Words by Amy Huggins
Despite having access to the most advanced medicines in the world, Western society is sicker than ever. We now live in a culture that promotes ‘a pill for every ill’.
It is estimated that 1 in 3 of us will be affected by cancer, and sadly now most of us know at least one person who has been touched by a life-changing illness. How ironic that in this age of technical advance, mankind is ravaged by an epidemic of ill health.
We have never been so disconnected from our bodies, and how to heal them. We view symptoms of illness as an inconvenience, rather than acknowledging that these symptoms are our bodies way of communicating with us intelligently. For example, we may view a headache as a nuisance, and pop a paracetamol, ignoring the fact that our body is letting us know that it is dehydrated, and needs more water. Ignoring these signs is the equivalent of ignoring the warning light or our car dashboard, (something most of us would think very unwise).
Despite a recent boom in the health and wellness industry, many of us still do not fully appreciate how our lifestyle and nutrition choices really impact our wellbeing. We eat food because it is convenient, or tastes good, and very rarely because of its nutritional content, or its ability to heal. A diet high in sugar, gluten, caffeine and alcohol is highly toxic, and puts the body under immense stress, creating an acidic environment for disease to thrive.
Mother nature has provided us with all that we need to live without disease, and yet ironically we chose pseudo-foods with negligible nutrition.
Our body is always working to restore balance or homeostasis. When we learn to work with, and not against this natural innate healing, the results are astounding. You can expect enhanced energy, better digestion, weight loss, improved mood and better sleep by incorporating these simple health hacks into your daily lives.
Adequate hydration is essential for our health and wellbeing, and dehydration is the cause of many common symptoms such as headaches, constipation, tiredness and low mood. When dehydrated the body is in a state of stress, and is unable to properly function and detoxify. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of filtered and body temperature water throughout the day, away from meals.
Our bodies require a period of daily detoxification to process the toxins we are exposed to in our food and environment. This happens at night as we sleep.
8 hours of deep quality, unbroken sleep should be your goal. An hour before bed, put tablets, phones and laptops away. Don’t drink stimulants such as coffee past lunch time. Create an evening ritual which may include a candlelit Epsom salt bath, yoga stretches, or deep breathing to promote the sleep hormone melatonin. Ensure your bedroom is completely dark using blackout blinds, or an eye mask if required.
Eating late at night can impair this period of deep detoxification as energy is focused on digesting our food.
Aim to eat your last meal of the day by 8pm latest. A period of 12 hours of fasting in between meals provides your body with an excellent window of opportunity to rest, repair and reboot.
Think good thoughts
It has been said that our bodies evesdrop on every single thought we have. If we are constantly focusing on illness and what we think is ‘wrong’ with us, we will simply reinforce that condition. The saying goes ‘energy flows where attention goes’.
Instead of focusing on illness, instead, focus on your good health. Good health stems from love and appreciation of your body. Using daily affirmations such as ‘wellness is the natural state of my body’.
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Did you know that something as simple as breathing can be a powerful healing tool?
Most of us breathe incorrectly, and underestimate the importance of our breath. Deep, rhythmic breathing, when done correctly detoxes our organs on inhalation and eliminates waste on exhalation. Take a few moments to focus on your breath, and begin to cultivate a slow rhythm placing your hand on your stomach to feel your tummy and chest rise on inhalation, hold for 2-3 seconds and exhale.
Eat healing foods
Every mouthful of food is either healing or harming your body. To ensure your body gets all the ingredients it needs to thrive, focus on eating a wholefood diet, avoiding processed foods which have little nutritional content. Eat organic, locally grown produce where possible, with at least one raw meal per day. Eating the rainbow via a spectrum of fruits and vegetables will ensure you get all the vitamin and minerals you need.
Take small positive steps to improve your diet gradually is the most effective way to create positive long-term change. Rather than going on a restrictive diet, cultivate a healthy relationship with the food you eat. We all have bad days and can be tempted by foods we know aren’t good for us. As a nutritionist, I advocate an 80/20 rule. Make healthy food decisions at least 80% of the time, and allow yourself the occasional guilt-free indulgence.
Amy Huggins is a nutritional therapist and fertility specialist. After being diagnosed as infertile, she used nutrition and naturopathic techniques to heal her body and reverse her diagnosis, giving birth to her first child in 2017. Amy now helps women achieve their dream of motherhood with nutritional and lifestyle coaching. You can find out more about Amy and her work over on her website www.amyhuggins.com or instagram, twitter or facebook
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