Now I can’t be too sure about you, but while I’m here on planet Earth, I inhabit a human body.
And like any other being I’m challenged how to take care of it.
After a series of health issues, I started teaching myself and that lead me to a question about our bodies.
How one should maintain this beautiful, intelligent, awe-inspiring work of art?
We assume it will always be perfect. But our grounds for that are equal to blind faith.
Positivism is healthy, but doesn’t go a long way on its own.
We need to educate, implement, and practice what we know.
I was not taught much on how to take care of myself, but I was trying to take of others. And I didn’t know how.
Until your late 20s you can magically do without much sleep, special health routines or food regimes.
Most of us do it this way. But that’s the worst life strategy.
It’s just the 2nd decade of our lives and we are about to crash too soon.
Our bodies are our only real homes. Like any system, the Body also has limits.
Lack of sleep, bad food choices and hours of sitting, usually are the slow killers of our immune systems.
One by one, our organs and protective mechanisms start to fail us.
By the time we notice, we are forced to take care of ourselves rapidly, because we simply can’t push through anymore.
Pushing through feeling tired and exhausted is actually the worst decision.
Any disharmony between body, mind and soul is a downward spiral.
To change the direction we need to cultivate habits that are sustainable and easy to integrate.
Keep reading to learn how to sit behind the driver’s seat and steer your life towards a longer living.
1.The beauty of the regular yoga practice
Yoga is one of the most relaxing spiritual practices and the world is raving about it.
According to spiritual gurus, it restores health and the energetic state of the body.
Yoga is the divine connection with God. One of the best mind-body practices you can choose to tune in with your divine Self.
There are many spiritual practices out there, but the results achieved by attending a regular yoga class are incredible.
2. Indulge in a guilt-free glass of wine each week
Okay, so maybe it won’t make you live decades longer. But a glass of wine is a reason to enjoy the night.
It makes you feel special and this exact feeling is what leads to a longer life.
It sparks the inspiration and creative ideas. It’s a guilt-free pleasure, just don’t abuse it.
You know the bad examples of alcohol abuse and I’m surely not promoting those. That’s all I need to say. Now go get a bottle opener.
3. Plan evenings out with the ones you love
The key to a healthy nervous system is… FRIENDS! Good ones at that. Drama shall be banned in your personal space.
Go out, have fun and live in the moment.
Laugh uncontrollably. People live longer in places where they live fulfilling social and family lives. That is no coincidence.
Essentially, we are one energetic field with the people we hang out with the most. Why not reevaluate your company from time to time then?
4. A sharp mind makes a longer living
Our world is so fast right now that a cup of coffee is a gift for our hard work.
We take a moment, enjoy the aroma and our senses liven up.
Coffee doesn’t have to destroy the nerves. You can be the cool-calm-collected person with a coffee cup as well.
Don’t overstress on coffee, just have it in moderation.
5. Eat less meat and fish for living a longer life
Until your late 20s, you can magically do without much sleep, special health routines or food regimes. Most of us do it this way.
But that’s the worst life strategy. Our bodies are our only real homes. Meat and fish are either to be consumed in moderation, not as the basis of the food pyramid.
For example, studies show that blood type A lives on average 16 years more, if they don’t consume meats.
The choice is yours, but the recommendation is to do a portion control or skip meat and fish altogether.
6. The proof of the fruit is in EATING IT
Fruits are the true signs of Goddess Nature. Take the blender or the juicer out, prepare a fruit platter or simply add a couple of servings every day.
You can never have too much. Try to eat every color and all your favorite fruits.
The health benefits are numerous.
At this point, I can’t care for any food regime that does not include fruits!
7. Replace the protein shakes with smoothies
Most of the dairy-based protein shakes are full of ingredients that are not meant to be in your body.
A great replacement for a regular protein shake is a high-protein smoothie with chia seeds. Use a protein powder that is all organic, purely based on ingredients our body can recognize.
Remember it’s the source of the protein that matters and the formulas that are rich in vitamins. There are a few brands out there that build a completely new image of the good old protein shake.
8. Don’t skip the bread, but choose wisely
The sourdough bread is more complex in its nature. It is super rich in the essential vitamins which cannot be said about the bread in the store.
It tastes better, it helps with the good bacteria and it’s the original, most natural version of bread you can have.
The digestion is easier. When we have sourdough bread the absorption of its nutrients and gluten is better.
The gluten breaks down into amino acids thanks to the longer time to prepare.
9.Eat more of the good stuff. Vegetarian food can be exciting and delicious
Use spices, use colors, use different shapes and forms and remember we “eat with our eyes”.
Your plate should be abundant of high-quality foods. Large quantities do nothing. They feed us but starve us on a cellular level.
Plate your food aesthetically. The more appealing it is, the more you enjoy it.
That’s how you adopt healthy lifestyle forever.
10. Soy and nut milk to the rescue
Well, you have no idea what happens when you go dairy-free till you try it. I have to agree with those healthcare advocates that push the nut milks into the fridges.
The “regular” supermarket milk vs. Nut milk is like Golf compared to a Mercedes. Research it. Try the super tasty almond or cashew milks.
See for yourself how your body starts to clean fluids that were never meant to be there.
In the first dairy-free weeks I’ve had flu-like symptoms. My runny nose showed I was intoxicated. Dairy products didn’t help my energy levels, so once I stopped them my skin cleared, my sleep and digestion were better.
11. “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
Nietzsche was right to say that. Lack of sleep, bad food choices and hours of sitting, usually are the slow killers of our immune systems.
One by one, our organs and protective mechanisms start to fail us. By the time we notice, we are forced to take care of ourselves rapidly, because we simply can’t push through anymore.
Long walks are relaxing, pleasant and your mind will clear faster than you think if you do them every day.
12. Olive oil or the secret to youth and longevity
Again the quantity is the answer.
Don’t drip five table spoons of olive oil in that salad dressing, one is plenty.
Do explore the benefits.
For example, when our liver is stuck with toxins, oil helps to pull out those troublemakers better than anything else
My body really started to detoxify and heal when I integrated these tips. And it’s more than that 7-day cleanse challenge. It is years. Yep, it is years, because it’s a cyclic process. Maintain a clean internal environment in your body for a while and realize our choices were programmed by what we were presented with. That doesn’t mean the de facto standards in eating or living were the best choices. They were the available ones. That’s all.
Experiment, learn, educate yourself and adopt the best food, sleep and lifestyle choices! Don’t settle for less and don’t stop halfway. It’s the age of Truth, so release the old – breathe in the new. As human beings, we represent systems and their design is complex. Take the challenging routes and your body, mind and soul will grace you with a longer life.
Not just longer. Better.