3 Daily Habits To Boost Your Immune Health

3 Daily Habits To Boost Your Immune Health

As the seasons change, our immune systems let us know. Our immune systems can especially take a hit during spring, as we venture outside more often and come into contact with pollutants and particulate matter, especially if we live in cities or are allergic to pollen.

In addition, the time change we have when we “spring forward” can interrupt our regular sleep cycles, which impacts our overall health – including our immune health.

Here are 3 daily habits you can use to naturally boost your defenses against illness!

Improve Your Healthy Lifestyle

Your immune system is a system, and before you begin forming new habits, you should treat it as such. There are many things researchers still don’t know about the immune response, but so far the research indicates that like most bodily processes, it’s interconnected with all parts of your health and lifestyle.

Diet, exercise, age, stress, and other factors have been shown to impact immune response. So improving key areas of your health should help bolster your immunity. Here are some ways you can improve your lifestyle:

  • Get the right amount of sleep every day. Your body works to reduce toxins throughout your body and brain as you rest, so getting the right amount of sleep is essential for better immune health.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking puts stress on your lungs and impacts your cardiovascular system as well. There is an incredible amount of toxins in cigarette smoke: this greatly adds to your chronic inflammation and oxidative stress levels.
  • Take extra steps to avoid infection, like washing your hands frequently and trying to not touch your face.
  • Exercise regularly. This helps improve your cardiovascular health, floods you with good endorphins, and relieves stress. Exercise has been shown in many studies to improve immune function as well.
  • Take steps to relieve psychological stress. Exercising will help relieve some of your stress, but try to work self-care into your daily routines, like meditation, yoga, or reading before bed.

Improve Your Diet

Healthy immune systems need healthy, balanced, and vitamin-rich diets. Research has shown that those who are consistently malnourished, are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. 

Malnourishment hides itself well; many cases are simply people with very low levels of certain vitamins and minerals – but they do not appear malnourished at all. The elderly are known for this sort of malnourishment too.

There is some evidence in animal studies that certain vitamin deficiencies, like zinc, iron, folic acid, vitamins c, e, and D3, and more – can alter the immune response. Human studies looking at infection rates in elderly populations after supplementation with vitamin C have shown great success with just this one simple change. 

Thankfully, it’s possible to get your necessary and essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals from a well-rounded diet. But if you don’t like eating vegetables often or find it is impossible to eat the recommended 7-8 servings a day, you can fill gaps in your diet with a well-rounded daily multivitamin and appropriate additional supplementation.

Supplement Where Necessary

Ideally, you should be getting all the nutrients your immune system needs to function from your diet. Your body absorbs vitamins better when they’re part of a balanced meal. But there is no harm in appropriately supplementing for an additional boost – especially during seasons where you might more easily get sick.

Our Tart Cherry Extract is naturally packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off harmful free radicals, which can impact every cell in your body – including those involved in your immune response. It also naturally contains melatonin to help promote healing, restful sleep.

Our Herbal Immunity Defense Multi is developed with clean and potent ingredients clinically proven to boost immunity. Elderberry, Echinacea, Quercetin, Schisandra, and more all work together to give your body its best shot at fighting off invaders. These ingredients work to boost your defenses against oxidative stress, decrease harmful inflammation throughout your body, boost energy levels, and more. 

Many people interested in staying well during flu season take elderberry and echinacea as a matter of course on a seasonal basis.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Eat These Vegetables To Revamp Your Health

Eat These Vegetables To Revamp Your Health

At Well Theory, we believe that the little choices we make every day can have a huge impact on our overall health. 

When and how often you exercise, how much sleep you get, and what kinds of food you eat all impact every aspect of your health – even areas you don’t expect.

For example, the food you eat contributes to your gut health - which can impact inflammation levels throughout your body - from your joints, to your brain, and more.

Read More: How Gut Health Can Help Brain Inflammation

Today, we’re going to talk about a few vegetables you can add to your diet to support healthy digestion and better overall wellness.

The Role Of Fiber In Digestive Health

First, let’s talk about the role fiber plays in your digestive health. Fiber helps regulate bacteria in your digestive tract and keeps things moving at a regular pace, preventing indigestion. Fiber prevents constipation and is known to be heart-healthy. 

Fiber is the indigestible part of many plants. Some call fiber ‘roughage’. Some fiber dissolves in water and some does not.

Fiber is mostly found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes - not necessarily animal products. If you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet, then you don’t necessarily need to worry about your fiber intake. ‘Enough’ is about 8 servings a day.

Some of us can achieve this with diet. But if you notice that you aren’t “regular,” chances are, you need to increase the amount of servings of plant-based foods you eat every day.

If you have to increase the amount of vegetables you eat, start slowly – give your digestive system time to adjust. Here are some vegetables you can start including in your diet:

5 Vegetables That Can Help Revamp Your Digestive Health

Artichokes

Artichokes are fiber-rich but also provide prebiotics. A prebiotic is merely a food source for the bacteria that dominate your gut. Good prebiotics help support the good bacteria in your gut. Bad prebiotics like highly processed and engineered foods do not. 

Probiotics are living strains of bacteria that add to the good population in your gut. Prebiotics and probiotics are essential in maintaining your gut health, and your gut health is key to maintaining your overall health.

Recent studies are showing that poor gut health is linked to conditions like anxiety, obesity, diabetes, and chronic inflammation. 

Squash/Zucchini

Squash and zucchini are extremely versatile! They also provide both types of fiber – soluble and insoluble, making absorption easy. Roast them in the oven with olive oil and seasonings to taste – and serve with other vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, and more to make an easy dinner.

Read More: How Olive Oil Can Reduce Oxidative Stress

Leafy Greens

Leafy vegetables like kale and spinach provide a robust amount of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants – and are also a great source of fiber! Collard greens are another awesome source of dietary fibers.

Celery

Celery may seem like it has no nutritional value, but it does! It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory nutrients. It also contains a type of sugar that can reduce stomach ulcers – and contains a large amount of water, which is great for digestion as well. Celery is also high in iron, as is spinach and other leafy greens.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber – containing up to 5 grams of fiber in one cup of cooked broccoli. Broccoli, of the Brassica family, is really a superfood. Any cruciferous vegetable will give you ample fiber.

In a recent animal experiment, researchers discovered that broccoli activated a receptor within the gut that is linked to reducing inflammation. 

For an easy and delicious broccoli recipe, visit our Herbal Kitchen to access our free recipe and learn more about broccoli’s amazing health benefits.

All highly-pigmented fruits and vegetables have one thing in common – the phytochemicals responsible for their coloring gives them a high antioxidant content.

If you aren’t getting enough antioxidants in your diet, or getting the right amount of sleep, exercise, etc., your body will struggle with oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals outnumber antioxidants in your body, and they can damage surrounding cells, causing inflammation and pain.

Many of our products, like our Tart Cherry Extract, are antioxidant-rich to support your health goals. Click below to shop our Easter Sale so you can give your body the nutritional boost it needs!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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[Webinar] The Building Blocks Of The Mediterranean Diet

[Webinar] The Building Blocks Of The Mediterranean Diet

In this webinar hosted by Dr. Meredith Warner’s clinic, Warner Orthopedics & Wellness, Dr. Warner talked about the effects of inflammation on the body, from oxidative stress to lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and more.

The Mediterranean Diet is a fantastic way to help prevent inflammation and disease in the body! This diet is touted by The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization as being among the healthiest diets that exist in the world today.

The Mediterranean Diet focuses on the consumption of lean proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetable, whole grains, and olive oil as a healthy fat.

Make sure to watch our video to hear Dr. Meredith Warner break down the basics of this diet, as well as help you find natural solutions to inflammation.

Find Inflammation Relief With Well Theory

These Well Theory products are designed by Dr. Meredith Warner herself for your wellness! Each product incorporates powerful, natural ingredients for pain and inflammation relief.

Chronic inflammation can impact virtually every part of your body – which is why it’s so important to have options for pain relief close at hand.

Our Pain Relief + Recovery Cream is designed to soothe away pain while reducing inflammation over time – using natural ingredients like PEA, Turmeric, Menthol, and more to help you keep inflammation in check without medicinal fog.

Tart cherry juice has been recommended to help alleviate pain + inflammation in conditions like arthritis and gout.

This Tart Cherry Extract supplement should be a staple in your anti-inflammatory routine. This supplement is packed with antioxidants, which help to neutralize damaging free radicals that may contribute to oxidative stress.

Our new Joint Health Multi is a powerhouse supplement for reducing pain and inflammation throughout your musculoskeletal system.

Its natural ingredients, like Turmeric, PEA, and Ginger are not only powerful pain relievers – they also give you a powerful antioxidant boost, which protects your joints from damaging free radicals.

These CBD Softgels give you a convenient dose of Full Spectrum CBD – so you can experience the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD without any dosage guesswork.

CBD engages your body’s endocannabinoid system to quell your over-eager inflammatory response. This helps reduce inflammation throughout your body, leading to less pain and better mobility.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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5 Things To Know About Oxidative Stress & Free Radicals

5 Things To Know About Oxidative Stress & Free Radicals

Free radicals come from the normal metabolic processes of our cells.

For example, we use oxygen, in combination with food, to form energy that our cells can utilize. The chemical processes that achieve the formation of energy take place in the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the engines of the cell and are responsible for many baseline functions of life.

When we breathe, we gather oxygen in the lungs and this is dispersed to all the cells of the body by way of circulation (blood flow). The oxygen combines with fuel (food) to form usable fuel for the cells. 

When the cells use this oxygen to form energy, free radicals are formed. This is due to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production by the mitochondrial engine.

The by-product of this process are free radicals.

1. What Causes Oxidative Stress?

Free radicals are a normal part of life. The chemical process of fuel production is called cellular redox. We mostly think of free radicals as ‘bad.’ However, free radicals are beneficial to the cells, but only in small amounts.

Larger amounts of free radicals are damaging and are the actual source of what is called ‘oxidative stress’. In small amounts, the by-products of cellular redox systems can help cellular responses and immune function. But at oxidative stress levels, cell structures are damaged.

Oxidative stress plays a large role in what we call ‘lifestyle diseases’. These include cancers, arthritis, aging, autoimmune disorders neurodegenerative problems, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

So, in theory, if we can manage our free radicals properly, we can prevent or manage these diseases.

2. What Are Free Radicals, & What Do They Do?

A molecule with one or more unpaired electrons is called a free radical. These are formed from the breakup of a chemical bond. Each fragment of the formerly bound molecules keeps one electron.

This happens during aerobic respiration in the mitochondria and also from enzymatic processes during cell functions. Radiation and toxins can also cause these molecules to split and form free radicals.

Free radicals can also come from immune cell activation, excessive exercise, ischemia, infection, aging, cancer and inflammation. 

Air and water pollution, cigarette smoke, heavy metals, some drugs and alcohol can also cause free radicals to form.

Read More: How Pollution Causes Oxidative Stress

3. How Oxidative Stress & Free Radicals Are Connected

The excessive free radicals and oxidants cause oxidative stress. This is when normal cells are destroyed by the radicals.

Other structures like proteins, lipids, lipoproteins, and DNA are also targets of excessive ROS. The free radicals cause oxidation of normal structures. This means that an electron is stolen from the normal structure to complete the pair of the free radical.

Remember that the free radical is a byproduct and consists of a molecule with an unpaired and lonely electron. Electrons are negatively charged structures. The electrons want to exist with a partner, to form a pair.

The free radical will take this pair from the closest or most convenient source. Too often, this is a normal and needed structure in your body. Oxidation of DNA causes mutations. Oxidation of cell membranes will destroy them. Oxidation of proteins changes the structure in a bad way.

4. How Does This Affect the Body?

The human body has a system in place to keep a proper balance of reactive oxygen species or free radicals. We use antioxidants to achieve this goal.

The antioxidants attach themselves to the free radicals and neutralize them before they can cause damage. Antioxidants are either produced by the human body or brought into the human body through diet or supplements. It is possible to enhance immunity and prevent cancer and degenerative diseases if this balance is in place.

Antioxidants exists to neutralize the free radicals. The antioxidant takes the free electron and sequesters and controls it.

We make our own antioxidants. However, due to diet, stress, lack of sleep, pollution and lifestyle we do not make enough and at the same time produce more free radicals than the human body should.

This is why antioxidant supplements are crucial for long-term health and optimal aging.

5. Here’s How To Fight Oxidative Stress, Naturally

Our antioxidant supplements help your body maintain the proper balance of these powerful and dangerous molecules.

Our Herbal Immunity Defense Supplements are formulated with natural ingredients to help fight the effects of oxidative stress. These ingredients include:

  • Echinacea Purpurea
  • Schisandra Berry
  • Elderberry
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pine Bark Extract
  • And Quercetin

Whether you are wanting to block free radicals, alleviate inflammation, or protect your immune system from outside dangers, this complex can keep your system functioning properly to keep you healthy.

Order this complex today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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How Olive Oil Reduces Oxidative Stress

How Olive Oil & Healthy Fats Reduce Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress can also change the activity of our cell proteins by changing intracellular calcium concentrations, DNA and RNA activation or inactivation and by changing phosphorylation status of various molecules.

Overall, oxidative stress is massively destructive and should be avoided. Thankfully, certain dietary measures can help ameliorate this destruction.

The Truth About Healthy Fats

For decades now our nutritionists, government, and food industry lobbies have told us that high-fat diets are bad. However, the Mediterranean diet is a contradiction to that belief. This relatively higher fat diet is actually extremely healthy.

Those on such a diet have far less cardiovascular disease or death and also far fewer problems with chronic inflammation. Part of the reason this is true of this delicious diet is the preference for olive oil over other types.

In studies of animals fed certain diets a surprising finding exists. Rats fed an olive-oil rich diet had less ROS production by their macrophages (immune cells) than those on a fish-oil-rich diet or corn-oil-rich diet.

Also, the ratio of nitric-oxide to ROS changes for the better with olive oil. There is more NO and these enhanced levels allow lower doses of antihypertensive medications to be taken as well.

How Olive Oil Relieves Oxidative Stress

Lipid peroxidation is the direct result of oxidative stress and is though to be the primary reason for chronic disease and aging. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and these are less oxidizable than polyunsaturated fats (PUFA).

An olive-oil-rich diet should reduce cell membrane susceptibility to the oxidation of its lipids. Laboratory measures of oxidative stress are significantly reduced when conversion to an olive-oil-rich diet take place.

For those with high cholesterol, olive oil has been found to reduce susceptibility to lipid peroxidation. This benefit is due to the phytosterols found only in olive oil.

Remember olive oil the next time that you are cooking at home. The benefits of a good, virgin or extra virgin olive oil are immense and not to be overlooked.

More Ways To Relieve Oxidative Stress

At Well Theory, we offer a wide range of products that help to naturally support your health. 

Most of us aren’t getting enough antioxidants in our diets – or are living lifestyles that do not support sufficient antioxidant production. This makes antioxidant supplementation both a necessary and effective solution for avoiding oxidative stress! 

This supplment is packed with rich antioxidant ingredients including Elderberry, Echinacea, Quercetin, Schisandra, and more!

These ingredients help to increase energy levels and detox free radicals so your immune system has a fighting chance.

 

One of the best ways to fight oxidative stress is to ensure that your body is getting the right amount of vitamins + minerals it needs to produce its own antioxidants.

This CBD Multi contains clinically high dosings of essential vitamins and minerals to ensure all the gaps in your diet are getting filled – and also contains CBD, a natural antioxidant, to boost your intake.

Offers you a tasteless & easy-to-swallow option to consume your daily dose of CBD so you can support your health goals.

CBD is naturally antioxidant, and this product gives you a high-quality, potent, and standard dose every day to support your antioxidant intake.

We also have curated our best resources for learning more about oxidative stress and how to combat it within the comfort of your own home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Start Cooking with CBD Oil

Start Cooking with CBD Oil

How To Cook With CBD

use these tips to incorporate CBD into your daily life:

CBD has been taking the medical and wellness communities by storm, and that has resulted in a rapid influx of commercially-made products – from vitamins, to gummies, ingestible oils, and even cosmetics, CBD has arrived on the commercial market and it’s here to stay.

More people are choosing to include CBD products in their daily routines as supplements, but what if you could incorporate it into something you do every day – by using it in your meals? 

While it does take longer to feel the effects of CBD when it’s eaten, the effects are known to last longer. The ingredients in edibles are released slowly into the system as it is digested, and remain steady over the course of digestion.

CBD oil is most often used in edibles. These oils are usually Full Spectrum, which means they contain all the beneficial compounds of the industrial hemp plant, including trace (legal) amounts of THC or Broad Spectrum, which contains all the beneficial compounds except THC. CBD is one of the many naturally-occurring chemical compounds found in the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants.

Unlike THC (the psychoactive element of cannabis,) CBD cannot get you high. It does, however, have proven anti-inflammatory, pain-fighting, and anxiety-reducing properties.

When small doses are taken daily, a slow, natural, and steady return to hormonal balance and overall well-being can occur. Including CBD in a ritual you complete at one to three times a day is a great way to get the dosage you need – without interrupting your daily routines.

How To Cook With CBD

The first thing you have to remember when cooking with CBD is that you shouldn’t actually “cook” it in the traditional sense. CBD has been shown to lose its efficacy when it’s heated. Therefore, it is not recommended as a cooking oil – you should not use it while sauteing, baking, boiling, or frying anything that requires it to be heated over 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

CBD will begin to break down and evaporate anywhere from 320-350 degrees, so while you can heat it somewhat, it is not recommended. CBD oil is commonly described as an “earthy” tasting olive oil that gets more bitter when heated – so be careful with how much you use and how much you heat it.

It’s best used as a finishing oil or in dishes that don’t require heating to be prepared – such as smoothies, pestos, and salad dressings.

Cannabinoids bind well to fat and oil-based ingredients - so use it with some sort of grease or fat. This way, you can take full advantage of the benefits in your CBD oil.

Less Is More

Again, CBD is not psychoactive and has few, if any, negative side effects. Even so, it is important to start with smaller doses to see how you respond – and consult with your physician to make sure it will not interact with any medications you are taking.

Because CBD is a supplement and not a heavily standardized medication, some trial and error is necessary – your experience will be different from anyone else’s. 

Thankfully, CBD is a forgiving compound. Just remember that less is more, especially if you are new to supplementing with CBD.

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Another great way to start getting CBD into your diet is through taking a supplement. We developed our CBD Softgels to give you a potent, fast-absorbing source of CBD in a standard dose.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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How To Overcome Emotional Eating

How To Overcome Emotional Eating

At some point, almost everyone has struggled with emotional eating.

There’s nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence, but if it becomes a habit, it can be costly – both financially, physically, and mentally. Ultimately, using emotional eating instead of finding healthier coping mechanisms can distract you from the real work of finding mental balance, so it’s important to keep it in check.

Here are some ways you can overcome emotional eating:

First, What Is Emotional Eating?

Emotional eating is, simply put, when your emotions, not your physical hunger, guide what you eat, how much of it you eat, and what time you eat it.

It’s not always something you’ll struggle with after an intense period of stress or grief. Emotional overeating can occur in response to seemingly “mild” emotions like daily anxiety or even just boredom.

But there are ways to get yourself back into alignment with your natural hunger instincts. Here are a few ways you can kick emotional eating to the curb:

First, Check In With Yourself

It’s important to ask yourself some questions to make sure you have an understanding of whether or not you’re emotionally eating in the first place – and if so, what’s triggering it.

  • When was the last time you felt hungry?
  • Do you normally eat until only until you’re full, or do you often feel too full or sluggish after eating?
  • Do you eat regular meals, or do you eat at random hours throughout the day?
  • Do you see food as a reward?

If you can’t remember the last time you felt hunger, or normally feel sluggish or too full after eating, that may indicate that you don’t wait until you’re hungry to eat – which may indicate that you’re eating according to your emotions instead of simply sating your natural hunger pangs.

If you don’t eat regular meals, instead eating mostly snack food throughout the day or raiding the fridge in the middle of the night, this may also indicate emotional eating as well.

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While treating yourself to takeout or “junk” food on occasion is perfectly normal behavior, if you see food as a reward for completing a task at work, making it through a difficult week, etc., this may also point towards emotional eating.

How To Eat Mindfully

Lately, the idea of “intuitive eating” has suffused the wellness world. This is a term that describes bodily awareness as its related to hunger. It involves waiting for your body to cue that it’s hungry before you start eating, and trying to give it what it needs.

A good way to start this practice is to increase your water intake. Many of us aren’t drinking enough water, and this can lead to headaches, fatigue, and more. Instead of mindlessly drinking coffee and forgetting to hydrate with water, commit to drinking the daily recommended amount of water by setting timers, buying a premeasured water bottle, etc.

Whenever you’re hungry, set aside time to focus only on eating. If you can, step away from your desk and give yourself at least 20-30 minutes to eat mindfully. This will help you stop eating whenever you feel full because you’re fully focused on the meal instead of mindlessly eating while staring at a computer screen.

At Well Theory, our goal is to help you live a better, more mindful life. Our CBD Multi is designed to help you fill common nutritional gaps, so you can live a life with intention. 

CBD has also been shown to curb anxiety, which may help you along your mindful eating journey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation