There’s a health and wellness crisis ahead of us…7 ways to avoid it
It’s predicted that by the end of the 21Centuary 75% of all deaths, world wide, will be as a result of chronic degenerative diseases such as heart and vascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer etc.
It has also been suggested, actually more like proven, that 80 – 90% of all of these diseases are as a result of poor lifestyle choices. If you ever get the opportunity to read ‘The Biology of Belief’, by Dr Bruce Lipton, I suggest you do. Dr Lipton clearly indicates how important making healthy choices will, at the end of the day, allow for healthy aging.
What then are some of these healthy choices we should all be making…
1. Ensure your diet is filled with nutrient dense foods
Nutrient dense foods are the non- processed, unrefined foods, including fresh vegetables, fruits, salads, lentils, legumes, chicken, fish and lean cuts of meat.
Anti – nutrient type foods include the sugary foods, processed and ‘fast’ foods, refined foods and foods containing high amounts of saturated and trans fats.
2. Get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night
Sleep time is when our natural batteries re-charge. Sleep deprivation (not getting enough sleep, broken sleep) will cause an up – regulated stress response in your body, leading to the production of stress chemicals which will affect your immune system and hence your general state of well being.
3. Reduce stress
Stress has been likened to a ‘silent killer’. Living in a state of constant stress put’s immense pressure on every system in your body and has the potential to cause serious health challenges.
Exercise should include both aerobic, resistance and stretching type exercises. 30 – 60 minutes, 3 times a week is now pretty much accepted as the optimum exercise duration to have the desired therapeutic effect on your body.
5. Drink healthy, clean water.
Your body is made up of around 66% water. It just makes sense to ensure that this water that surrounds all our trillions of cells, is clean and pure. Normal tap water, and often even bottled water, is contaminated with toxin like chlorine, bacteria and other organisms.
Even with best will in the world it is nigh impossible to get sufficient of the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, omega oils and amino acids that our bodies require from our diet. Supplementing with food state supplements will make the difference between cellular functioning and optimum cellular functioning.
7. Ensure you are getting healthy doses of meaningful friendship, intimacy, humor, creativity, community involvement and real quality family time.
Studies have clearly shown that people that experience all of the above live longer, happier and more fulfilled lives.
Adopting the above suggestions, even if only in part, will improve your chances of enjoying the aging process. It would be nice if we didn’t have to age, however the aging process is one of the ‘givens’ in life. So, if aging is a given, it make sense to make the process as easy as possible.