If you have an expensive car or a nice piece of property most people will make a point to invest to keep that prized possession in mint condition. Why should we feel any less about our bodies? It’s the only place we have to live and if we don’t keep good care of it what happens? It gets run down and even worse, it can go kaput. It is so important to take the time to invest in our health and wellness and doing so doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 5 simple ways to invest in your health.
5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health
1. Eat Good Food
Our food is our fuel, eating whole nutrient dense foods gives our body the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. A diet high in processed foods has an overall affect on the entire mind and body. While many people think that local, organic and sustainable food is expensive hasn’t priced the cost of illness and disease that is associated with poor diet. Doctors visits, prescriptions, hospital visits all come with a cost, not to mention how you feel day in and day out. It’s no secret that those who eat better foods feel, look and generally are healthier than those that don’t. Diet also plays a factor in how we feel. Eating processed foods is taxing on the liver which causes us to become sluggish and depressed. Making an effort to eat fresh, local organic fruits and veggies and grass-fed or pastured meats will make a difference in overall health and well-being. And when it comes down to dollars and cents, organic food can be slightly more expensive but A.) It’s better for you and B.) It’s actual FOOD, not chemicals and who know’s what! That is, of course, unless you enjoy eating and drinking beaver butt, flame retardant and yoga mats!
2. Reduce Toxins
We are bombarded with chemicals all day every day. In our air, water, food, products- You name it! While there is no way to eliminate them all, there are things that can be done to reduce the amounts you are exposed to. Eating healthy organic foods as mentioned above is one way, reducing the amount of chemicals in our households is another. We spend quite a bit of time indoors and common household products can contain dozens of harmful cancer causing chemicals. Many beauty products too are a mixture of toxic ingredients that break the rule of- if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin! By choosing products from conscious companies or making your own with essential oils and other natural products is a great way to reduce everyday exposure to chemicals. Again, while the natural alternatives may be slightly higher in price they outweigh the physical, emotional and future monetary costs associated with the toxic options.
3. Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is essential to our house but, surprisingly, many people do not make it a priority. Missing even 90 minutes of sleep is enough to reduce your ability to do certain cognitive and physical tasks. It impairs your thinking ability, your memory and how well you function. sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Here are some ways to improve sleep naturally for overall health and well-being.
4. Time to reflect Inward
Many people forget that mental health is just as important as physical health. Making a point to meditate and reflect inward on a regular basis is important for overall wellbeing. has been linked to a number of powerful health benefits, including improving some of the most pressing concerns of modern life, such as high blood pressure and unchecked stress. Spending just a few minutes each day on quiet reflection can lead to major physical and mental health improvements. New to meditating? Here are some tips for beginners to get started.
5. Be Happy
Stress kills and in this day and age it seems there is always something to worry about. Don’t let anxiety get in the way of your health and happiness. Practicing the first 4 steps will increase happiness. Another way to get you out of a funk is to establish mantras or reciting positive affirmations, grounding/earthing and exercise and living more mindfully are all ways to help relieve stress hormones and create endorphins to stimulate happy feelings.
How do you invest in your health? We would love for you to share your tips!