Your health encompasses overall well-being.
- Ability to fall asleep
- Have manageable amounts of stress
- Reduced illness
- Have low or non-existent joint and musculoskeletal pain
- Be within the typical range of body fat for your height, body type, and genetics
- High nutrient load and quality within your system with a low toxic load
When it comes to implementing changes to live a healthier life, working on one habit at a time has a 50-80% rate of success; do not overload yourself. Choose measurable goals, be consistent, review daily, and keep positive.
Here are 10 habits for a healthier life:
#1 – Build Awareness
We’re often unaware of what we eat and why we eat the way we do. By listening to what are our bodies are craving and what we really want out of life we can essentially control ourselves and make better decisions.
For example, are we craving sugar because we want it or because we’re stressed out and haven’t got enough sleep?
A great solution to figuring out these questions is to journal.
#2 – Eat Slow and Chew Well
Digestion starts in the mouth. Failing to chew our foods causes us to miss a crucial step and eating it too fast puts our body in a state of stress, which cause digestive disturbances further down the digestive tract.
#3 – Eat Real Food
Processed and preserved foods have no life force or zero live enzymes. Your food is essentially dead. By eating real food, which can rot at some point, our body will be able to digest the food properly with the aid of enzymes and be flooded by bio-available nutrition, which will keep our body functioning at its most optional level.
#4 – Manage Stress
When under stress, reducing the toll on your body and bringing you back to homeostasis becomes a system priority. Ordinary functions such as digestion, muscle repair, and proper hormonal release become inefficient. On top of that nutrient, supplies diminish due to the demand. Hormonal imbalances, along with weight gain, and medical complications ensue.
It is important we organize our lives to eliminate small stressors. Reframe the way we think and handle our situations, eliminate any major trauma we are experiencing and support our lifestyle with the proper physical release and nutritional support.
#5 – Get a Deep Sleep
It is our body’s priority to get a good sleep. A good night includes anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep in a dark quiet room, with no lights or electronics. This is essential for mental and physical regeneration. Lack of sleep is a primary cause of fatigue, irregular body functions, brain fog, and insulin resistance.
#6 – Prepare Meals At Home
Preparing meals at home simply put us in control. If we feed ourselves we are directly responsible for the results we get and how good we feel.
#7 – Get Up and Move
Our lymph system doesn’t have a natural pump. Without the movement of the skeletal muscle, our body remains stagnant and can have a negative impact on immune system and the clearing our toxins. Our blood tends to pool around the body as well. This will affect nutrient delivery through our system and affect blood glucose regulation.
Aiming to get up and move around at least once every hour can have a significant impact. So does walking to work, setting your desk up for standing, taking the stairs whenever possible, and mid day stretching in the office and at home.
#8 – Keep Your Fluids Up
Air is the most abundant and important content on this earth needed for survival, we can only go minutes without it. Water is the second most abundant compound on this earth and you can only go about 3-5 days before experiencing certain death. The composition of our body is 75% water, like earth. Going hours without hydration can have a devastating impact on your body’s function throwing us out of equilibrium.
Even if you’re consuming large amounts of water a day a nutrient deficient or highly toxic diet won’t uptake enough intracellular fluids. The inclusion of sea salt, bone broth, high nutrient organic vegetables, seaweed, electrolyte-rich beverages and limiting toxins that enter your body is often the solution.
#9 – Eat Healthy Fats
We’ve always been scared away from fats, but the truth is that there are good fats and bad fats.
Good fats build hormones, insulate our bodies, protect our immune system, and provide the gasoline and oil for our bodies.
Bad fats contribute to heart disease, contain toxic chemicals, create immune deficiencies, increase inflammation levels, and cause digestive issues.
Goof Fats Include:
- Wild fish
- Grass finished beef or wild game
- Grass finished butter (from cows fed exclusively grass)
- Coconut and cocoa butter
- Nuts and seeds
- Organ meats
- Cod liver oil
Bad Fats Include:
- Most processed vegetable oils
- Conventional animal products
- Man-made hydrogenated fats which are found in most processed foods
#10 – Set Goals and Deadlines
Writing down your goals makes you 10 times more likely to achieve them. Keep them measurable, and attainable. Setting deadlines helps you from procrastinating.
Article by Josh Stryde, regional nutrition director and personal trainer at World Health.