5 Mistakes to Avoid to Maintain Good Gut Health | The Health Sessions

5 Mistakes to Avoid to Maintain Good Gut Health

This article is written by Shadan Jameela. 

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract has the important function of digesting the food you eat. However, this is not the only job it has; it also has other ones that help keep the body healthy and fit.

The gut also houses over two-thirds of the immune system; if it is healthy, you are less prone to getting sick. Additionally, more than 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that regulates your mood, memory, sleep patterns and quality, appetite, and other bodily functions.

Since a healthy gut equates to a healthy body, it is vital that it is always at its peak of wellness.

Unfortunately, certain habits can cause an imbalance in your gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to issues with your digestion, lower immunity, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and other symptoms that can affect your daily activities.

If you want to keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy and be at your best all the time, make sure you do away with these mistakes and unhealthy habits:

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How to Start Any Kind of Medical Diet | The Health Sessions

How to Start Any Kind of Medical Diet

Food is medicine.

More and more medical experts agree that what you eat has a significant impact on your health. After all, nutrients like protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are the building blocks or your body. And to function optimally, your body and brain require good fuel.

Unfortunately, Western diets high in refined sugars and trans fats cause insulin resistance and inflammation in the body, which contributes to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. And it’s not just your physical health that’s affected by what you eat – the budding field of nutritional psychiatry also links the foods you consume to how you feel and behave.

It’s no wonder that a growing body of doctors are prescribing healthy foods as part of their treatment plan. What’s more, lots of chronically ill people themselves turn to wholesome diets to alleviate or manage their symptoms.

But with an overwhelming amount of information out there, where do you begin?

Take a look at these 10 psychological principles for starting any kind of medical diet.

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6 Natural Ways to Bring the Outdoors Indoors | The Health Sessions

6 Natural Ways to Bring the Outdoors Indoors

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Intuitively, we know that being in nature is good for us. Who hasn’t felt better physically and mentally after a walk on the beach or pottering around in the garden? Research confirms that spending time outdoors boosts your health and happiness in many different ways.

But most of us spend the majority of our waking hours indoors. Whether you work in an office, shop or school building, or you’re housebound due to chronic illness, chances are you’re not connected with nature on a daily basis.

Of course, there are ways to get your daily nature fix, even if you live in a concrete jungle. And ideally, you could reap the benefits of nature through outdoor recreation on weekends, from playing in the park to mindfully forest bathing. But because we spend so much time inside, why not bring the benefits of nature to us?

Take a look at these 6 natural ways to bring the outdoors indoors. 

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34 Ideas for a Healthy Morning Routine (That Can Be Done Under 10 Minutes) | The Health Sessions

34 Ideas for a Healthy Morning Routine (That Can Be Done Under 10 Minutes)

Maybe you’ve read it too: what you do after waking may be the key to a healthy and successful life.

There’s lots of anecdotal evidence that many influential people, from world leaders to CEO’s and movie stars, utilize the early morning hours to set themselves up for success and reach their goals. They’ll eat a hearty breakfast, get their exercise in and meditate before the rest of the world rises.

That sounds fantastic, but a healthy morning routine isn’t always easy to realize when you’ve had a bad night’s sleep and got to get your (uncooperative) kids ready for school.

That’s why lots of life coaches tell you to get up one hour earlier so you have time to perform your morning routine. “You have to make sacrifices and put your priorities first if you want to be successful”, they claim. And if they can do it, you can do it too, no excuses.

Well, I disagree.

After a decade of delayed sleep syndrome and painsomnia, followed by years of kids waking up multiple times every single night, sleeping is sacred to me. Even more so, I think that getting enough undisturbed, restful sleep is one of the most important things you can do to feel happy, energetic, productive and ‘successful’ – whatever that means to you. Especially if you suffer from persisting health problems.

So getting up at the crack of dawn to do yoga and sip green juice while the rest of the house is still asleep, is not necessarily my idea of a healthy start of the day. Surely there must be healthy habits you can do that fit more seamlessly into your existing morning routine?

Here are 34 ideas for a healthy morning routine that can be done in 10 minutes or less. 

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How to Safely Enjoy the Summer Sun | The Health Sessions

How to Safely Enjoy The Summer Sun

Sunshine is your number one source of vitamin D, a vitamin needed to keep your bones strong, support your immune system and protect your mental health. Too much sun exposure, however, damages your skin, putting your at risk for skin cancer.

At the same time, sunscreen lotions are currently under scrutiny, because some of the chemical active ingredients they contain may be harmful to your health and the environment.

How can you get the benefits of sunshine and still protect your skin?

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