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3 Pillars Of Health

August 04, 2021

You don't just want to feel and look better, you want to be your best self! We get it and totally support being a high achiever when it comes to your health and wellness. There are so many factors that come into play when looking to meet the goal of being your most vibrant self - from age, to where you live, to your fitness abilities, to your stress levels, to your microbiome, to your food sensitivities, and your genetics - all of these must be taken into consideration when making a plan to achieve optimal health. 

To complicate it even further, these factors are unique for everyone around the world. That alone makes it pretty obvious that there is no one-size-fits-all diet. Clarity on which actions to take towards your health goals can quickly become clouded by trends, studies, and new products. There is always new information offering 'the answer' to optimal health. 

At Just Add Water®, we’ve narrowed down the trends and science for you. According to the latest health studies as well as insight from our CEO, chef, nutritionist and Reiki master, Serena Poon, this is what to focus on to simplify your healthy lifestyle efforts: 

  1. GUT HEALTH
  2. BLOOD SUGAR
  3. INFLAMMATION

Simple enough? Here’s an overview of each of these pillars to help you create plans and routines that fit your needs. 

3 pillars of health

 

1. GUT HEALTH 

Probiotics & Prebiotics

Simply put, probiotics promote the growth of “good bacteria.” and prebiotics are the fiber foods which feed bacteria. Focusing on whole foods that are rich in probiotics and prebiotics can help with your weight-loss goals and optimize many elements of your overall health. 


Signs Of Poor Gut Health  

Stomach disturbances like gas, bloating, constipation, and heartburn, a diet craving high processed foods and added sugars - which cause inflammation, unintentional weight changes, sleep disturbances or constant fatigue, skin irritation, and food intolerances.


Gut-Brain Connection

The more experiences, good sleep, and nutrient dense foods you give your brain to work with, the more it learns and establishes connections. We all must work with the body and genes that we are born with, however, gut health, sleep habits, and positive self-talk can help improve your brain function. Read more on the gut-brain connection here.


How Gut Health Affects Your Other Organ Systems (endocrine system, immune system, digestive system)

Poor gut health has been linked to estrogen-related diseases such as PCOS, endometriosis, and even breast cancer. When there is imbalance in your gut, it can confuse your immune system causing it to start attacking your own cells. If your immune system is busy attacking healthy cells, it puts you more at risk to get sick and makes it harder on your body to recover. Research suggests that your gut bacteria is tied to your probability of things such as diabetes, obesity, depression, and colon cancer. 


Just Add Water® To Support Gut Health

Just Add Water® is gut-healing, full of probiotics, prebiotics, maca powder, super greens, and more essential nutrients! PLUS, it is an all-natural, plant-based product! While your primary intake of probiotics should be from whole foods, you can always supplement with a product like Just Add Water®. 

Sources of probiotics

How Prebiotics Improve Gut Health

2. BLOOD SUGAR BALANCE

Effects Of High Blood Sugar

Blood with high glucose levels can cause widespread damage, including damage to the blood vessels and kidneys. These organs play a huge role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. If they experience damage, blood pressure can rise, increasing the risk of further complications. 


Signs Of Blood Sugar Imbalance

Individuals who experience blood sugar imbalances experience fatigue, irritability, weakness, blurred vision, headaches, and increased thirst. 


Foods that escalate blood sugar levels - Foods that cause blood sugar level to rise the most are those high in carbohydrates, such as rice, bread, fruits, and sugar. Next are foods high in protein, such as meats, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products, and oily foods.


How To Cut Sugar From Your Diet & Why

Cutting sugar in your diet can reduce risks of health conditions. Replacing high sugar foods with healthful options can help a person get all the essential vitamins and minerals without the added calories. 

  • Toss the table sugar
  • Swap out sodas
  • Eat fresh fruits
  • Compare foods labels and choose products with the lowest amount of added sugars 
  • Limit non-nutritive sweeteners 

Just Add Water® For Blood Sugar Balance 

Eat whole foods and also consider introducing a daily probiotic/prebiotic supplement like - Just Add Water® 

 

3. INFLAMMATION 

Good Inflammation vs. Harmful Chronic Inflammation

Acute inflammation is how your body fights invaders that may cause infection, as well as being a part of the healing process, in this case, inflammation is a good thing. But, when inflammation is bad, inflammation ignites a long list of disorders: arthritis, asthma, blindness, cancers, diabetes, and mental illness. 

Signs of Chronic Inflammation In The Body

  • Redness & heat
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Loss of functions


Neuroinflammation

Your brain can’t tell you it’s in pain due to inflammation, but neuroinflammation is a real thing. You will get signals however, when your brain is suffering from the effects of chronic inflammation. What are those signs? 

  • Brain fog & impaired memory
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Lethargy and sleep issues
  • Nausea
  • Headaches & neck stiffness
  • Vision Issues 

Read more on neuroinflammation here.  


How to Reduce Harmful Inflammation Levels In Your Body 

  • Anti-inflammatory foods - blueberries, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, water 
  • Eliminate inflammatory foods - alcohol, sugar, processed foods, fried foods 
  • Make time to exercise daily
  • Manage stress

9 Foods To Reduce Chronic Inflammation

Just Add Water® To Reduce Inflammation

Antioxidants in Just Add Water® support brain health, increase dopamine, learning, memory, and mindfulness.

One of our star ingredients, Maca, has benefits such as memory recall ability, reversing age-related cognitive decline, decreasing exercise related stress, supporting your immune system, keeping your thyroid healthy, increasing sexual desire, balancing your hormone levels, and helping to manage PMS symptoms. 

Another star ingredient, Ceylon Cinnamon, is not only a natural blood thinner, it also is shown to strengthen capillaries and offer protection against heart disease and cancers. Ceylon cinnamon contains antioxidants, antimicrobial, and digestion supporting elements. 

In Closing:

By focusing on these three pillars of health, you can improve your overall health and longevity. Reducing inflammation, keeping your blood sugar levels low, and having a healthy microbiome are all associated with less risk of cancers, diabetes, degenerative diseases, heart disease, and obesity. If you have questions on want more details about creating a lifestyle around these objectives, follow Just Add Water® on Instagram! @justaddwaterinc 





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