We can eat a perfectly healthy diet yet still suffer from many health issues. There are several other factors to take into account. You’ve probably heard of all of these, as they are not new, but we all need reminding to check into what might be causing us to not feel our best. Here are my 7 pillars for health in no particular order:
- Nutrient Dense Foods and Clean Water – Eating foods that heal and nourish the body. Avoiding sugar, processed carbohydrates, preservatives, industrial oils, and fueling the body with real foods grown in nature – not only vegetables, but healthy fats like grass fed butter, olive oil, nuts . and good proteins whether from healthy animals or plant based proteins. Plus, drinking filtered or spring water, not tap water as it contains a host of unpleasant substances – https://www.mercola.com/article/water.html
- Faith – Being connected to God .He created you, knows you fully, loves you fully, and he is not not angry with you. Without this relationship you have a huge void in your life that you will try to fill with all kinds of things (good and bad), which will never fully satisfy. To learn more click here: https://www.gotquestions.org/personal-Savior.html.
- Mindfulness/Stress Management – We can’t avoid stress, but we can be careful how we deal with it. Taking our thoughts captive, realize what you’re thinking about, dwelling on, etc. Focus on positive thoughts instead of negative. Practice gratitude, it literally changes the brain. Praying over things we can’t control. Having the courage to change the things we can control. We do have control over our minds not the other way around. Phil 4:8. Listen to your own self-talk. What stories and lies are you telling yourself? Your body literally responds to your thoughts. https://renewingallthings.com/spiritual-health/renewed-mind/how-your-thoughts-control-your-body/
- Sleep – This seems simple yet it’s often a big struggle. Our bodies only restore while we sleep, not when we’re awake. Getting to bed early enough to get 7-8 hours (10 plus for teens). Turning off the phones, computers and TV will help your body make melatonin so you can fall asleep. A recent study showed that reading on your ipad or iphone before bed reduces your melatonin by 50%. Reading a paper book in bed is a better practice if you can’t sleep. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/01/03/tips-to-a-good-night-sleep.aspx
- Movement – Exercise is so important for your physical and emotional health. Studies show it helps with anxiety, depression and stress in general. Move in a way that’s right for you. Start slowly and do something you enjoy. Even walking everyday has amazing health benefits, as does 15 minutes of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), a couple of times a week. Exercise has so many health benefits – improved sleep, optimizes hormones, keeps bones and muscles strong, and many more. https://www.marksdailyapple.com/health-benefits-moderate-exercise
- Social Connections – Spending real face-to-face time with family and friends is how we are designed to live. Lack of connection to others affects health in a profound way. We were made to live in authentic community with others. We are so connected in a false way online, yet loneliness is at an all time high because we’re not doing it right. To learn more click here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/modern-mentality/201807/what-you-need-know-about-the-loneliness-epidemic
- Taking Time to Rest – Most people do not know how to rest anymore. Scrolling on social media for hours at a time, is not resting (ever notice how anxious and un-rested you feel afterwards)? It might numb you out for a while and give you a break/distraction from what you’re doing, but it’s not true rest. We have lost touch with what feeds us in a relaxing, and uplifting way – reading a book, walking, creating – (cooking, writing, painting, fill in your own thing here). Eating a relaxed meal with friends and family, all the things we did more of before smart phones and computers. Getting back to doing things that feed and recharge you will have such an impact on your health. Putting your oxygen mask on so you can be productive, useful and energized to help others, and live out your calling well.
- Bonus pillar – Reduce your Toxic Load -I was going to keep it at 7 pillars, but needed to add this last one. We cannot totally avoid toxins because our world is overrun with them, however there is a lot we can do. Start with the products in your home, and what you put on your skin, (click here http://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/nikibisbee for great organic skin care). We are literally dousing ourselves daily with all kinds of chemicals in our beauty products and cosmetics. From what we use in our showers to the skin care and make up we use. Household cleaning products and scented or even unscented candles are so toxic to the air we breathe in our own homes. My favorite all-purpose cleaner is Branch Basics (Click here for $10 off http://branchbasics.refr.cc/nikibisbee)