For most of my life, I’ve embraced natural choices as a way to live, eat, work, sleep, and play. I want to share some of the choices and strategies you can use to get healthy and stay healthy… methods that health-conscious people can incorporate into their every day lives.
1. Take charge of what you can. There are many things you can’t control, such as the weather, the genes you inherit from your ancestors, and what big companies are doing to pollute the earth. You can, however, make choices that will truly make a difference in your health. For example, you can choose personal care and cleaning products with fewer chemicals, and choose local/regional and organic foods over what is offered in conventional big box stores. You can choose natural healing methods, such as homeopathy, supplementation, acupuncture and osteopathy over pharmaceutical products and other invasive methods that have side effects and toxicities.
2. You are what you eat. It is no secret that much of what we call “food” is highly processed and unhealthy. I encourage people to eat whole, unprocessed “real food” as much as possible. Choosing organic means your body will have fewer pesticide and herbicide residues to expel. Choosing regional or local food means your food will be fresher, have more nutritional value, and be more ecological. Produce that has been transported long distances loses nutrients along the way and has a larger environmental footprint. Eating well when you’re busy doesn’t have to be a chore. For example, breakfast could include a poached eggs and leftover veggies or potatoes sauteed in olive oil. A healthy lunch of salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing will keep you from feeling sleepy and sluggish in the afternoon. A simple dinner of grilled fish or chicken with rice or quinoa, and broccoli or kale can be very nutritious and tasty.
3. You’re made mostly of water. Your body is made up of more than 50% water and you need water every day. Your health is a reflection of the statement, “you are what you drink.” Most people know that soda pop and drinks laced with corn-based sweeteners are not healthy. You may not know, however, that bottled water is poorly regulated, and may contain a variety of impurities. I was surprised to learn that in some cases, bottled water is simply bottled tap water. Additionally, the bottled water industry uses plastic packaging, which is neither good for you nor the environment. Unfiltered city water is usually full of chlorine and a variety of other impurities, and well water may be contaminated with underground pollutants such as “tracking” chemicals. Since water is vital to a healthy body, I recommend an alkalizing water purifier for home use to clean the water coming out of the tap and to promote proper acid-base balance.
I encourage my friends, family members and patients to adopt these healthy lifestyle choices on their journey of healthy living. Here’s to our successful journey together!