What is health? How can I be healthy? These are the forever questions we are always looking to answer. Putting aside genetic programming or environmental exposures there is a pathway we can follow to be the healthiest our DNA code will allow.
Jumping right in, diet or better said “what you put into your body” is the first building block as to how you can best express health. I recommend to eat as close to a plant base diet as you can. The benefits of eating this way have been well documented including getting your protein straight from the source as opposed through the “middle man”; the animal. Our bodies are much more conducive to eating plants than animals. We should also try to stay away from processed food, rather eating as fresh as possible. Like they say with computers, garbage in – garbage out; it’s the same with your body.
We should exercise regularly. There are many forms of exercise, many pathways to take and various degrees of intensity. How ever you slice it, we need to move, to get our blood circulating and our lungs expanding. Exercise has shown to have a strong immune system boost, it keeps our bones strong and has a positive hormonal effect on our entire body. If you haven’t exercised in a while or if you have never exercised, start simple with some walking. As you start to train you will find your body and mind want more where the natural progression will be to pick up the intensity.
Never take for granted to importance of rest which not only includes sleep but plain old down time. Your psyche needs to just “chill”, this allows your adrenal glands to rest keeping you out of the constant flight or fight pattern we are always experiencing. A new study stated that Americans get on average 5 1/2 hours of sleep every night, yet science has said we need 8 hours. This means in a regular work week an average American is depriving themselves out of 12 1/2 hours of sleep. Sleep has also been shown to help the brain heal and rest. The brain controls all the body functions, so a well rested brain will improve all aspects of metabolism and immunity.
Speaking of your brain, it needs exercise too. This would mean reading, doing puzzles or watching “smart TV” such as documentaries or other programs that require thinking. There have been studies that link the slowing of dementia and reading daily. We need to work those neuronal connections so they stay sharp.
These are just a few of the important points to staying health naturally. It doesn’t take just one element, but when all are included it can help you reach your level of optimum daily and long term health.
Until Next Time,