Nutrition, sleep and movement are intrinsically linked to your well-being. For your health to thrive, your body needs nourishment from the inside out. All three work together to help you be the best version of yourself.
There are many things in life that are beyond our control but our diet is not one of them. There’s no doubt that food is fuel and what you put into your body is crucial to your health and well-being. Nutrition is a powerful preventer of disease and an essential part of optimal health. It helps you maintain your weight, slows the aging process and it also helps to prevent disease. The human body has used healthy food for thousands of years to fight all kinds of conditions. Our bodies are designed to take in natural food in its energetic state leaving behind toxins, pathogens and parasites. The basic question to ask yourself in judging your nutritional status is “Do my eating habits bring me closer to a diet that is optimally nutritious?”
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your body, mind, and health. It is often recommended to get around 7-8 hours for daily function. The act of sleeping is unlike any other activity, and it can’t be replicated. Its effects are essential to every part of our health and well-being, with impacts ranging from the psychological (anxiety, depression) aspect to the physical (muscle recovery, immune system function, memory and mood) aspect. But despite this fact, so many of us don’t prioritize getting quality sleep. Everything you do during the day requires energy from what you have stored up at night. Depleting these energy stores means that the next day’s work is much harder, and that you’ll have less energy to work with.
Exercise improves your odds of living a healthier and a happier life. It’s an investment in your future—literally. It’s just as important to your health as diet and sleep. The first step is to get to the point where you look forward to exercising, then gradually increase the amount you do. Ideally, you want to find a form of exercise (walking, yoga, barre, HIIT etc.) you actually look forward to. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins in your brain that make you feel happy. Not only is your brain releasing feel-good chemicals, but also helps your brain get rid of chemicals that make you feel stressed and anxious.