Healthy lifestyles have become somewhat of a marketing term in recent years. Are your eating ‘Organic’, are your shopping ‘Non-GMO’, and are you using sea salt the right way? In most considerations, it’s a positive direction regardless of how one might regard the nuances. Marketing is marketing and will always envelop some ‘cheese’ along with anything of sustenance. Practically speaking, a ‘healthy lifestyle’ is going to be a combination of actions that help facilitate a better overall enjoyment of life. This may be found through running, yoga, weight lifting, mountain climbing, eating only organic food, taking supplements—or any combination of the like. There is no one healthy lifestyle that everyone should be living, and learning some of the common practices deemed as healthy can help you better understand how to start living a healthier lifestyle for yourself.
Just the Basics
Humans evolved while moving around, a lot! Our bodies have resulted in forms that are ideal for long periods of traveling throughout the day and our ancestors were used to doing so on a regular basis. Desk jobs and sedentary positions aren’t what we’ve been designed for. Modern life has invaded our sense of evolutionary purpose full-force and many of us struggle to find a balance. Scientific research suggests that walking as little as 15 minutes a day can be enough to help avoid obesity while also lowering the risk of nearly every type of disease. That’s a powerful notion, especially when most people realize they don’t even walk that much. It has to be a brisk, sustained, single-session of 15 minutes to qualify. This action can help regulate hormone production, helps to oxygenate the brain, and just makes people ‘feel’ better. With all those hormones and neurotransmitters floating around—there’s little wonder why!
Food affects mood, and what we eat ultimately becomes what we are
Organic and Non-GMO foods aren’t an invention of the modern world. In fact, they’ve been around since the dawn of the Earth. The thing is, until recently they were just called food. There were no genetically-engineered foods, and there were no synthetic pesticides being sprayed on food centuries ago. Sure, there were ancient pesticides being used that were harmful enough—but nothing like the hormone-disrupting disasters of modern times. There’s a lot of money and corporate interest that go into the production, marketing, sale, and use of these types of products around the world. While many would write such notion off as ‘conspiracy theory’ the truth is that these types of interests often muddy the truth—other times downright concealing it. Regardless of your stance on pesticide use and gmo technology—it’s pretty safe to say that we simply don’t have enough data to make any conclusions for certain. We were told DDT was safe, we were told Agent Organge was safe, and we were told RoundUp was safe (you’re not still hosing your yard with RoundUp are you?!).
Understanding Your Body
The human body is a dynamic conglomerate of all types of systems, compounds, and organisms working together to create one giant ecosystem. The foods you eat affect the bacteria in your digestive tract, which can in turn affect your energy levels, hormones, neurotransmitters, and even hair color. Generally speaking, our health is like managing the momentum of a ball rolling down a slope. It can be nudged in one direction—even pushed—but will ultimately be a product of it’s momentum. That’s to say, if you eat like shit 3 of 4 meals a day but finish up with a salad—you’re not doing yourself any favors. You may as well commit that last meal to something indulgent just to say you know how to commit (just kidding, eat your veggies). Think of every day as a unit of your health. What you do on a daily basis is what affects your health the most. While it might seem like doing a detox diet every 4 months for 14 days ‘restores’ your health—it’s not enough to justify eating fast food every day. It’s going to help you move towards the direction of living in a healthy balance, but the bulk of your momentum is still towards unhealthy practices. Keeping a food journal to help record how you feel after certain types of food you eat can help tremendously enlighten you. Many people find they feel congested after eating dairy, bloated after eating wheat, and downright fiendish after eating lots of sugar. Food affects mood, and what we eat ultimately becomes what we are. Putting quality food into your diet will help you become a higher quality person physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Nothing Happens in a Day
Establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t something that can be accomplished in an afternoon. This type of endeavor is best undertaken over the course of months and years. If you’re trying to lose weight fast for health reasons—that’s one thing—but if you’re simply working towards a healthier and happier you; things take time. For example, using juicers to add some extra dense nutrition into your diet first thing in the morning (which helps minimize digestive impact) can help sure-up some nutritional gaps you might have. This type of practice might expose your body to a more balanced profile of minerals and vitamins that, over time, will help to stabilize your hormones and energy levels. Micronutrients such as selenium, magnesium, and copper are involved in a wide range of intracellular processes that drive our the most fundamental aspects of our bodies’ health. If this sounds interesting to you, check out our article on juicers to learn what to look for! Combine this with a 15 minute walk everyday, and all the sudden your momentum is starting to change course. If you start feeling like you are able to walk for 20, 30, or 45 minutes—go for it! Just listen to your body and don’t push yourself beyond your own limit. Once you start feeling better, you start being able to try all types of new approaches on balancing your life towards a more healthy existence. Just remember, the most incredible things in the universe took the longest times to make. Working towards better health isn’t something that’s to happen over night, and focusing on your daily routine can offer the most powerful results!