Four Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

Lets just say it's been a while! After a brief hiatus that has extended far beyond intention, I am back on the Blogisphere. A lot has happened this past year and more! Life never stops, and the fun is always in the journey. So let me say this....I'am happy to be back here conjuring up content and sharing knowledge + education gained so that maybe [just maybe] you will stumble upon a takeaway that becomes your 'lightbulb' moment. Our combined intention with Elevating Life is to lead in a way that generates solutions to your problems, and to address many of the health concerns troubling us all today.

Without further ado, I am going to ease back in gently with a topic that we all aspire to, but maybe just don't have the right 'oomph' to follow through!

I think it is fair to say that every one of us wants to be healthy. Am I right? I don't know of anyone that has aspirations to suffer as the biological clock ticks down. Nobody makes a conscious choice to develop a chronic illness. Nobody would choose to live with debilitating pain on a daily basis. Yet, this is where we are currently at, globally, with regards to overall health. Illness, disease, pain and suffering are seen as the 'norm' in the aging population with current rates of chronic disease higher than ever before, even with the scientific and technological advances that have been made. Disturbingly, poor health is seeping it's way into the lives of our children and young adults through the rapidly rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Alright, so maybe I'm not being as 'gentle' as I initially indicated. But there is HOPE. Over 90% of chronic illness and autoimmune disease is the result of lifestyle habits and choices compounded over time. Yes, as harsh as it is to hear, we are the creators (by and large) of our own health or ill-health. It can be easy to point the finger, to place blame, and to fall into this belief that 'I'm one of the unlucky ones', 'it's in my genes', and 'we've all got to die of something'. In my opinion, we have been dealt a massive disservice through our education system whereby I believe that 'our bodies' are the most complex AND most important thing that we have AND we should be taught absolutely everything there is to know about it! From the moment you gasp your first breath till the final exhale of your last, YOU meander through life in your vessel - your body. So doesn't it make sense that we should know how to operate it optimally, effectively and efficiently?

So lets talk positive. Here's the good news, a healthy lifestyle is generally a mindset shift. A healthy lifestyle is 100% available to all, and doesn't require anything but a dollop of commitment and a sprinkle of desire.

Those that know better, do it stands to reason that first you need to get 'in the know'. With knowledge comes power. You will gain an armoury of information, ideas and support on making changes at a speed you are comfortable with. Nobody said change was easy, but in this case I can guarantee, it WILL be worth it!

Aside the obvious benefit of living a more healthy, vibrant, and prolonged life - here are four other benefits of embracing a healthy lifestyle.

Increase Energy

Forget the sugar rush, and the caffeine kick! Overindulging in candy, cakes, sweets, and desserts will certainly raise your energy levels, but what follows is the inevitable crash. Caffeine works in the same manner, resulting in an energy spike until lethargy sets in setting off the alarm bells for another coffee break. Foods high in saturated fats tend to drain energy levels, and a diet consisting of both will in turn lead to significant weight gain and a slow decrease in overall energy levels.

Basing a diet and lifestyle around nutritious and healthful choices will in turn lead to more energy and vitality than ever before. Eat more fruits and vegetables, choose whole foods, avoid processed products and limit (or remove) intake of sugars. Uncover a love for home cooked recipes. Also get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, move the body, and bathe in the sunshine (if your lucky or not in Scotland!).