Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How much $$ for good health?

I saw a sign today that went along these lines: If you think maintaining good health is costly, think how expensive fixing bad health will be. It got me thinking. The majority of us are in really bad practice of maintaining good health. Sure, we might pop a multi vitamin and visit the gym regularly, but most of us really aren't very assertive when it comes to our bodies and we generally rely on professionals telling us, what is wrong with 'us.' On reflection is seems like a ridiculous concept really, because nobody knows you better than you know yourself. Of course there are so many different forms of health care, and I only practice several integrated methods, but at the end of the day, its important to find what works for you as an individual based on how your body responds and feels.
Im astounded by the amount of patients I treat who think they are 'healthy.' Even as we breathe we inhale toxins, and whilst this is unavoidable, there are so many other harmful things that can be avoided to assist in maintaining better health.

Toxic matter in our bodies is harmful. It affects us right down to a cellular level, stopping our bodies ability to run the way they were made to. We can't live in a bubble, so here are my top 5 things you can do on a regular basis in the quest for better health and preventative measures.

1. Filter your water. We are lucky in that we have clean drinking water readily available. In the purification process, most of the harmful nasties are removed, with the exception of a few, including antibiotics and hormones. This means that they are being 're-fed' to us. I screwed my face up as I wrote that! This leads to a host of issues including infertility and early menstruation in younger girls. Using a water filter, as simple as a bench top purification jug is the best way to treat your water before you drink it. Trust me, over time you will be able to tell the difference.
2. Get more sleep before 12pm. The old adage is true - every hour sleep before midnight is worth two hours after midnight. Your body regenerates whilst you sleep - make sure your getting a good 8 hours.
3. Exercise every other day for at least 30 minutes. It doesn't need to be a full on workout - a brisk walk will do the trick.
4. Have some regular form of treatment, be it acupuncture or osteopathy. Allow a practitioner to support your body in ways you can't do yourself.
5. Eat for better health! Hippocrates said - Let food be thy medicine. This includes keeping refined and processed foods on the low down. Nutritionally they do nothing for your body - but they do clog it up and slow it right down from working properly.

These 5 simple things can make a huge difference as to how healthy we are and how we feel in our skin. I love that our bodies respond well to simple changes – isn’t it awesome?. I also love how our bodies speak to us, and show us when they need more or less of something particular. I really encourage you to begin to listen to what your body is telling you, because at the end of the day, only you know how you feel. This can be the key to enjoying better health.

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