How happy are you about your current level of health?
Ever suffer from low energy, bad back or lack of motivation?
Like most people these days, most of us are doing the workload or two or three people a few years before us. Add this to the challenges of running families and finances smoothly and it’s easy to slip into the habit of drinking for the wrong reasons, eating too much junk food and getting depressed – it’s down hill from there!
Fortunately all is not lost, there is a straight forward way to get back on track. Below are the building blocks of health – get these right and you have the foundations from which to build as well as significantly minimise the risk of developing something nasty.
You’ll need about 10 minutes to read through them (do it now or schedule for later), once you’re done you’ll be more clued up than 95% of everyone you know (so please pass on your new-found wisdom).
Principles Behind Great Health
Often on the go, it’s easy to forget to BREATHE! Oxygen, however, is fairly critical given that we’d be dead without it in around 3 minutes (except Michael Phelps and David Blaine of course). Amazingly most of us shallow breathe 80% of the time!
Deep breathing is the only way to stimulate our lymphatic system, which relies on muscle contractions from the stomach to move internal waste around so that it can be eliminated. Early signs of too much lymph (waste) inside us include low energy, lack of concentration and colds (a cold is the body trying to rid excess lymph). A lack of oxygen continued over time results in cells dying off, which creates the perfect breeding ground for disease.
It’s easy to load up on coffee, tea and fizzy drinks during the day, it’s also tempting to knock back half a bottle of wine or a few beers in the evening as a way of forgetting about the day.
These drinks are diuretic, meaning we pee out more out than we take in. Just a 2% drop in our body’s requirements triggers warning signs: dry mouth, thirst, tiredness, lack of the need to wee, dry lips, flaky skin, migraines. Being dehydrated depletes complex processes including: saliva production, joint fluid, digestion, blood and lymph circulation, temperature etc.- which result in damage to organs, muscle tissue and bones.
Use of Quality Foods
Lunch at a desk is becoming the norm, so it can be a challenge to make sure we’re getting the correct amount of nutrients (potassium, zink carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes etc). Unless a biochemist or nutritionist, it’s all a bit confusing and therefore easier to give into the donuts making their way around the office.
Along with oxygen and water we need nutrients to stay alive! Poor quality control at the door (our mouth) means many of us are over-fed and under-nourished. Reaching for anti-acids or IBS tablets means masking the route cause, which ignored over time can result in heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer (and so many more problems).
Not easy when sat at a desk all day and having so much on in the evenings. Even if we do manage some activity, we often make the mistake of thinking fitness is the same as health – which it isn’t.
A sedate lifestyle puts a strain on all our systems: nervous, muscular, skeletal, circulatory, digestive, lymphatic, hormonal etc., resulting in more than just bigger bellies and smellier farts!
Strengthening the Core
Working from a computer all day often leads to pain and stiffness in the lower back (lumbar) region and problems like RSI. Our musculoskeletal system is a complex series of bones, muscles tissue and nerves, which enables movement and plays major role in blood flow and protecting vital organs.
As well as pain and stiffness, poor circulation means we starve ourselves of the three things that keep us alive (oxygen, water and nutrients). Pain killers, back treatment and operations are all very well but often don’t address the route cause of the problem, so aren’t a permanent fix – the symptoms come back!
Resting and Relaxing
The easy bit? Not always in today’s hectic world. Starting from the commute to the office in the morning, we often draw upon adrenaline throughout the day, which causes a powerful chemical reaction which increases our heart rate to get more blood and glucose into our muscles. Stimulants like coffee, fizzy drinks and biscuits give us a caffeine or sugar rush, but leave an acid ash inside us.
Too much adrenaline takes it’s toll on adrenal glands and eventually our heart, arteries and digestive system. Too much stress and anxiety causes a lack of sleep, reducing the opportunity for our body to reset vital systems for defence, self-repairing and rejuvenation.
Minimal Use of Chemicals
Although we can’t see them, most of us are constantly inhaling, ingesting or absorbing them all day: Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Fertilisers, Growth Hormones, Antibiotics, Ripening Agents, Colourings, Additives, Sweeteners, Preservatives, Waxes, Hydrogenated Fats and Oils, Methanol, Mobile Phone Signals, Wifi… and so much more.
Whilst labelled ‘safe‘ by the companies who profit from selling them, a few individual tests on mice isn’t the same as the accumulative affect on our CNS (central nervous system). Allergies, birth defects and mental illnesses like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, have all been linked to over exposure of these chemicals.
Focus and Productivity
To-Do lists are not a sufficient tool in today’s information-rich environments. Just like the RAM of a computer, our brains only have a certain amount of short term memory before becoming full up – resulting in the feeling of being stressed and overwhelmed. Distractions such as emails, SMS, IM, VM, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter etc., throw us off track from completing (or even starting) our most important actions.
Stress is huge problem today, not only does it make life miserable for people affected but also for those around them. Worse, we’ve developed some poor coping mechanisms such as comfort eating and binge drinking. Ironically, these activities cloud our minds further still, making us even more stressed (it’s not just Bob Geldof that hates Mondays).
Vision and Purpose
Many of us set goals each year but fail to make any significant progress towards them. Without a regular reminder of what these goals are and why we’ve set them, we’re unlikely to take the necessary actions to achieve them.
No vision means plodding along like a lemming, being easily controlled and influenced by our environments, especially the stuff pumped out of the TV, radio and newspapers.
To recap: we need to incorporate the following principles to get these benefits:
#1 – Breathing correctly.
Increases energy, improves circulation and stimulates our internal waste system.
#2 – Staying fully hydrated
Cleanses the liver, kidneys and colon, and is vial for the growth of all our cells.
#3 – Using mainly quality fuels
Provides all the essential nutrients we need for energy, cell growth and repair.
#4 – Exercising aerobically a little everyday
Increases our metabolism speed, burns unwanted fat and helps us sleep at night.
#5 – Strengthening our core / musculoskeletal system
Prevents pain and stiffness, helps burn calories and makes us look more sculpted.
#6 – Relaxing when we can and recharging fully every night
Enables a greater perspective, keeps things fun and supports our immune system.
#7 – Minimising the amount of dangerous chemicals we consume
Significantly reduces intake of toxins and subsequent risk of allergies and disease.
#8 – Boosting productivity and staying focussed on what we really want
Achieves better results faster, reduces stress massively and negates the need to binge.
#9 – Creating a compelling vision for the future, which keeps us motivated
Keeps our motivation high, makes us better people and improves the world we live in.
Great, so how do we do this? Here’s a 3 point plan:
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