By Randy Lee
Sustainable living, a common phrase in today’s world, may take on many connotations. One way to view it is through the lens of personal growth and personal survival under the less-than-perfect conditions that we find ourselves facing today. Following are some primary practices that everyone should incorporate into their lifestyle to ensure a healthy, fulfilling life when the surrounding world appears to be falling apart.
Eat “live” foods. Live foods are foods from which the vital nutrients have not been removed. These foods are often referred to as “unprocessed” foods. In order to enhance shelf life of food products, suppliers remove nutrients that cause shelf life to be shortened. However, this also causes them to contain fewer vital nutrients and, therefore, they aren’t as good for your health.
Add more “green” foods to your diets. Green foods contain chlorophyll and are richer in fiber, vitamins and minerals that aren’t available in other foods. These green foods can come from land or sea sources. Your diet should have a variety of them in order to get the variety of nutrients that your body needs.
Consume sufficient water. This is very important and often neglected. Well over half the human body is water-based—from the circulatory system to the lymphatic system to the digestive system, and so on. Nothing in the body works well without sufficient water. A person should consume a minimum of 64 ounces in small servings throughout the day, with the maximum being around half the body weight in ounces—typically up to about 100 ounces. For some, drinking more than that could cause vital nutrients to wash out. For those with more active lifestyles that cause a lot of sweating, more water may be required than usual.
Get enough exercise. Proper exercise is required to sustain a healthy lifestyle, but this does not require hours in a gym every day. However, several of the body’s systems depend on movement in order to function properly—such as the bowel, which requires bodily movement for healthy bowel “movements,” and the lymphatic system, which requires muscle contractions to move dead cells through peristalsis. There is a new saying that reflects the importance of the body getting some form of regular exercise: “A sedentary lifestyle is the new cancer.” Many of us know people that decide to retire from work and then go home, sit down, watch TV, and stop moving—and then die within a couple of years. The human body was created for movement.
Some people believe that our bodies were created to last around 120 years, but this would require living a sustainable lifestyle, and that involves more than just existing. Get healthy by getting active, eating green and “live” foods, and drinking plenty of water. It’s a simple recipe for health.
Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee is the owner of The Health Patch, located at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., in Midwest City. For more information, call 405-736-1030, email PawPaw@TheHealthPatch.com, or visit TheHealthPatch.com.