Spring cleaning, the Wild Seed way
If you’re in places like New York City or London, you may have noticed that warmer weather has been struggling to find its footing. Nevertheless, spring is in full effect and it’s as good a time as ever to talk about spring cleaning, the Wild Seed Botanicals way.
Spring is the season of renewal, with new life emerging everywhere following the cold dreariness of winter. Many find inspiration during this time to evaluate the material items they’ve been holding on to, letting go of the excess and finding fresh purposes for the things we hold on to. And while cleansing your surroundings is always a good thing, are you doing the same for your health?
As much as Wild Seed Botanicals values healthy nourished skin, we’re also here to promote a more balanced and holistic approach to all aspects of life and health. So, let’s all carry forth our due diligence as we embrace spring and do some internal spring cleaning. Here are a few beginner-friendly steps:
In my last post, I briefly spoke about the correlation between gut health and overall health. Believe it or not, the state of your gut has effects on everything from your skin and mental health to your immune system, your weight, and a myriad of other things. A healthy gut is something I’ve been consciously working toward maintaining and I invite you all to do the same.
I implore you to do your own research on the importance of a healthy, balanced gut but here are the basics: cut back on refined sugars and processed foods, consume plenty of high-fiber foods (you can never go wrong with fruits and vegetables), get familiar with probiotics to keep your gut flourishing with good bacteria, and drink your water. This last part is unglamorous but highly important: check your regularity! If you’re not having regular bowel movements, it’s time to get your digestive and gut health in order.
Don’t be thirsty
This should go without saying, but since a friendly reminder never hurts, please stay hydrated folks. There’s plenty of different rules that tell you how much water you should be drinking on a daily basis--some say 2 litres; others say 2-3 cups every hour--and the truth is that a one-size-fits-all answer doesn’t exist. However, you should be sipping on water throughout the day to prevent dehydration and to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine. If you’re not keen on drinking water, do it any way but a few other healthy beverages that you can sip on include various herbal teas, fresh juices and smoothies, and kombucha.
Eat to live
When it comes to diet, things can get tricky. I’m not here to tell anyone what they should and shouldn’t eat, but we can all stand to benefit from making sure that we are taking in more nutrient-dense foods than we are fast and processed foods.
For me personally, the days when I could eat whatever I wanted with little repercussions are long gone. As much as I love dairy and sweets, they don’t seem to love me back so I’ve had to make sacrifices for the sake of my health. Listen to your body, pay attention to things that cause negative reactions (bloating, breakouts, constipation, you get my drift) and slowly try to cut back on these items. It may not be easy but it will be worth it. Moderation is key!
To your well being,
Ameena is a New York City-based writer whose interests include a wide range of topics. Follow her on Instagram and feel free to reach out with any feedback on stories via email.