Recognizing the need for change and making a commitment to follow a healthy lifestyle are the beginning of reducing our risk factors for poor health and the poor quality of life that comes with illness. Incorporating these 10 habits in our daily lives will create a new and healthier you right now. 1. Drink a glass of veggie juice every day. While it lacks the fiber of the whole vegetable, it’s got all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and other anti-inflammatory, anticancer plant compounds that make vegetables such a health prize. 2. Walk outside in the sunshine. Spending just 30 minutes a day in an exercise you enjoy, walking, biking or swimming will increase your enjoyment of life and pay rich dividends in fighting disease later. Sunshine is the vitamin D3 producer. Certainly you know that illness consumes much more than 30 minutes a day. 3. Water. We know that many diseases begin with dehydration. Each cell in the body requires a generous and steady supply of clean fresh water for the brain, blood and digestive systems fierce requirements. In the presence of a drought you become at risk for heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and poor decision making. This can also lead to bad outcomes. The new standard is to drink one half your body’s weight in ounces of water. Water, there are no substitutes! 4. Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress and to enhance physical relaxation, mental calmness, and balance on a daily basis. Meditation helps to cope with illness and benefits our overall wellness. Find a meditation practice that suits you and do it daily. 5. Deep Breathing: We can live for many days without food, a few days without water, but only minutes without breathing. Breath is life. Breathing is also part of the detoxifying process, and proper breathing can reduce stress and help us rest and sleep better. Try this exercise: inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 16 and exhale for 8. Do sets of 10 breathes, 3 times a day – through out the day. 6. Sleep at night. It is very clear, sleep is importance to health and well-being. We know that persons who sleep less than 7 or 8 hours each night, and those who work at night and sleep during the day are at greater risk for developing chronic and acute diseases. 7. Eat Clean. Foods that include high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated trans-fats, preservatives, products made with white flour, and other ingredients that are made from chemicals and are harmful to our health. Eliminate food in a box, and fast food. It takes personal commitment to make eating clean a habit but it is possible and has many long-term health benefits. 8. Play and Fun: Research shows that when we relax and play we are happier, more hopeful, and more resilient to life’s ups and downs. Our blood pressure drops, our muscles relax and we become more productive and effective. Make time to find what relieves your tension and stress and do it, often. 9. Clean up you personal environment. The solution is simple. As you run out of your current product, replace it with something less harmful, such as white vinegar or baking soda, or new green products available at any grocery store. Look for ways to create a healthy home environment. 10. Stay with this plan. Realize that it is not selfish to protect your health and that of your family. Unless we do we are not truly living at our best. Taking care of the mind, body and spirit is our number one job, and should be our top priority.
Remember, Health is a Choice!
Carolyn is a consulting nutritionist and author of “Health is a Choice” and a new book “Reverse the Curse: leaving diabetes behind”, if you are ready to create a life you really can enjoy, and to receive a book, please call Health Restoration Consulting at 912) 236-8987