Are you healthy? Part 2

Check out our last post to see if you are meeting the very basic health descriptors listed and get some brief tips to help you achieve those first steps of health and wellness.

Urine color is a combination of two things, your hydration level and your bodies detoxification ability. Most people are detoxifying just fine so we wont worry about that here. If your urine is a darker color it means that you are not hydrated enough. Being dehydrated can reduce your mental capacity, reduce your ability to digest foods properly, as well as reduce your bodies ability of removing toxins, easily leading to problems due to those toxins. Simple tips for more hydration include:

  1. Drink a cup of water after ever time you urinate
  2. Drink a cup of water right when you wake up and when you get in bed (if it wont upset your sleep)
  3. Drink an extra cup of water for every cup of not water
  4. Buy yourself a fancy glass and make it fun to drink from

hydration-chartWhen it comes to movement you do not need to walk 5 miles every day to stay healthy. Well you probably should but it is more important to have the ability to do it. When you do not move you can’t move. The only way to move better, be able to stand for long periods of time, reach higher on the shelf, be mobile later in life, is to practice and always be moving. Think ahead. Would you like to be playing with grandchildren? If yes you need to keep moving now. Just remember that movement does not equal musculoskeletal fitness and much more is needed for true health beyond movement.

  1. Find a buddy to move with
  2. Walking and wiggling are acceptable forms of movement
  3. Actually doing those chores will get you moving
  4. Use normal activities as chances to move in new interesting ways (sitting on a ball at your desk, stretching while doing dishes)

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Finding at least one moment of joy each day is doable for most people, even many individuals with anxiety and depression. Working with a practitioner can help you target what will be best to support your mental health. I always see great benefits from individuals incorporating in other wellness practices, especially exercise, as well as supplementing with Vitamin D, because none of us get enough in the winter. If you are experiencing low grade depression try some of the following to keep you open minded.

  1. Put a paper in a jar each day with a happy thought written on it
  2. Sing and dance by yourself, for yourself. No one cares.
  3. Read a book that is a pleasure for yourself, not a necessity
  4. Keep a list of things to do when the gumpies and saddies come around. Actually keep that list out and visible so you can do the items on the list for yourself.
  5. Make time for yourself!

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Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities or work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultations.

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