Health Tips for 2010
It is another new year and time to make some New Years Resolutions. One of the most important and within everyone’s control is health and wellness. Very attainable and easy to implement. Depending upon your current state of health, genetics, age and physical status will determine what you need to do and how aggressively you need to pursue it.
What You Need to Be Healthy:
- Stress Management
Nutrition is the fuel and building blocks for repair and growth of the body. Your body is a symphony of chemical actions and reactions. Like a recipe, one missing ingredient and the result is not as good as intended. One missing or deficient vitamin or mineral can interfere with bodily functions and processes.
Food should be the primary source of nutrition for the body. Supplementation helps fill in the gaps as our food today is not as nutritious as in the past – depleted soils, chemical fertilizers, mega-farming, food processing stripping out nutrients… Animals loaded with hormones, antibiotics, toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides are all detrimental to human health. Water polluted with chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hormones – all of which adversely affect bodily processes.
- Drink filtered water
- Eat organic when possible – grass fed/free range animals
- Take a food based multivitamin daily
- Supplement according to your body’s needs
- Additional supplementation of:
- vitamin D3 (5000iu)
- vitamin C 2000mg+
By taking 5000iu of Vitamin D3 and 2+ grams of vitamin c daily, I have not been sick at all. My family and my coworkers all have been sick a couple of times this winter alone – colds, flu, swine flu (H1N1)… If I feel a tickle in my throat, I take a couple extra grams of vitamin C, an allicin (garlic) immune booster and beat it before I get sick. I have not used a sick day at work in years!
Everyone is a little different in their sleep requirements but generally need 8 hours of quality sleep. The majority of bodily repairs and growth occurs during sleep. It is a “recharging” of the body.
- Do not eat anything 2+ hours before bedtime
- Train yourself to stop thoughts while laying down
- Eliminate noises and distractions
- Go to bed the same time every night
The human body is meant to move and several bodily processes are assisted by moving:
- Lymph movement
It does not take hours a day to achieve the benefits of exercise. If done correctly, 10 to 15 minutes a day is enough to become fit and healthy.
Quick Fitness Tips
- Build your heart and lungs with oxygen deprivation exercises
- Sprinting, sprinting up stairs or a hill
- Short intense bursts of up to 2 minutes until you are breathing heavy
- Any heavy weight lifting that makes you breathe hard
The key here is to push yourself to oxygen deprivation (to the point of breathing hard). This forces your heart and lungs to improve efficiency and capacity. With a strong heart and lungs you will feel almost invincible.
In our polluted world (especially indoor air pollution) and contaminated food and water supplies make detoxing important. There are several methods to do this but 2 of the best are sweating/sauna and chlorophyll (algae – chlorella, grasses – wheatgrass, Kamut…)
Consume a chlorophyl green drink or tablets
Sit in a sauna or exercise in the heat and sweat out toxins
Stress Management / Stress Relief
Long term stress is accumulative and interferes with hormonal levels. Cortisone being the main stress hormone but other hormones are involved as well. Much of how we handle stress is determined by our mindsets and beliefs. How one chooses to allow external factors affect one self is very powerful. Generally, if it is outside of your control – let it be. Do not focus on anything negative, try to see a positive for every situation or tell yourself – this will pass.
Tools for Stress Reduction
- Deep controlled breathing
Notice how exercise covers, physical fitness, detoxing and stress (and more)? That is 3 major benefits in one! Find a way to incorporate this in your daily routine. Entire books are written on each of these areas so for brevity I am passing along the main points of wellness.
To recap – Give your body:
- The nutrition it requires
- The rest/sleep it requires
- The exercise/movement it requires
- The detoxification it requires
- The stress management / stress relief it requires
What to Avoid
Just as important as what to provide your body for good health is what to avoid. Here are some of the biggest health threat offenders:
- Sugar & HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) – diabetes, obesity…
- Artificial sweeteners (excitotoxins – kills brain cells)
- Highly processed foods (nutritionally empty calories)
- Junk foods (high calorie, low nutrition, bad for gut bacteria…)
- Sodas, fruit drinks (empty calories and HFCS or artificial sweeteners)
- Fake fats – trans fats – margarine, vegetable oil, canola oil, hydrogenated oils…
- Chlorinated water, fluoridated water
Do this and you will be healthier than 99% of the world. Be the top 1 percent, feel great, accomplish much and be happier!