Sometimes it seems as if the word “Wellness” is a buzz word and people do not truly understand what it means. I looked it up and found the following as a definition of wellness: noun: the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
Ok so that simplifies it but how do we achieve it? Our bodies are complex machines. Not everyone is the same, so what may work for one person is not necessarily going to work for the next, just because their bodies are different. If you stick with the S.E.E.D of wellness then we can all achieve optimal health.
Sleep: Getting enough sleep each day is crucial to wellness. Our bodies have to recharge on a cellular level. Many changes happen in the body while we are sleeping. Rest does not mean lazy. The organs of the body are actually on a time clock and peak activity happens while we are sleeping. Hormones are produced while sleeping and balance is restored to the body.
Exercise: The body has to move. Being sedentary weakens muscles and traps toxins causing unnecessary pain and injury to the body. The best exercise is the thing you will do and enjoy. Just be consistent and do it several times a week.
Eating: What you eat makes a huge difference in your overall wellness. Many of us have built up food sensitivities over the years and don’t even realize it. We can even be sensitive to healthy foods. When you are sensitive to foods it causes inflammation in the body as well as digestive issues. Stick with fruits and vegetables and healthy fats from organic sources. Cut down on the processed foods and look for whole foods, the way nature intended.
Drink: Drink your water! Not flavored water, or tea, or some sort of liquid. Your body is made up of 70% water so you have to replenish it on a daily basis. We lose fluids just by talking! There is no way our body can function well without water. Drink water between meals, when your body can absorb and hydrate the best.
Plant the S.E.E.D. of wellness in your life and watch your life grow!