To keep us at our best, we know how important it is to nourish our mind and body!
We also know that in order to operate at an optimum level and perform everyday, we need to ditch the sweet sugary snacks, processed foods and reduce stimulants such as coffee. These cause issues with your blood sugar levels, contribute to dehydration, will give you a ‘foggy head’ and will lead to adrenal fatigue (stress hormone). This is not where we want to be. I for one don’t want to be concerned about my health when I need to take care of the one’s I love.
Check out my 5 strategies to help you nourish your mind and body below:
Consuming at least 2 litres of water per day is essential for normal bodily functions. Lemon squeezed in a glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to wake up, is a boost to your immune system and your liver will love you for it. Fail to consume enough and your body will not be able to function properly.
It is no secret that when it comes to food, fresh and colourful is best. Vitamins/minerals, proteins, fats & complex carbohydrates are essential in our diet. Processed food has excess sugar & chemicals will negatively affect our health. These foods really do give us an abundance of energy, nourish every organ and contribute to clearer thinking and better overall performance. Think fruits, vegetables (green leafy’s), complex carbohydrates, lean protein & good fats. Flavour with beautiful natural herbs and spices and you are on to a winner!
Reduce your sugar intake
Did you know that any unused sugar in your body is converted and stored as fat? It contributes to the sluggish feelings that we get and our mid afternoon crashes. Should you choose to eliminate sugar from your diet, within a week you will be surprised at the difference you notice in your mind, your thoughts and the clarity you will feel. If you need support, health food stores stock a range of homeopathic drops that will help with the withdrawals you could face.
Good fats and protein
Healthy fats & lean protein will nourish every cell within your body as they are jam-packed full of vitamins and essential minerals. I love nuts, seeds, avocado’s, grass fed lean meats, pasture raised chicken and deep sea fish like salmon (my favourite). Protein is particularly important for cognitive function. If you don’t consume adequate amounts of protein in your diet, your body will convert your muscle to feed your brain, leading to lack of energy and stamina.
Get a good quality supplement
You may or may not need a quality supplement to help you get the most out of your day. Only you and your health practitioner can be the judge of that. However, in my experience and through various study I have done, more often than not in modern day society we as humans are lacking in many nutrients. This is despite doing the best to nourish ourselves. Unfortunately for us, our soils are so over farmed and therefore our foods can be devoid of essential nutrients. In addition to this, we are exposed to many more toxins and chemicals than we ever have been before. I have three supplements I recommend to most people I see who are tired, lethargic and are getting sick often. These are:
- A high quality EPA/DHA fish oil (a practitioner brand is best OR visit your local health food store)
- A multi vitamin, rich in the ‘B group vitamins’
- Probiotics to aid in gut health and a strong immune system
BONUS: Moving your body is a great release of good endorphins and setting you up for a healthy mind and body. You can find more out here!
As always, if you try to add or change too many things all at once you are setting yourself up for overwhelm and not being able to improve anything at all. So I invite you to make one or two adjustments at a time until you feel comfortable and then move on. Which one are you going to try first? Why not come and share in the supportive private Facebook group Carers Connect?
In the meantime, have fun with it and try just a few things at a time. Come on in to Carers Connect and let me know how you go! 😉