What Does It Mean To Be Well?

27 May 2011 5:18 PM

Many people believe ‘health’ and ‘wellness’ are terms that simply mean being free from disease, there is so much more to being truly well! Are you really well if you are overweight, forgetful, tired, moody, or have poor skin? What if you suffer from headaches, frequent colds, constipation or bloating?

 

What Does it Mean to be ‘Well’? 

Many people believe ‘health’ and ‘wellness’ are terms that simply mean being free from disease, there is so much more to being truly well! Are you really well if you are overweight, forgetful, tired, moody, or have poor skin? What if you suffer from headaches, frequent colds, constipation or bloating? 

 

Diet & Lifestyle Changes Succeed 

We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat,” but the truth is, “You are what you most consistently eat.”  Realistic sustainable dietary changes are the best way to improve your health over the long-term:

 

1. Include protein-rich foods in each meal or snack: fish, seafood, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy and legumes. 

2. A minimum of three cups of fresh vegetables daily: Choose from a variety of vegetables.

3.  Enjoy a minimum of two pieces or one cup of fresh fruit every day: Berries are an especially high in rich antioxidants. 

4. Limit starchy carbohydrates to on small serves per day: Aim for only 1 to 2 serves of bread, rice, pasta, cereal or potatoes daily. 

5. Include healthy fats in your diet: cold water fish, nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and cold pressed oils:  olive oil, coconut oil and flaxseed oil. Aim for 2 tablespoons of good quality oils per day and limit nuts and seeds to a small handful daily. 

6. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of pure water every day: Use natural flavourings: fresh lemon, lime and mint in water. Reduce excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages to 1 to 2 per day. 

7. Enjoy a ‘freedom’ meal once a week: allow yourself one or two ‘treat’ meals per week. 

 

Supplements to Maintain Wellness 

Research has shown there are natural supplements that can complement your wellness diet and lifestyle program such as: 

1. A high quality fish oil to provide daily omega-3 for a healthy heart, supple joints and healthy nervous system. 

2. A high strength probiotic to maintain the balance in your digestive system. 

3. A daily multivitamin and mineral formula to fill any nutritional gaps that your diet doesn’t fulfil. 

4. A good quality antioxidant formula to promote healthy ageing and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease. 

 

Laugh a Lot! 

Taking regular time out to relax is vital for wellness. Yoga, meditation or reading a book increase the levels of ‘feel good’ chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy. Laughter is the best medicine; Laughter reduces stress hormones, improves breathing and circulation,  even improve your immune system.