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The Power of 8

Updated: Feb 8, 2020

The following tips will help you live your best life. Each step will contribute to your overall wellness and improve your quality of life. I challenge you to google the points made for additional details on each of the steps.

  1. Know your numbers – The following information was found on the website “You can’t manage what you don’t measure”. For this reason, you should visit your doctor and have them measure your Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), Cholesterol and Blood Sugar. Knowing these numbers are important because they allow you and your doctor to know where your health stands and your risk for having a stroke or heart attack.

  2. Exercise most days a week – Exercise has so many health benefits. A few are reduction in blood pressure and blood sugar, it keeps your bones strong, boosts your immune system, boosts your energy, helps to lower your anxiety, it improves your mood, helps with keeping a normal body weight, etc.

  3. Eat a whole food diet – Whole food is food that is in its natural state. It is mostly unprocessed, contains no chemicals and is full of its natural goodness. Be sure to include lots of leafy greens, colorful fruits and other vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, the best cuts of meats (if you eat meat) and healthy fats. Keep your processed sugar intake to minimum.

  4. Water – Be sure to get at least eight ounces of water a day. Water helps with blood circulation and toxin elimination. It promotes healthy skin. Water helps with your energy and brain function. Water can help to relieve constipation. It is good for your kidneys.

  5. Sleep – Be sure to get a good night’s sleep; it’s the most restorative thing you can do for your body. Consistent lack of sleep leads to a host of health problems including toxic buildup, weight gain, depression, irritability, low sex drive, and lethargy to name a few

  6. Reduce toxins in your homes – Have you ever thought about the contaminants and toxins you are exposed to in your home? Visit the environmental working groups website for a detailed account of many of the toxins we bring into our homes without thinking about it. These toxins trigger cancer, autism, brain fog, low energy, etc.

  7. Stop smoking – If you smoke or are drinking alcohol more than just occasionally, you should consider stopping. Smoking is very bad for your health and you’ve had to have been living under a rock not to know this. The good news is when your internal organs and body functions that were impacted negatively by smoking start to improve almost the moment you quit. Same is true when you quit the over consumption of alcohol. When you decrease your consumption of alcohol, your liver starts to heal, your sleep is improved, your risk for certain cancers declines, etc.

  8. Gratitude – Being grateful goes a long way in improving our overall health. So much so that if we get in the practice of being grateful and showing gratitude not just around Thanksgiving but every day, the impact on our health will be tremendous. According to an article that was written in Forbes magazine on the subject, it has been scientifically proven that being grateful improves our physical health, our psychological health, it enhances empathy and reduces aggression and it increases our self-esteem and mental strength. Lastly, grateful people sleep better. You don't think that's important? See number 5 on the list!


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