Dr. Lori is BACK to give you her 7 tips on optimizing your health…
Many people desire a life with optimal health – yet do not know which actions they need to take to create a body that has energy, vibrancy, strength and mental well-being. It really is about creating a healthy body because when someone ignores their health over time, their health will slowly decline.
I have 7 tips that you can implement in your life right now to help you take the correct actions that will put you on the path to optimal health:
- Drink More Water
- Eat for Gut Health
- Increase Muscle Mass
- Practice Gratitude Daily
- Reduce Excess Carb Intake
- Stress Less
- Sleep More
These 7 tips have helped me maintain a healthy body, mind, and soul over the years – so let me show you how:
Tip to Optimize Your Health #1: Drink More Water!
Our bodies are made up of 78% water – as water is needed for every single process in the human body. Unfortunately, most people are mildly dehydrated and do not realize it.
Symptoms of mild dehydration can consist of walking around needlessly suffering from joint pain, headaches, backaches, hunger, cravings, weight gain, foggy thinking, and fatigue. Drinking water consistently throughout the day and every day is the key to keeping mild dehydration at bay. When our cells lack hydration, they are unable to function at an optimal level.
Drinking the right kind of water is crucial to staying properly hydrated since water is a basic pillar of health. Do your best to stay away from drinking chlorinated tap water that is known to be a toxin to your entire body and can kill your beneficial gut bacteria – and choose alkaline water that is rich in molecular hydrogen.
A 2010 quality review study on molecular hydrogen was published in Free Radical Research, stating: “It is not an overstatement to say that hydrogen’s impact on therapeutic and preventive medicine could be enormous in the future.”
Tyent alkaline water is hydrogen water. The hydrogen molecule (H2) is the known as the smallest molecule in the world and can easily penetrate the cell wall directly, which can impact our health in a variety of ways such as:
- Hydrogen water can boost your energy
- Hydrogen water can act as an antioxidant by protecting our cells & mitochondria (healthy cells = a healthier you!)
- Hydrogen water may help soothe any heartburn symptoms
My go-to water that I choose to drink every day to optimize my health is hydrogen-rich alkaline water from my Tyent water ionizer.
I discovered the health benefits of alkaline water for myself years ago after drinking Tyent water, and I have been hooked ever since. I’m such a big fan of Tyent water that I even set my clients up on a healthy alkaline water regimen as well!
For optimal effect – you should consistently drink half your body weight in ounces of Tyent hydrogen water every day.
Tip to Optimize Your Health #2: Eat for Gut Health!
Gut bacteria can influence our overall health, immunity, mental well-being, and our weight. A healthy gut has two basic ‘musts’ – prebiotics and probiotics.
Prebiotics are plant-fiber compounds and what I refer to as fertilizer for the healthy bacteria because they feed these important microbes to help facilitate optimal health and weight loss.
Examples of prebiotics include:
- Dandelion Greens
Probiotics ‘plant’ beneficial bacteria and can be found in cultured and fermented foods such as:
- Yogurt (without sugar, as sugar feeds unhealthy bacteria)
- Kefir (a tangy drink)
- Green Olives
- Soft and Aged Cheeses
Tip to Optimize Your Health #3: Increase Muscle Mass!
The key to your longevity and your quality of life can be found in any form of physical exercise – especially strength training.
Strength training may be the single most important thing that you can do to create a healthy life – however, many people disregard the health effect of having an adequate amount of muscle by focusing solely on cardio exercises.
Let me explain. Starting around the age of 30, you begin to lose muscle mass if you are not incorporating exercises that can maintain or increase the amount of muscle throughout your body. This lack of muscle, combined with inactivity over time, can reduce metabolism and eventually impact our health severely.
The science shows that strength training can literally add quality years to your life because strength training affects not just our physical health and our weight loss success, but strength training also affects our thinking skills, our memory, and our mental well-being.
You can also incorporate functional exercises that will work just as effectively as strength training, such as:
Tip to Optimize Your Health #4: Practice Gratitude Daily!
Simply being “grateful” can have a powerful impact upon our health and quality of life in many areas.
Science shows that gratitude (when practiced consistently):
- Improves your quality of sleep
- Improves your quality of health
- Can help ease depression
Thinking about just three good moments or things that happened during the day will help you see considerable improvements in your quality of life – such as a decrease in depression symptoms and an increase in your overall happiness.
Gratitude is a frame of mind that can help to optimize your overall health and mental well-being – when practiced daily!
Tip to Optimize Your Health #5: Reduce Excess Carb Intake!
Eating a diet that’s full of an excess of carbohydrates can leave your body in a wake of poor health as the years go by because your body breaks down carbs into glucose – which is why I recommend that you strive to reduce excess carb intake.
Although glucose is an essential source of energy – the amount of glucose found in your blood and how quickly your blood’s glucose level rises after you ingest carbs are important factors that impact your health with conditions such as:
- Weight Gain
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Poor mitochondrial health
- And various other health conditions
For optimal effect – you should reduce your carb intake by 20-50 grams a day by eliminating packaged, prepared and processed foods from your diet.
Tip to Optimize Your Health #6: Stress Less!
We all know that stress is not healthy for us. Stress doesn’t just affect our health – stress also has a powerful impact on our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
Not all stress is bad, however. Stress can spur us into action, help us perform at our best, and help us to save our own lives when in danger. Our ancestors would experience stress when they were being chased by a lion – but that didn’t happen 24/7!
It’s important to note that stress did not kill the caveman, and our response to danger (stress) hasn’t changed at all…but the stressors have. Unfortunately, the type of stress that many people experience the most is chronic stress that has become such a large part of our human existence. We were never meant to live with chronic stress.
Studies show that getting in tune with our bodies through mindfulness (being aware of bodily sensations) slashes stress and depression. Exercise is the number one stress reduction technique used to reduce and prevent stress – but you can also use specific breathing techniques such as Box Breathing.
Box Breathing was created by the Navy Seals as a breathing technique to use to stop the stress response in its tracks. You can perform Box Breathing anywhere – while driving, to promote sleep, to go back to sleep, before a big event, etc.)
You can perform Box Breathing in under 30 seconds by:
- Simply breathing in through your nose for 5 seconds
- Then hold your breath for 5 seconds
- Then exhale for 5 seconds
- And hold again for 5 seconds
Tip to Optimize Your Health #7: Sleep More!
There are many reasons as to why we need to ensure that we get quality sleep every night.
A 2013 study found that the brain needs sleep to help clear out the ‘junk’ that builds up in our minds and thoughts during the day. Much like how the lymphatic system needs to be cleaned of cellular junk, so does the so-called “glymphatic system,” which is known as a waste clearance pathway or a brain ‘shampoo’ if you will.
This is where sleep comes into play – because while we are sleeping and dreaming, our brains are at work, taking out metabolic waste.
Chronic poor-quality sleep is linked to:
- An increased risk of heart disease
- An increase in weight gain and obesity
- An increase in depression and stress
- An increase of inflammation in the body
- Any many more health conditions
To help increase your quality of sleep – try these timeless hacks:
- Go to sleep at the same time each night – even on weekends.
- Move any clocks that you may have in your bedroom out of sight to help keep you from focusing on the time.
- Keep your room at a very cool temperature to help you fall asleep faster.
- Scent your room and pillows with lavender essential oil spray that can help relax you to sleep because the aroma may also relax your nerves, lower your blood pressure, and put you in a relaxed state.
- Stay away from electronic devices 60-90 minutes before bedtime because the bright lighting on the screen of the devices can keep you wide awake.
To help you fall asleep faster and put you back to sleep – practice this very powerful and effective sleep (and stress) 4-7-8 deep breathing technique:
- Breathe in through the nose for 4 seconds
- Hold for 7 seconds
- Exhale for 8 seconds
- Repeat 6 times or as often as necessary
Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy life. You simply cannot achieve optimal health without taking care of your sleep.
You now know of 7 essential tips that you can use to optimize your health…so, what’s next?
You may have noticed that I listed “drink more water” as my #1 tip to optimizing your health. Water is everywhere around us, yet most of us are not drinking enough water.
The single most important choice that you can make to have a powerful impact on your health is to drink enough water every day.
To ensure that you’re drinking enough water – consider buying a Tyent water ionizer for your home because their machines can create UNLIMITED amounts of the best alkaline water on the planet.
You can learn all about water ionizers by reading this FREE cheat sheet. If you would rather talk to someone instead – you can give the health and wellness team over at Tyent a call today at 855-893-6887 to hear about all the alkaline water benefits that you can receive from an award-winning Tyent water ionizer machine.
Until next time…stay happy and most importantly…stay hydrated!
To learn more about nutrition and weight loss expert Dr. Lori Shemek – visit her website!