The secrets of good health
I’ve had two family members in hospital recently. Both are well on the mend now, but it certainly made me appreciate how important our health is and, in particular, how important it is to take care of ourselves.
There are definitely key behaviours that define healthy people, and after being quite stressed, and seeming to live on coffee and chocolate for the past few days, I feel the need to adopt some of these traits myself this week!
Nutrition expert Patrick Holford has a very easy-to-read book on the subject “The 10 Secrets of 100% Healthy People”, and I think there are five tips that we should all find easy to follow every day, if we get organised…
1. Balance your blood sugar
This is key to gaining energy and losing weight. By learning how to eat the right combinations of food – such as proteins with carbohydrates – and the right types of food (not sugary foods), you should be able to control your blood sugar levels, which means reduced cravings.
2. Eat essential fats
Holford backs up recent research which has shown that not all fats are bad for you – and that a diet lacking in certain fats (the ‘good’ fats such as Omega 3 and 6) is actually bad for you. So include more oily fish such as salmon, and eat nuts and seeds to keep your body and mind well-oiled.
3. Keep yourself hydrated
Water is your most vital nutrient, and without it your body will never be able to function optimally. Headaches, trouble concentrating, dry skin and nails – these are all signs you’re not getting enough water.
4. Get your past out of your present
It’s time to let go of the past and live in the present. Living with regret drains you both emotionally and mentally, and it’s no good for your health.
According to Holford, you need to learn how to identify and release negative emotions and patterns before they sabotage your relationships – which are also crucial to 100% health.
5. Find your purpose
This secret especially applies to older people who have retired and often find themselves at a loss since they don’t feel they have a ‘purpose’ in life anymore, a goal to work towards.
Holford’s survey showed that 96% of the healthiest people reported having a clear sense of purpose or direction in life, while 81% considered themselves spiritual. Yet having a purpose does not just mean having a job, it means doing something you’re good at, something you enjoy.