Good health explained...
If we could take a minute to learn from our ancestors before us who were able to live longer lives without worrying about counting calories, adding supplements and exercise to their daily diet routine. They naturally did it by physically working hard to grow the crops with fresh fruits and vegetables and using real fat from the livestock they raised to cook using no additional processing or preservatives. As our world evolved, we tried to make things easier and last longer and in the long run it has become dangerous to our health and longevity on this earth.
Let us look closely into our own daily habits, making sure that you can eliminate some of those bad choices and bring simplicity and healthy choices back into our lives.
• Make sure the food you eat is not processed.
• Stop eating food that has been chemically enhanced to last longer, i.e. MSG, etc.
• Review the food pyramid and ensure to get the right balance of the food categories.
• Eat 3 meals with 2 snacks per day.
• Drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily throughout the day. If you sweat a lot drink more.
• If needed, meet with a nutritionist that can help you make better meal plan choices.
• Do weight bearing exercises at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. This helps prevent Osteoporosis as we get older.
• Get a physical body check and blood workup done with your general physician as a baseline for better health.
10 Essential Blood Tests
1. CBC (Complete Blood Count)
2. CMP (Complete Metabolic Panel)
3. Lipid Panel (Cholesterol and Triglycerides)
4. HbA1c (average blood sugar levels)
5. hs-CRP (C-reactive protein that fight bacteria and viruses)
6. Vitamin D (25-Hydroxy Vitamin D) (chronic health issues)
7. Iron/Ferritin (leading cause of anaemia)
8. GGT (assess liver function)
9. Uric acid (too much causes kidney stones and gout)
10.Thyroid hormone (TSH) (control rate of metabolism)
Many of these issues can lead to a higher risk of heart disease which is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups.
Good health does not mean spending several hours in the gym or only eating lettuce and raw vegetables. It requires a good balanced life.
5 Key Elements to Healthy Lifestyle
1. A balanced diet
2. Regular physical activity
3. Maintaining a regular sleep pattern
4. Stress Management
In the end, we are all different in many ways but if you follow the 70/30 rule it will help guide you to a better healthy lifestyle. 70% of your overall results come from eating the right foods in the right way and time of day and 30% come from your physical activity on a daily basis. Your happiness is so important too so if you are craving your favourite sweet, its okay to indulge once during that week. Let’s take care of that happy hormone. Start living your best life now.