Forget the specifics, focus on the basics.

It’s so easy to get sucked into health ‘fads’. Kombucha, fasting, super foods… the list goes on. The issue a lot of people focus on these specifics thinking they’ll get quick results, when in fact they’re missing the basics. People want to skip straight to the ‘good’ part with minimal effort.

Think of it like a house. Imagine practicing the health basics is the foundation of the house, having these health basics nailed (practice everyday without thought) is the build of the house, and the specifics are the decor. When people try and focus on these ‘fads’ and specifics, without getting the basics right, it’s like trying to finish the decor of a house without the foundations of the house being laid, let alone the house being built.

Let’s take gut health as an example (as we all love to focus on gut health). Say you get a lot of disturbances like gas, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhoea. You may have read (or watched or listened) that kombucha helps gut health, so you dutifully go out to buy kombucha and try to drink it almost daily. . What may have you over-looked? Perhaps how stressed you are? That you’re not sleeping well? Your diet is lacking in nutrients, specifically fibre? You can drink all the kombucha in the world, but if you haven’t got the basics nailed, to be honest, it’s going to make pretty much sweet FA difference.

So enough of me trying to prove a point, what are the health basics?

Nutrition :

The first, and probably most obvious one, is nutrition. Our diet (what we eat and drink – not what we do to lose weight) is the main provider of our nutrients. And we use these nutrients to feed the cells, support functions in our bdoy. We literally are what we eat. Now I’m not saying we need to eat a completely 100% clean diet, in fact I’d discourage that. But what you do want to do is ensure you are getting a wide variety of nutrient dense food in your diet (around a 80-20 split is perfect, but a 70-30 split is also good).

Now although nutrition is important, I also think people tend to over-focus, or solely focus, on nutrition for health. There are in fact many other basic factors we need to focus on for good health.

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Stress (less) :

Personally I think this is one of the most over-looked aspects of health, especially in modern society. We are so over-stimulated . Of course in certain (mainly life & death) situations stress can be useful, however it’s the constant, underlying stress that is causing many health issues including;

  • Mood issues, including anger and depression, lack of energy, and sleep issues
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate, higher cholesterol, and risk of heart attack
  • Increased fat storage and disrupted hunger cues
  • Aches and pains in the joints and muscles
  • Reduced ability to fight and recover from illness due to lowered immunity
  • Stomach cramps, reflux, and nausea
  • Loss of libido, lower sperm production in men, and absent or irregular menstrual cycles in women
  • Lower bone density

To find out about some tips to improve stress, check out my blog – 5 tips to manage stress.

Sleep :

We all know how it feels to be sleep deprived. And alternatively, how good it feels when you’ve been sleeping well. It is an essential function to our body and health. Sleep allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and fight-off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. If you’d like to know how to improve your sleep you can check out 8 tips to improve your sleep here.

Movement / Exercise :

Getting daily movement is not only good for your physical health, such as your cardiovascular health, but also your mental health. It releases endorphins that make you feel good. Even better if you can do the movement outside! The key to getting some daily movement? Find something you enjoy doing! Even if it’s a morning walk, it really is better than nothing.

Social Wellness :

Humans are social beings, and this is reflected in our need for relationships. And no, it doesn’t have to be romantically. Studies have shown it’s more important and healthy to have good quality friendships and a strong sense of community, rather than knowing lots of people (or even getting lots of online ‘likes’ from people!). In fact, people who live in close communities are linked with having a higher life expectancy.

Mindfulness :

2 years ago (pre studying to become a health coach) I would have said mindfulness is for hippies. But wow has my opinion on this topic changed. Being mindful means a lot of things but especially being in the present moment. How can that be healthy? Well, you dwell (stress) less on the past and worry (stress) less about the future. You appreciate things more. You can fully switch off. You can train and rewire your brain just like you can train muscles. And of course, being mindful can help your sleep, stress-levels, nutrition and so on…

I guess the bottom line is, we can’t just focus on one thing, be it a ‘fad’ or just one of the basics. All aspects of health are intertwined and we need a good ‘foundation’ of all the aspects health to build on. If you are struggling with some aspects of health, and would like support to feel healthier and happier, feel free to check out my health transformation programs or book a free consultation with me (absolutely no strings attached, I promise).

Love Emma x

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