1. Wake up around 6:00 am and go to bed around 10:00 pm. This follows the circadian rhythm of cortisol and melatonin, the hormones that regulate our wake/sleep cycles.
2. Take time for restful meditation and/or prayer 15 to 30 minutes every day. Allowing time to be still and relaxed has a positive effect on the body and the mind.
3. Get up and move! Choose an activity such as walking, playing tennis, swimming, jogging, or yoga. Select movement activities that you enjoy and will be able to sustain over time. Keep in mind the form of movement you choose can vary; the key is to mix it up and make it fun.
4. Purchase a natural bristle body brush. Be sure to keep it dry. Brush your skin in circular motions starting with your legs, arms and then chest and back before every shower or bath. This ancient technique will remove dead tissue from the top layers of your skin and improves circulation. Improved circulation draws toxins to the skin’s surface, where they can be excreted through the skin’s pores.
5. End every shower with a 15 second cold spray. The cold phase after a hot shower will also stimulates circulation, which enhances detoxification.
Start Every Day With The Following Supplements
- A good multi-vitamin.
- B vitamin complex in the form of liquid or sub-lingual tablets.
- A trusted source of Fish Oil, free of contaminants such as heavy metals or Flax Oil for those of you who are vegetarians. It should contain 700-1000 mg of DHA and 700-1000 mg of EPA.
- Probiotics containing about 10 billion CFU of bacteria.
- Vitamin D, especially if you live in a colder, darker climate such as the Pacific North West region of the United States. 1200 mg/day, unless if you have insufficient vitamin D levels, in which case you will need to be dosed accordingly.
- Eat fruits away from a heavy meal. This will prevent your body from becoming too acidic. An acidic environment is a breeding ground for many chronic diseases; whereas, an alkaline environment promotes physical longevity and well-being.
- Eat 3 meals a day but have a fruit, vegetable or nut snack in between meals. This practice will keep your blood sugar from spiking too high or dipping too low. Keeping a balanced blood sugar is one of the most essential components of good health.
- Never skip breakfast. Vary what you eat from day to day (this will prevent food sensitivities from developing). Follow a schedule like the following:
Sunday —- Pancakes and sausage
Monday—- Oat meal with raisins, nuts and brown sugar
Tuesday — Granola
Wednesday — Eggs
Thursday — Fruit salad with nuts and seeds
Friday — Cereal
Saturday — Fruit/vegetable smoothie with protein powder
Keep in mind that if you are sensitive to any of the above mentioned foods, you need to come up with an alternative list.
If you eat dinner early, have a late night snack of nuts/seeds or a handful of sliced meat. The reason many people suffer from insomnia is that they eat dinner early creating a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) during the night. To respond to their low blood sugar state, the endocrine glands release cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones will break down muscles or glycogen storage sites to raise blood sugar. These hormones when released will wake you up.
Castor Oil Rubs 3-4 times a week. Apply organic Castor oil all over the abdomen, starting from the pubic bone up to the breast area 3-4 nights a week. Then you have the option of putting an old T-shirt on and going to bed or taking a hot bath allowing the castor oil to remain on your skin. Topical castor oil, as such, will help with the detoxification of lymphatic system and the liver.
Keep a positive attitude regardless of your circumstances. Try to laugh as much as possible during the day. This practice will aid the release of those positive neurotransmitters in the brain.
If you only follow these simple healthy routines and do nothing else, you are doing your body a great deal of service. You will notice your body and mind function much better, not to mention clear positive changes in your physical appearance.