Procrastination Time is Over!
I want to follow on from last week's post and talk about what you can do to build a healthy body and immune system. But before I do that, let's talk about the opposite....what are the
things that make an unhealthy body and a compromised immune system.
The very first thing is what goes into your mouth! Millions of Australians would have millions of different answers if you asked each one of them what a healthy diet looks like. This is because the only education many people get around food is what's dished up to them via the media and the brainwashing that comes from murky advertising claims around the "benefits" of over-processed foods.
So society has adopted the S.A.D. - the Standard Australian Diet as their way of eating, and unfortunately this is leading a huge percentage of the population into chronic illness.
What is the S.A.D.?
The S.A.D. is a diet that comprises lots of packet and processed foods, hydrogenated and trans fats, low fibre foods, low amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits, and excessive amounts of sugar.
As I said last week, we need to make changes now in order to stem the tide of chronic disease in this country.
Another factor that affects our health and immune system, is stress. If you've been reading my posts for any length of time, you would have seen my posts on the effects of stress. Stress over a long period of time can lead to adrenal fatigue or burnout, as well as weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to picking up anything that might be 'going around'.
And of course, we can't leave out sleep. Getting enough sleep every night is critical to a healthy body and immune system. When you sleep, your body goes through different phases of detoxification and repair, and these processes can only take place properly when you sleep between 7 - 8 hours/night. Proper deep sleep is also necessary for our mind. Sleep and dreaming help to 'sort out' and deal with the things that have occurred during the day. If you've ever had a night when you haven't had enough sleep, you'll know how hard it can be to function the next day with a sharp mind.
While there are many things that can undermine health, I have only mentioned food, stress and sleep because these are things that you have control over in your own life. It comes down to the choices you make.
What can you do to build up your health?
The first thing is to really clean up your diet. If you want to have the best chance of fighting off sickness and disease, this is not optional. Does it mean you have to be perfect? No...nobody is. But what it does mean is that you have to be determined to make changes. 90% of what we put into our bodies needs to be food that doesn't come from a packet, is fresh, prepared at home so you know exactly what you are eating, and isn't adulterated with sugar, toxic vegetable oils, processed ingredients, processed salt, and refined flour.
It's crazy that in a country where food is in abundance, there are many people who are suffering from sub-clinical malnutrition because of the type of food they live on. And malnutrition long-term leads to inflammation and chronic disease.
Fresh vegetables and fruit, organic chicken, grass fed beef and lamb, kangaroo, wild caught fish, and legumes, along with, (preferably) organic sources of dairy such as plain yoghurt, cottage cheese, hard cheese, raw nuts and seeds, and seaweed such as kelp and dulse, are the things that should make up the majority of the food we eat every day. And of course, you need to drink 2 - 21/2 litres of pure, filtered water every day. When you eat like this consistently, you receive a wide range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that help to repair and build your body.
Specific nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, selenium, iodine, vitamin E and K contained in these different foods, help to build your immune system and keep you healthy. Vitamin D is another big player in the health of your immune system, and the way to get that is by getting out into the sun for about 20 minutes every day so your body can manufacture what it needs. There are thousands of studies on the effects of vitamin D on the immune system. Click here to see them.
When you eat fresh whole foods and drink clean filtered water, your body is able to detoxify more efficiently, build and repair cells, improve sleep, and give you a higher resilience to daily stresses. Seriously, who doesn't want all those benefits?
The second thing to do is reduce your exposure to stress. Before you get mad at me, I know that it's impossible to eliminate stress completely, but what I am talking about is reducing avoidable stress. This is things like getting up too late in t
he morning so you run late for work or the school run. It's over-committing yourself to doing things, especially things you don't want to do. It's never taking time out to just chill or
have a magnesium bath after a hard day. You get what I mean. It might even mean cutting yourself off from toxic relationships.
Take an inventory of all the things that make you feel stressed and work out which ones are totally unavoidable and which ones you really do have some control over. Then work on removing what you can from your life, and make some changes to the others.
Thirdly, go to bed early! Being in bed asleep by 10.00 pm is one of the best ways to help your body cope with what comes your way the following day. Sleep helps you deal with stress, helps your body repair, and is good for your immune system. Click here for hundreds of studies on sleep.
Don't wait to hear this kind of information on the 6 o'clock news because you won't! Begin to take control of your health and start making some changes today. You might be an 'all or nothing' type of person, or you might be a 'one step at a time' type of person. Whichever one you are, your health is too valuable to procrastinate any longer.
Set some goals, make a promise to yourself and go for it. You are truly worth it and you'll be glad you did. You have nothing to lose except feeling crappy, and maybe a few extra kilos!
Enjoy your journey to health and wellness!
P.S. Metabolic Balance might be just the help you need. Check it out here.