Live In Balance
Nature knows best
It’s more important now than ever to make positive lifestyle changes and at Endoca we believe in taking inspiration from how things were done in the past, before mankind started meddling too much with artificial preservatives, GMOs, pesticides and the like.
As a species, we are becoming more and more out of touch with nature’s innate nature and in turn with ourselves. And it’s only through getting back to basics that true health can flourish.
Let food be thy medicine
Since antiquity people have known that what we eat is key to our health. Is it any surprise then that with the level of sugar-laden, processed food in modern diets, chronic illness and cancers are at an all-time high?
It’s not enough just to get your 5-a-day portions of fresh fruit and veg when they are covered in dangerous pesticides and herbicides. Not only that but due to modern, intensive farming methods, fruit and vegetables have only the fraction of nutrients they did in the past.
Organic is best
So where possible go organic or biodynamic, local and seasonal. If those sugar snap peas flew across the world from China or any far flung country for that matter, you know not only will they be full of chemicals but will also have a sizeable carbon footprint.
Get all essential nutrients
Be sure to get all the essential nutrients from your food. We recommend a vegetarian based diet but if you do eat meat, make sure it’s grass-fed and organic and your fish is free from mercury contamination.
Include Raw Food
Raw food should make up a significant proportion of your diet. The more you cook it, the less nutrients it holds. So be sure to always include raw food in any meal or where possible eat only raw ingredients.
Increasingly it’s difficult to get enough of certain vitamins and minerals from our food and to support a healthy immune system, so we also recommend taking a daily supplement of Vitamin C 500mg.
And to start your day in the best possible manner, drink a glass of clean water before eating. Sadly, this doesn’t include water from the tap as it generally contains high levels of chemicals like fluoride and chlorine. So invest in a quality water filter.
As well as diet, a big contributing factor to our modern malaises is the chronic stress levels which have become normality for many people. But this stress is making us sick.
Studies show that stress weakens our immune system, raises our blood pressure as well as affecting our mental health. But there are simple changes that we can all make that will reduce these stress levels.
Regular aerobic exercise is key to our health. By nature, human beings are active creatures so we need to incorporate regular physical activity into our lives, otherwise we get overweight, sluggish and depressed.
All our physiological systems benefit from regular exercise – not only does it strengthen our cardiovascular system, but it boosts our immune system and it’s been shown to be a more powerful mood lifter than anti-depressants.
It’s even been shown to be good for our memory as regular aerobic exercise increases the size of the hippocampus in our brains.
Try to incorporate 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise working at 70% of your capacity and see the difference it makes.
Yoga and Meditation
Where we focus the attention of our minds is a big contributing factor towards stress. If we are constantly worrying about the future or reflecting back on the past, we are never present for what is unfolding in the here and now.
Meditation is generally considered an excellent tool for reducing stress and improving emotional wellbeing. We recommend meditating three times a day. Find a quiet place, sit and focus on your breath. Start with five minutes and gradually build up.
Yoga – which means a union between body and mind - is also an excellent way of reducing stress levels. Not only that, but it improves flexibility and strength and if practiced regularly, increases vitality.