Steps to Health

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Written by Ara Wiseman

  1. Become more mindful of your thoughts. If you are thinking negative thoughts, remind yourself of the things you are grateful for. When you are grateful you can’t be miserable! Studies have shown that negative thoughts can lead to compromised health and shortened lives. The power of our mind and emotions influence the overall health of our body by affecting our immune and nervous systems.
  1. Find your passion and do what you love. What you are passionate about is often your purpose. According to Wayne Dyer, “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”
  1. Manage your stress. Try journaling, go for walks in nature, practice deep breathing exercises and eat nutrient rich foods.
  1. Pay more attention to your posture. If your neck is leaning forward or you are hunched over, the quality of your breathing will be impaired, affecting your overall health. Yoga helps to keep your body in proper alignment.
  1. Have a raw salad every day with lots of vegetables and dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are all packed with antioxidants that help fight free radical damage and inflammation.
  1. Start juicing on the weekends. Play around with different combinations using beets, carrots, dandelion, parsley, kale, collards, celery, apples, lemon, cilantro, ginger and anything else you can think of.
  1. Have a fresh fruit smoothie everyday. Add 1tbsp of sunflower lecithin for improved brain function and cellular health.
  1. Cut down on animal protein. Start by having one or more vegetarian days per week.
  1. Switch to organic dairy products and reduce your overall dairy consumption.
  1. It is best to buy organic, especially when it comes to the fruits and vegetables that have the highest pesticide residue levels according to the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 chart. (See chart at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean_fifteen_list.php)
  1. Incorporate beets and celery into your salads and meals. Beets help to relax blood vessels and improve oxygen efficiency. Celery is helpful for blood flow.
  1. Have three Brazil nuts a day for optimum selenium intake.
  1. MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, isolated soy protein and aspartame are all neurotoxins that affect the brain. Avoid these at all costs!
  1. Avoid using vegetable oils. When you heat these oils they oxidize and become rancid and the oxidative damage ages us. Coconut oil is the safest oil to heat because its unique makeup is resistant to high heat cooking. You can use olive, flaxseed or hempseed oil for salads.
  1. Heal Your Gut. Take probiotics daily to help your digestion and improve the balance of healthy bacteria in your colon. This will reduce inflammation and boost your immunity.
  1. Start adding fermented foods to your diet. Eating fermented foods restores the intestinal flora balance by feeding your gut the beneficial bacteria it needs. Try foods such as natto, tempeh, miso, sourdough bread, kimchi or sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), kefir (fermented milk) or poi (fermented, mashed taro root).
  1. Incorporate Omega-3 fatty acid into your diet. It is found in ground flaxseeds, hempseeds, chia seeds, raw walnuts and green leafy vegetables and is important for healthy, youthful skin.
  1. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it. Be mindful of the type of products you use, especially the ones you apply on a daily basis. Whether it’s personal hygiene or cleaning supplies, read the labels and choose natural brands.
  1. Get into the routine of dry brushing and rebounding every morning to get your lymphatic (immune) system moving.
  1. Studies have shown that incorporating a spiritual practice, such as believing in something outside ourselves and having faith that everything is happening for a reason, has been shown to increase longevity.
  1. Stress causes inflammation and premature skin aging, so you want to do whatever you can to de-stress your mind and body. Set aside some time for yourself every day. Practice meditation, exercise or take a bath. Aromatherapy with lavender essential oils is a great stress-reliever, and your skin will thank you.
  1. Infrared saunas relax your muscles and help your skin eliminate toxins that may be contributing to wrinkles.
  1. Listen to your body. If you are experiencing symptoms such as headaches, constipation, acne/rashes/eczema, trouble with your memory, brain fog, pain or lack of energy, you have an imbalance. Book a nutritional consultation to address any imbalances you may be experiencing. Your health is your wealth!

 

 

 

 

 

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