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Hi everyone! Edmund here.
If I can show you a way to improve your health by making some simple changes to your lifestyle starting from today, would that be of benefit to you? I am sure your answer would be a big “YES!” right? That is the question that I was asked when I attended a health workshop many years back when I was 22 years young.
Having survived a case of discoid lupus which has bugged me for 10 plus years and a life threatening stroke that affected my right vision a few months back.
At the age of 28, I have come to realize that I should never take my health for granted because the world is full of unpredictable events. You can be fine now but before you know it, something might just happen.
I am actually thankful that the stroke happened to me because it is a sign from the universe for me to start taking good care of my health and not take things for granted.
Not getting too spiritual here, but I believed that I am still alive is because I have greater things that I want to accomplish in life that hasn’t been fulfilled yet.
Therefore, I really urge you to find out your purpose in life. It will make the changes you need to make to your lifestyle more relatable since you are working towards something worthwhile in your life.
I believed that all of us are put on mother earth to do something great with our lives and to do that, we have to be in optimal health as well.
If you haven’t found your life purpose, you may want to check out this video by MindValley and answer the 3 most important questions of your life. The video is about 14 minutes and I can assure you that it will be the best 14 minutes that you can spend to design your entire life.
Therefore, I encourage you to find a quiet place where you can be alone with a pen and paper to answer the questions while watching the video.
Some Interesting Facts from WHO
According to the World Health Organization, there are 3 categories of people in this world. They are healthy, sub-healthy and sick people. Did you know that healthy people only make up 5-10% of the world population? Guess where is the majority?
The majority of us are in the sub-healthy category which means we are prone to developing diseases and chronic ailments if we don’t start taking action to improve our health.
As the saying goes, “Health is Wealth”. Given a choice between the both of them, I am sure a lot of people would go for health, but wouldn’t it be better to have both of them?
Therefore, I am going to share with you an easy to remember mantra which I learnt from the workshop to bring your health from sub-optimal to healthy.
The mantra is E.A.R.N.E.S.
Just remember the word, EARNEST without the T. 🙂
What Are The Elements Of Optimal Health?
E stands for Exercise – Click Here To Find Out More
We should exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week. It can be a simple walk in the park or to a bus-stop for a start. The key is to do something that you enjoy to get you moving.
Exercising will help you to relieve stress, which is a major cause of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and a host of other dangerous conditions.
More importantly, exercise has been shown to promote better sleep at night which many people are lacking nowadays.
Need some inspiration on what an exercise routine may look like? Check out the clip below.
A Stands for Attitude – Click Here To Find Out More
When we have a balanced attitude towards life, we will remain centered at all times and not be swayed by emotions or our current circumstances.
When we are present in our daily lives, we will enjoy better immunity and not be susceptible to illnesses due to imbalance perspectives.
We have to understand that everything that happens to us is on the way and not in the way.
Hence, we should remain grateful and be in a state of unconditional love whenever something happens to us since there are 2 sides to everything. Nothing is completely good or completely bad. There is an equal number of benefits and drawbacks.
R Stands for Rest – Click Here To Find Out More
I am sure many of us suffer from insufficient rest due to our work or family commitments. However, it is very important for you to have at least 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep every night for your body to recover from the daily grind that you subject it to.
Remember that your body is not a robot, it requires rest to function at its best. Even robots need to rest occasionally for maintenance too. Aim to sleep before 11 pm.
In fact, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the best time for sleep would be between 11 pm to 7 am since that is the time where your major organs are recovering.
Therefore, if you don’t sleep, they will not have enough time to recover themselves. If this goes on for many years, you will start to see some undesirable effects on your body like constant fatigue and many others.
N Stands for Nutrition – Click Here To Find Out More
A balanced diet of carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber are needed for the optimal functioning of our body. However, the emphasis here would be on fruits and veggies since most people do not consume enough fruits and veggies in their diet.
You should aim to have at least 5 to 9 servings of different fruits and vegetables from 5 different colours, White, Blue/Purple, Green, Red and Yellow/Orange.
Here’s an overview of what the various colours are needed for:
Purple fruits and vegetables promote Brain health
Orange fruits and vegetables promote Eye health
Red fruits and vegetables promote Heart health
White fruits and vegetables promote Bone & Joint health
Green fruits and vegetables promote Cellular health
That’s why it’s important for us to have a variety of fruits and vegetables in our diet.
Here’s an interesting video on phytonutrients, plant based nutrients which are vital for the optimal functioning of your body. It also offers you some creative ideas on how to add fruits and veggies in your diet.
E Stands for Environment – Click Here To Find Out More
Having a clean living environment with access to clean water and air is essential for your overall well-being. Getting adequate sunlight exposure is another important factor to look into.
S Stands for Supplementation – Click Here To Find Out More
It is almost impossible for us to get all the nutrients that we need from our diet due to poor farming practices, inaccessibility to fresh fruits/veggies and an over-consumption of processed foods which are void of valuable nutrients and full of empty calories. Therefore, supplementation is becoming more important nowadays.
From what I understand, many folks have misconceptions about supplements. Many folks that I have met tend to associate supplements with medications which are used to treat diseases. In reality, they are used to fill in the nutritional gap in your diet. You still need to consume your meals daily.
Exercise for 30 minutes, 5 times a week
Cultivate a balanced Attitude towards life, by seeing both sides of an event
Rest for 7 to 8 hours every day
Ensure that you are getting the necessary Nutrition from your diet by including more fruits and vegetables
Keeping your living Environment clean, get access to clean water and air and adequate sun exposure
Supplement your diet to fill in the nutritional gap
By following this simple mantra, you will be able to optimal health which is key to an optimal life. 🙂
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To optimal health!