I was reflecting on my everyday routine and I find myself busy and doing so many things everyday. Each of our lives are so different but all of us have lives that are filled with responsibilities, things we need to do, things we love to do and things we know we just have to do. Have you ever thought of how many things you do everyday? Being a wife, a full time nanny, an activist, a makeup artist, and a volunteer, I have such a variety of responsibilities. Daily I’m preparing school lunches, making dinner, doing the errands, cleaning, organizing the family calendar, driving to school, teaching at school, volunteering, responding to emails and messages here there and everywhere, thanks to our wonderful but controlling little smartphones, and fitting in appointments. After some reflection, I have realized that I am healthy, and that’s why, I am actually able to do all these things. I have no mental, emotional, or physical ailments holding me back from being able to accomplish all of these things, and because of my health I can care for everyone around me everyday!
Our physical health is something that I think we take for granted. I think that we often don’t realize how much our health matters to us until we are bogged down with a nasty cold. If we want to truly live our lives, giving all we have to what we believe in, and for those around us that we love, than we need to maintain our own wellness mentally and physically.
In order for our stress levels and our hormones to stay regulated and maintain a clear complexion, we need to care for our health by eating right.
We know that our brains need Essential Fatty Acids and omegas. Our brains need these healthy fats to create new and specialized cells that allow you to think and feel. Start making homemade salad dressings with fresh olive oil (no more prepared dressings with sugars and preservatives!). It’s easy: toss your salad in olive oil. Add some salt and pepper. Then add a little apple cider vinegar or any vinegar you like. Olive oil is a rich source of polyphenol antioxidants, studies have show that these increase the elasticity of your arteries. It’s also rich in monounsaturated fats (oleic acid, palmitoleic), and polyunsaturated fats (linoleic, linolenic acid). Another way to increase these healthy fats is to simply take a fish oil everyday. These fats are also fantastic for your skin and help improve your complexion. Being healthy on the inside will always make you look and feel more healthy on the outside too.
Your immune system is a shield, always protecting you from being attacked. You want to boost your white blood cell count. Some vitamins that help boost your immune system are: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Zinc, and Garlic. You can read here for more information on each of these immune boosters. When cooking, I now add fresh garlic to just about everything that I can. Garlic naturally is an antioxidant reducing free radicals in the bloodstream. It also naturally stimulates the production of infection-fighting white blood cells. Garlic also increases the efficiency of antibody production. Garlic is yummy and beneficial! Some easy ways to add garlic to your meals: chop and add it to stir fry, to any veggie dish, in every crock pot meal, to soups, chili, and add it in rice or potatoes.
Your digestive system is closely linked to your immune system. If you are “sick” in your intestinal tract, at some point, you are going to physically get sick as well. Keep your digestive tract clean and functioning by eating high amounts of fiber. Easy ways to get fiber are eating a handful of natural nuts (raw or dry roasted), adding ground flax seeds to your breakfast cereal, toast, or casseroles. Also flax is high in omegas! Eat some raw veggies everyday. Start packing a little bag of snacks for your workday. We often think eating like this is challenging, but it’s not at all if you take the 5 minutes to pack it and are prepared! Other snack ideas are: brown rice crackers with almond butter. Seeds are also amazing for our health! Add pumpkin seeds to your salads or meals or add them to your trail mix. Pumpkin seeds are high fiber, protein, and minerals like magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. By eating real unprocessed food, you’ll start to feel more awake and have more energy because of the increased vitamins, especially B vitamins!