help you form healthy habits from your head to your toes.
In fact, we’ve covered many health topics in 2019.
If you haven’t begun to work on them, it’s never too late. Start with these healthy habits today, and join us in gratitude for each.
Brain health is a big deal around here. Not only can we impact its wellbeing with the foods we eat, the foods we avoid, and the activities in which we engage, we can also impact it with our thoughts. As in, the brain can heal when we trade in stress for gratitude, optimism, and healthy thoughts (1).
It’s an amazing organ God created. To keep it healthy we’ve covered:
Foods that Improve Brain Health
Optimism and Gratitude
In fact, we’re right in the middle of a Gratitude Challenge. It can literally change your health and your life. If you haven’t read about it or started, it’s not too late. Start today: Gratitude Challenge.
Along with brain health, we’ve been discussing anti-aging. There have been studies that show that “super-agers‘” actually maintain the structure and function of those in their 20s and 30s (2). It’s amazing. But, how?
While we don’t have all the answers, there are science-backed habits that help our brains stay youthful and sharp In fact, while anti-aging often makes us think of outward appearances, it’s mostly about keeping cells and systems healthy.
From muscle mass to flexibility to a youthful heart and brain, here are some of some tips you can use from the time you wake up until you go to bed (these are free tips!):
We are certainly grateful that God has given us simple, free ways to age well.
Our daily activities require thousands of chemical reactions in our bodies. Just think of what takes place to walk, to visually focus on something, or to read a blog post.
When our bodies undergo even small chemical reactions, sometimes charge ions are released that can damage cells (free radicals). What’s more, our environment, habits like smoking and alcohol, and more increase free radicals and oxidative stress in our bodies.
Be grateful for antioxidants found in whole, real foods. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals and leave them harmless.
Whether it’s just a short walk or a ride on a bike, God has given us a huge gift in the mood-elevating outdoors. Not only is any activity good for our muscles, hearts, and brains, outdoor-activity specifically has been shown to improve mood and depression (4).
Even in the Winter.
What’s more, our bodies were designed for movement. They need it and thrive when they get it every day, throughout the day.
If you’re able to get up and outside for a few minutes, be thankful that the sun doesn’t just make life possible on the earth, but warms our bodies, lifts our spirits, and even nourishes our bodies with vitamin D.
It’s amazing that the natural world provides the substances needed to live. And not just live but thrive. There are foods available to us that actually reduce disease and inflammation in the human body.
Amazingly, food does not just provide the calories we need to maintain our mass, but God’s given sources to stay as healthy as possible.
Anti-inflammatory foods improve health including:
Yes, these are healthy habits.
You’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine, and this is the truth. Study after study has found that the act of laughing, even when faked, reduces cortisol, low moods, and symptoms of depression.
In addition, positive in-person relationships are vital to health. But, you must make time beyond the computer: According to a 2016 report, most social media users spend an hour per day on Facebook alone. What’s more, using social media correlates with a worsening mood, while time spent with friends increases positive moods. Skip just half the social media, and take 30 minutes to meet with a friend instead.
God has designed us to be in relationships; with Him, and with others. Be grateful for those you have!
Our bodies also contain what’s needed to reach a healthy weight. In fact, if you tap into ketones with the Keto Zone diet, you can activate weight loss while still enjoying energy, satiety, and clarity (6) – your body can make them!
Over the past few years, we’ve embarked on helping others use Keto Zone to reach weight goals and we’re not going to stop. We are grateful for how weight loss can truly change one’s life and health.
What healthy habits have you formed that have impacted your life? Which are you most grateful for?
There is much to be thankful for this month, and every month of the year. As part of our Thanksgivings, we are thankful for healthy habits, for bodies that respond to them, and for the opportunity to share them with you.