In this reductionistic world of science and technology, here is your answer to a healthy and happy life in just 4 basic factors.
To make it perfect, we struggle the whole life doing things which makes it perfectly imperfect.
In a few years of reviewing I have concluded from the research of Experts who have spent a lifetime on the subject that there are four things most important which form the basis of a long and healthy life.
Good food and nutrition is important for growth, regeneration, maintenance and avoiding diseases. Its the gospel truth which everyone knows but there are certain things which we generally are not aware of. It can also reverse disease conditions like diabetes, Bp, cholesterol problems, heart diseases, cancers etc.
Berries? Nuts and seeds? Salads? Spices? The importance of super foods is becoming popular. The truth is no Natural Food is non super. People talk about vitamins, anti-oxidants and all the nutrients but nature is smarter than we are. Everything required to digest, absorb and metabolise a particular macronutrient is provided in the same food as a package naturally. B6 in protein rich pulses, B1 in carbohydrate rich cereals(whole) and the list goes on and on.
Blue zones of the world where people lived easily to 100, eyes sharp enough to see the satellites of Saturn, bodies strong enough to climb uphill like a trained athlete are now attending the funerals of their grand children dying at the ages of 40s and 50s due to lifestyle diseases- after being introduced to the processed foods.
Processed food is num one killer which is rich in sugar, trans fat, preservatives, additives . As if this was not enough we seek the pleasures of addictive substances like sugar, alcohol, cigarettes etc.
Consuming sun rays everyday is also an important part of our nutritional requirement. I am sure you know that it produces the much needed Vitamin D in our body.
Tip : Consuming variety of natural and whole foods in plenty and stay away from processed and packaged foods.
Our bodies are designed to move around for survival - either to kill for food or avoid being killed for food. As foragers we didn't have the comfort of farm houses rather it was the wild to be battled.
The comforts of the tech savvy world zooming in high speed cars and exercising the thumb to operate everything one can imagine cannot replace the benefits of flexing a muscle. More and more people are realizing the importance of exercising and taking up leisure activities like hitting to the gym or pool, riding a bicycle or running around.
If any of these activities is not what you prefer I suggest simple acts like walking around. You could simply park your car a little further so you walk a bit. Avoid the lift, Take the steps (always). Take your dog for a walk or even better go for a romantic walk with your partner to shed all your stress.
Gardening is another popular activity which you can take up. The first fruits in your plants will keep you motivated for life.
Yoga and other forms of traditional exercises are also very popular.
After all your body is the only thing that grows when stressed.
Tip: Ditch the machine, flex your muscle. Choose your exercise and do it.
Sleep helps you pay attention, make decisions, be creative and directly affects your health, quality of life and safety. Sleep deprivation can affect your health instantly.
The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
Sleep enhances your learning and problem-solving skills which ultimately affects how well you think, react, work and your social behaviour.
Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin) and also insulin. It directly affects the sugar metabolism reducing your chances of obesity and diabetes. A good sleep reduces the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke as it is involved in repair of heart, blood vessels and overall healing.
It's estimated that driver sleepiness is a factor in about 100,000 car accidents each year, resulting in about 1,500 deaths in the U.S. People with suicidal tendency, risk taking behaviour and depression are generally found to be sleep deprived.
People in blue zones are never sleep deprived and live longer.
Tip - Sleep is a necessity not a pleasure alone. But enough sleep always brings pleasure, which should not be foregone for anything easily. Bottom line sleep enough because that is one thing you have worked all day for.
4. Positive Thinking
Positive attitude and happy nature is the common factor among all centenarians.
It is said that certain blue zones of the world do not even have words like "dispute" in their vocabulary. People of all age are respected and loved. People enjoy and laugh a lot. They have a welcoming nature.
People suffering from diseases especially cancer have a different mindset altogether which some people call as "Cancer Mind". Many of them have suffered from mental trauma in their life. Others have been found to be hyperactive and emotionally unstable. A link between the two has been established.
ADHD is on the rise among children and so are all other diseases and it is not a mere coincidence. Depression is set to take the number 1 position among all diseases prevalent.
Just a small gesture of laugh, a small deed of kindness is all that we need to keep ourselves healthy and live long.
Spend time with family and friends over productive talks and activities. Laugh a lot. Play with your kids.
Tip - The greatest gifts in life are in the simplest of things. Keep a positive attitude and care for people, you will find that this world is a beautiful place and life is amazing.
You have spent a lifetime in making yourself. Now nurture the gift of life to live long, live healthy and live happily.
P.S - I will talk a little more in detail about the 4 factors mentioned above in my future blogs. Stay tuned.