Sunday, November 2, 2008

Steps toward optimum health

Yes, two submissions today. I have a lot to share. I'm crabby and crampy; I'm feeling bloated. Either I curl up around a bottle of Advil in bed and watch stupid movies or I do something positive. Or's still early in the day.

I subscribe to GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle newsletter. I'm not necessarily a follower or fan of hers, but I was curious about what she had to say. The other day she sent some information from three notable medical experts who do work in alternative medicine. Basically, they shared about making daily choices that help create optimum health.

Here's an abbreviated list of their points:

  1. Get good sleep, at least 8 hours a day. If it doesn't just happen for you, try taking Valerian, chamomile, tryptophan or magnesium and B6. They work just as well as prescription meds. Good sleep helps the body to heal and rejuvenate, and if you don't get enough time to achieve that...
  2. Eat well. That means eliminate processed foods, especially the white ones. Eat fresh and as organic as possible, with as many raw foods as possible that still maintain all their natural enzymes. Lots of fish (not fried). And drink plenty of pure, clean water.
  3. Exercise often. If you've gotten good sleep for a couple of weeks, and you're been eating clean for a couple more, then your energy levels will be up for adding regular, fun activities. Try adding movement for stress management as well, like yoga.
  4. Back to that rejuvenating sleep thing - the human body needs to fast for 12 hours every day in order to process everything and clean itself out. About eight hours are used to digest your last meal completely and another four are needed to void out toxins. That all happens when you're sleeping. Those late night snacks only cut short or skip some of the processes, and then there's a build-up of toxins. Sleeping is not a waste of time!

The human body, when cared for properly, is self-correcting and self-healing. Don't abuse yourself, don't cave to stresses, learn to wisely wield and manage your emotions. Nourish it with clean air, water and food and it will serve you well and provide for you a wonderful medium for experiencing a full and rich life.

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