You’ve probably heard the saying “Health is wealth” before and it couldn’t be more true. You know it’s important to be healthy… but what does that mean and why is it so important?
Many people think that health is the absence of sickness when in reality, health is vitality. It’s that feeling of being energized, having your body in balance, having peace of mind, and all of your body systems being well-regulated so they are operating at their best.
If you happen to have symptoms, they are your body’s way of communicating to you that something needs attention and support. Not only do you experience less sickness when you are healthy but you also experience things like more energy, better mood, and better sleep.
First, let’s talk about sleep. Who wouldn’t want to have more high-quality sleep? Having good sleep is important not only to feel well-rested but because it is your body’s time to restore and heal and for your brains to process your emotions.
If it takes you a long time to fall asleep, you wake up throughout the night frequently, you feel tired, have difficulty getting through the day, it takes you a while to get out of bed in the morning, or you feel stressed out or moodier than usual, it can be a sign that you need to focus on your sleep health.
Sleeping is a daily ritual you undergo. What many don’t realize is that before sleep, your body goes through its sleep routine to prepare you for the night. Your natural melatonin starts kicking in, your digestive system slows down and your metabolism slows down.
However, things like health conditions, blue light, stress, etc can disrupt your body’s natural routine and inhibit your ability to have optimal sleep. That is why looking after your health, especially things like lung conditions, chronic pain, and digestive imbalance is important as these are some of the culprits that will prevent your body’s ability to be comfortable and ready for a night of restoration.
So how do you combat this? You can ensure that you have a wind-down routine to accompany your body’s inner wind-down routine- this can be simple like lighting a candle an hour before bed, having a skincare ritual, dimming the lights, or practicing breathwork to help the body regulate. Ensuring that your health is looked after during the day will have a positive impact on how it reacts at night too.
When you feel better, you think better. When your body is working optimally, not only do you have the physical ability to think clearer thoughts but your body is also producing more mood-improving hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. It’s important to remember that because all of your body systems (nervous system, digestive system, and immune system to name a few) are connected, it’s important to have a few healthy habits to create a lifestyle.
Having a healthy lifestyle not only allows your gut to produce happiness chemicals/hormones which improve your mood, but as shared above you have better sleep which is when your emotions are being processed which helps with your mood and decreases the number of times you get sick. Let’s face it, you are happier when you are not sick.
Now let’s talk about energy because good health also means good natural energy. When you feel better, it shows. Having an active lifestyle where you move your body every day whether it’s a restorative walk, yoga, and weight-lifting helps release hormones that not only improve mood but also give you more natural energy.
The mitochondria in your cells are the powerhouse and eating well means healthier cells which means more space for the mitochondria to do their energy-production work. So the quality of your food is important to support your cells but also to support your gut health.
Digestion is one of the activities that take up most of your energy. If your digestion is not working optimally, it takes even more energy than usual and can make you feel depleted.
Making sure that you support your gut health by consuming prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics is a great way to ensure you are on track with your digestive health goals. R’s KOSO is a great way to ensure you are supporting your digestive health’s everyday needs.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of living a healthy lifestyle and how you can help you have better sleep, better mood, and more energy to name a few. It’s fascinating how your whole body is connected and how one thing can connect to another which is why stacking a few healthy habits to make up your lifestyle is so important.
Lana Maile — Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach
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