Feeling well can come from many different contributing factors, from the small things like a good hair day, to the larger things like an 8 hour sleep and some sunshine. Our bodies operate much like cars in that they respond to the right fuel, full tyres, clean mirrors etc. So what are some ways we can fuel our bodies to be thriving smooth operators? Keeping in mind that our wellness is a journey not a 10 minute quick fix, try one at a time or implement one a week. Let’s dive into 10 ways you can feel more well.
What you put in is what you will get out with nutrition. Eating enough fruits and vegetables in a variety of colours will ensure your body is getting it’s daily fill of nutrients to give your body the fuel it needs to function properly. This in turn affects such things like energy, regular bowel movements, brain function and immunity. This is why we created a daily wellness elixir in the form of Super Greens + Reds, with 23 nourishing greens and reds to support immunity, energy, gut wellbeing, acid-alkaline balance and antioxidant protection.
2. Gut health
The correlation between a healthy gut and a healthy functioning body is inseparable. Eating a range of fruits, vegetables and pre and probiotics contributes to a healthy gut and healthy microbiome. Our favourite gut lovin’ Collagen Beauty and Gelatin are versatile products that provide collagen protein with key amino acids for tissue building, repair and gut wellbeing. As well as Thriving Protein and Clean protein containing our superstar pre and probiotic Ganeden.
Staying hydrated is far more than never getting thirsty. Dehydration can cause a feeling of fatigue, both physically and mentally, as well as a myriad of other possible, not so lovely feelings like constipation and anxiety. Whereas staying hydrated has been shown to regulate body temperature whilst delivering nutrients to cells, and keeping organs functioning properly. Try to get a minimum of 2L of good quality water per day!
Getting that precious shut eye is far more than beauty sleep, affecting our inner health and brain function. Getting around 8 hours of sleep is the recommendation for most adults, give or take an hour. As you can imagine, lack of sleep can cause lack of motivation to exercise and eat well. Oftentimes leading to a quick fix for energy instead of nutritious wholefoods.
Along with improving your gut wellbeing and strengthening your bones and muscles, exercise also improves blood flow. This increases the oxygen levels which contribute to energy levels, as well as cognitive function. Exercise doesn’t have to look like pumping weights or an hour in the gym, a simple walk or 5 minutes of exercise can still impact your overall wellness for the better.
Meditation is free and it doesn’t have to take more than 5 - 10 minutes to be highly beneficial. There’s loads of research around meditation and its effects on overall wellbeing. The biggest findings being a sense of balance, a calm mind, a greater attention span and an ability to cope with stress. Create a calm and quite space and start with a few minutes at a time of intentional meditation and mindfulness.
7. Get outside
Studies have shown getting outside more often can lower stress, heart rate and blood pressure. In layman's terms, nature makes us happy. Especially when getting outside involves a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Vitamin D has been show to aid the body in helping to absorb and retain calcium and phosphorous.
8. Cut back on stress
Stress can cause more than a metaphorical and literal headache, it can cause stomach pain, chest pain and trouble sleeping. A great way to identify and cut out stress is to write down a list of things that cause stress, the next to it ways to alleviate them, or things that reduce your stress that you can schedule into your week, even if it’s a daily 5 minute meditation. Each one of us is so different here, a walk on the beach sounds relaxing for some and to others the mention of sand and salty air makes your skin crawl - do what works for you!
9. Get creative
Getting the creative juices flowing has been shown to improve brain function, physical health and support the immune system. As well as being proven to relieve stress and anxiety. The list of creative outlets is lengthy, but here’s some suggestions to try or learn if you’re looking for inspiration: learning a musical instrument, painting, drawing, colouring in, journaling, dancing or getting creative in the kitchen.
10. Laughter is the best medicine
Before you write this one off, trust us when we say the scientific research behind this one is quite mind blowing. While smiling and laughing isn’t always the easiest thing to do after a tough day, Smiling and laughing releases tiny endorphins that reduce stress and can even boost your ability in coping with stress.
~This blog is for informational purposes only, regardless of the advice of holistic health practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. Please obtain medical advice relevant to your particular circumstances from your health professional.