This article from Dr. Jonny Bowden got me to thinking about what my top 8 recommendations for health would be. I agree with most of what the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research shared as well as what Dr. Bowden said, although he listed more than eight. I’ll do my best to stick to my top eight – see what you think:
Eat Real Food
Get back to basics – eat one-ingredient foods – you know the ones that are in a form as close to how God created them, vegetables, fruit, beef, chicken, beans, eggs – you get the picture. And choose the freshest, highest quality food available that you can afford.
Keep it Moving
Build some type of intentional activity into every day. Your body was meant to move otherwise you wouldn’t have 650 muscles! By simply doing these first two you will find your weight management issues become much easier.
Keep it Clean
Detox periodically. No matter how clean you eat, we are bombarded with toxins from every corner! And not just in the food, water and air – toxic thoughts, relationships, emotions and beliefs are just as destructive to your physical health as
Say Goodbye to These
Sugar, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, additives, high fructose corn syrup and it’s derivatives, wheat, refined white flour/sugar foods and table salt. I don’t need to say anything else – right?
Address Spirit and Soul
For me this includes nurturing a relationship with God through prayer, worship and Bible study. Become aware of faulty beliefs – they can kill you, literally! Pay attention to your self-talk, after 6-10 seconds thoughts begin releasing chemicals that affect your body. Deal with your emotions honestly. Repressed emotions always come out sometime – and usually at the worst possible time and in the worst possible way.
Put People First
Nurture your relationships – family, friends, co-workers, pets! Be lavish in sharing your love and affection – it not only makes life worth living, you will live longer!
Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
Thankful people are not only happier they are healthier overall. Gratitude activates your parasympathetic system which is the repair and restore system.
Smile, Laugh and Breathe
Ok, maybe it’s “cheating” to put these 3 together but you have to admit they do kind of go together. Especially when you least feel like it, smile. It will actually release happiness chemicals! Find something to laugh about every day, even, and maybe especially, at yourself! It’s said children laugh several hundred times a day and adults less than 20. Whether true or false – you get the picture. We get too serious as we grow up. And remember to stop and take a few deep breaths periodically. It’s refreshing, relaxing and detoxifying. And oxygen is the one nutrient you can only go a few minutes without!
That’s my list. What are your most important health recommendations?