In this article you will learn:
Why health is just not that simple
What to consider to be more detail-oriented in your quest for optimal health
What does it mean to you to "be healthy"? For most people, if they heard the following statement it would mean the person was probably in good shape:
“I eat right, exercise and take my supplements.”
Is that it? Are we satisfied with those three basic tenets of “good health” and fitness? Just eat right, exercise and take your supplements. Is that all you have to do? As much as I fawn over simplicity, health is one of those cases where, unfortunately, it’s just not that simple.
Let’s break this statement down and examine why health is a complex choreography that is unique to each person’s life.
“I eat right.”
What does eating “right” mean to you? Does it mean eating lots of salad? Do you know what foods inflame you, even if they are so-called “healthy” foods? How are your stomach acid levels and how does that affect the types of meals you eat? Do your genes, metabolic type, gender and lifestyle agree with the level of protein, carbs and fats you are eating? When you eat, are you eating in a stressed-out state or are you eating mindfully? What is your relationship to food? What kind of anti-nutrients, pesticides, mold toxins and chemicals does your food have? How was your food prepared?
Exercising is important for health, but I would encourage you to think of it more as movement instead. The cavemen did not consider chasing their prey or hiking long trails as “exercise,” and the notion that we have to separate ourselves from daily life in order to get a “workout” is less than a century old.
That said, here are a few things to consider in the realm of exercise and fitness: Do you
have good form when you are exercising? What is the Timing of your exercising and is it in Alignment with your sleep, diet and work? Are you doing too much or too little based on your goals? Are you recovering properly? Do you actually enjoy what you are doing or is it a source of stress and obligation?
“I take my supplements.”
Ah, my favorite one. I am and have been a supplement aficionado, but that said there are many caveats to this part of health that are very important and which I discuss at great length in my landmark book. Here are a few:
Are your supplements in a bioavailable, whole-food form or are they synthetic and
cheap? Are they in the right ratio and accommodate nutrient relationships? Are you getting tested regularly to evaluate their impact and value? Do you have a good reason why you are taking them? Have you read the research on what you are taking and understand the risks?
As you can see, health is a big ass ball of considerations on every topic. It is a complex dance that must be individually choreographed according to the many variables in play like your genes, lifestyle, goals and ever-changing environment. Keep this in mind and never settle for one answer in your health journey. Learn to dig, ask why and get as many perspectives as possible.
We live in a day and age where, by default, our health has become a game of considerations because our environment has changed considerably over the last 100 years. How we obtain our food, what chemicals and toxins have made their way into our lives, the level of stress we are under and the impact of modern life and technology are all factors that do not make health a simple thing anymore.
Life was easy on grandma’s farm, but they also didn’t have all the crap that we have to
deal with by default today. The important thing to remember
is that this is it. You are here, and you are presented with a choice. Remember this simple maxim: Create or be created. This means that you are either the
cause or the effect of what’s going on. As the world evolves it will learn better, but for now it is up to us to control how we interact with the incredibly unnatural environment we have found ourselves in or suffer the dire consequences of ignorance and inaction.