The number one problem we face is with the conservative definition of health mainly defined as absence of diseases. Let’s look at this from a broader spectrum by changing the focus from survival health (absence of disease) to optimal health, whereby the body is as healthy as possible and not merely alive.
When you are feeling run down, don’t push yourself. Allow yourself the time and space to relax and recover. Reschedule commitments where you can, do something good that rejuvenates your soul. It will make you happier and more productive in the long run to take this time for yourself and your spirit.
We all live in a fast-paced world, constantly running from one place to another and doing one thing after another. We are so busy doing all the things we have to do, we start to accumulate a lot of stress and tension into our bodies and forget that it actually needs to relax and enjoy life.
Maintaining good health in life is not that much easy. Eating right and exercising on a daily are are the most important thing that build primary health. Start saying yes when you normally said no. Do one thing every day that scares you. Give yourself a daily positive pep-talk and stop pushing things off for the future, live in the present.
The Principles of Optimal Health:
A diet free from toxic foods that supplies optimal levels of nutrients (diet comprising of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, essential fats, vitamins and water). A positive self-image (adequate self-esteem). Clean air, adequate sunshine and pure water. Adequate exercise (aerobic and anaerobic) and rest with fast lifestyles comes the consumption of toxic foods, an unhealthy environment (pollution) and stress. Here are a few quick fixes to keep in mind.
Get Good Sleep: Late nights can causes mood swings the next day, leading to sluggishness. Give a good amount of rest to the body along with good nutritious foods and plenty of water to rejuvenate.
Go Low On Salt: Too much sodium retains water in the body. Also, foods eaten during any festive season are high in sodium and cause bloating. Salt can be replaced with spices like black pepper, chilies herbs like basil, celery, parsley, oregano and condiments like vinegar and mustard.
Hydrate: Water can help flush fluids and food through your system faster. If bloating is due to consuming too much sodium, the water will flush the salt through your body faster. Also reduce your sodium intake for the next few days.
Avoid Starch Carbohydrates: Starchy carbohydrates are high in sugar and need to be avoided or replaced by complex carbohydrates to avoid sluggishness and fatigue.
Give Your Body Fresh Fruits: The fruits should be low GL fruits like apples, pears, oranges and papayas in the first half of the day and raw vegetables and vegetable juices in the second half.
Consume Natural Diuretics: These include parsley, asparagus and dandelion tea to relieve water retention in the body.
Eat Yogurt: It is probiotic in nature and enhances digestive health and improves absorption in the gut and thus reduces bloating.
Exercise: Indulging in high sugar foods and irregular exercise can make you feel lethargic and unfit. Regular exercise consisting of aerobic and anaerobic training is ideal.