We live in an interesting time. From what the statistics say, it seems that we are currently some of the unhealthiest humans that have ever existed. Obesity is at an all time high, along with heart disease, diabetes, chronic musculo-skeletal pain and conditions, anxiety/depression, prescription medication use etc. Health has become so complicated, with more and more tests being done, medications being prescribed, and referrals being made to various specialists for any given condition.
With all the advances in modern medicine, why is it that we are so unhealthy and that being healthy seems to be so complicated? Many health problems these days are treated reactively, trying to chase the symptom’s and put them out. The root cause of many health problems fails to be addressed and dealt with in many situations.
Here are some ways to simplify your health, and work towards being a better version of yourself:
Aim for 8 hours of quality sleep per night:
Sleep matters…A LOT. This is when the body recovers both mentally and physically. Chronic sleep deficits are a huge problem in today’s society. The body simply cannot recover if it does not get ample sleep. New studies coming out are linking a lack of sleep to brain related disorders such as Alzheimers and dementia (sleep is when the brain flushes and rids itself of adenosine, which is a waste product that accumulates during the day). Getting good sleep means taking the necessary steps to get to bed on time, and eliminate factors that may be negatively effecting your sleep quality.
Here are 3 suggestions for better quality sleep:
Eliminate any light in your bedroom. This means covering any light emitting alarm clocks, fans etc. and making sure your blinds are not letting excessive light in.
Stop looking at screens at least 30 minutes before bed. Dim the lights to start getting your body prepared for its sleep cycle.
Sleep in a cool environment. This will help with the quality of your sleep.
This is a big one. Diet is the root cause for an enormous amount of health conditions. The problem is that we do not recognize the health effects of a poor diet instantly. Improving your diet will improve the way you feel, function, and perform. A consistently good diet is the key to disease prevention, better than any pill ever created. It doesn’t have to be perfect at all times, but it does need to be consistent. The things you eat literally make up your flesh and tissues, brain chemicals, cells. It’s no surprise why your body starts to deteriorate in many ways when simple nutritional needs are not met. Diet shouldn’t be complicated; we should try to eat a balanced diet with moderate portions.
Without going into too much detail, here are some simple suggestions for improving your