Originally posted on mywellnessbynature.com
Dr. Derrick DeSilva believes there is more to being "well" than simply eating right or being healthy. According to his research, there are 5 areas of our lives that are key to creating true wellness.
Dr. DeSilva's 5 Points
#1 Properly Fuel Your Body
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important.
The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible.
Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel. Stick to a tasty, varied, and nutritious diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.
While some extreme diets may suggest otherwise, we all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body. You don’t need to eliminate certain categories of food from your diet, but rather select the healthiest options from each category.
#2 Movement is Key
While many tend to think of exercise for the benefits of maintaining your waistline, there are many unexpected benefits that you might enjoy with regular movement:
Happy Chemical Boost
Prevent Cognitive Decline
Give Your Brain Power a Boost
Sharpens Your Memory
Can Help Manage Addictions
Tap into Your Creativity
#3 Take Key Supplements
Ensure your body has the proper nutrients by taking quality supplements. Dr. DeSilva's top three recommended supplements: Probiotics, Vitamin D and Omega-3.
#4 Balance Your Hormones
If you're 30 years or older and you're experiencing brain fog, weight gain, irritability, trouble sleeping or lack of motivation, you might be experiencing low hormones.
#5 Do Something Kind for Others Every Day
Did you know that the simple act of doing something kind for another person boosts your immune system AND theirs by 40%? That's a free immune boost right there!