After a long, cold Winter and with glimpses of Spring appearing, for many, thoughts are turning towards a transition to a healthier body and thus a healthier mind. Our mind is intrinsically linked to the health of our body. If you have become dependent on comfort food during the cooler months which is full of sugar, unhealthy fats and high salt, then every cell of your body has been fed these less then optimal foods resulting in suboptimal performance. This also includes your brain cells which may explain poor concentration, lack of focus, foggy thinking, anxiety and a lowered mood. Maybe you are feeling like this now…. You’re not alone, many are.
A strong, healthy body is intrinsically linked to a strong, healthy mind. A strong healthy mind is very empowering because you are more likely to make good decisions about what you eat, how often you exercise, and the importance of implementing daily stress management techniques… and thus live an optimal and fulfilling life.
So now’s the time to make some changes towards a stronger, healthy body.
Three Steps to take towards a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind
It’s time to ditch the sugar, take-away, pre-packaged food and include the following in your diet… and experience just how great you can feel.
- Enjoy a minimum of 3 cups of fresh vegetables daily – soups, curries and slow-cooked casseroles and stews are a great way to go this time of year
- Include protein-rich foods in each meal or snack
- Enjoy a minimum of 2 pieces or 1 cup of fresh fruit daily
- Enjoy 1 serve of whole grains daily – try quinoa, millet, amaranth and buckwheat
- Include a serve of nuts, seeds and healthy oils daily
- Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water (herbal teas are perfect for colder days) daily
- Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and salt
- Limit sugar, refined and processed foods to a “Freedom Meal” once or twice a week (I go by the 80:20 rule; i.e eat well for 80% of the time because this is a lifelong lifestyle choice – it needs to be sustainable in the long term. So you are what you ‘most consistently’ eat!)
After a long Winter of over indulging the first step is to remove or dramatically reduce the level of “nasties” (dysbiotic organisms) that may be present in your gut. This stage is also aimed at removing waste and toxins produced by these dysbiotic organisms. Remember your gut is directly linked to your brain via the vagus nerve so the health of your gut directly correlates with the health of your mind. In order to clear the gut dysbiosis, there are 2 great supplements we use:
1) Antimicrobial Herb Formula
2) High Potency Colostrum with Glyconutrients
The Antimicrobial Herbs have specific actions which clear the gut of dysbiotic organisms. The formula also assists the body’s natural waste elimination by stimulating digestive processes, as well as reducing bloating and flatulence that may result from the “die-off” of these dysbiotic organisms.
The High Potency Colostrum with Glyconutrients formula is a powerful blend of colostrum and other nutrients, which are helpful in preventing the adherence of harmful microbes to the gut wall that can lead to increased gut permeability.
Once the load of dysbiotic organisms living in the digestive system has been reduced, it is imperative to re-inoculate your digestive system with beneficial (probiotic) bacteria, and support the integrity of your gut lining.
In order to renew and restore digestive health we use the following 2 supplements:
1) Probiotic (therapeutic genus, species and strain)
2) Cleansing Greens
While all Probiotics are considered safe and friendly in a broad sense, not all probiotics possess enough health benefits to be considered therapeutic. It’s important to ensure that the Probiotic you use are species and strain specific and are clinically proven to be therapeutic.
Cleansing Greens is a powdered formulation which contains herbal extracts and nutrients that supports both probiotic growth as well as repair of the gut lining to minimise the total load of toxins able to enter the body. Cleansing greens are also very alkalising to the body and will enhance all phases of cleansing and detoxification.
- Aim for 10,000 steps every day. The heart foundation says we must complete 10,000 steps every single day to maintain good health. Fitbits are a great way to track your daily steps ● Include 5 x 30min higher intensity cardio sessions per week (walk to trot; swimming, cycling; interval running etc.
- Include 2 x 30min core strength sessions per week (squats, planks, step-ups etc. It may be beneficial to invest in a personal trainer to professionally tailor a program especially for you to follow)
“Because it’s Not a Rehearsal”
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