Posts for tag: wellness
Spring is fast approaching! This lovely season in Florida is the perfect time to start spending more time outdoors. For many of us who work indoors, it might require a bit more effort and planning to make sure that we get enough fresh air and natural light. A typical schedule during the week might include eight hours in an office, a drive home, and then an evening indoors. Perhaps mixed in that timeline, you pick up your children from school or their extracurricular activities and or you exercise at an indoor gym or studio.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of their life indoors! The scientifically-proven health benefits of spending time outdoors and in nature are quite vast. To receive these benefits, you don’t even necessarily need to make a grand effort. Spending time in any type of greenspace can benefit your overall health and wellness in over a dozen ways.
These benefits include reduced inflammation, improved short-term memory, lowered stress levels, increased energy, lessened symptoms of depression and anxiety, decreased blood pressure, boosted immune system, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type II diabetes; heightened concentration, increased creativity, and a reduction in pain in the body. Spending time outdoors is also a surefire way to get your daily dose of vitamin D, which many of us are deficient in.
Ready to spend more time outdoors?
Here are some easy ways to work some outdoor-time into your daily schedule.
- Enjoy your morning beverage on your patio or balcony
- Dine al fresco
- Exercise outside
- Take an extra or an extra-long walk with your dog (Your dog will definitely appreciate this effort.)
- Create an outdoor ritual
- Pursue an outdoor hobby (running, tennis, swimming, biking, nature photography, hiking-the possibilities are endless!)
- Plan an outdoorsy vacation
- Take an after-dinner bike ride
- Watch the sunrise or sunset
- Build a garden (If you don't have the greenest thumb or don't have a lot of outdoor space, the Tower Garden is a great option! Dr. Blake or Honi can tell you more about it if you are interested. They are both experienced Tower Gardeners.)
- Walk or bike instead of driving when possible
The world is changing. The effects of our collective behaviors have reached a level where they are now very noticeable. The planet is heating up, species of plants and animals are disappearing at an alarming rate, natural disasters are on the rise, single-use plastic waste has become an epidemic, and certain resources are dwindling. However, there are individuals and organizations that are doing extraordinary things in the way of saving our planet.
What’s truly inspiring though, is that each and every one of us has the power to affect the planet in a positive way. Little changes in the way we shop, commute, consume, take care of ourselves, and live can make monumental differences in the future of our world. As we are living in an age where health and wellness consciousness is at the forefront, integrating a wellness routine into our lives that is also environmentally-friendly is a trend that only seems to be gaining more momentum.
What’s good for the planet is good for you.
The beauty of creating a wellness-based lifestyle that is also environmentally-friendly is that it is easy! To get started, start by
Eliminating the use of single-use plastics
Did you know that 8 million tons of plastic finds its way into our oceans every year? A lot of that plastic is from items that we only use once and sometimes only for a few minutes. Plastic bags, bottles, coffee lids and stirrers, and straws are among the most commonly disposed plastic items.
Making the switch to re-useable water bottles, to-go coffee cups, grocery bags, and straws is a simple switch that can make a significant difference in the future of our seas.
Giving up red meat
The amount of water, land, and resources that is required to maintain livestock is mind-blowing. Did you know it takes around 2,400 gallons of water to “create” a single pound of beef? Did you know that it takes 10 pounds of grain to “create” a single pound of beef?
And did you know that cow farts and burps are responsible for 14-18% of the harmful greenhouse gas methane that is released into our atmosphere every year? There are over a billion and a half cows on the planet and every day each cow is very regularly releasing methane, which is greatly contributing to the warming of our planet.
In addition to all the run-off from the antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and other chemicals that go hand-and-hand with the large-scale beef industry, regular red meat consumption has been linked to heart disease among other health conditions.
Not only is spending time in the great outdoors good for your physical and mental health, it is also good for the environment. By running, walking, biking, practicing yoga, or other forms of exercise outdoors you are eliminating the use of electricity from your exercise routine.
Eating seasonally, locally, and more plant-based
The further food has to travel the more of a negative impact it has on the environment. Today, we can pretty much get any type of food from anywhere around the world at any time of the year. However, opting to eat what is in season and what is grown or thriving close to your home-base will significantly reduce the carbon-footprint of the food that you are eating.
Plus, the fresher the food the better it is going to taste!
The ignorance card is not valid when it comes to making choices that are not only good for our health and wellness, but that are good for the planet. It is truly impressive that amount of information that can be found on the packaging and label of an item.
Look for items with labels like “Cruelty-Free,” “Non-GMO Certified Project,” “Eco-Friendly,” “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “Animal Welfare Approved,” “Fair Trade Certified,” and “Good Housekeeping Green.”
Other simple ways to lead a more eco-wellness lifestyle include…
Supporting brands and companies that are environmentally-conscious
Giving up fish oil supplements (check out a plant-based Omega Blend)
Switching out cotton for more environmentally-friendly products like bamboo or hemp
Using eco-friendly house products (cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
Every decision that you make not only affects you but the world around you. Everything and everyone is interconnected. If we start collectively making better decisions, we will come into a future where we are not only healthier, but our planet is healthier too.
As we’ve just wrapped up a seven-part series on the seven dimensions of wellness (check it out if you haven’t yet on the Parker Dentistry blog), we thought it only made sense to dive a bit deeper and look at some of the top wellness trends of 2018.
As preventative healthcare continues to evolve, and research continues to provide us with more valuable information regarding our health and wellness, we have the unique opportunity to continue to learn and improve our state of wellbeing.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we believe in holistic and preventative healthcare. We know that your oral health affects more than just your mouth, and the same applies to all of the other systems and parts of your body.
Your physical wellness is connected and dependent on your emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, social, and intellectual wellness. A lot of the wellness trends of 2018 reflects this interconnectedness. Many of us are looking for new and better ways to take care of our mind, body, and soul.
Wellness trends seems to be moving in a more eco-conscious, “from the earth,” and mindful direction. Many of us are now more interested in finding natural alternatives and realizing that a lot of our symptoms and ailments come from what we are putting in or on our bodies. Many of us are also more interested in finding the source of the symptoms opposed to solely medicating the symptoms into dominancy. This is a positive shift.
The perfect balance is a combination of preventative and curative healthcare since not everything that happens to us from a health prospective is completely in our control or completely preventable. However, through education, self-inquiry, and guidance from healthcare and wellness professionals, more of us are learning the true power of nutrition, exercise, stress-releasing activities, and adequate sleep.
The things we have control over we need to take control of and this includes our wellness. Come with us on a journey of exploration as we take a look at some of the most impactful and inspiring wellness trends of the year. The more you know the better equipped you will be to make the best possible decisions regarding your health and wellness.
Sneak peak of some of what’s to come…
A more in depth look at:
Environmentally-conscious wellness routines
Intermittent fasting benefits
Collagen is the new superfood
Organic and natural beauty products
Breathwork verses meditation
How technology is the next “Big Tobacco”
And so much more…
Last week, we introduced the seven dimensions of wellness from a holistic approach to health and wellness. The seven dimensions are spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, and occupational. At Parker Dentistry, aside from being an advocate for preventative healthcare, we are also a strong believer in holistic health, meaning that we believe all parts of our physical and emotional being are connected and shouldn’t be viewed or treated as mere parts.
For example, periodontal disease is detrimental to more than just our gums and teeth; it has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. In this example, our oral health is connected to our cardiovascular health. The seven dimensions of wellness are all interconnected and in order to obtain optimal wellness, we must take care of all seven dimensions.
The first dimension of wellness that we will take a closer look at is our spiritual wellness.
“Spiritual wellness is a process of understanding beliefs, values, and ethics that help guide your life. Whatever your preferred approach, spending time asking and exploring your spiritual life can be an important part of your overall wellbeing.”
While spirituality can be obtained through religion, it isn’t necessarily dependent on a religious belief or practice. Our spiritual life is the life that we live internally. Research has shown that when we learn to and practice introspection, mindfulness, forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude, we are more likely to be able to achieve sustained feelings of peace, calmness, and joy, as well as a decrease in our stress, anxiety, and depression levels.
One of the most important relationships of our entire lives is the relationship that we build and nurture with ourselves. Practices like yoga, meditation, journaling, arts and crafts, walking, gardening, or any other creative, physical, or nature-involved activity helps us to connect with our inner selves. Finding something that you love to do that is just for you is truly invaluable.
Our spirituality can be whatever we want it to be. For some, spending time in the ocean is spiritual, while for others sitting on the patio and watching a storm offers a similar reflective experience. The idea is to disconnect from the distractions of your everyday life and outside influences so that you can connect with your inside world.
The more in touch we are with our feelings, our desires and dreams, our areas that need improvement, our creative side, our inner voice, and how we connect with the world from within, the better off we will be on all levels. Our spiritual wellness is linked to all other dimensions of our wellness.
Tips for spiritual wellness
- Take a yoga class
- Learn how to meditate
- Spend more time in nature and outdoors
- Pursue a hobby that you have always been interested in
- Regularly set aside time for solely you
- Attend an inspiring seminar, class, or workshop
- Detox daily from electronics, even if just for an hour
The Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness blog focuses a lot of wellness. We talk about wellness as a whole state of being and that through certain choices and habits, we can achieve optimal wellness. We’ve shared with you in the past some different ways to improve your health and wellness through preventative practices, diet and Juice Plus+, sleep, exercise, and yoga and meditation, among other beneficial habits. We truly believe that the more you know, the more capable you are of making the right decisions for you and your family.
Wellness includes far more than just our physical wellbeing and state of health though. The holistic approach to health and wellness is actually made up of seven main dimensions that are all interconnected. It is important to understand what each dimension includes and the ways in which you can promote wellness in each particular dimension in order to promote wellness as a whole. Holistic health involves looking at ourselves and our health as a whole and not in parts. What is happening in one part of our bodies or our lives affects every other part. Our existence is cyclical.
Our wellness is in our hands, and it is definitely helpful to be given valuable tools, resources, information, and tips to help inspire and teach us how to live out our healthiest and happiest lives. That is what the Parker Dentistry blog really aims to do. Over the next seven weeks, we will break down each of the seven dimensions of wellness, offer tips on how to improve each particular dimension in your life, and illustrate how each dimension is connected to all of the rest.
The first question we will answer in this informative, inspiring, and wellness-promoting mini-series is what the seven dimensions of wellness are.
The seven dimensions of wellness are: