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The Future of Health and Wellbeing is in Our Own Hands

 christine uksa

Why should we learn more about our bodies?

From the beginning of our lives we have learnt the basic essentials of how to survive. Taught to walk, taught to eat and taught to rest. These are the fundamental actions in our daily lives. In our ancestry, pre-historic man would have had to hunt for food, hunt for meat and forage for good vegetables and fruit and then rest, it was our only way for survival.

In today’s world, we have food accessible 24/7 and have ready-meals which eliminate any need for activity like our ancestry which has led to a sedimentary lifestyle. Our energies have been converted to use in on our work, social and family life and we are becoming less active as a result. Those activities rarely require a raised heart beat which is important for our cardio vascular and respiratory systems. Equally now more than ever we are connected to the 24/7 world so it leaves little time for rest and downtime. 

One of the greatest concerns in our life is what we eat! We are eating less nutrient dense foods, which has been replaced by preservatives and man-made additives. Not only does eating less nutrient dense food can lead to physical ill-health but also affects our moods which can lead to weight gain and our ability to be as active.

Last week, I was very lucky to sit in a presentation at Spa life from Patrick Holford  about the lack of nutrients in our food and  deemed to be the root cause to most of the sickness and ill-health in our life, ultimately ‘You are what you eat’.  Our amazing bodies are built to repair and rejuvenate however once there is “too much bad stuff” this can tip the balance of our health. Too much one way can have a downward spiral effect, one sickness or condition can cause the next.

With this brief summary in mind please read the following steps to find the necessity in learning about your body in order to act upon the actions so that it can prevent ill-health and promote Wellness.

Stage 2: How can we learn more about our bodies and what should we do about it?


Here are 6-Ways you can learn more about your body.


1: Nutrition

Ask yourself:  Do you know that the foods you are eating have the right level of nutrients required for optimum functionality for your body? How are your moods? Do you feel happy/sad/ stressed? Do you suffer from bloating or migraines? 

If you don’t know or generally have periods within the day feeling stressed, here are some basic tips to help you identify what may be causing the problem;

  1. Make a food diary

Check for patterns in mood relative to the foods you eat.

  1. How much water do you drink? Make a note of what fluids you take on board.
  2. Investigate vitamin supplements you maybe are nutrient deficient.
  3. Resting metabolism food test can tell you what food groups which you may have intolerance too.

2:  Activity

Ask yourself:  Do you do enough activity?

Apple Watch, Garmin, Fitbit are all great devices in which you can actively check how you are doing. It is a great incentive to check how many steps you are doing and can create a healthy competition with yourself and with others to improve your stats of how active you are! If you find that you do not have the motivation to up your activity levels then it may be time to invest in a personal trainer, one which motivates you! Secondly group training classes are a great way to get your body moving. Equally another way would be to join a club which can keep you interested by learning and taking part in a sport, possibly one that you have had a relationship with in the past.

Step 3: Sleep

Ask yourself: How many hours sleep do you get at night?

Sleep is the most important part of the body’s rejuvenation mechanism in order to heal and repair itself. Lack of sleep can cause extreme mood swings, an inability to think clearly and also won’t ever have time cleanse the body by sleeping. This is where all the magic healing takes place for the body!

Step 4: Mindfulness and Rest

Ask yourself: Do you actually have time out?

Monitor your time out. Smartphones now can tell you how much screen time activity you are using and what they are. Social media can cause a mind fog which can cause an unsettled mind. Practicing meditation or yoga would be a good way to re-teach your body how to switch off from daily stresses and activity. Reading, painting/drawing, listening to music are all great ways and to certain extent we things we use to do more of which did have a positive impact on our moods. 

Step 6: Environments

Ask yourself: Which environments do you feel rested/calm? What makes you feel good? What things trigger your stress alarm? 

Certain tasks or relationships can trigger your stress alarm. Your body will generally tell you and will respond in the way you feel so Listen to your body. Natural surroundings can have a huge positive effect on the body and the mind due to negative ions which nature provides.

My final note: Listen to what the body tells you it’s the best way to find peace of mind.


Thank you for reading.

Written By Christine-Alice Hartigan

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Thursday, 06 August 2020