Get out into the daylight:
Regardless of the weather or the dark, grey overcast days the amount of light exposure is vastly greater by over ten-fold outside than inside. This exposure to the natural light is essential for nourishing our circadian apparatus in our cells. This controls our circadian rhythm, or biological awareness of the times of day. It sets off the rhythm of our bodies hormones, allowing it to work appropriately for day and night.
Therefore, exposure to outside light, even on the most overcast days in January can really help to boost the body’s natural rhythm and equilibrium.
Taking a walk around 8-9am or again at dusk are excellent ways to support this according to studies. Avoiding electronic device use an hour before bed has shown to be particularly beneficial too. The outcomes improve energy levels during the day, better concentration through the day and improved sleep. It can even help to boost immunity.
The other benefit of daylight involves sun exposure. Sun exposure onto the skin results in increased vitamin D production. Vitamin D is essential for bone health, but it has a huge role with keeping the immune system working well. It also helps to improve mental health too and so can give a mood boost. Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem around the world. A walk, even on an overcast day, can help to boost your body’s vitamin D levels and improving health and wellbeing.
Eat raw plants:
Eating a range of different raw plant based foods a day can really improve the body’s nutritional status. These include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, beans, pulses and seeds.
When we heat something up, on the whole, the nutritional value is depleted. Eating something raw, therefore, is a great way to get the most out of your food. The antioxidants and vitamins in your food are there to protect the body from stress, toxins and pollution and so they are needed more than ever in this modern world.
If you struggle with eating any of these raw then consider juicing with them, using healthy natural sugars in fruit to help to reduce the flavour. It takes approximately 6 months for your taste buds to adapt following a processed or sugar rich diet so use honey or fruit to mask the flavours in the meantime. When juicing be sure to use no more than 30% fruit within the juice to keep sugar levels down.
Lots of people get confused here, but it is really simple. Organic foods have far less pesticides and chemicals in and on them than non-organic. So regardless of nutritional status organic food is less likely to build up toxins within the body’s cells and therefore help to maintain normal bodily function.
For example, a piece of fruit that is non-organic may come with 20+chemicals on or in it to preserve it, compared to an organic one with considerably less. We need our fruits and vegetables to be full of nutrition to help protect and maintain normal bodily function. We do not need them to be a vessel for further chemical and toxin exposure.
Organic foods tend to be grown in better soil quality too, so can be more nutritious.
Going organic is more expensive, but the more people that buy organic products will result in it becoming more mainstream and therefore cheaper. Try to swap just a few of the common things you eat on a regular basis to organic if you are on a budget. The reduction in chemical exposure will reduce and this could improve how you feel. It also tastes better in my opinion.
Exercise is very important for mindfulness and to build a healthy cardiovascular system. Exercise releases endorphins to boost mood and metabolism. Importantly exercise helps to keep the body at a normal weight, which is a challenge in the modern world. A normal weight will help to maintain normal hormonal function, keeping the body working as it should.
The best type of exercise is exercise that increases the heart rate with minimal impact on the joints. Hill walking and swimming seems to be the best at doing this.
We are designed to walk and walk good distances so 10,000 steps a day is a great way to keep trim, especially in a hilly area and allows all the benefits from the natural light to work on the body.
Supplementing is essential in the modern world. Our body’s use antioxidants to neutralise and excrete toxins from our cells. This is an important mechanism to keep ageing processes slow and prevent disease processes. Unfortunately, our bodies were designed over 100,000 years ago, far before we utilised fire to cook, farming, pollution and the chemicals that surround us in almost every item of food or product we use or touch. It is no wonder western illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are on the up and affecting younger and younger individuals.
The food is less nutritious due to modern farming and cooking and we are exposed to more toxins than ever before.
So what can we do? We can’t go back to living life like we were designed to do millennia ago, so we need to feed our bodies with more antioxidant than ever before to deal with the toxic overload. This means supplementing with good antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help to maintain health slow ageing processes and prevent disease.
Oral supplementation is a great place to start and can really help boost energy levels and help you feel better throughout the day.
You can further improve your health via supplementation by having it intravenously (straight into the blood stream). This method, which is gaining popularity around the world improves supplementation outcomes because you absorb 100% of the antioxidant or vitamin given. It also means higher doses can be utilised than oral, allowing for more protection and better health outcomes.
Quotes by Dr Michael Barnish MBChB, Medical Director for REVIV UK & Europe: www.revivme.com