Balance is the key word for a healthier life; the body functions at optimum, given each individual’s inherent potential, when all of it’s needs are being met.
1. Balanced Diet
Change your attitude towards food – see it as the fuel you are putting into the ‘machine’, much like you keep the car topped up with petrol/diesel, oil and water.
Focus on whole foods and work towards excluding all nutrient robbing foods (processed, refined, toxic laden).
When there are emotional issues that remain unresolved, the individual suffers physically too. Relax for 20 minutes before eating, if you have had an emotional upset or if you have had a particularly stressful day. Address your digestive issues (if you have any) because it is closely associated with mood
3. Balanced Activity
Work – this is a necessary part of life, but also a health-promoting aspect of it. Work gives us a sense of achievement, worth, and purpose. It is interesting to note that, according to some statistics, the unemployed are more often sick than the employed. The 2nd most common group of sick people (using the same statistics) are those who are over-worked! It is important to enjoy your work too, a change of job can have dramatic effects on well-being for the individual who is not happy with their present employment.
Sleep – There are two basic nervous systems; the sympathetic nervous system generally speeds things up, and the parasympathetic nervous system slows things down. When we are under parasympathetic nervous system (during deep relaxation) repair, maintenance and restoration occurs. Generally we all need 8 hours of restful sleep every day.
Exercise – Bodies are meant to move! The benefits of exercise on overall health are well documented. Exercise reduces stress, helps bring balance to cortisol, insulin, blood glucose, growth hormone, thyroid, and sex hormones. Exercise helps to lower overall blood pressure and cholesterol levels; it increases the blood flow which stimulates your liver to perform it’s daily 3000+ functions more efficiently; it promotes increased nutrient exchanges at the cellular level; in the long-term it improves circulation, flexibility, productivity, creativity, memory and sexual performance. Regular exercise improves immunity and a helps shorten recovery time following illness or injury.
By Lisa Borg, Nutritional Therapist at Pulse Light Clinic, to find out more about Lisa, please click here – Lisa Borg’s Biography