When it comes to really living the life that you dream about, it really begins with your health. For many years health was always a secondary consideration. We work hard, take care of our families, and then food became the primary source of entertainment for so many. Obesity has been on the rise and now nearly forty percent of our country is obese, and nearly 70% is overweight! So what do we do? There is a crisis, but is it a genetic crisis? Or is it a crisis of discipline? Or is it a crisis at all. I believe it is a combination…however, I can tell you that after years of study and practice, so much of the quality of our health is in our hands. Let me show you what I mean our lifestyle is the most powerful weapon that we have to use every day for gaining better health. The choices that we make every day can and will determine the kind of health we are going to have. It’s really that simple. Trust me, 16 years of college, 3 doctorates, 2 board –certifications, and almost twenty years of practice later, that’s the bottom line. So what exactly does it take to be healthy? What does it really take to live well? It takes the “want to”. That is why most people don’t get serious about their health until they get diagnosed with something serious like cancer or a heart attack. So my challenge to you is get serious now. Don’t wait for something to happen. You go make it happen.
Don’t be Average
Your health and quality of lifestyle depends on it.
1.Eat Anti-Inflammatory Based Foods
Eating a plant-based diet with essential fatty acids and lean quality proteins will make one of the greatest impacts on your health. Keep it balanced and don’t get extreme in high protein or real low carb. Anti-Inflammatory Foods are the better choices.
2.Get Quality Air
I get asked often. Lung cancer is the number 1 killer in cancers, yet no one is talking about it. Depending where you live, air quality may be good or not so good. Regardless, anything is better than indoor air all day long. Make sure to set aside 30 minutes per day to get outside and just breathe.
3.Drink More Water
Our bodies are made of 70% water. Yet we are so dehydrated its not even funny. Make sure to follow the golden rule of health with half your bodyweight in ounces each day.
4.Get Moving With More Exercise
We sit too much. Don’t we? Driving, working, flying, riding, sleeping, watching TV, the list goes on. We have to move. Get 20-30 minutes per day of exercise regardless of what it is for empowering your health.
5.Control The Stress
The old adage that either you control the day, or the day will control you is so true. When it comes to stress, many times we can’t avoid it. However, we can find new ways to help manage it. Learn how to have breaks and learn what keeps you from being overly stressed. Just make sure stress relief is not alcohol, smoking, junk food, and other destructive behavior.
6.Get Quality Sleep
It's true. You must get great quality sleep. No matter who tells you it doesn’t matter, is not telling you the truth. Studies prove it, and we know it in the medical literature. I have found that for most people 6-8 hours seems to be the sweet spot. This means good quality sleep and not just laying in bed.