The 3 Pillars Of Good Health
Due to the fast paced world that we live in today it can be really easy to neglect our health and wellbeing without even noticing.
We’re so busy rushing through our daily lives fulfilling responsibilities to family, friends, work and everything else, that often we don’t have the energy left to look after ourselves properly!
It’s hardly surprising that so many of us are tired and run down, and don’t really enjoy good health or life to the full. Given our shared passion for aromatherapy, it seems a crime that we literally don’t have the time to ‘stop and smell the roses’, as the saying goes!
If we did, we would see that cramming more and more into our daily lives doesn’t necessarily guarantee a more fulfilled existence, – it is far more likely to lead to illness. Sometimes a few basic changes in life can bring about the greatest rewards and results in the quest for good health.
Here are three simple tips that help create a solid foundation for your health and wellbeing.
The raw truth
It’s not very well known that heating food above 116°F (47° C) destroys much of its nutrient content. Just think about this. Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables in the first place, but when we do choose to eat them we usually we overcook them destroying the very life-giving properties we’re eating them for. This is not helpful in maintaining a healthy diet. Nutritionists recommend five portions of fresh vegetables per day, but how many of us are able to put this into daily practice? Not always easy, is it?
A great way to get the important nutrients found in fresh veggies without spending hours preparing and cooking them – or resorting to eating raw celery sticks – is to juice your veggies. Make sure that you own a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to heat created by friction during juicing, which breaks down important enzymes), grab some fresh vegetables and simply drink your way to good health. It takes a fraction of the time because there’s no cooking involved, and is so much more convenient because you can take your juice to work with you.
Wheatgrass in particular is an excellent source of nutrition. It’s high in chlorophyll which is sometimes described as ‘plant blood’ because it closely resembles human red blood cell molecules, and has over 100 elements that the body needs. Fresh grains are another excellent source for vitamins and minerals.
Exercise for more energy
For many of us exercise is a dirty word, but it doesn’t actually have to be particularly time consuming or mind-numbingly boring because there are plenty of options to choose from. Years ago, all that was usually available at gyms was a weight room and perhaps an aerobics class, whereas today you can choose from yoga, pilates, dance-exercise, step classes and a whole range of new workout options.
If you don’t really have the time or money for the gym, or prefer to spend your mornings or nights at home, simply invest in an exercise bike or treadmill and you’ll soon reap the rewards of your investment. You can set it up in front of the television and enjoy your favourite shows whilst getting fit. Perhaps you might like to join the hi-tech crowd of Wii Fit Plus enthusiasts and choose from a wide range of workouts such as yoga, aerobics, muscle toning etc to suit your personal preferences.
As many already know, if you are not physically fit and also unwell, it can be a mammoth battle to just do the most minimal amount of exercise in a day. The danger here is that inactivity will lead to further loss of energy, which becomes a self-perpetuating cycle until you can barely raise the energy to get off the couch.
The best way to get back into a physical routine is to start very slowly. For the first couple of weeks, walk or ride for just 5 minutes per day and no more, even if you think you could continue. When the 2 weeks are up, increase to 7 minutes, and then 10 minutes, 12 minutes… continue to increase your activity gradually until you’re at a level that you’re comfortable with.
As you progress, your body slowly but steadily begins to produce more energy to meet the demand, since it now recognizes the exercise as part of your new routine. This leads to more energy and stamina whilst burning up more calories. Exercise is a cornerstone of good health.
Art of relaxation
Now it’s time to pamper yourself and when it comes to relaxation, aromatherapy is the perfect solution – whether it is in the form of a massage or just simply enjoying the vaporized aroma of essential oils. Because of the unique way in which aromatherapy works, there are other far reaching benefits to be gained too.
It has been known for a long time that preventative measures go a very long way towards protecting the body against many types of illness. For example, relaxation gives the immune system time to recover, and in doing so it enables it to function much more efficiently.
Therefore, the relaxing and de-stressing influence of massage and essential oils together with their effect on the immune system makes aromatherapy the finest form of preventative medicine. The list of essential oils in the side-panel will help you to really relax and combat stress. The very best way that you can enjoy them is in a massage, so offer to swap massages with your partner or a friend if you can’t get an appointment with a qualified aromatherapist.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2013. Written by Sue Charles