We live in a golden age of information and technology. A world that is exciting and fulfilling, providing us with many opportunities to live exceptional lives. Nevertheless, studies reveal growing numbers of people suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, gastrointestinal illnesses, neurological damage, heart diseases, hormonal imbalances, reproductive impairments, diabetes, obesity, immune system deficiency and allergies, just to name a few.
If we are becoming more advanced, why then, are we getting sicker?
Identifying The Devils
Don’t take your health for granted. Many chronic diseases are linked to bad lifestyle habits that compromise your health.
Lifestyle Devil 1: Poor Diet
Eating well does not mean indulging in whatever, whenever and wherever. You are what you eat. In our busy lives it is common to opt for convenience over nutritional value in our food choices. A typical modern day diet filled with processed meats, packaged meals, takeout food, and sugary snacks may lead on to obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, heart diseases,cancer, depression, stress, bipolar disorder and even anxiety. Your body wants food, but what it really needs is nutrients.
Lifestyle Devil 2: Lack of Sleep
In today’s fast-paced world, we are actually sleeping less than ever before. Late nights in the office, jet lag from travelling, lack of exercise, shift work and stress have lead to a sleepless society. Sleep disorders are commonplace now with sleep apnoea, insomnia, hypersomnia, teeth-grinding and disruptive dreams plaguing us today. Good sleep is essential to our wellbeing and helps our bodies rejuvenate in every way.
Lifestyle Devil 3: Excessive and Chronic Stress
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel a “fight-or-flight” response. When the threat is gone, your body returns to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, the non-stop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off and stress becomes chronic. Over time, this leads to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, asthma, ulcers with negative impact on your respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems, sexual libido, emotional wellbeing as well as overall immunity.
Banishing The Devils And Living With Style
Healthy eating is not about strict diets or depriving yourself of food you love. It’s about feeling great, having more energy and an improved outlook.
- Avoid processed food – eat whole, minimally processed and nutritious food.
- Reduce sugar; look out for hidden ones in bread, cereals and low fat meals.
- Enjoy a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
Sleep well and awake well-rested, restored, positive, energetic and vibrant.
- Unwind before bedtime.
- Get an app for your mobile phone or computer screen to reduce the emission of blue wavelength light.
- Add a couple of drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil to your bedding.
Less stress, more living. Ensure that chronic stress is not a part of your daily life.
- Identify your stress triggers.
- Seek help – there is no shame in asking for assistance.
- Get moving! Regular exercise is a great stress buster.
Find out more about how you can keep lifestyle devils away at Sante Sanctuary.