Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a real term used in healthcare that refers to daily basic self-care activities in an individual's residence, outdoor environment or both. The ability or inability that an individual performs their ADLs is a measure of the functional status of the individual, particularly the injured, those with disabilities and the elderly. Very young children require assistance from adults to perform ADLs since they have not yet developed the skills necessary to perform ADLs on their own.
Basic ADLs (bADLs) are the things we normally do such as bathing, dressing, feeding ourselves, functional mobility, personal hygiene and grooming. Instrumental ADLs (iADLs) are things such as housework, money management, preparing meals, shopping and work.
Sometimes it is necessary to review the rules of kindergarten to remember how to be nice to others and use Good manners. And sometimes we just need to go back to the basics of the 'Activities of Daily Living' in order to take better care of ourselves and start living Life rightly.
Below you will see 7 simple activities to accomplish at some point during the day all under the motivation of the the daily mentation question below. You have 24 hours to get through this question along with the 7 activities. READY? SET? GO!
What visual gets most of my attention?
Brush and floss regularly. Research indicates that oral problems can be a symptom of other diseases, such as diabetes. The keyword here is 'symptom'. Research has linked gum disease to heart disease, diabetes, premature birth and even arthritis." The mouth is a portal into the rest of the body." ~Dr. Donald Ratcliffe
Any suffix ending in "itis" means 'inflammation of'. Arthritis, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, colitis, fascitis, myofascitis, etc., are all inflammatory conditions. The job of chronic inflammation is to cause tissue damage or even to the kill tissue. This is why you must address inflammation at the onset. Inflammation is the bodies 'natural response' to heal it, not kill it. As with everything in Life, too much of a Good thing, isn't. After exercise, one tool for accelerated recovery is to use cold water therapy after your workout to help clear inflammatory biological (cellular) markers. Cold water or ice also lowers inflammation and facilitates muscle repair.
Clear your refrigerator of too many reminders that could end up causing you confusion. Replace the pictures and messages with healthy mottos and pictures that promote Good health. And if you prefer a perfectly clean refrigerator (like me) free of pictures and messages, then take the time to wash it down and clean the top.
Address the financial elephant in the room. If there is a bill that has been nothing but a pain in your side, then address it today. Pick up the phone and call the person who may have ideas on how to lower or alleviate the payment. If you need to sell something (car or house) start doing your research.
The minute you feel yourself go into a funk or lazy mode, call yourself out on it and then get up and do the task. Make yourself reflexive to action rather than procrastinate to action. I will typically always volunteer to run downstairs to get something because it makes me get up and go. I like that 'get up and go' feeling. It makes me happy and perky. I think it will do the same for you.
Design a new route in your mind when you go to the grocery store. Shop the entire perimeter first because that is where the 'real food' is located. Boxed, packaged, refined, baked and processed food (fake food or man-made food) is in the aisles.
Choose two (2) of the 'VITAMIN D' foods below and incorporate them into your diet today. Get creative!
FOOD SOURCES: Alfalfa and their sprouts, avocado, bee pollen, butter, carrots, chickweed, comfrey, cod liver oil, dairy products fortified with Vitamine D, egg yolk, fish liver oils, fish having fat distributed throughout its flesh, garlic, halibut, herring, leafy greens, lemongrass, liver, mackerel, marshmellow root, milk, mushrooms, oatmeal, oysters, salmon, sardines, seeds, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, tuna, vegetable oil and yeast. Best source is the sunlight.
**This web site's goal is to provide you with information that may be useful in attaining optimal health. Nothing in it is meant as a prescription or as medical advice. You should check with your physician before implementing any changes in your exercise or lifestyle habits, especially if you have physical problems or are taking medications of any kind.