Living a healthy life is what we all strive for, but in the fast paced world that we live in, it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness.
We’re so busy racing through our day to day lives – family, friends, work, and social engagements – that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. It’s really no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down. What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?
Drink Drink Drink…
You’ve heard it a million times and you’ll probably hear it a million more – drink more water!
Think about it: The human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes’ death! At this point in time 66% of us aren’t drinking enough water, so over half the population isn’t running on all six cylinders to begin with – before things like bad air, bad food and stress take their toll.
It’s not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so – or 10-12 glasses of water per day – and you’ll notice a huge jump in your energy levels.
Living Food – Loving Life!
A little known fact is that heating food above 116°F destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we already aren’t eating enough veggies, it’s a fairly substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five servings of fresh vegetables per day. How many of us are actually taking that advice?
A great way to get the nutrients found in fresh veggies without spending all day at stove or eating raw celery sticks is to juice your veggies. Make sure that you own a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to heat created by friction during juicing, which breaks down important enzymes), grab some fresh vegetables and drink your way to good health. It takes a fraction of the time (there’s no cooking involved, for one thing) and it’s convenient. You can take your juice to work and even give some to the little ones, for school lunches! My grandkids love to help put the veggies and fruit in to make the juice.
Wheatgrass in particular is an excellent source of nutrition. It’s high in chlorophyll (sometimes described as ‘plant blood’ because it closely resembles human red blood cell molecules) and has over 100 elements that the body needs.
Grass-fed animals are a much better choice when choosing meats and eggs. These will take a little hunting to find, but well worth the trouble.
Choose organic to keep as many pesticides and chemicals out of your food supply as you can. It may be a little more expensive now, but in the long run, your health will pay you back for it. Your families health will too!
Energy In – Energy Out
Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. Actually, exercise doesn’t have to be horribly time consuming or mind-numbingly boring. There are plenty of options.
Years ago gyms usually offered weight rooms, aerobics classes and yoga. Now you can add water aerobics, Pilates, dance-ercise, step classes and a whole range of new workout options. If you don’t really have the time or money for the gym, or prefer to spend your mornings/nights at home, then try an exercise bike or treadmill. My favorite exercise is gardening. Yes it is work and keeps you moving. Even a short walk is better then nothing.
So, folks, that’s the basics. If you can rearrange your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to just drink a glass of water every half hour or so, you’ll be well on the way to living a healthy life. On a final note, don’t forget to take some quiet time for yourself. Meditating is an excellent way to minimize stress. You don’t have to sit around for hours, just give yourself 5 minutes of quiet time every day – even in the shower, if that’s the only place where you can get time out – and have a little catch up with yourself.
And, last but by no means least, laugh! Laughter is always the best medicine for health – the louder the better! You’ll be amazed at how much such a simple thing can lift your spirits and make you feel great.
We all want to be living a healthy life, so the time to start is now!