5 steps, 5 simple steps can help us reduce dis-ease and induce ease.
1) EAT WHAT GROWS OUT OF THE GROUND. A pretty simple concept, yet the best way to have a healthy diet high in fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, good fats and good carbs. Eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables combined can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and even osteoporosis. Ideally eat 9 or more servings per day for optimal health. Add whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices and you are on your way to a truly health promoting diet. Of course it is important to minimize exposure to pesticides and toxins that can end up in our produce and we’ll cover that in a future post.
2) HYDRATE. Drinking adequate amounts of fluids is extremely important to our metabolism. Our bodies are at least 60% water and even mild dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue and impaired athletic performance. Preferably our fluid intake will mostly come from purified water (I recommend Reverse Osmosis for several reasons we will cover in a future post). You can use RO water to make tea, coffee, lemonade and fruit seltzers. Most of us need at least 1 ounce per kilogram of body weight to start. We need to take in additional fluid in case of hot weather, losses during exertion, fever and other specific conditions.
3) BE ACTIVE. We all know that a sedentary lifestyle can increase our risk of heart disease and even cancer! Moderate activity that lasts at least 60 minutes should be done daily , or at least 5 days per week. To improve our fitness level, aerobic activity can be added a minimum of 3 times per week along with some weight training to build and maintain lean body mass.
4) RELAX. Stress can be as detrimental as a poor diet. The “fight or flight” response is great if you have to wrestle a foe or escape from one. A chronic “fight or flight” response is not great as the hormones coursing through our bloodstream can actually wreak havoc on our systems over time. A constant barrage of cortisol can even negatively affect parts of the brain. Deep breathing can reverse the stress response and begin to restore balance and harmony. Plan play time and get adequate sleep in order to keep that balance.
5) SMILE! Just the thought of a smile can make us feel really good. Imagine what the real thing can do!