My colleague Dr. Natasha Turner was recently on Dr. Oz discussed her 9 daily health habits that she swears by. This appearance was featured by Chatelaine magazine. I thought it would be fun to share with all of you what my top picks would be. Some of them are similar to Dr. Turner’s however, in my usual style, I tweak things a bit in my life to resonate with me.
Here’s my TOP Daily Health Habits — do these as often as possible each day and feel fantastic!
#1 DRINK REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER
This came in at #9 on Dr. Turner’s list but I put it up front and centre in my life. If I have a day that I don’t drink enough water I feel it. It’s important to drink clean water. The cleanest water we can get these days is reverse osmosis water. Many people ask me if drinking RO water is unhealthy for teeth and bones because it lacks certain minerals and I would disagree. RO water can be re-mineralized and re-vitalized by adding a lemon wedge, some crushed mint leaves, a few cucumber slices or some liquid chlorophyll.
Bottom Line: Drink RO water to support detoxification and your body’s most essential needs.
#2 GET MOVING
Keeping my bones, muscles and mind strong by staying active is something that I highly value as the years go on. More than ever before I really believe the old adage “Use it or lose it.” I try to do something everyday that stretches and/or challenges my muscles and my bones.
Bottom Line: Regular activity is healthy for mind, body and spirit.
#3 EAT CLEAN
This can be easier some days than others due to my home and work life balance, but I always return to the basics each day. Since I’ve been starting my day with a green smoothie I find this helps me get a good dose of greens at least once a day. It’s also a great way to jump start my energy in the morning. At lunch and dinner I try my best to incorporate veggies of some kind. It’s all about a balance, and making healthy choices with nutrition always helps my body feel its best.
Bottom Line: Plant foods can help support regular healthy eating. Choose whole foods when planning your meals.
#4 EAT GOOD FATS
My go to is olive oil when I’m cooking. I drizzle it over everything. I also often get a daily dose of coconut oil, flax seed oil, avocado, nuts and/or seeds in my day. As time goes on I realize how good fats are important for the way my skin looks and how my joints feel. Healthy fats are the body’s natural moisturizer and band-aid. We also need fats to support the formation of all the hormones in our body.
Bottom Line: Don’t shy away from healthy fats. Include them as often as possible. I’d take a bath in olive oil if I could. JK. 😉
#5 BRUSH YOUR SKIN
I keep piping on and on about skin brushing… I am a true fan! It is tremendously supportive of detoxification, breast tissue health and the immune system. I find a place for skin brushing before bed. I brush my teeth, floss my teeth and I brush my skin. Not at the same time, of course. But this is the best way I find I can get it done on a daily basis.
Bottom Line: Skin brushing is awesome! It helps tone our skin, keep breast tissue healthy, detoxifies our cells and strengthens our immune system.
#6 EAT AT REGULAR TIMES
When I eat at regular times I find I have better energy, mental focus and mood. Going too long between meals can cause dips in blood sugar, and I find I’m susceptible to feeling these. Moreover, regular meals help keep metabolism sharp. Our bodies favour routine and this goes for the way we nourish our bodies and how this support our metabolic needs.
Bottom Line: Eating regular meals provides better energy, mental focus and mood.
#7 I AVOID ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, TOO!
I agree with Dr. Turner on this one. Artificial sweeteners are nothing but trouble for our physiology. Dr. Joseph Mercola talks in great length about how Artificial Sweeteners are a toxin for our body. A long time ago I used to eat and drink things that contained artificial sweeteners and never gave it a second thought. Over the years I have swapped them out for healthier options.
Bottom Line: Read labels to avoid artificial sweeteners. Use natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup or stevia) in food and beverages.
I find I feel my best when I am asleep before midnight. I have had instances in my past where I’ve had one too many late nights and I’ve come down with a cold. Aside from depleting energy stores, lack of sleep impact the immune system, memory, hormone balance and metabolism. Like many people, I can sometimes feel tired but wired at night. There are times when I take natural sleep support before bed so I can get a solid restorative sleep without feeling drowsy in the morning. I feel the most productive when I get to bed at a reasonable hour and have quality sleep.
Bottom Line: Regular bedtimes and quality sleep can help us feel like Wonder Woman (Guys: Insert superhero of choice here)!