Four simple ways: How to increase your happiness, health and longevity

For most of us, our overriding goal in life is to fulfill our potential — and whether that is as part of a family, community or business, central to being the best we can be is to also be as healthy as we can.

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We face many challenges in our modern world. The key is to identify and minimise what has the potential to compromise your health, and most importantly, to focus on simple principles to build mental, physical and emotional resilience. Here is a short list to get you started.

1. Prioritize

Your health is just too important to leave to anyone else.

If we are faced with a medical emergency we are fortunate to have the wonders of modern medicine to call on, and so often it is lifesaving.

The problem is our healthcare system has become a chronic disease management system. It’s a great economic model, which keeps the chemical, processed food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries generating billions of dollars.

  • It’s just not a very good health model. You can either choose to be part of the economic model, or take control of your own health, and reap the benefits.
  • 2. A consistently good night’s sleep

  • Sleep is your body’s built-in life-support system, affecting every measure of health, physical and mental. A good night’s sleep is a function of quantity and quality.

    In terms of quantity, 95% of the adult population requires seven to nine hours.

    And in terms of quality, putting your head on the pillow is not enough. The quality of sleep is a function of how well you breathe while asleep.

    If, despite your best efforts, you are still tired, seek out a sleep physician to explore your options. It could extend your life, and even save it.

    A consistently good night’s sleep is the most important part of your day.

    3. Nourish

    ‘We are what we eat’ and there is a strong connection between ‘mood and food’.

    If the evidence is anything to go by, with mental health and preventable chronic diseases on the rise, what we are eating is clearly not working for us.

    For some people, food sensitivities or intolerances are real, and often complex, but some basic principles can get you started. Eat real food with a wide variety of lots of vegetables. Keep the carbohydrates, not just sugar, low.

    This will mean measuring what you eat for a week or two to understand what you are actually consuming (70-100g each day is doable and sustainable). Lowering blood sugar and insulin levels is a positive for most diseases.

    Consume a moderate amount of ethically grown proteins ( about 1g of protein for every kg of body weight) and include healthy fats — which could include butter, olive oil, and fat from ethically grown animals. We need healthy fat for every cell and hormone in our bodies and it ensures you won’t be hungry.

    And finally, drink filtered water.

    4. Reduce toxic load

    We are literally exposed to thousands of chemicals on a daily basis in our air, water, food, personal care and household cleaning products, clothes and furniture.

    We assume they have been tested and are safe. They haven’t and are not.

    Household moulds and dust mites can also play havoc with our immune system, affecting both physical and mental health. Wi-fi radiation from phones, laptops and other devices has now been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a class 2B carcinogen — which means it is “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

    The good news is by making informed decisions you can reduce your toxic exposure and load by 90%.

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