Start your wellness journey
Do you want to get healthy but don’t know where to start? Did you turn to the holistic health community for answers but now you’re completely confused by all the conflicting information? Healthy living doesn’t have to be confusing or hard. It’s time to start living a lifestyle that is in harmony with your biology so you can be healthy and happy!
simple lifestyle changes with big impact – it’s time to get back to the basics
Starting your wellness journey and committing to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be confusing or hard but it can be overwhelming. It’s important to start with goals that are easy to reach. Below you’ll discover healing modalities that are easy to implement in your daily life and that can have a significant positive impact on your health. Did I mention they are all inexpensive or completely free? Once you’ve committed to these small lifestyle changes you’ll be inspired, motivated, and empowered to reach more challenging health goals.
The sun is one of the most powerful healing modalities that we have available to us and it’s completely free!
Plants and animals need light to thrive and human beings are no different. Spending a small amount of time in the sun each day can help to boost your mood, increase your energy, support your immune system, and more.
Grounding (aka earthing) is an amazing all-natural antioxidant and it is completely free!
Grounding enables us to receive electrons from the earth which can help fight free radicals. Grounding for just 10-30 minutes a day can help improve your sleep, boost your energy, and more.
Do not underestimate the power of sleep. Good sleep hygiene is foundational for good health. You can eat healthy foods and exercise daily but if you are not prioritizing sleep your health will continue to struggle. Good health and good sleep go hand in hand.
4. CLEAN WATER
You have probably been told your whole life how important it is to drink water. And of course, that is true. But some drinking water may do more harm than good.
Tap water, well water, and even filtered water may contain harmful contaminants such as lead, nitrates, glyphosate, trihalomethanes, and more!
These toxic contaminants can really hinder your health. If you want to improve your health you need to ensure your drinking water is contaminant-free.
You may need water to survive but clean, toxin-free water will help you to thrive.
5. REDUCE Toxin EXPOSURE
We are being bombarded with toxins. There are harmful chemicals lurking in everyday products like household cleaners, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, air fresheners, and more.
Some of these chemicals may be making you and your family sick. But the good news is many of these toxic chemicals can be easily eliminated from your environment.
With minimal effort, you can make a big impact on your health and the health of your family by ditching these harmful products and using toxin-free alternatives instead.
Ready to take your health to the next level?
Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all approach to getting healthy. But there is no denying the positive impact that lowering stress, healthy eating, and exercise has on the body. Reducing stress, supporting your metabolism, eating healthy, and moving your body on a daily basis is definitely more challenging than sitting in the sun or getting a good night’s sleep but it is well worth the effort.
6. lOWER STRESS
Stress causes mineral dysregulation which leads to metabolic imbalance and metabolic imbalance is the root cause of most illness and disease.
So in order to heal you have to reduce stress.
This includes all forms of stress – mental, emotional, physical, and environmental.
It is impossible to eliminate all stressful situations and circumstances completely from your life but it is vital that you eliminate stress when and wherever you can and learn how to become more resilient to stress.
7. SUPPORT YOUR METABOLISM
Your metabolism is about so much more than just being able to use and burn calories efficiently.
Metabolism is the sum of every metabolic process in the body. When your metabolism is healthy, metabolic processes in the body will function properly.
Metabolism affects digestion, the immune system, sex drive, hormones, and basically every function that goes on inside the body.
Many people are struggling with metabolic dysfunction and don’t even realize it. A healthy metabolism equals a happy, healthy person.
8. EAT REAL FOOD
All food is not created equal. Most of the products masquerading as food on grocery store shelves aren’t really food at all. Real food contains an abundance of bio-available vitamins and minerals.
Both vitamins and minerals are crucial for optimal health. Real food works with the body, not against it.
Most people are either well-fed and undernourished or under-fed and undernourished. A healthy body is well nourished with vitamins and minerals that only come from real food.
I’m a huge fan of pro-metabolic eating but it doesn’t work for everybody. You can begin eating healthy by simply swapping out processed, packaged foods for whole foods like fruits, veggies, meats, and eggs.
9. TRY SUPPLEMENTS
Eating real food will help to replenish vitamins and minerals within the body but unfortunately, it may not be enough.
The soil that fruits and vegetables are grown in and animals graze from has been depleted of many of its nutrients. That means even real food doesn’t contain the nutrients it once did.
Food-based supplementation can help to restore vitamins and minerals within the body that food alone can not.
10. MOVE YOUR BODY
Moving your body on a daily basis can have a profound impact on your health.
A recent study found that walking 10,000 steps a day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, and heart failure), 13 types of cancer, and dementia.
You don’t have to commit to a vigorous workout routine to experience the health benefits of exercise.
Simply walking, biking, or doing a low-intensity workout can improve your health.
Going beyond food and fitness
Healthy eating and exercise play a key role when it comes to healthy living but it’s important to remember there is so much more to a healthy, happy life than just food and fitness. Supporting the body’s natural detox and drainage systems as well as addressing the emotional component of healing is often the missing piece of the health puzzle for many people.
11. Support drainage pathways
The human body is absolutely amazing. It is constantly working to keep you well. One of the ways it does this is by removing toxins from the body.
Your body removes waste, toxins, and pathogens through its different drainage pathways such as the colon and liver.
If your drainage pathways become stagnant and are not functioning properly toxins and waste will accumulate in the body and eventually lead to unpleasant symptoms or worse, chronic disease.
Supporting your drainage pathways ensures that your body is able to eliminate the waste, toxins, and pathogens that can make you feel unwell.
12. Regulate your nervous system
The nervous system is extremely complex. Its purpose in the simplest terms is to transmit signals between the brain and the rest of the body.
A dysregulated nervous system can cause unpleasant symptoms as well as lead to chronic illness.
Regulating and supporting the nervous system is crucial to restoring proper function in the body.
13. Prioritize Friendships & fun
Community, friendships, laughing, and having fun are often overlooked in the wellness community but they can all be extremely beneficial to your health.
This 75-year Harvard study concluded that embracing community makes us happier and helps us live longer.
In our pursuit of health, it’s easy to prioritize healthy eating and exercise over hanging out with friends and having fun.
But spending time with friends and having fun is just as important as avoiding toxins and eating super healthy.
NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT?
I’m not a big fan of intensive protocols or expensive therapies when it comes to getting healthy. Most people start to heal and feel better by implementing basic health foundations (sun, sleep, healthy eating, supplements, movement, etc.) on a consistent basis. But that is not the case for everyone.
Sometimes food, fitness, and the foundations are not enough. Every person is different. Each person has different deficiencies, infections, imbalances, and genetic mutations going on inside their body.
If you’ve been committed to a healthy lifestyle for a long period of time and your symptoms haven’t improved you may be dealing with a serious underlying health condition. If this has been your experience I recommend checking out the resources below.
Resilence > Restriction
Getting healthy is not about living a life where you never get to indulge in your favorite foods or get to wear your favorite (toxin-filled) perfume.
It’s not about making perfect health choices – it’s about creating resilience in the body.
A resilient body can handle coming into contact with toxins from time to time. It can handle consuming foods that contain bad ingredients here and there.
Healthy living is not about constantly restricting, avoiding, or eliminating. Rather it’s about creating a strong body that is resilient to stress and toxins.
The end goal is not just to live a healthy life but also a happy life and that requires balance.
Think of your health like a bank account. If you constantly make withdrawals (ie: poor health choices) and you hardly ever make any deposits (ie: good health choices) you are going to go broke (ie: negative symptoms, illness, disease).
On the other hand, if you constantly make deposits (healthy eating, supplements, good sleep, etc.) you can afford to make withdrawals (junk food, glass of wine, chick-fil-a) every now and then.
What’s the point of getting healthy if you can’t enjoy your life?
Healthy living is not black or white, it’s not all or nothing, and it’s not one size fits all. It’s about freedom, it’s about balance, and it’s about creating a strong body that is resilient.
Combatting Health Anxiety
Sometimes our pursuit of health can become very unhealthy. The worry and fear we experience when we obsess about health can actually make us sick.
It’s important to have a balanced perspective toward healthy living.
It’s impossible to avoid every toxic chemical or bad ingredient. And if you attempt to avoid every potential unhealthy product or circumstance you will drive yourself crazy. The stress that will produce in you will be more harmful to your health than the thing you are trying to avoid.
Do the best you can with the knowledge and resources you have available to you and let go of the rest.
Eating healthy, doing daily exercise, and avoiding toxins can all be very beneficial to your health but so can having fun, spending time with friends, laughing, and enjoying your life.
Always choose strength and empowerment over fear and anxiety.
Progress over perfection
You can’t make perfect health choices 100% of the time. As Winston Churchill once said, “perfection is the enemy of progress”. If you strive for perfection you will not make progress on your wellness journey. You will quickly grow tired and overwhelmed. Always choose progress over perfection.
Pick your poison
Some people think that in order to be healthy you have to give up things that bring you joy (ie: Coca-cola, Starbucks, your favorite toxin-filled hair product, etc.) But that is just not true. I like to tell people to pick their poison.
Depriving yourself of something that truly brings you joy because it is bad for you can sometimes do more harm to your health than good.
It can also just kind of make you miserable. So if there is something that you know isn’t great for you but you love it (and it’s not harming your health in a major way) go for it.
It’s impossible to avoid every potentially harmful ingredient and toxin.
So enjoy your life and indulge from time to time. The relaxation and joy you will experience from indulging here and there can actually be good for your health!
Stop consuming & start implementing
With so much knowledge at our fingertips, it’s easy to overconsume health information and never actually implement anything we’ve learned.
If you find yourself getting stressed out about your health and feeling like you’re never doing enough it might be time to take a break.
Step back from Instagram, Youtube, or even this blog and spend some time outside, read a book, or take your kids to the park.
Instead of going down rabbit holes and stressing out about mold, toxins, and parasites get back to the basics.
Start implementing the tried and true health foundations (sun, nature, sleep, daily movement) and I promise you will immediately feel better!
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