Baby Steps to Better Health
The body is designed for wellness. All of its innate functions are focused on one thing–maintaining healthy balance. So even though daily we are exposed to millions of pathogenic bacteria and viruses, the vast majority are warded off without our awareness.
We can take health for granted and often don’t think much about preventive practice until something goes wrong: we get sick, or notice rapid aging, or gain a lot of weight. And still it may not be a wake up call as we start thinking about “quick fix” with a new diet or a prescription pill. Since most diets involve moderation and some form of deprivation, they all initially work, just for a short time, until the weight comes back with a vengeance, more pounds than the original start.
Good health is a process; it is a long term investment and, as any investment, it requires knowledge and understanding. The best results can be achieved by starting with baby steps, instead of giant leaps.
As I often see with my clients, the more aggressive approach they take, the more likely they will get frustrated and eventually quit. The slower and more patient we are with our bodies, the better results we will see and more likely to achieve permanent results.
It’ is important to get right fuel for the body to maintain proper functions. Do not try to change your eating habits overnight, most likely you will not stick to it long term and you can put your body in a physical and emotional shock. Start slowly, it will be easier to adjust to changes.
For example, each week drop off one “bad,” or unhealthy item like soda, candy or fries, and add more “green” food to your menu; replace simple carbs: pasta, white rice and bread with salads and cooked vegetables.
Do not skip breakfast. Start your day with a quality meal which may include organic eggs, avocado, almond butter, nutritious grains: millet, buckwheat, quinoa. All commercial cereals, I call them glorified desserts because of a high sugar content, lack important nutrients, spike your blood sugar and leave you hungry again couple hours later. If you eat three meals a day, you will less likely crave snacks. If you feel you still need a snack, have a handful of raw nuts.
Drink freshly squeezed juices daily. If juicing sounds like too much work, get organic greens and drink them few times a day.
Learn your blood type and follow your blood type food recommendations. It will help you to reach your goals faster. (link to the website for blood type)
Unfortunately, our food sources are not the same as of our ancestors. The soil lacks the minerals, fruits and vegetables contain toxic pesticides and animals are fed with processed diet and injected with antibiotics. So the amounts of nutrients are significantly reduced. In addition, we have been vaccinated and medicated since birth which in turn creates additional issues with the right balance of good bacteria and absorption of food. Just taking a general multivitamin cannot and will not address our issues.
How can we determine what our unique body needs then? The Bioscan will help you to identify specific needs and to create the best support for you.
If we leave a car in the garage for a long time, it starts getting rusty. It needs movement to run well. So does the body: it needs to be active every day. Though most people understand the importance of strength and aerobic fitness, many still underestimate the value of flexibility and balance.
I have seen many clients who spend hours in the gym, jogging and biking miles weekly, but at the same time can’t reach their toes or balance on one foot.
When it comes to achieving great health and slowing down aging, flexible body will get my vote. The stiff neck or back can affect the posture and add years to appearance. In addition, stiff body is more likely to get injured than a well-balanced body.
As we age, our tendons and ligaments harden and become less flexible. Yoga and stretching can make joints function more efficiently. Flexibility improves lymphatic drainage, blood circulation, oxygenation of the body and better muscle use.
Water is important for cellular hydration and detoxification of the body. However, water does not mean everything liquid. Wine, soda, coffee, tea and soft drinks do not have the same benefits. On the contrary, they make us more dehydrated and acidic.
Drink water throughout the day at room temperature and not with meals. Drinking water while eating can interfere with proper digestion.
Do not drink tap water to minimize fluoride and chlorine contamination.
5.) Stress Management
Cortisol is a stress hormone released in the body during stress. Because the levels of stress in modern society is on-going and increasing, the health issues and weight gain related to too much cortisol in the body, are on the rise too. High levels of cortisol creates inflammation, affects normal hormone function and suppresses human growth hormone production, which in turn affect energy, libido, sleep, digestion and weight. In short, stress ages us and makes it difficult to maintain healthy weight.
There are many things in life that are beyond our control, but we can change how we react to them and counterbalance the toxic load. Surrounding yourself by nurturing and supporting people can neutralize the negative impact of stress. Exercise helps lower stress levels too and results in production of endorphins which helps to defeat depression. Another way to “unwind” our busy mind is meditation.
There are many products available for the adrenal support, and finding the right ones can make a huge difference in our health and quality of life.
6.) Maintaining Good PH
Disease thrives in an acidic environment. What causes acid? Stress, pollution, and acid forming foods. Excess sugars ferment and turn to acid. Every carbohydrate turns to glucose, and if not burned off, will ferment and turn into acid. We all have bacteria, yeast, fungus and mold in varying degrees in our organisms. These micro-forms thrive in an acid environment. The more acidic our body gets, the more they multiply and their acid waste products, excreted into our bloodstream, creates an even more acidic condition in tissues and organs.
Eventually, the acidosis of our body will affect our DNA and we start feeling sick, gain weight and age.
In fact, when people reach their “plateau” in weight loss, re-evaluation of their diet and shifting it to more alkaline may help to release those stubborn pounds.
I will talk in more details about the importance of balanced PH and the strategies that will help you to shift body to more alkaline state in my future articles.
7.) Healthy Gut
Without well functioning elimination system, it is impossible to obtain a balanced body. That is where probiotics can come to the rescue.
Some researchers believe that in order for us to be healthy, our lower intestine should contain lots of friendly bacterias to prevent the over-colonization of pathogens, including E.Coli and Salmonella.
If you don’t have regular daily bowel movements, have taken antibiotics, steroids or even birth control pills, most likely your gut needs a probiotic boost. Taking high quality probiotics morning and night may restore intestinal flora and aid in proper elimination.
If the constipation still persists, add fiber to your diet. Another old trick is to drink warm water with lemon before breakfast. Something so simple and inexpensive can do “magic” in a short period of time.
Good health is not a result of a trendy diet, rather a result of healthy habits, build overtime, that slowly become your new effortless lifestyle.
We were not born with cravings for McDonalds, nor habits that make us sick and gain weight. We were influenced from our childhood by habits and believes of our parents and social surrounding. It took years for us to form these habits and make them our lifestyle. Now we need to learn the new ones and counteract the toxic impact of the old ones.
It’s not as hard as you may think. Try to remember when you were a kid and foods like raw fish, wine and caviar seemed totally repulsive and yet later we have developed taste for them. The same thing can happen with your new habits. The more you stick with your changes, the more you start enjoying them and even crave.
It is a slow process but the reward of feeling good and looking good is priceless.