Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eat Fit For Life

Here are some adjustments I have made in recent months to my dietary and nutritional needs. As an active athlete running his own business, I have researched extensively and tested the way I eat, and what I eat so as to achieve peak mental and physical fitness. Certainly, if I were to be injured or sick, I would still seek help from medical professionals to assist in my convalescence. However, I would also consider options that may be less dependent on pharmaceuticals and choose natural methods and solutions. There is no one panacea for any illness.

Here are some guidelines I follow:

Choose Your Food Properly
Generally speaking, you should be looking to focus your diet on whole, unprocessed foods (vegetables, meats, raw dairy, nuts, and so forth) that come from healthy, sustainable, local sources, such as a small organic farm. For optimal nutrition and health benefits, eat a good portion of your food raw, and make sure you're sourcing your meats and animal products from free-range, and organically-raised, grass-fed animals. Avoid fructose. Sugar, and fructose in particular, acts as a toxin in, and of itself, and as such drive multiple disease processes in your body, not the least of which is insulin resistance, a major cause of accelerated aging. Use whey protein (‘gold standard’) to repair and build damaged tissues after intense activities, or before you sleep.

Engage In A Comprehensive Exercise Program, including High-Intensity Exercise
Eat healthy and exercise just as hard. Exercise effectively, which means including core-strengthening exercises, strength training, stretching, and high-intensity activities. High-intensity interval-type training boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which is essential for optimal health, strength and vigor.

Reduce Your Stress and Engage In Positive Thinking
The emotional component of our health and longevity is vital, as your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical. Effective coping mechanisms are a major longevity-promoting factor in part because stress has a direct impact on inflammation, which in turn underlies many of the chronic diseases that kill people prematurely every day. Energy psychology tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), meditation, prayer, social support and exercise are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and mental equilibrium. Laugh as much as you can, too.

Proper Sun Exposure to Optimize Vitamin D
The ‘sunshine vitamin’ D comes from sun exposure, and if at all possible, I ensure you're getting out in the sun on a daily basis. There is preliminary evidence suggesting that oral vitamin D may not provide the identical benefits, although it's still better than none at all. Get out – into the sunlight. Nature provides anti-depression solutions. Beware the toxicity found in many sun-blocking sprays and creams (I stopped using such skin-suffocating chemicals). Melanin is nature’s natural skin pigmentation that protects our skin from harm. Yet, still exercise caution when sun-worshipping in countries with scant ozone protection.

Take High Quality, Animal-Based, Omega-3 Fats
Animal-based omega-3 fatty acids found in krill oil helps fight and prevent heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, arthritis, diabetes, hyperactivity and many other diseases.

Avoid as Many Chemicals, Toxins, and Pollutants as Possible
Without being paranoid, toss out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air-fresheners, insect-repellants, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.

Disclaimer: These are my own opinions, and not a recommendation as I practise these guidelines. When in doubt check with the experts, especially if you have a prevailing medical or congenital condition.

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