When it comes to your health, it’s important to understand that without good health, it’s impossible to truly live life to its fullest. You’ve all heard the quote, “Your greatest wealth is your health” and this is so true. No matter how wonderful other aspects of your life are, there’s no way to fully enjoy yourself and have total peace of mind without knowing that your health is good and that you are experiencing a wonderful level of well being.
Having said that, how do we transform our health when we are not experiencing optimal wellness? In this highly technical world with so many claims for the latest and the greatest solutions for energy, well being, weight loss, anti-aging, etc; it’s easy to become a huge skeptic. For me, I like to suggest starting with some of the basics and keeping it as real and simple as we can. Getting back to a few simple basics is ideal for your first steps to transform your health. Here are just a few ways to get started…
MINDSET: I believe that our mindset trumps almost everything. Having a positive attitude and guarding your thoughts against negativity really makes a difference in our health overall. Surround yourself with positive uplifting people, watch and listen to those who will lift you up and allow you to feel good about yourself versus those who are toxic and negative. Work on developing yourself personally and becoming the happiest and most inspiring version of you! A positive and healthy mindset begets a positive and healthy body and the opposite is true as well. A healthy mindset is critical in your transformation.
HYDRATION: So many of us are chronically dehydrated. It is important to make sure we are drinking enough pure, plain water on a daily basis. This is a simple but powerful step in transforming your health. Make sure to drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 180 lbs, it is recommended to drink approximately 90 oz per day. Of course, overhydration is possible so cap it at 100 oz depending on your current weight. Proper hydration will improve digestive function, metabolism, skin health, afternoon fatigue and so much more.
PROPER REST: Too many of us are burning the candle at both ends and are not getting enough proper rest and quality sleep. The quality of sleep is more important than quantity but both matter. If you have sleep issues, there are many natural remedies that you can take and various rituals that you can incorporate that will greatly assist you in getting adequate sleep. Be conscious of what you are watching before bedtime. Perhaps watching the news is not the best idea but rather listen to some soothing music instead. A hot bath with some essential oils or calming bath salts is another way to relax your body before bed to promote more restful sleep. Without proper rest, our bodies cannot repair and rejuvenate. Make the quality of your sleep another priority in transforming your health.
EXERCISE: We were born to move our bodies! Too many of us are quite sedentary and this is also costing us our health. You don’t have to do any formal exercise if you choose not to; however, just being conscious of moving more is vitally important. Get your steps (5000 to 10,000 if you’re tracking) in each day if possible. If you have injuries that prevent you from walking, dancing, etc then at least move your upper body more. Be conscious about keeping your body in action as often as possible. Daily movement is extremely important for overall health and well being.
HEALTHY EATING: This in and of itself is critical. Again, going back to basics, we need to remember what real food is. Eating a healthy, wholesome diet filled with natural, preferably organic and non-GMO foods and avoiding junk food, fast food, packaged processed foods that contain artificial flavors and sweeteners, refined sugars, excess sodium, and other suboptimal ingredients will be a huge step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the food industry has done a number on the nutritional quality of our food. Even ‘real’ food has become nutritionally bankrupt yet it is still in our favor to focus on eating the most nutrient-dense, natural and wholesome foods available.
SUPPLEMENTS: Unfortunately, we cannot get what we need from diet alone. We need to find the right supplementation to provide the essential nutrients that we all need to have optimal function of our cells, tissues, organs and the systems of our body. Supplements are absolutely not created equally so make sure to find the highest quality and most bio-available supplements available to ensure quality, integrity, purity, etc.
NUTRITIONAL CLEANSING/DETOXIFICATION: One of the most important things that you can do to transform your health is to incorporate a cleansing/detoxification program. We are living in a very toxic world and each of us is bombarded with toxins in our air, water, food, etc. Although we all have a detoxification system already set up innately in our body, we were never supposed to live in such a toxic environment. We, therefore, need the support of a cleansing system that will cleanse and replenish rather than deplete us. From my experience in over 30 years as a health professional, cellular cleansing has proven to be the best way to transform your health when you find the right system. I have been a raving fan of one specific system that I use personally and offer to others that have been my personal game-changer. This begins the journey for all of the other steps and truly the magic bullet in transforming your health!