What does Health Mean to You?
February 13, 2014
What does it really mean to be healthy?
Are you healthy? . . . What does health mean to you?
For me this isn’t an easy question to answer. Health to me, simply means I can do everything that I want to do for as long as I live, and I intend on living well past 100 years old. . . and I want to always be having fun while I do it. That is what “healthy” means to me.
What is the trick to achieve perfect health? This is different for everyone, however there are a few common themes that most all healthy people typically follow. I think everyone will agree that feeling good physically is an important component of being healthy.
Avoiding inflammation whenever possible is a key ingredient to maintaining optimal health. The typical American diet and lifestyle tend to over-produce inflammatory chemicals. At the same time, most of our food options don’t provide us with enough of the nutrients that naturally reduce inflammation. In many cases, the foods we eat are highly toxic and increase the inflammation response. If you happen to be carrying around some extra weight, you are at risk of inflammation-related illness is exponentially magnified. Fat cells produce inflammatory chemicals at a rate much higher than other cells. When you are not at your natural body weight, you are putting your body under an unnecessary inflammatory burden, which increases your disease risk and speeds up the process of aging.
Healthy lifestyle habits such as exercising regularly, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and minimizing stress all help to reduce inflammation. But one of the biggest causes of chronic, low-level inflammation is from the food we eat every day. Toxins are a key component when it comes to inflammation. The trick is being able to identify what is toxic and inflammatory to your own body and eliminate or minimize exposure to it.
What are your food allergies and sensitivities? Do you even know? Do your own self experiments and find out what your sensitivities are.
Information is too free these days. Taking charge is liberating. Every self-experiment is a success, because even if you don’t get the results you expected, you’ve learned something new about yourself.
You get healthy so you can lose fat, not lose fat to get healthy. If you remove toxin exposure and consume nutrient dense foods, the body will become more healthy. A well-nourished body will drop excess fat. Following a diet that promotes a caloric deficit to an already under nourished body could result in short term fat loss, but that weight often comes right back once the body senses its survival is being threatened.
My top 3 tips to getting back on track to finding your health and youth:
This is a great way to set yourself up for a low inflammation lifestyle which can easily translate into a high performance, high energy lifestyle. If you don’t make time to take care of yourself now – you’ll have to make time to be sick later.