So many people that I consult with say their main reason for seeing me is that they just don’t feel 100%. Many of them are not suffering from diagnosed diseases or chronic health conditions.
They just don’t feel as well as they should.
It is easy in today’s hectic society to forget the importance of a little self-care. We really need to understand that if you don’t have your health, then you don’t have anything.
You can only be as healthy as the food you put into your mouth and the self-care practices that you make time for. This is what forms your body. Our cells are constantly renewing, and they can only renew themselves with the nutrients that you put into your body.
If you include the following 15 steps in your daily life in 2016, I promise you, YOU WILL FEEL BETTER!
- Eat real food – if you are to do only one thing off this list, then this is the one to follow. Simply put, eat food that has either walked on the earth or grown from the earth. If it has been processed and refined, then don’t eat it. I am talking pasture-raised meat, wild caught fish, organic eggs, seasonal vegetables and fruit, nuts, seeds, health fats and small amounts of legumes and gluten free grains.
- Eat fermented food – the health of your gut determines the health of your entire body. We are just starting to scratch the surface into our knowledge of beneficial bacteria and our health. Colonise your digestive system with a wide array of wild beneficial bacteria. The best way to do this is through the daily consumption of fermented foods. Try out kefir milk, kefir water (my favourite!), kombucha, sauerkraut, miso, Tempeh and kimchi.
- Ditch the vegetable seeds oils – inflammation is the cause of all chronic disease. A big statement, but it is something that the medical profession is starting to recognise. Inflammation triggers cells to damage, for the immune system to go array and tissues to break down. To reduce inflammation we need to stop putting it into our bodies. One of the biggest sources of inflammation that we eat is vegetable seeds oils. That’s right, all those “heart healthy’ oils that the Heart Foundation has been drilling into us to eat. This includes sunflower, canola, safflower, soy, corn, grapeseed and rice bran. Stick with extra virgin olive oil, ghee, organic butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard, avocado and macadamia nut oils.
- Use proper salt – salt is an essential mineral for our health. Processed foods are loaded with refined table salt that is devoid of any nutrients. When you remove processed foods from your diet there is plenty of room for mineral rich sea salt and Himalayan pink salts. These salts contain around 84 trace minerals that are essential for health. Your cells will thank you for it.
- Drink clean water – city tap water is filled with chemicals. Do yourself a favour and filter your water to remove these extra toxins that your body just does not need. Go for an under the sink filtration system if it is in the budget. Otherwise Ecobud does a great 3-step filtration water jug that removes chlorine, fluoride and alkalises the water.
- Exercise smarter, not harder – get off the treadmill! Long sessions of repetitive cardio training such as running or the elliptical trainer are stressful on the body. High intensity interval training is effective exercise for both weight loss and strength training. It doesn’t require fancy equipment and there are so many resources online to show you exactly how to do it. Check out kaylaitsines.com.au or www.amandabisk.com
- Remove or reduce gluten – no it isn’t a fad. Go 30 days without gluten and see for yourself how you feel. Grab your free download to see how it is done. Gluten Free Guide
- Meditate and breathe –Put your preconceived ideas about meditation aside and give it a chance. Even if it is just for a few minutes, you will feel the benefits. There are some great apps available that offer free guided meditations that are perfect to begin with.
- Drink apple cider vinegar daily – this traditional tonic can be used for just about anything. From alkalizing the body, detoxifying to liver, to removing warts and soothing sunburn. This is a pantry staple and is a great way to start the day. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into warm water with a little lemon juice every morning and you will get the little kick start that you need.
- Reduce stress – stress is a toxin. It creeps into our lives like a weed and weighs us down, often without us really being aware of its impact. The cascade of detrimental health impacts that stress has on our body includes hormonal imbalances, weakened immune systems, insomnia and mental health issues. Herbal medicine can have a profound effect on how your body manages stress. Have a chat with me about what herbs would suit your stress picture the best.
- Dry skin brushing – using a natural bristle body brush on dry skin before a shower will help to stimulate the lymphatic system and will get the circulation pumping. The lymphatic system is located just underneath the skin and is responsible for collecting cellular debris. This system doesn’t have a pump like the blood does; it relies on our movement to get it going. This daily ritual will help your natural detoxification processes, support the immune system and will leave you skin glowing. You can buy natural bristle brushes here – natural bristle brush
- Sleep – this is crucial. We need sleep, and we need quality sleep. Seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep in a quiet, dark room, away from electronic equipment is vital for our body to regenerate. It is during sleep that our body repairs and cleanses itself. Aim to be asleep by 10pm and wake by 6pm.
- Identify your crutch – what is your health saboteur? Are you an emotional eater? Are you a clean eater Monday thru Thursday and then let it all fall away over the weekend? Identifying and acknowledging these habits that pulls your health down is the first step to beating them. When the moment that these triggers arise, acknowledge them and let them pass. Don’t be over powered by them, don’t be ruled by them. You have the ultimate decision on how you choose to treat your body.
- Eat a rainbow – so many of us eat pretty much the same foods day in and day out. Pay attention to what you eat over the course of one week and see if you are eating a rainbow of different vegetables and fruits. Each colour provides different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- Remove plastic – plastic is mucking with our hormones like you wouldn’t want to believe. And the truth is we are being completely left in the dark over the real potential danger that is poses. Time will tell, but please if you have children, get those plastic items out of their lives as much as possible.
I hope these tips help you to make big improvements in your health this year. If you are wanting a more personalised approach or have specific health concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly and we can work together to get your health to where you want it to be.