The Simple And Powerful Steps For Optimal Health, Energy And Longevity

In this day and age health issues and disease are rampant. Being in a good state of health is almost like a prized possession. Most people think if you have it, you’re lucky, but luck isn’t the real factor here. One can achieve optimal health by taking simple action steps to boost energy, happiness and longevity. Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own health and we have the power to take control. In this article, you will find the steps you can take today to start changing your health.

What is Optimal Health?
Optimal health can be defined as a balanced state on all levels, such as physical, mental, emotional, and social. This state is free from any limitations or dis-ease and is essentially complete well-being. When we are in a state of optimal health we have natural energy, happiness, clarity and peace of mind. We are able to function and go about daily life with ease.

Health Issues in 2017
Here is a list of common health problems people face today: heart disease, cancer, pain and arthritis, diabetes, obesity, digestive issues, allergies, asthma, sleep problems, headaches and the list goes on. For most of these issues we don’t have to live with them, we can alleviate symptoms and prevent further problems or dis-ease. Another big problem today is stress. Stress is a killer. We know that stress impacts the body negatively and is connected to high blood pressure. We do not have to accept stress and health issues as our “normal”. Let’s make a new normal, and that is “optimal health”!

Let’s Get Started
We need to envision the health we desire and how we want to feel. This vision is now our goal, let’s write it down. Post the goal where you will see it every day whether this is on your bedroom door, your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator, the side of your computer monitor, or somewhere that you will be reminded of it daily. Next, we must set up a plan of action. Have you ever heard the quote by Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? A goal with out a plan of action is destined to be a dream. You’ll choose from the steps below which one you want to work on first and schedule it in as a priority to work on. Once you have your plan set up, take action! Taking action is what’s going to produce results. If you feel overwhelmed making changes then take it one step at a time, even if you have to stay on one step for a few weeks or months before you feel like you can move on to the next. Eventually you will form new habits and your health will improve.

The 5 Steps
I won’t go into the details of why each step is important because this will turn into a book, but a quick Google search will provide you with plenty of resources on the benefits. And while I believe whole-heartedly that we should always focus on nutrition first, customize these steps and start wherever you feel most comfortable. Remember, one step at a time, I know you can do this. More details please visit:-

Step 1 – Whole Food Nutrition
Processed foods come in packages or boxes like cakes, cookies, chocolate/snack bars, chips, sugary-cereals, etc., and they are void of nutrition. Fast food which is mainly deep-fried food contains trans-fats which are harmful to our health. If we want to have energy, no bloating, no heartburn, no pain or headaches, we need to focus on eating a diet primarily made of whole foods. Whole foods are foods that have one ingredient; themselves. These are foods such as: potatoes, carrots, oats, rice, beans, broccoli, cucumbers, eggs, fish, apples, bananas, berries, etc., you get the drift. Eat foods that are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (a substance that protect our cells). This doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy those other processed treats but they must not make up the bulk of our diet. Think of the 80/20 rule for your nutrition, 80% whole nutritious foods, 20% treats. Remember, take it one step at a time.

Here are the steps in this section:
– focus on finding new foods to eat rather than what you can’t eat
– create a shopping list so you’re prepared for the store
– stick to buying foods in the produce section and the outside perimeter of the grocery store
– try 1-2 new vegetables each week until you find something you enjoy and play around with how you cook it (steam, bake, boil). Vegetables can be hidden in smoothies! Spinach is completely hidden in a frozen berry protein shake.
– find healthy recipes online, once or twice a week start making real food at home from scratch. A slow cooker might just become your new best friend.
– get in the habit of preparing some meals and snacks ahead of time, this will save you time, stress and money in the long-run. Even cooking your food in bulk such as lean meats, healthy whole grains, and chopping up veggies and storing them in the fridge will ensure your success. You will be able to piece together a healthy meal quickly!

Step 2 – Water
Our bodies are made up of 60% water and our brains are made up of 70% water! We need water to survive. Water lubricates our bodies and joints, it helps cleanse and flush toxins, it helps with digestion, skin complexion, energy and so much more!

Here are the steps in this section:
– drink a glass of natural spring water first thing in the morning
– fill up a large bottle with fresh, natural spring water – keep this bottle right beside you all day long so you see it and remember to drink it
– flavour up your water if you’re not a fan of it plain, try infusing some slices of fruit, veggies or spices in your bottle. Tasty flavour enhancers are: orange slices, strawberries, cucumbers slices, lemon slices, lime slices or mint leaves
– replace a glass of pop, juice, alcohol, or coffee with a glass of hydrating water – this may help your waistline and you’ll feel better for it too!

Step 3 – Exercise
The body was meant to move. If you think about it, our lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, this is why we shouldn’t be sedentary, we need to move. There is a plethora of benefits to exercise such as increased energy, improved strength, bone and muscle loss prevention, improved mood, and it will help us live longer! Exercising can feel overwhelming so it’s about finding something you enjoy and taking it slow, one step at a time. *ALWAYS consult with your healthcare practitioner before beginning this or any other exercise program.

Here are the steps in this section:
– just walk – even if it’s 1 day per week for 20 minutes, build up until you can walk longer and more frequently
– perform resistance training – build up to at least 3 days per week, if you don’t know what to do visit YouTube, it’s a great resource, or hire a trainer at the gym. You can also take it back to the old gym class days and start with the basics: push ups, jumping jacks, sit ups, bicycle abs, squats and lunges.

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