Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to gain more energy, sleep better and maintain your weight? Believe it or not, there isn't a magic potion, pill or formula that you need to know about or buy to live a healthier lifestyle. Nor do you need to be a health expert to figure out what to do to be healthy. It is very basic and just takes time.
Your body has the ability to heal itself every 28 days. Doesn't that seem like a very short time? That is what is amazing about the body. With every toxin, bad habit and stress our bodies face, it still wants to work hard for you to be healthy. So what can you do to help support it? All it takes is inserting a few healthy activities into your routine.
One thing to remember is that you don't have to start doing all 3 healthy activities all at once and every single day. Instead, slowly work them into your routine so they become part of your day. If you try to start doing all activities, all at once and everyday, you will set yourself up for failure. The important part of incorporating change is to take it slow. If you do that, I promise you will achieve your goals without feeling overwhelmed.
Also, the healthy living activities are made to be abandoned every once in awhile. Let's face it, there are going to be times throughout the year where you aren't able to keep up your routine. There are holiday's and family vacations and business trips where you may only be able to do a couple of the activities. That is OK! The activities below are made easy enough for you to get off your routine and then back on your routine easily.
Let's take a look at the 3 key activities to follow to live a healthy lifestyle.
DRINK CLEAN WATER. Water is very important to our bodies since they are 60% water and our blood is 90% water. What you may not realize is that drinking clean water can help you achieve optimal health. Why? Clean water has filtered out the chemicals that is allowed in our tap water by the government.
The NRDC (The National Resource Defense Council) reports that 77 million Americans get their drinking water from systems that violated federal protections put in place in 2015. Plus, there are chemicals that the government doesn't regulate, such as perchlorate and PFOA/PFOS (chemical cousins of Teflon), that is in our water but water companies do not have to report on.
Chemicals in our tap water are allowed by the government at certain levels. Chemicals such as by-products from chlorine treatments (trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids which may cause cancer), nitrates due to fertilizer run-off and pharmaceuticals from people flushing them down the toilet. There are other chemicals that I didn't mention but the end result is these nasty contaminants that are in our water supply can interrupt our bodies natural processes, like hormone production and how our central nervous system works.
As I mentioned, our bodies want to be healthy so they will work hard to fight the contaminants in our water. Buying clean water is how you can help reduce stress on the body while it fights to be healthy. Look for brands that sell water that has been treated via distillation, filtration or reverse osmosis. Some really good brands to look for that have been tested via the NRDC are: Aquafina, Dasani, Smart Water, Arrowhead and Figi.
EXERCISE. No healthy living post would be complete without a section on exercise. There is no way around this. A body that is at rest, stays at rest. But a body that is active, has movement and energy. Energy is necessary for your body to take care of itself. The good news is that any movement is good movement.
Maybe you like to play golf. Instead of relying on the cart the entire course, walk a hole or two. Maybe you like listening to audio books. Turn one on and go for a walk - outside or on a treadmill. The goal is to do something physical everyday, for at least 30 minutes. But when you are starting out, like I mentioned above, start slow. This way if you can't be physical one day, it doesn't feel like you are failing yourself.
EAT ORGANIC. Eating organic is key so you stay away from GMOs. GMOs are very damaging to our bodies. GMOs make products that should be healthy for our bodies, such as fruits and vegetables, unhealthy for our bodies. By manipulating a gene in the fruit or vegetable, we are giving our bodies a substance it does not recognize and cannot process effectively. The USDA organic certification prohibits GMOs in any of the ingredients used to grow or sell the food. This includes meat.
By eating food that was grown without modification, we are giving food that the body recognizes and can easily digest. That means you are supporting your body, your organs and key bodily functions with the best food you can. Also, by eating organic food you avoid creating stressors in the body that may result in disease. Let's discuss the cost of organic food.
Sometimes, people say it is too expensive to buy organic food, especially if they have children. But I would ask you to think of it this way. Every time you buy organic food, you are avoiding paying for a healthcare cost. There are many examples of people who are diagnosed with a disease or sickness and they decide not to take pharmaceuticals. Instead they turn to organic foods for healing. In no time at all, they have either reduced the need for pharmaceuticals or eliminated the disease all-together.
That is the beauty of how our bodies want to be healthy. Given the right nutrition and foods, the body will work in its already established 28 day cycle to heal itself. Now, I am not a doctor and if you are dealing with a serious illness, you may need assistance from pharmaceuticals to help you. What I am suggesting is that along with whatever traditional medical intervention you have decided with your Doctor, try incorporating GMO free foods into the mix. You may be surprised by the results.
That's it! Three activities that you can incorporate into your routine to live a healthy lifestyle. Now, there are a lot more that you can add into your lifestyle, such as using safe cookware in the kitchen, incorporating slow cooking methods to retain the highest level of nutrients in your food and going meat-free at least one day per week.
But I wanted to share with you three very easy activities that can help you kick-start your way to healthy living. Start slow and set a goal for yourself every week. Maybe try the above 3 days a week for the first 4 weeks. Then, you add a 4th day in week 5 and beyond. Don't get frustrated or upset with yourself if you don't achieve your goals every day. Life happens! Just start over the next day.
If you incorporate any of the above into your daily routine, let me know about! I'd love to hear your progress. Also, if you'd like to get healthy living advice and recipes for free, follow me on Bloglovin.