There’s no doubt about it, living your #bestlife means you need to take care of your health. The two go hand in hand. But it’s so easy to be bombarded with information, and not know whether you should be having kale smoothies or bone broth - or both.
I’ve experienced complete overwhelm with my health many times over, and have tried everything from a vegan lifestyle through to slow cooked meats, meditation, chanting and just about everything in between. All in the hopes of finding what works best for my body. What I’ve found is working now, but I can’t guarantee that it will work for me forever! In fact, I can almost guarantee it won’t.
So that’s my first nugget of wisdom, be open to change.
I’m not sure if you remember not so long ago, everyone seemed to be singing from the roof tops how much they loved their bulletproof coffee. My husband included. A little while down the track and I haven’t seen anything about it! We find things we like, we try them, we love them, and then we realise they aren’t for us long term. And that’s ok. Don’t be too proud to say ‘I’ve changed my mind’.
As long as you go into your choices with an open mind, and as the observer (of how your body responds) I believe that experimenting with different techniques can be really beneficial.
With all of this in mind, and the fact that my body is different to yours, I wanted to share 4 health hacks that have truly transformed my life. But before I do, I want to share a few primary health concerns that were causing me long term pain, both emotional and physical.
Anxiety + overstimulation of my mind
And I can say now, that I have been able to address all of these with the follow health hacks.
With that in mind, it doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from these if your primary health concerns are different to mind! The benefits are varied, I’m just sharing my experience in the hopes that if something resonates, it might offer some light for you.
Understanding Aryuveda Doshas
According to chopra.com, 'Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.’
I understand Ayurveda as the food science that works alongside yogic philosophy.
It speaks of the 3 dosha’s or systems within the body, vata, pita and kapha. We all have all of these within us, however they are in varying amounts. When one of your systems is out of balance, we struggle to thrive. By knowing your system, and nourishing your body based on that, you are able to restore your balance and continue to nourish you body based on how it thrives.
This is such a beautiful way of approaching health and there is a reason why Ayurveda has been a thriving practice for thousands of years.
Personally my predominant dosha is vata. Which is associated with the wind. If you think of anything that would describe the wind, this is very similar to me.
Erratic, fine, inconsistent, dry, creative, fast, lively, changeable, high energy in short bursts.
At the time of learning more about Ayurveda I was able to see that I was quite imbalanced. Learning how to nourish my vata body has been incredibly powerful for my health.
Off the back of the understanding that I operate like the wind, it’s easy to see that I could become anxious and with an over stimulated mind. This is where earthing myself has been powerful.
There are loads of benefits to earthing our bodies, from releasing cancer causing EMF’s, to de-stressing and healing chronic illness, but what has been most powerful for me, is drawing my energy back down towards the earth and out of my overstimulated mind.
It’s a simple practice that anyone who has access to soil or sand can do.
Simply connect your bare skin with the ‘skin’ of the earth. Walk, sit in the park, do cartwheels, rolls down a hill, and all of these benefits can be experienced.
Personally I love sitting in our yard on the grass, in the sunshine (or shade in the summer heat) and I almost instantly feel myself decompression.
If you grounding is something that interests you, I recommend watching this documentary.
In Australia we are completely blessed to have drinkable water that pours from our taps, part of the ability to create that is to add chemical to the water in order to keep it clear of bugs that make us unwell. However here on the Gold Coast we have things added to our water that don’t need to be there, for example fluoride.
I know that some people are okay with fluoride in their water, but Michael and I aren’t, especially with my sluggish liver, I don’t want to overload my body with anything that doesn’t need to be there.
A couple of years ago we installed a reverse osmosis water filter that also removes the fluoride from our water, and we haven’t looked back. We both have clearer skin, my liver is functioning better and we can so clearly taste the difference from our water to others that we try.
If you haven’t explored how you can make your water cleaner, I suggest googling ‘documentary fluoride in water’ and starting there.
There are also quite a few lobby groups trying to have the laws changed around this chemical being added to our water supply, Facebook is a good place to find something in your state or local community.
Move in the AM
I love moving my body, but what I love more is checking things off my to-do list, and I’m just being honest here! Remember how I was saying earlier in this post to be the observer of your own body? Well this is something I noticed a long time ago.
I make checklists for my checklists.
And this was negatively effecting my exercise routine.
I learned, that if I don’t move my body as soon as I wake in the morning, the likelihood of me doing it later in the day is drastically reduced, because I get so caught up in the tasks of the day.
I also know that if I don’t move my body in the morning, I hit a 10am slump and completely loose my energetic flow.
You see exercise, isn’t just about fitness, it also shifts our energy, gets our creativity flowing, releases endorphins and stimulates our appetite and so much more.
If it’s something that you want to fit into your routine, and like me you know that you get distracted by your to-do list, maybe first thing in the morning works well for you?
Plan it the night before, set your alarm, and show up for yourself.
Remember that your body will tell you what works best for you, you just need to be prepared to give it a go, and listen to what you find.