Rushing through life, we seldom seem to focus on a Holistic Approach to Good Health and what we eat. That is until we fall sick, physically and/or mentally. While we’re quick to take a pill for everything—from flu to fatigue—we rarely listen to the needs of our bodies. It’s true that some diseases can’t be avoided through lifestyle changes. However, we can always make our bodies stronger to help modern medicine make a quicker recovery. Eating right is the first step, but that’s not all. There’s a lot more we can do by taking a holistic approach to good health.
Here are a few things:
1. Opt for nutritional meals
Soda, coffee, high sugar, fat meals, canned/boxed and packaged foods aren’t very nutritious. An ideal meal will include a bit of everything. White meat is preferred over red; vegetables and fruits are always a better choice. Instead of a beverage, choose water. Drink milk and drink it often. Let go of the crackers and oily snacks and opt for nuts and seeds instead.
It’s not necessary to have everything in one meal; instead, you can divide portions over multiple meals and days. Just make sure; from proteins and carbohydrates to vitamins and calcium, every nutritional requirement is being met.
2. Boost your digestion
Our digestive tract is also called the second brain. It serves one of the most important functions: digest food and converts it to energy. This energy is required by your brain as well as your body. Eating fibre-rich food, such as whole grains, can boost digestion. Sufficient quantities of vitamins are necessary to keep the digestion healthy.
3. Don’t avoid cholesterol
We all know how an excess of cholesterol can cause obesity, hypertension and heart disease. It can clog your arteries and result in a heart attack. On the other hand, you can’t survive without cholesterol too.
Cholesterol, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and fibres are all essential for normal body function. The key is to take everything is sufficient amounts, but not excessively. Too much or too little of anything can cause issues!
4. Spend time under the sun
Sunshine, specifically UVB rays, is a source of vitamin D. Not having enough vitamin D can result in bone dysfunction and a number of other health issues. Ideally, you should spend at least 10-15 minutes in the morning sunlight. Why specifically mornings though? Because after 10 -11 in the morning, sunlight is richer in harmful rays. These rays can cause skin problems, including skin cancers.