On our social media feed, we had a request to discuss supplements to boost metabolism.
We were also asked what energy powders can be added to smoothies, what are the uses of collagen and turmeric, and other questions on various health habits.
I was excited to talk about all of this, as all were exactly on brand and is what we promote as a business.
But as I was outlining the blog and began writing, I had to delete all the content.
I decided to talk more about the assumptions that we make about such health topics.
It’s Not All About the Supplements
While energy powders, collagens, smoothies, and turmeric are all very well studied and documented as being beneficial for health, this can be considered a blanket statement, assuming these things are good for everyone.
I used to read just about everything health related.
However, with the explosion of the internet, when doing research, I come across some far fetched blogs and articles about everything.
You don’t really know what’s true and what’s partly true.
We ALL are bombarded with so much information everyday that I think it’s safe to say that we are only as smart as what we read yesterday.
I think it’s important not to believe everything you read, especially when it comes to your health.
To simplify things, I want you to keep in mind the following before embarking on a deeper path and exploring other options.
1. Sleep 8 Hours a Night
Our bodies repair and regenerate when we’re sleeping so don’t take rest for granted.
2. Learn to Tune Inward
Too often we look for answers outside of ourselves.
I have so many patients, because of what they read, try this and that supplement only to not feel good and end up having side effects.
Drink 1/2 your body weight in oz of water everyday. For example if you’re 150 lbs, you should drink 75 oz of water a day.
Sit up tall, inhale slowly for 6 counts and exhale slowly for 6 counts.
Rest between breaths, pay attention to your ribs expanding, contracting, heart rate slowing, all muscles in the body relaxing.
Do this for 5 minutes a day.
5. Sit and Stand Up Tall.
Good posture is everything, as it allows room in your abdominal cavity for your organs to do their thing without being compressed.
Good posture also places your joints in optimal ranges, which allows for efficiency of movement.
6. Stand Up and Move, Walk, or Stretch Every Hour.
Being still and stagnant creates acidity in the body. Moving helps to keep your metabolism working efficiently and gives you more energy.
7. Get Out in the Sun for a Few Minutes Everyday
This is for vitamin D and endorphins.
Just as our plants receive life from the sun, we too need the sunshine to enhance our energy and vitality.
It also allows us to be able to synthesize vitamin D.
8. Self Care
Cut yourself some slack and allow some down time to be still and enjoy the moment.
Too often we are constantly feeling as though we need to be doing something, but it’s quite healthy to do nothing.
Allow yourself some time to do nothing.
9. Cultivate Awareness When Eating
Chew your food slowly, sit down and pay attention to the way the food makes you feel.
Digestion will improve and your body will better absorb the nutrients.
10. Eat According to Laws of Nature
Eat whole foods from Mother Earth, organic veggies, organic meats, sustainable practices, and eat in season.
We often don’t practice what is so obvious.
So today, I’d like you to come back to the basics and practice these 10 things daily.
Then we can add other things to your regimen, such as supplements to enhance your health.
Because truth is, if you don’t have basic healthy habits down pat, supplements won’t be your magic cure.
I hope you enjoyed this and I’ll see you next week.