How many times have you told yourself, “I’m gonna start living healthy today?” Have you experienced some sort of success or are you still in the dark about what you should do?
It’s important to realize that optimal health is the effect of an overall healthy lifestyle, says natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola. There are no shortcuts to good health. There are all sorts of health products out there but there’s no such thing as magic diet pills or fountains of youth.
With thousands of health articles available online and the ever present influence of the media, it’s easy to get confused when it comes to what you need to do to get healthy. But when it comes to optimal health, there are basic principles that won’t change, regardless of what modern science and conventional medicine comes up with, Mercola points out.
Here are Dr. Mercola’s top 10 tips that will help you and your family get healthy:
- Eat according to your Nutritional Type – There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet. Metabolism consists of all the processes that take place in your body, controlling not only your weight, but your overall health as well, and is as unique to you as your fingerprints. You need to find out which types of food are best suited for your unique metabolic profile, and the ideal portions of the nutrients your body requires.
- Drink a lot of pure water – With your body being 60 percent water, what else should you use to hydrate yourself with? Water is still the best beverage and is the main component of your bodily fluids, including blood, urine, lymph, digestive juices and sweat.
- Manage your stress levels – Stress is a big contributing factor to disease, that is why you should also take care of your emotional health.
- Get enough sunlight to optimize your vitamin D levels.
- Limit your exposure to toxins – This is easier said than done because we are already living in a toxic world but your vigilance will pay off big time in the long run, so always look to avoid toxins in your air, food and water supply.
- Consume healthy fats (omega-3 fats and saturated fat) and avoid unhealthy ones (trans fats).
- Eat plenty of raw food – Food in its natural state – whole, live and uncooked – provides your body with optimal nutrition. Vital elements such as enzymes, oxygen, hormones, phytochemicals and bioelectric energy, are depleted depending on how you cook/prepare your food.
- Optimize your insulin and leptin levels by avoiding grains and sugars.
- Get plenty of sleep and rest whenever possible.