Good health isn’t impossible but it can be difficult in a world filled with so much junk food, stress, and poison. If you want to be healthy, you’ve got to put in a little effort. Here are my top secrets to good health.
- Eat Whole Food
Here’s the thing. You absolutely cannot be healthy unless you clean up your diet. No matter how good it tastes, junk food is slowly killing you. Processed foods are loaded with empty calories and dangerous additives, preservatives, and chemicals that wreck havoc with your immune, digestive, and neurological system. Eating these foods can cause a cascade of mystery symptoms you can’t quite pin down.
To be healthy, eat healthy. This means eating organic vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, wild-caught fish, and whole grains. It means indulging in healthy fats like butter and coconut oil while getting rid of fake plastic fats like margarine and “vegetable oil”, (which is made from GMO soy).
A healthy diet doesn’t have to be a boring diet. It doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat candy or potato chips again. Read labels. Instead of a commercial candy at the checkout aisle, invest in a bar of fair trade organic dark chocolate. Instead of a bag of greasy preservative-laden crisps, enjoy a small bag of all-natural potato chips.
- Take the Right Supplements
If you already take vitamin supplements, chances are, you’re wasting your money. This is because many store-bought commercial supplements are synthetic vitamins created in a laboratory. They are also laced with fillers, binders, emulsifiers, colorants, and other additives that have been linked to the development of serious health problems. Look for supplements made from whole food sources for optimum nutrition and maximum absorption.
- Get Rid of Toxins
This is a big one. You are surrounded by toxic poisons right now. If you live with mystery headaches, fatigue, anxiety, stomach problems or allergies, you could literally be swimming in the cause. Household cleaners, makeup, shampoo, hair care products, laundry detergent, and air fresheners, if they’re commercially bought, are all poisonous to you! They contain an alarming array of carcinogens, allergens, and neurotoxins that disrupt your endocrine system and keep your immune system working overtime to protect you.
One of the top secrets to good health is eliminating as many of these toxins as possible. I switched to castile soap a few years ago and now use this olive-oil based cleanser as a shampoo, body wash, shaving cream, and laundry detergent.
I use essential oils in place of perfume and coconut oil in place of body lotion and hair conditioner. Since my diagnosis and surgery for skin cancer in 2007, I made the switch to mineral make-up and haven’t looked back since.
- Exercise Regularly
Good heath is a body that gets up and moves. You don’t have to join and gym and become a bodybuilder to get results, you just have to move every once in the while. Just thirty minutes of moderate exercise three times per week is enough to stave off chronic inflammation and myriad diseases. Work out with weights at home, take a hike in the woods, walk around the block or dance to your favorite tunes. Make it fun so you won’t want to give up!
- Rest Well
During deep sleep, your body takes the time to rest, recover, and rebuild cells. Most adults need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. Anxiety and chronic pain can make sleep difficult. For those struggling with insomnia, I recommend a chelated magnesium supplement. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and it is excellent for treating mild anxiety and sleeplessness.
Give it a try!
Even if you’re living with chronic health problems, you can be healthier if you follow these tips. The key to being healthy is understanding that you didn’t get in the condition you’re in now overnight so you can’t heal it in that amount of time either.
Be patient with yourself and understand that while you’re changing your diet and starting an exercise program, you’re going to feel worse before you feel better. There is a such thing as processed food withdrawal and a sedentary body suddenly introduced to exercise is going to protest. (Go slow). Think of that time as growing pains. Once you get to the other side, you’ll never want to go back.
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