In recent years, the term healthy living has been misused to describe isolated parts of a lifestyle that needs improvement. For most, healthy living is simply defined as eating well and getting some exercise from time to time. Similarly, the topic of Natural Health has received the same treatment.
I see the issue differently than most, in that healthy living and natural health are inseparably linked. A lifestyle should encompass your entire daily routine, every day of the year, with a holistic approach and not in isolation.
A natural health lifestyle can only be the result of making the right choices about what you eat and drink, what activities you choose to do, and what you surround yourself with every day. It can also include things like proper sun exposure, adequate rest, eating natural and organic foods, using natural cures, and balancing the mind-body-spirit connection. In short, it means continually surrounding yourself with the right environment for optimal health and well-being.
Let me give you an example. Have you thought about the types of products you use and how they affect your health? Did you know that even the most common household products can sabotage your efforts to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
Take for example your air freshener. Chances are it’s full of synthetic chemicals, with a big warning on the side of the can. Still, millions of people spray those chemicals into the air for the whole family to breathe.
What about the food you eat? Even if you focus on eating the right mix of protein and carbohydrates, while cutting out excess fat, you still may not be eating healthy. How? If you’re like many people, you’re eating processed foods. In other words, foods that have been grown with lots of chemicals and pesticides and produced with fillers, refined sugars, and other flavor enhancers. Not good…
The best alternatives may be a cliché, but choosing organic and whole foods will provide better-tasting, more nutritious meals for you and your family.
Let’s take the discussion one step further. If natural health is about total wellness, shouldn’t we also focus on other people… and the environment in which we live? We are all in this together to a great extent. Our “footprint” and our choices affect others, which almost always closes the circle. To me, this is a rallying cry to be “green” or environmentally friendly with our lifestyle. Despite the political bickering in Washington over global climate change, our individual focus must be on our homes, our communities, and what is right under our noses. What’s controversial about that?
Believe it or not, your body was created to be naturally healthy, and a healthy lifestyle will continually promote your body’s ability to regulate its functions, prevent disease, and even heal itself when needed.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that every disease must be treated with expensive drugs and surgery. It just isn’t true. There are literally thousands of alternative therapies and natural remedies that promote your health and ultimately help you avoid the doctor’s office!