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10 May, 2019
Being overweight is having more body fat than is optimally healthy. It isn’t just inconvenient, it can be extremely dangerous.   Over 1.9 billion people worldwide are overweight and are exposed to one or more of the following:    1. Heart Disease and Stroke Being just a bit overweight means there is a much higher risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Both of these conditions make the chance of heart disease and stroke much more likely. Luckily, the risk for these can be greatly reduced by simply losing the extra weight.   2.Type 2 Diabetes Being overweight and type 2 diabetes often go hand-in-hand. Managing type 2 diabetes while overweight can be an uphill battle. That is why it is crucial to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle in order to lose weight and balance blood sugar levels. A healthy lifestyle includes sticking to a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and getting daily exercise.   3. Cancer Being overweight means that you are at a much higher risk of developing certain cancers, including: •   Colon cancer •   Breast cancer (Especially after menopause) •   Endometrium cancer (Lining of the uterus) •   Kidney cancer •   Cancer in the esophagus •   Gallbladder cancer •   Ovarian cancer •   Pancreatic cancer   4. Gallbladder Disease Apart from gallbladder cancer, being overweight can also lead to gallbladder disease and gallstones. These problems are far more common if you are overweight or obese. Be careful however, because losing weight too quickly can also cause gallstones. It is important to lose weight at a steady, healthy rate. That is why it is much better for you to follow a healthy lifestyle than to go on a quick-fix 2-week diet.   5. Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is a common joint condition that most often affects the knee, hip, or back. The extra weight puts extra pressure on these joints and wears away the cartilage, which is the tissue cushioning the joints, that normally protects them.   6. Gout Gout is not just caused by drinking too much red wine. Being overweight can also be a big factor. Gout is a disease that affects the joints. It is caused by too much uric acid in your body. The extra uric acid forms crystals that deposit in the joints, causing the severe pain or discomfort.   7. Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a breathing condition linked to being overweight. This can be dangerous because it happens while you sleep, so you probably don’t even know it happens to you. It causes heavy snoring and can cause you to stop breathing for short periods during sleep. The only signs you may see of sleep apnea may be daytime sleepiness or constantly feeling tired, unless you sleep next to a partner who has witnessed your snoring and the moments where you stop breathing while you are asleep. Sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.   8. Infertility Excess weight makes conceiving harder, partly because overweight women ovulate less often than those at a healthy weight. So it is best to make sure that you are not overweight even before you try to have a baby.    How can I lose weight and avoid these dangers? The obvious answer is following a healthy lifestyle. This includes a balanced diet and exercising daily. But you already know all about that… What MORE can you do to lose weight?     You can talk to a specialist today.    Endocrinologists and Dieticians are medical specialists available on HealthWise.    Sign up here for free and begin your consultation  
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10 May, 2019
Below are some of the most common skin conditions, their symptoms and how they may be treated. If you have a skin condition or infection or not sure but experiencing any of the symptoms shared below, we strongly advise you to talk to a doctor now on HealthWise.     1. Eczema  Eczema  is a very common inflammatory skin condition that causes itching, redness, dryness, oozing (when infected) and crusting. It is triggered by irritants like soaps, detergents & shampoos, the weather(cold & dry, dampness), stress, food allergies, hormonal changes, certain materials worn next to skin. Treatment for Eczema includes identifying and avoiding triggers, topical steroids, moisturizing the skin and antihistamines to control itching.    2. Cellulitis  Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin affecting any part of the body which can become very serious if left untreated. Symptoms includes redness, swelling, pain, fever, occasionally pus under the skin and  more seriously; muscle aches, dizziness, feeling ill, lethargy, shaking, chills, blistering. It is caused by anything that makes the skin break such as insect bites, cuts, chafing or blisters. Cellulitis should be treated with antibiotics.    3. Rosacea  Rosacea is a flushing and rash affecting the face and sometimes the eyes. Symptoms for rosacea include permanent redness, spots, small visible blood vessels, burning and stinging of the skin. The cause of rosacea is not well understood and is not curable but avoiding triggers such as sun exposure, temperature extremes, hot beverages, spicy foods, and alcohol can help keep it under control. Prescription skin products and medications can help decrease spots and redness and SPF is recommended to be used daily.    4. Ringworm  Ringworm is not an actual worm but a fungal skin infection. It is a dry, red or silver, flaky and itchy patch that can be circular or oval in shape which can appear anywhere on the body including the scalp and groin. Ringworm is caused by a break in the skin such as chafing or scratching. Ringworm infection is spread by close contact with infected person, animal or object like bedsheets and combs.  A topical antifungal medication can be used to treat the infection.    5. Psoriasis  Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that can be associated with other health conditions such as arthritis and vascular disease. Psoriasis is linked to genetic factors and an overactive immune system. Common symptoms include thick skin, red patches, and silvery scales on skin typically affecting the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back. Psoriasis is not infectious. Treatments for Psoriasis include topical steroid creams, light therapy and oral medications for more serious cases.    If you think you may have any of these skin conditions or infections, you can speak to a doctor on HealthWise.  A qualified doctor can help you understand your skin issue and provide a recommended treatment plan if necessary.    
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10 May, 2019
1. Controlled weight Regular exercise can improve cardiovascular health, boost your immune system, and increase your energy level. Eating right and exercising regularly can help you avoid excess weight gain and maintain a healthy weight.  Plan for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week. If you can’t devote this amount of time to exercise, look for simple ways to increase activity throughout the day. For example, try walking instead of driving, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or pace while you’re talking on the phone. Eating a balanced, calorie-managed diet can also help control weight.    2. Improved mood Physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins. Endorphins are brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Eating a healthy diet as well as exercising can lead to a better physique. You’ll feel better about your appearance, which can boost your confidence and self-esteem. Short-term benefits of exercise include decreased stress and improved cognitive function.   3. Combats diseases Healthy habits help prevent certain health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. If you take care of yourself, you can keep your cholesterol and blood pressure within a safe range. This keeps your blood flowing smoothly, decreasing your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Regular physical activity and proper diet can also prevent or help you manage a wide range of health problems, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, and arthritis.   4. Boosted energy When you eat a balanced diet your body receives the fuel it needs to manage your energy level.  Regular physical exercise also improves muscle strength and boosts endurance, giving you more energy. Exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and gets your cardiovascular system working more efficiently so that you have more energy to go about your daily activities. It also helps boost energy by promoting better sleep.    5. Improved longevity When you practice healthy habits, you boost your chances of a longer life. Looking forward to more time with loved ones is reason enough to keep walking. Start with short five-minute walks and gradually increase the time until you’re up to 30 minutes. Need to squeeze a doctor visit into your busy day? Connect with licensed and experienced doctors online with HealthWise. Specialists available 24/7. Sign up for free now!
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04 April, 2019
Diabetes is a disease that affects your body's ability to produce or use insulin. It is a common hormonal problem that if untreated can lead to complications such as diabetic neuropathy, kidney problems, heart problems, retinopathy and other disorders. At advanced stages, diabetes can cause kidney failure, amputation, blindness and stroke.However, complications can be prevented or significantly delayed by exercising good control of diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. Download our free e-book on Diabetes where you can learn more. There are certain symptoms that are usually tell-tale signs of diabetes. The most common symptoms are: ·       Constant Thirst One of the early warning signs is being thirsty the whole time. It can reach a point where you become thirsty right after finishing a glass of water, and never feeling like anything quenches your thirst. ·       Frequent Urination This is actually a side effect of the constant thirst, and obviously the more fluids you drink, the more you need to visit the restroom. ·       Hunger and Weight Loss When you develop diabetes, your body does not absorb all the nutrients from your food as it should. This means that you constantly feel the need for more food to provide your body with energy, and due to the lack of nutrients your body absorbs,  you usually lose weight despite eating more frequently. ·       Fatigue This is usually due to the fact that your body is not absorbing enough nutrients from your food, so you feel tired and deprived of energy throughout the day. ·       Infections Since your body is tired-out and not functioning properly due to a lack of nutrients, it makes it much easier for infections and other such issues to creep in. Wounds also tend to take much longer to heal.   How can I treat diabetes? The good news is that you can control your diabetes, and even possibly reverse type-2 by making some lifestyle and dietary changes: The first thing to do is to change your diet – get the FREE e-book for a full guideline for healthy, diabetic-friendly eating.  Then, you need to start exercising at least 30 to 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Along with this, make sure that you get at least 7 hours of good sleep per night, and drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day. If you have any of the symptoms listed above or still struggling to make lifestyle and dietary changes, we strongly recommend that you talk to a Doctor right now. HealthWise is a telehealth platform that gives you access to wide range of global & local doctors from the comfort of an internet-enabled device like your mobile phone. Sign up for free and get started.  
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22 March, 2019
Diabetes is a highly prevalent issue in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. Over 4.7 Million people in the Nigeria suffer from diabetes, with the younger generation being particularly affected. Many others who are affected are yet to be diagnosed. Telehealth has great potential to change the way diabetes is managed by improving efficiency of care and enhancing quality of treatment for all patients who suffer from this condition.    Care for diabetes has advanced to a point where self-management is becoming a typical course of action. HealthWise (https://www.idhshealthwise.com) is a telehealth platform that provides an effective, inexpensive option for measuring and controlling diabetes through dietary controls and activity regimens via online consultations with Local and Global Health Practitioners. The web-based platform is accessible via any Internet enabled mobile device, laptop and computer. Management of diabetes is enormously dependent to lifestyle modifications, which can be continuously monitored by a licensed doctor on the HealthWise platform. These doctors are accessible 24/7 to the patient.  Integrating HealthWise into diabetes care, whether in existing patients or newly diagnosed, can ease the strictures of lifestyle modifications that are required.  The patient’s medical records are confidentially stored in the cloud, on the platform and access is strictly restricted to the consulting doctor. Furthermore, consultation slots purchased by another individual or group, typically a family member, can be allotted to a patient. In addition to Video (Audio-Visual) Consultations, a patient can also choose Audio or Text modes of communication with their doctors.  Another great feature of HealthWise is the module that allows for prescribed drugs to be bought and delivered to any location of the patient’s choice.  Proper management of diabetes is critical to the patient’s health and longevity of life. Advances in technology have proven the potential to improve quality of care and increased access to healthcare services for diabetic patients, especially those with type 2 diabetes. HealthWise, a leading TeleHealth provider in Africa is playing its role in the eradication and management of Diabetes.
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15 March, 2019
Care of the new-born includes all activities which ensure their continued health and normal development. New-born babies (from birth to 1 month) and infants (1 month to 1 year) are at a stage where they are most susceptible to infections, malnutrition, and injury. Hence, adequate and appropriate care is important to prevent debilitating and long-term effects of the aforementioned conditions. Care usually begins in pregnancy. Attending antenatal clinic is imperative for good health in both mother and child. Tests are carried out to screen for abnormalities and ensure baby is growing normally. Routine drugs are also given for the continued good health of both mother and child. An example is folic acid which helps to prevent conditions such as spina bifida, and microcephaly (small head) in the child. Furthermore, attending antenatal allows the mother to effectively plan a delivery in a good centre. Following any delivery, several steps are taken to assess and ensure the health of the newborn, usually performed by the healthcare professionals. There is plenty parents can also do in making sure their babies are healthy including: ·       Making sure you are well informed about the decisions made by the health team. This may prove very important in the future. Ask questions, it is your right!  ·       Urine and Bowel Movement: A baby should urinate and pass faeces at least once within the first 24 hours of birth. The first faeces is usually green colored and is called meconium.  ·       Cord care: The process of cutting umbilical cord is one of the fastest routes through which a newborn can get infected. It must be kept clean and dry at all times, do not apply dirty cloth or use any ointment not recommended by a doctor. Report any swelling, redness or discharge to a doctor as soon as possible.  ·       Ensure circumcision and body piercings are carried out by a healthcare professional in a clean environment and with clean instruments.  ·       Skin: Most newborns have some form of rash especially during the first 2 weeks, and these are typically mild and tend to disappear without treatment. Show these to your doctors irrespective, and don’t use any cream, lotion or powder that wasn’t recommended as these may worsen the rashes.  ·       Weight: after about 10 days of life, babies should gain 20 – 30 grams per day and should weigh twice their birth weight by 6 months. Monitor this closely. ·       Feeding: breast milk is the ideal food for new-borns. Every mother should aim to breastfeed their child within 24 hours of birth, as the first milk produced called colostrum, is very rich in nutrients and antibodies which are very beneficial to the baby. Do not discard colostrum.  ·       Exclusive breastfeeding: extensive research has revealed that feeding your child only breast milk for the first 6 months of life is very advantageous to the child. It improves immunity, growth and development, and reduces the chances of disease. ·       Appropriate solid food/formula: should be introduced between 6 months and 1 year. Baby’s cups and spoons must be separated from adults’ and be kept under hygienic conditions.   Overall, being very observant is the hallmark of good new-born and infant care. Always be on the lookout for any change in skin/eye colour, feeding habits, bowel habits, temperament etc. and report promptly to a doctor on HealthWise. There is a pool of Local and Global General Practisioners as well as Paediatricians that are available 24/7 for yo to talk with. Visit www.idhshealthwise.com  to learn more.
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08 March, 2019
Osteoporosis literally means “thinning of bones” and this implies that bones become thin, brittle, and easily broken due to the disorder.   Osteoporosis is known to occur in premenopausal and postmenopausal women very often. More than 25% of women (i.e. 1 in every 4) over the age of 50 suffer from menopausal osteoporosis, but it can happen any time after 30.   Many women do not notice that they have osteoporosis until it’s too late. Osteoporosis does not have any clearly visible symptoms early on, which makes it especially dangerous as it leads to bone damage when left untreated.    Treating Menopausal Osteoporosis It is never too early or too late to do something about osteoporosis. Experts always advice that natural treatments are usually the best way to begin with. So we’ll share with you 5 lifestyle practises that will help you prevent and treat this bone disorder.  1. Consume much more Calcium Calcium is vital in maintaining strong and healthy bones. Calcium can be taken in by eating calcium-rich foods, or a good calcium supplement. Here are some of the best calcium-rich foods: Milk and other dairy, spinach, kale, collards, soybeans, and certain fish, like sardines, salmon, perch, and rainbow trout. 2. Increase your vitamins intake (particularly vitamins D and K2-menaquinone) Vitamin D helps your intestines absorb calcium from the food you eat, and K2 helps to keep bones from fracturing. 3. Ensure you have lots of magnesium Magnesium is necessary to convert vitamin D into its active form and it keeps calcium dissolved in the blood. This means that the body is actually able to use these properly. 4. Exercise regularly The importance of a regular exercise cannot be over-emphasized. About 4 sessions of 30 minutes each per week, helps the body stay healthy and use its nutrients to the full potential. Exercise for menopausal osteoporosis can include going for a brisk walk, a jog, a hike, dancing, swimming, cycling, hitting the gym, or any other form of exercise that helps you stay active and keeps your body moving.   Have you spoken with a doctor lately? Alongside these lifestyle changes, it is important that you speak with a Doctor about Menopause and get professional advice on how to avoid or reduce the chances of getting this disease or treat it, if you are already affected.  Sign up for FREE and speak to a Doctor right now on www.idhshealthwise.com
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28 February, 2019
The blood sugar level is the amount of glucose present in the blood. Glucose is a simple sugar and approximately 4 grams of glucose are present in the blood of a 70-kilogram (150 lb) human at all times. The body tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is stored in skeletal muscle and liver cells in the form of glycogen; in fasted individuals, blood glucose is maintained at a constant level at the expense of glycogen stores in the liver and skeletal muscle. The most effective way to control blood sugar levels is by making healthy lifestyle changes that are sustainable in the long-run.  Here are 3 positive lifestyle changes you should make: Diet – Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. Whether you are at a healthy weight or not, it's important to be weight smart by frequently checking what you weigh. Exercise – Increase your physical activity, by doing 30 minutes of exercise 4 times a week including walking. Hydration – Drink plenty of clean water, the rule of at least 8 glasses a day is a good and easy one to follow. Sign up for free on www.idhshealthwise.com to consult with a Doctor, locally & globally if there are concerns you would want to talk to a doctor about.   
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08 February, 2019
Empower YOURSELF and your loved ones to live a healthier life . Valentine’s day activities usually revolve around expensive restaurants, flowers & chocolates, and exchange of gifts. This year, why not make a truly big difference by joining Africa’s #1 Telehealth Solution Provider -  iDHSHealthWise.   You can access Local and Global licensed Healthcare Practitioners who will take care of you and your family’s health needs. CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP
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08 February, 2019
Most Valentine’s Day activities revolve around expensive restaurants, flowers & chocolates, and exchange of expensive gifts. This year, why not take a decision that would make a truly big difference by doing something different but important; investing in your health and that of your loved ones as an important step to showing love.    Whether you're celebrating as single, or sharing the day with someone special, we have highlighted some activities which we recommend that are fun and relaxing. Try at least one for  something out-of-the-norm.   1. Visit a Spa— Many people have never had a spa experience. And a few who have, would definitely love to enjoythe experience again. This can be a relaxing and healthy option to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Pamper yourself, and if you have a valentine, book a session for them also. Massages not only help the body to release toxins and function better, it can help to release endorphins into the bloodstream which makes you feel better. Be sure to also enjoy the sauna, steam or whirlpool. The result will be a more relaxed, happier and healthier you.   2. Take a Class— Inspired to try something really different? Then try taking a class doing something new and fun, especially if there’s been an interest there before. Motivate your significant other or friends in a quick workout class at the gym. Learn a new dance, maybe salsa, and have fun in a dance class. Discover a healthy and tasty recipe in a cooking class. Try out something brave in a surfing/skiing class. Try out swimming lessons. There are several types of classes you can take to try something different and new that will keep you active and on track with your healthy lifestyle.   3. Give a Gift of Health — Cards, flowers and chocolates aren’t the only gifts that are Valentine’s Day appropriate. Give a gift your fitness partner or friends would love like a sports watch, subscription to consultation with health and wellbeing practitioners online,  activity tracker, a yoga mat or their favourite healthy snack. You can also buy accessories such as headphones, a water bottle or that nice gym bag that they’ve mentioned. Workout gear and running shoes would also be great for the partner or friend who would rather hit the gym than a box of chocolates. Presenting these gifts will motivate your partner or friends to stay focused on their fitness goals or even begin considering one if there have been no goals.   4. Sign up on HealthWise— Invest in your health and that of your loved ones. Show them love by showing an interest in their health. You can take a decision that would make a big difference by joining Africa's #1 Telehealth solution provider. www.idhshealthwise.com is an online clinic where you can access hundreds of LICENSED HEALTHCARE & WELLBEING PROFESSIONALS caring for the health needs of you and all your loved ones.
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16 January, 2019
Self-medication is a plague that is gradually becoming a major global health issue. This is defined as the intake of drugs without a prescription from a doctor. These medicines are often referred to as ‘over the counter’ or ‘non-prescription’, and are found in pharmacies, supermarkets and other outlets. In most parts of Africa, you come across people selling these drugs by the roadside, or even on a bus. Self-medication might seem harmless, but we all need to consider the potential side effects it could cause on our health, thereby affecting our life. Self-medication can lead to drug addiction, allergy, habituation, worsening of ailment, incorrect diagnosis and dosage, or even disability and pre-mature death.  People take drugs without the prescription of a doctor for a number of reasons. While some aim for a reduction in the time and cost of clinical consultation, others simply trivialize illnesses and resort to self-medication. Other factors could be due to personal insecurities and fear of job loss due to diagnosed disease, mental illness, quick relief of pain, depression or even ignorance. Even when you think your symptoms or health issues are insignificant, if they are persistent, learn to seek help from a doctor. Technology has now brought access to doctors and hospitals into the palms of our hands. If you are considering visiting a health-care professional at your convenience and in the comfort of your home or office, then you should contact us at  www.idhshealthwise.com to see a Dr or Healthcare practitioner NOW.
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13 November, 2018
iDHS.HealthWise Supports World Antibiotics Awareness Week Since the discovery of Antibiotics, they have been a cornerstone of medicine and serve a major purpose in the treatment and cure of infectious diseases in humans and animals. However, Antibiotic resistance is increasing globally, this means that we are all at risk of serious infections because even common antibiotics would no longer work. We support WHO and other Global and Local Organisations in promoting the responsible prescribing and use of antibiotics to help curb the increasing resistance of microbes like bacteria to antibiotics. What is Antibiotic Resistance? Is the low or complete inability of antibiotics to treat various infections for which they are prescribed due to their persistent or regular misuse and overuse in humans and animals. This results in the microbes (like bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa) developing strains which become resistant to antibiotics drugs which become ineffective, a trend which is growing globally. What Causes Antibiotic Resistance? Excessive and unneccessary use of Antibiotics - Overuse of antibiotics inluding without a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner, use for conditions where they have no effect like for colds, flu, coughs and so on. Over prescribing of any anitibiotic by a qualified medical practitioner for instance for an extended period, in excess of the what is recommended in standard practice. Not completing the course of antibiotics which are correctly prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner because you feel better.   Why is Antibiotic Resistance  Such a Global Threat? Imagine a world where antibiotics no longer work .  Microbes like bacteria and viruses would readily spread and evolve into even more dangerous strains.  The simplest infections can easily degenerate into a more serious one which would lead to more readily spread of infection and more deaths.  Everyone would be at risk, including those who are ordinarily considered 'healthy'.   What Can We do to Stop this from Happening? Healthcare practitioners and workers must strive to follow global standards for antibiotic prescribing and best practice. Healthcare practitioners should avoid prescribing antibiotics for extended periods of time. Individuals MUST refrain from taking un-prescribed antibiotics even when they feel that symptoms are similar. Individuals MUST avoid taking antibiotics given to them by someone else. Individuals should seek advise and obtain a prescription from a qualified medical practitioner if they think antibiotics are needed. Individuals should ask their medical practitioner whether an antibiotic is needed particularly where diagnosis is for common colds, flu, cough. When antibiotics are prescribed, ensure you complete the course, even if you feel better or fully recovered. See the World Health Organisation's website at http://www.who.int/who-campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week for more information?.  If you require further information contact our team at cs@idhshealthwise.com or sign-up for our Newsletter for regular updates.
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18 September, 2018
Integrated Digital Healthcare system Ltd has launched its healthcare web-based platform iDHS.HealthWise in Nigeria.  The CEO, recently briefed the press on some of the many features of the platform which includes:   About iDHS.HealthWise We would like to introduce to you iDHS.Healthwise, a digital healthcare platform and Trademark of Integrated Digital Healthcare System Ltd (otherwise known as IDHS), a UK based company with a primary focus of bringing healthcare solutions to the people of Africa, the GCC and Europe. Our overall aim is to improve the health and wellness outcomes of our users by giving them access to health information, medical care, medical professionals and medical services. An online and web based healthcare platform as never before seen in West Africa with the following capabilities to mention a few: Online text, Audio & Video health consultation with a Global pool of General and Specialists medical doctors and other healthcare practitioners. Referral to reliable and reputable Hospitals, Pharmacists, Diagnostic centres Specialist doctors for face-to-face examination. Self-care modules to support those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and so on. Health Insurance policy for seamless end-to-end healthcare service via our platform. Pregnancy and Fertility Support A detailed Search filter which helps users find the most suitable medical practitioner for their health complaint. Easy payment systems. Confidential and Secure          
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18 July, 2018
2018 is officially under way, and with the new year comes reflection and excitement for new changes ahead. For many, the new year can be a great time to set personal intentions for improving various aspects of one’s health, whether for physical health, mental health, or emotional health. While losing weight is commonly considered to be the most popular New Year goal, not every health intention needs to be centered around weight loss or a number on a scale. Ditch resolutions that may be unrealistic and that lack a concrete plan on how they will be seen through to completion. Are you looking for intentions you can set for the upcoming year to improve your mental, emotional, and physical wellness? These intentions may be the perfect ones for you to try. They’re simple, easily customizable for your own life, and will leave you feeling happier and healthier all year long. Consciously reflect each day about what you are grateful for. “Stop and smell the roses” is a saying we’ve all heard a thousand times, but it holds a sentiment that when practiced can bring both your mind and body significant health benefits. This year, make it an intention to consciously reflect each day on the little things that happened for which you are thankful. You can do this in many different ways- whether it’s by taking a minute to jot down a few things in a journal, or by making the effort to tell people why you are grateful for them in your life. Expressing daily gratitude not only improves your mood, but also significantly improves your physical health as well. Need proof? Here are 3 science-backed reasons why you should commit to practicing daily gratitude to help to boost your overall health. Go meatless, just one day a week. We’re all about promoting healthy, well-rounded diets, and we know that there’s no one way of eating that works for everyone. However, one thing we can all agree on is that incorporating more veggies into your diet can bring about big health changes. Skipping the meat in favor for produce-packed meals just once a week is a tiny change with big impacts and implications. Not only will you be making an impact on the environment, but you’ll also benefit your health. Want to learn more? Here are 7 reasons to go meatless even for just one day a week– and some delicious meal ideas to get your creative cooking juices flowing. Ditch the diet- and focus on eating the rainbow. Thankfully, the conversation around dieting has made a dramatic shift to one around mindful and intuitive eating, moderation, including nutrient dense foods, and steering clear of labeling foods as “good” or “bad.” Forget counting calories, and instead focus on creative ways to pack fruits and vegetables from all colors of the spectrum into your diet. Not only will you be getting a wider range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but you’ll get to expand outside of your comfort zone. You may find delicious new foods and meals that become staples in your kitchen.  

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