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!
How committed am I?
There are studies that have linked poor oral health to systemic inflammation and cardiovascular disease. When something is systemic that means it is throughout the body. It cannot be said enough how much flossing and brushing your teeth supports your overall health.
There are studies that have linked physical exercise to the body producing high levels of anti-inflammatory properties. This means when you exercise your body produces chemicals that enable it to fight off inflammation that causes disease, illness, pain, syndromes, etc. Visualize inflammation as 'pink and puffy' occurring inside the body just as 'pink and puffy' show up outside of the body.
There is a study that found just 2-1/2 hours of housework a week can help decrease inflammation in the body. While physical exercise is certainly the better way to stay fit, it is true that housework can also help burn calories and decrease inflammation in the body. If you considered getting up and moving around the house part of your daily exercise routine, you would have a cleaner house and a stronger body.
Research indicates that chronic stress changes gene activity of immune cells before they enter the bloodstream. So even when there is no infection or trauma to fight, the immune cells are present and ready to attack, which then leads to increased inflammation. Studies show how financial stress or those in a poor socioeconomic status have higher inflammation in the body than those who do not have this type of stress. Financial stress can definitely impact your health.
The one health topic that every single person should educate themselves on is 'inflammation'. The more you educate yourself on inflammation the more productive you will be in maintaining Good health. Your overall work ethic should begin with your physical and spiritual health, not your career, profession or job. The productivity you have over your own body (not your job) is the most important.
Come on, we all know what foods make us feel bloated, inflamed and lethargic. Anti-inflammatory foods are like popping a balloon with a pin because they deflate the inflammatory process. Boxed, packaged, refined, baked and processed foods are INFLAMMATORY! And worse yet, if you fry those foods they are a double-dose of INFLAMMATION! Eating real food (not fake factory man-made food) is where your healthy living begins and inflammation ends.
Choose two (2) of the 'Vitamin F - EFAs' foods below
and incorporate them into your diet today.
DESCRIPTION: Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be made by the body and have to be supplied through nutrients. These EFA's are also known as unsaturated fatty acids or polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are often advised to patients from doctors to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure levels and reduce strokes and heart attacks.
FOOD SOURCES: Omega-6 fatty acids: almonds, avocado, bee pollen, fruits, garlic, ginger, licorice root, nuts, olive oil, oranges, parsley, peanuts, pecans, root vegetables, seeds, spinach, spirulina, all kinds of sprouts, sunflower seeds, vegetable oil, wheatgerm, wheat, wheatgrass and grains.
Omega-3 fatty acids: these are hard to find in the diet . . . deep-green vegetables and fish oils, flax see, hemp seed, pumpkin seed, canola, soybean, walnuts, wheatgerm, chia, kukui (candlenut)
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