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In a society where $445 billion is spent in the beauty industry, the majority of our population seems to be more concerned with preserving a youthful appearance instead of actually achieving and maintaining whole-body health for the long-term.
And this statistic resonates with many of us, doesn’t it? I mean, we’ve all been told to live in the now. To enjoy every single moment to its fullest before life passes us by, right? So, because we’re all on “borrowed time”, many people opt for quick fixes to look and feel our best right now.
But what if we decided to implement a few simple habits in our daily routines that will help naturally preserve that youthful glow we’re all seeking, energize us with inner vitality, and help reduce our risk of chronic illness and disease… while still allowing us to live our best life?
As the old proverb goes, “where there is a will, there is a way.”
And it may be a lot easier than you think. So let’s dive in!
FACT: To truly heal and thrive, we need to address the root cause of symptoms. Not just apply a band-aid solution or quick fix.
My friends, I’m a huge believer that everyone deserves to look and feel their best, enjoy their life to the fullest, and spend their money and time as they wish. But we all know that beauty and vitality are much more than skin deep.
Although living life unabashedly (with little concern towards repercussions of less-healthy actions) may certainly paint the picture of a life that looks and feels good on the outside, it’s proven that healthy lifestyle choices and “good genes” play a much stronger role in supporting whole-body health.
Bottom line? If you don’t nourish your body, mind and spirit with good things, chronic disease and illness are likely to creep in.
DID YOU KNOW?
“Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) and lung disease are the leading causes of preventable death and disability in Canada.” ~ Public Health Agency of Cancer
As scary as this is, the good news is that we can dramatically reduce our risks of “The Big Four” chronic illnesses by swapping out unhealthy habits for more positive daily practices, and focus on healthier choices each day.
We can absolutely make the most of this one wild and beautiful life — living it to the fullest — while also achieving optimal health, reducing our risks of disease, and aging gracefully. Here’s how!
1. Be physically active every day. Find an activity you like and keep moving! Exercise is 100% beneficial for whole body healing, affecting everything from your cells, weight, mood, breathing and sleep. Simply move your body in any way that feels good to you, and do it often. In turn, you’ll be taking steps to help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
2. Embrace naps. Scientific evidence has shown that those who have a regular snooze are 37% less likely to die from heart disease than those who are lacking those extra zzz’s. Sleep is when your body heals and repairs on all levels, so rest whenever (and wherever) you can!
3. Adopt a Mediterranean diet. Eating a colourful, nutrient-rich diet full of fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, olive oil and fish can help prevent the onset of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Mediterranean cuisine boasts foods rich in Omegas which can also help enhance your skin and mood for that youthful glow you’re seeking!
4. Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Avoiding cigarettes and smoke of any kind can help reduce your risks of chronic respiratory and heart disease, circulatory conditions, and cancer. Remember: it’s never too late to quit.
5. Avoid or limit alcohol intake. Too much alcohol puts strain on the detox organs, elevates blood pressure, and can cause a host of other health concerns and chronic diseases. Eliminate alcohol or limit the amount you consume on a regular basis and you’ll help reduce your risks long-term.
6. Let go of grudges. Harbouring ill feelings towards others can cause serious health concerns for the person holding the grudge, too. Let it go.
Obviously there are many factors that help aid prevention and treatment of aging-related disease and illness, and each of The Big Four chronic conditions share common risk factors tied to your everyday health habits.
Eliminating poor practices and adding in healthy new habits can slow aging at the cellular level, adding years to your life and life to your years.
Although we have all heard tales of spirited old folks who live boldly to advanced ages in life, full of whiskey and vigour, not giving a damn about anything, and being remembered for it all — there’s obviously more to “living your best life” than that.
So… what is it worth to you?
Does a life well-lived mean surviving to the ripe ol’ age of 100 with a host of wild adventures behind you? Does it mean feeling vibrant and being free of chronic illness? Having the ability to care for yourself without disability? Feeling loved and cared for as you spend time with your family and grandchildren for years to come?
To me, living my best life means going through each day with increased energy, vitality, joy, awareness, and ease. It means spending time with those I cherish most and feeling loved in return. It means helping inspire and educate others on how they can live their best life, too.
If you are seeking encouragement, guidance or resources on any of the above, please feel free to comment below or reach out to me via email. I’d love to hear from you.