Optimal health is one of the primary goals for so many of us, but with the influx of contradicting diet advice, movement plans and wellness opinions it is no surprise that we are often left confused and directionless about how to achieve it.
As manufacturers of natural and organic products, a value we live by here at Organic Formulations is that less is more and, that simple is the answer, not just when it comes to skincare but also when it comes to our health and wellbeing.
To assist you on your journey to wellness, we have put together a short list of the simple steps you can take to go from exhausted to energised, sluggish to sexy and live as the best possible version of yourself, inside and out.
Nourish your body
There is nothing more fundamental that you can do for your health than just eating real food. It can be a simple as that. Food that is whole and natural has the perfect combination of nutrients created by the planet to support you on your health journey. Food doesn't need to be a mathematical equation and should not be something that was created in a lab. Simply put, avoid processed foods, ditch the diets and just eat from the earth.
Limit chemical exposure
Our bodies are fascinating and extraordinarily sophisticated beings that can evolve, grow and heal itself when necessary. However, all of the processes that make us thrive and survive can be dramatically affected by chemical exposure. These days, chemicals are in everything we have come to know and trust; our food, our skincare, our cleaning products even our mattresses. Living with optimal health means supporting your body by avoiding, where possible these harmful chemicals and the best way to do this is by deciding to consume only natural and organic products.
Move your Body (in a way that feels right)
A primary reason why so many of us are failing to move our bodies is that we are just not finding a way that feels right and natural to us. Inundated with messages to lift weights, CrossFit and run for miles and miles to lose weight we fail ourselves by forcing movement that feels unnatural. The simplest way to ensure your sufficiently moving your body for optimal health is finding a workout that feels good for you, Maybe it’s yoga, or walking or stand up paddle boarding. Daily movement is a key to optimal health and having fun while doing it is key to sticking to it.
Heal your Gut
Our gut is the centre of optimal health, and unfortunately, many modern-day lifestyle factors interfere with the health of the internal bodily function. Along with avoiding chemicals and processed foods, to support a healthy gut function try adding high probiotic foods to your diets such as kombucha and sauerkraut. You can also supplement with a natural, high-quality daily probiotic.
Condition your mind
By now I am sure you have heard the quote our thoughts create our reality, well this is not just true for our perception of the world around us but also for our overall health. The study of psychoneuroimmunology looks at how our mind affects our biological well-being and immune system therefor by strengthening your emotional and mental health; you set yourself up for overall well-being. The most effective way to do this is through meditation. Daily meditation practice will help you to control your thoughts and deploy more mindfulness to your everyday decisions, this, in turn, not only helps strengthen your mental health but additionally makes all of the other points made in this article easier to stick to.
Hydrate every day
It is no surprise that water is on this list as it is indeed one of the essential elements of overall health. However, instead of just advising you to drink more water (which I am sure you have heard 1000 times before), I want to remind you to be mindful of the signals your body gives you when you are in need of hydration. Dull headaches, dry skin, fatigue, insatiable hunger are all signs that it’s time for some H2o.
Manage your stress
Stress doesn't just affect our emotional and mental state but also our physical health. When we have stressed, our bodies produce the hormone cortisol which an increase of can leads to health complications. Aside from daily mediation, manage your stress by taking regular time to yourself to disconnect and recharge. Our favourite way to do this is with a natural massage!
Connect with Nature
Nature has a magical way of healing not only the mind and body but also the soul. Humans were designed to have a regular connection to mother earth and making time each day to get out into nature and breathing fresh air into your lungs can help you to achieve more mindfulness and balance leading to you feeling and looking fantastic. Fresh air equals health? We told you this list was simple.