When potential clients call me, they usually start with – ‘I am pretty healthy, I eat all home food and don’t have much desserts, so I don’t know why I feel bloated and have water retention’. This is just one example of many such statements. There is a fundamental mindset issue here of what well-being means.
Well-being is overall health, which includes our immunity, gut health and promotes overall youthfulness. When we have this in place, we see a difference in weight, bloating, diet so on and so forth.
Eighty percent of our immunity lies in the half inch of our body that has been medically proved as well. It is the half-inch around our gut wall that has the intestinal villi and the lymphatic vessels. If the gut health is adversely impacted then the body can get congested, which leads to lack of detoxification. So, it is all inter-connected. If we want to take care of our overall wellbeing, then we need to approach this holistically so that our immune system, gut health, digestion and detoxification all of it is taken care of.
Here are all the aspects that directly impact our health:
1) Nutrition: It isn’t just about having home food or avoiding desserts or following temporary diets. This is about looking deeper into what will serve our body. What is a wholesome meal? What will be a lifestyle choice? Anything excess can be pointless here. Whether it is excess carbohydrate or protein. It can impact us adversely, even if it is home cooked and made from ingredients that come from directly the farm. Wholesome meal is a balanced meal where we take care of all macro nutrients (fat, carbs and protein) and the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).
2) Mobility: Most people do an hour of physical activity and then lead a sedentary lifestyle. The mindset is that if I did one-hour workout, I am active. Hunter gatherers walked to most places and their overall movement during the day is high. We are not talking about one hour walks here but making moving our body as a lifestyle choice. It is a conscious effort to walk for that cup of coffee or park the car away from the destination so that we use steps instead of driving for an extra mile. This reduces cortisol and it is great for the heart. Our mind is more active, alive and positive. This in turn impacts immunity and digestion as well.
3) Mindful lifestyle: Mindfulness is being present in the moment. Our mind is in overdrive constantly thinking and therefore we aren’t present with what is. We aren’t connected with our breath in the day or with the food in front of us. When we are mindful, nervous system gets relaxed and we practice gratitude actively. This releases feel good hormones in the body. We take the time to chew our food, notice simple joys and make best of what we have presently. This is important for our mental wellbeing and it impacts our immunity significantly.
4) Stress: The unfortunate part about stress is that till we do not see how it affects us in physical signs, we ignore it completely. We might eat right and workout but this is a separate element of wellbeing on its own! Most people feel if I eat right and workout, stress is acceptable and it is a part of life. This mindset makes us ignore the big elephant in the room. Stress has the ability to affect our immunity by 90%. It manifests in signs such as constipation, bloating, PCOD, thyroid and we might believe it is the food that we consume (which it can be) but stress can also play a major role here. There are many ways to work on it and stress reduction also needs to be a priority.
Overall wellbeing empowers us to live life to the fullest. It is our best ally to achieve our dreams, take those adventure trips and enjoy our youthfulness. Take into account each of these aspects and have a holistic outlook to wellbeing.
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