In the fast-paced world that we live in it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness. We're so busy racing through our day to day lives family, friends, work, social engagements that we don't take the time to look after ourselves. It is no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down. What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?
Drink, Drink, Drink
You've heard it a million times, and you'll probably hear it a million more drink more water!
Think about it: The human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes death! At this point, 66% of us aren't drinking enough water, so over half the population is not running on all six cylinders, to begin with before things like bad air, bad food and stress take their toll.
It's not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so or 10-12 glasses of water per day, and you'll notice a huge jump in your energy levels.
Living Food Loving Life!
A little-known fact is that heating food above 116F destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we already aren't eating enough veggies, that's a fairly substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five serves of fresh vegetables per day. How many of us are taking that advice?
A great way to get the nutrients found in fresh veggies without spending all day at the stove or eating raw celery sticks is to juice your veggies. Make sure that you own a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to heat created by friction during juicing, which breaks down important enzymes), grab some fresh vegetables and drink your way to good health. It takes a fraction of the time (there's no cooking involved, for one thing) and it's convenient. You can take your juice to work and even give some to the littlies for school lunches!
Wheatgrass, in particular, is an excellent source of nutrition. Its high in chlorophyll (sometimes described as plant blood because it closely resembles human red blood cell molecules) and has over 100 elements that the body needs. Fresh grains are another excellent source for vitamins and minerals
Energy In Energy Out
Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. The thing is, exercise doesn't have to be time-consuming or mind-numbingly dull. There are plenty of options.
If you don't have the time or money for the gym, or prefer to spend your mornings/nights at home, then try an exercise bike or walker. I'd be lost without my exercise bike I set it up in front of the television and peddle away merrily during my favorite shows.
An excellent way to get back into a physical routine is to start slowly. Ridiculously slowly. For the first couple of weeks, walk/ride for 5 minutes per day precisely 5 minutes, no more, even if you think you could continue. When the two weeks are up, increase to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, 12 minutes continue to gradually increase your activity until you're at a level that you're comfortable with.
It may sound a little silly, but it works. In effect, you trick your body into producing more energy. Your building your exercise time up so slowly that your body doesn't realize what's happening. Follow this method and, before you know it, you'll be comfortably exercising within your limits every day.
So, folks, that's the basics. If you can rearrange your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to drink a glass of water every half hour or so, you'll be well on the way to living a healthy life. On a final note, don't forget to take some quiet time for yourself. Meditating is an excellent way to minimize stress. You don't have to sit around for hours, give yourself 5 minutes of quiet time every day even in the shower if that's the only place where you can get the time out and have a little catch up with yourself.
And, last but by no means least, laugh! Laugh like a loon, the louder wi the better! You’ll be amazed at how much such a simple thing can lift your spirits!
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