November 7-13, 2016 is National Health Products (NHP) week.
It is a time to “celebrate” natural health products and the benefits they impart on health and well-being. This year recognizes the four pillars that intersect to promote immunity: nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and sleep. Suggestions and examples for each pillar are listed on the CHFA website.
CHFA – Canadian Health Food Association, a trade association devoted to natural health and organic products.
Finding natural ways to cultivate eating, exercise, sleep and stress management practices can have beneficial effects on one’s health and well-being thus helping to ward off sickness and its ill effects.
nutrition – eat whole foods in as natural a state as possible; aim for a sufficient intake of B vitamins, zinc, probiotics and vitamin C and D; the old standby remedies of garlic and honey do work
exercise – stay active daily; go for walks; engage in a regular workout routine; make sure to do exercises for cardio, core, flexibility and resistance training
mindfulness – manage stress with aromatherapy; focus on the present moment; resist urge to expend energy on being anxious about things you can’t control
sleep – aim to get a sound night’s sleep; see the following for some sleep tips