Since this month is National Nutrition Month, I wanted to touch on the basics of what you can do to live a healthier life. The big three are: what you eat, what you drink, and what you think.
What you think:
If you surround yourself with positive thoughts and positive people, you will find it easier to maintain more positive self-talk and a healthier mind and body. Spend just 5 minutes a day in meditation quieting the mind and you will reap untold benefits over time.
What you drink:
How much water do you drink a day? Did you know that for every 50-100 pounds of body weight you should drink one quart of water? We cannot live more than a few days without water. Our body is primarily composed of water, yet most people don’t even drink one glass of water a day. Instead they drink soda, coffee, milk, juices and pretty much anything but water. Water is essential for digestion, nutrient absorption and elimination. It helps keep the skin healthy and removes toxins from the body!
What you eat:
There are two categories to what you eat – macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are the foods you eat. A balanced diet, low in grains and high in vegetables, fruits and free-range meats is the safest, healthiest diet for almost everyone. You have heard of the Paleo Diet, which is basically eating like our ancient ancestors, the hunter gatherers. The Paleo Diet is an excellent diet choice for overall wellness. Our bodies cannot tolerate processed grains and foods, which is evident by the high incidence of inflammatory illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.
Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals we take through supplementation. Many clients have asked me for the basic vitamins everyone should take. There are two things I tell them – first, I believe it is always important to have a good blood test that will show what you might be deficient in or have too much of (for example iron, which can be toxic).
If you have not tested, it is pretty much a sure thing that you need the basic three: a complete multi-vitamin, such as Apex Femzyme Plus, Malezyme Plus or Biotics Multi without Iron and Copper. Pure fish oil, like Nordic Naturals ProOmegas, or Metagenic’s Extra Strength EPA DHA. And on a side note, not all fish oils are created equally! Do not buy your fish oils from big box stores! Finally, Vitamin D3. I recommend a minimum dose of 5000 IU’s a day, like the Metagenics D5000 and the Thorne as well.