How To Gift Yourself Optimum Health
Healthy should not only mean the absence of diseases but a condition whereby the body is as healthy as possible and not merely alive. Let’s understand being healthy from another perspective by changing our focus from survival health (absence of disease) to optimal health. Here are some principles of optimal health.
- A positive self-image (adequate self-esteem)
- A diet free from toxic foods that supplies optimal levels of nutrients (diet comprising of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, essential fats, vitamins and water)
- Clean air, adequate sunshine and pure water.
- Adequate exercise (aerobic and anaerobic) and rest.
With our fast-paced lifestyles nowadays, the consumption of toxic foods is very common. Also, living in an unhealthy environment (pollution) and facing stress on a daily basis too is equally common. So here are a few quick fixes to keep in mind to combat this growing problem.
Drink Enough Water
Water can help flush fluids and food through your system faster. It bloating is due to consuming too much sodium, the water will flush the salt through your body faster. Also reduce your sodium intake for the next few days.
Cut Down On Sodium
Too much sodium retains water in the body and can cause bloating. Replace salt with spices like black pepper, chillies, and herbs like basil, celery, parsley. oregano and condiments like vinegar and mustard.
Keep Away From Starchy Carbohydrates
Starchy carbohydrates are high in sugar and need to be avoided or replaced by complex carbohydrates to avoid sluggishness and fatigue.
Load Up On Fresh Fruits
The fruits should be low GI fruits like apples, pears, oranges and papayas in the first halt of the day and raw vegetables and vegetable juices in the second half.
Include Natural Diuretics In Your Diet
These comprise of parsley, asparagus and dandelion tea to relieve water retention in the body.
Make Sure You Eat Yogurt
It is probiotic in nature and enhances digestive health and improves absorption in the gut and thus reduces bloating.
Exercising Is Key
Eating high sugar foods and not being regular in exercising can make you feel lethargic and unfit. Regular exercise consisting of aerobic and anaerobic training is ideal.
Let Your Body Rest
Late nights can cause mood swings the next day leading to sluggishness. Give a good amount of rest to the body along with good nutritious food and plenty of water to rejuvenate.