Many observations can be made about the incredibly brilliant biological system known as the human body, but one that has always fascinated me is how resilient and forgiving the body is when we neglect and abuse it. Many people misinterpret this to mean they have free license to eat and behave in whatever ways they want because the body will always recover. If you buy a new car and use the wrong gasoline while never servicing it or changing the tires or cleaning it inside and out, how long do you think that car will last? No long! Our bodies love to be in homeostasis (metabolic equilibrium). Every organ system is constantly working to maintain balance so we can experience life in a healthy and normal way. But this doesn’t happen in a vacuum, you must feed your body critical nutrients from whole, fresh food and avoid the myriad of toxins that pollute our food and water supply. You must also exercise the body by engaging the muscular and cardiovascular systems. The question of health or disease often comes down to individual responsibility. It’s extremely important to make good choices with your attitude, habits, diet, and lifestyle. It’s sad, but many people don’t know what good health feels like. If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer poor health, lack energy and vitality, are overweight, taking too many prescription medications, and feel like you’re just “existing”, then I hope the following information will be a starting point for you on a path to regaining your health and building a strong body and mind!
YOUR 2016 GUIDE TO HEALTHY LIVING:
1) Do not smoke, and drink alcohol only in moderation.
It goes without saying that smoking will kill you. If it doesn’t kill you quickly then you can expect to have bad breath, cardiovascular problems, premature aging, and an increased risk for virtually every cancer science has identified. Excessive alcohol intake can have the same health consequences, so limit your consumption to no more than one or two drinks per day.
2) Get enough sleep.
Currently, 40 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disturbance. While you sleep your body’s repair mechanisms are active. If you are not getting enough sleep your body can’t repair and restore, which will eventually lead to a break down in physiological and psychological health.
3) Get regular physical exercise.
Can you guess what the fountain of youth is? That’s right, it’s EXERCISE!! If you want to live a long, healthy, and happy life you MUST engage in regular physical exercise. With exercise your body becomes stronger, functions more efficiently, and has greater endurance. The transport of oxygen and nutrients into the cells is enhanced while the body effectively eliminates carbon dioxide and waste products. This process increases energy and stamina and assists in the detoxification of harmful substances. Physical exercise will give you strong muscles and dense bone tissue, enhance circulation and lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease, strengthen your immune system, aid digestion and elimination, improve mood and sleep pattern, and help you maintain a healthy weight. Remember, the greater your muscle mass, the greater your fat burning capacity. YOUR LIFE IS TOO IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE TO NOT BE EXERCISING!!
4) Get your stress level under control.
Stress is a fact of life, and some types of stress can actually be a good motivator, but it’s important to manage damaging stress in a positive way. Don’t get caught in the pattern of overeating, drinking to excess, doing drugs, or smoking to cope with your environmental stressors. Instead, try meditation to calm the mind and develop a positive attitude. In my experience, physical exercise is the best stress reducing activity, and also an exceptional antidepressant. Engage in a regular, higher intensity exercise program to manage chronic stress. You could also try a proven adrenal support formula. Nutrition science has given us some very effective botanical adaptogens that can support a normal stress response.
5) Eat whole, fresh, organic or chemical free food. Organic food in its whole form, or as your grandmother called it “food”, contains all the nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants your body needs to function at an optimal level. If you’re buying and eating packaged, highly processed, convenience type foods and/or eating “fast junk food” from restaurants then you are overdosing on sugar, refined carbohydrates, trans-fats, preservatives, sodium, and harmful chemical additives. The human body is certainly resilient, but a lifetime of eating this way will make you sick and unhealthy, and increase your risk of developing a disease or disorder. Every meal you eat should contain some variety of fruit or vegetable and a quality protein. Carbohydrates should come from sweet potatoes, yams, rice, quinoa, and all fruits. Fats and oils should come from olive, avocado, nuts/seeds, fish, and grass-fed beef. Limit your intake of preserved (cured) meats and sodium. Eat organic or natural raised whenever possible. Did you know that 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides and herbicides are sprayed or added to food crops each year? That’s roughly five pounds of pesticides for eachman, woman, and child. You’re rolling the dice if you think it’s “ok” to put these chemicals in your body year after year!
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