Incorporating self-care and clean eating into your daily routine will result in long-lasting, positive effects.
Self-care allows you to step back, regroup, and improve your mental and physical strength. Keeping active and developing smart eating habits leads to a healthier and balanced lifestyle. Proper nourishment has been linked to heightened energy, improved brain clarity, and more alertness. To improve your overall well-being, incorporating a proper nutritional diet and self-care activities are great practices to start with.
Prioritizing your self-care is a proactive approach to promoting overall wellness. It’s easy to neglect self-care when preoccupied with daily routines and busy schedules. Self-care comes in several forms: meditation, yoga, creating artwork, etc. Being mindful and developing your mind-body awareness helps in recognizing when your body needs nourishment or rest.
We’ve heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’. Well, according to the American Psychological Association, the dietary choices we make affect both our bodies and minds in the short and long term.
Recent studies show links between our digestive system and our mental health. One study randomly assigned 67 depressed adults to several nutritional consulting sessions and social support groups. Dieticians focused on cutting back on junk foods and incorporating more nutrient-rich foods. After 12 weeks, researchers found almost one-third of the dietary intervention group achieved remission while only 8% of the control group achieved remission.
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