5 Ways Our Ancestors Were Healthier Than We Are

Ancestors Were Healthier Than We Are

Many people are under the assumption that we have it better than our ancestors did. While it may be true in some aspects when it comes to health and well-being our grandparents and beyond lived healthier lives than we do now. They had a shorter overall life expectancy than us, but were not sick as often and didn’t have the multitude of diseases we suffer from now. We can definitely improve health and well-being by learning a thing or two from our ancestors. Here are 5 ways that our ancestors were healthier than we are.

5 Ways Our Ancestors Were Healthier Than We Are

1. They Ate Better Food

Our ancestors diets consisted of farm-fresh food throughout their lives. Animals were not fed GMO corn or soy food. They didn’t have the antibiotics that are used today to  make animals larger at a younger age. They didn’t have highly processed, sodium filled, glucose-laden, pre-packaged non-foods that provide little to no nutrition. We have really strayed from the healthy ways that our great-grandparents used to eat. Eating food out of boxes, cans and drive-thru windows is the norm for many people which didn’t exist X years ago. These types of foods are associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Our ancestors didn’t have the option of processed food and going out to eat was not a common habit. Food was not treated with additives, antibiotics and hormones to help preserve shelf life. Because of this our ancestors ate local, seasonal and fresh food which provided them with the essential nutrients the body needs to function properly. Foods were cooked at home and used traditional methods such as fermenting and canning to preserve food. Nutrition affects EVERY cell in our body. The health of our cells is dependent on diet and lifestyle. Cells create tissues, tissues create organs,  and we are made up of a system of organs. If your nutrition is inadequate, the integrity of each cell, tissue and organ in your body will suffer.

What to do: Opt for fresh, local organic ingredients whenever possible. Grass-fed and pastured meats are a healthier alternative over grain-fed animals. Preparing meals at home   and avoiding processed and fast food helps to improve overall health and wellbeing. Implementing traditional food preservation methods such as fermenting can be extremely beneficial and help to provide enzymes that help the body to absorb nutrients more efficiently.

2.  They Used Herbal Medicine

Our ancestors used herbal methods to cure their ailments long before drug companies started making billions of dollars off of our health. There are many plants and herbs that grow freely in nature that are capable of curing our most common problems. From head colds to headaches, plants and leaves have helped the human race prevent problems for thousands of years. It wasn’t until recently that pharmaceutical companies have started capitalizing on illness and charging money to cure even the smallest of ailments.

What to do: Opting for alternative methods to heal our body such as foods, herbs, essential oils, and ancient medical techniques (acupuncture, yoga, reiki, etc.) is ideal when possible. Modern medicine definitely has its place, but when it comes to common problems there are more natural, cost effective and healthier options for remedies.

3. They Spent More Time Outside

Our ancestors spent more time outside working and getting food. The often spent hours outside farming, gardening, hunting, etc. Because of this they got more regular exercise and more exposure to natural sunlight providing them naturally with vitamin D and other immune boosting properties. Our ancestors were healthier than us because spending time outdoors helps us to de-stress naturally and exposure to vitamin D works to boost mood and heal faster.

What to do: Take time each day to spend some time in nature. Vitamin D is essential in order for our bodies to function properly. Being outside also helps to connect us with ourselves and the world around us. Getting kids outdoors is especially important. Children who experience nature play are happier, healthier and perform better in school.

4. Less Stress!

Our ancestors lived much more simple lives than we do today. They didn’t have the hustle and bustle that we do now and they did not have the constant social pressure that we have today. They worked hard, slept well and typically followed a routine that was free of distractions. They didn’t have fad diets such as calorie counting and ate food as it was available and according to the body’s needs. Because of this their metabolism functioned properly. In addition, they didn’t have the electronic distractions that we do now. While these gadgets were invented to make our lives easier, they have created mental clutter. We are over stressed and over stimulated and that has an impact on overall health and well-being, both physically and emotionally.

What to do: Living simply and mindfully doesn’t have to mean moving to a farm and abandoning all of life’s modern conveniences. It simply means unplugging more and focusing on what is most important. Including yoga and meditation into your regimen is a great way to reduce stress and support the parasympathetic nervous system. There are also many other simple ways to live more mindfully.

5. Exposed to Less Toxins

Toxins are everywhere and can be produced by our own bodies, manmade or naturally occurring. Decades ago our ancestors were not exposed to the amounts of manmade toxins we are today. 6,000 new chemicals are listed each week in the Chemical Society’s Chemical Abstracts, which adds up to more than 300,000 new chemicals each year. These chemicals become dangerous when inhaled, ingested or touched. Repeated exposure to these toxins can lead to hormone imbalance, immune suppression and various health related problems. These toxins can be found in household cleaners, personal products, food, water and air. As the toxins accumulate in our body our liver works in overdrive to detoxify our system and becomes stressed which has an adverse impact on our immune function.

What to do: It is important to minimize as much toxins from our lifestyle as possible. This includes drinking clean water, eating organic food, Grass-fed and pastured meats and eliminating processed foods. This also includes eliminating household products that are toxic such as cleaning products, scented candles and plug-ins, medications and beauty products.

To live a happy and healthy lifestyle it is important to understand how times have changed and what we can do to improve overall health and wellbeing. These 5 changes can make a big impact on making sure our body functions properly!

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5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health

Invest in your health

If you have an expensive car or a nice piece of property most people will make a point to invest to keep that prized possession in mint condition. Why should we feel any less about our bodies? It’s the only place we have to live and if we don’t keep good care of it what happens? It gets run down and even worse, it can go kaput. It is so important to take the time to invest in our health and wellness and doing so doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 5 simple ways to invest in your health.

5 Simple Ways to Invest In Your Health

1.Eat Good Food

Our food is our fuel, eating whole nutrient dense foods gives our body the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. A diet high in processed foods has an overall affect on the entire mind and body. While many people think that local, organic and sustainable food is expensive hasn’t priced the cost of illness and disease that is associated with poor diet. Doctors visits, prescriptions, hospital visits all come with a cost, not to mention how you feel day in and day out. It’s no secret that those who eat better foods feel, look and generally are healthier than those that don’t. Diet also plays a factor in how we feel. Eating processed foods is taxing on the liver which causes us to become sluggish and depressed. Making an effort to eat fresh, local organic fruits and veggies and grass-fed or pastured meats will make a difference in overall health and well-being.  And when it comes down to dollars and cents, organic food can be slightly more expensive but A.) It’s better for you and B.) It’s actual FOOD, not chemicals and who know’s what! That is, of course, unless you enjoy eating and drinking beaver butt, flame retardant and yoga mats!

2.Reduce Toxins

We are bombarded with chemicals all day every day. In our air, water, food, products- You name it! While there is no way to eliminate them all, there are things that can be done to reduce the amounts you are exposed to. Eating healthy organic foods as mentioned above is one way, reducing the amount of chemicals in our households is another. We spend quite a bit of time indoors and common household products can contain dozens of harmful cancer causing chemicals. Many beauty products too are a mixture of toxic ingredients that break the rule of- if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin! By choosing products from conscious companies or making your own with essential oils and other natural products is a great way to reduce everyday exposure to chemicals. Again, while the natural alternatives may be slightly higher in price they outweigh the physical, emotional and future monetary costs associated with the toxic options.

3.Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is essential to our house but, surprisingly, many people do not make it a priority. Missing even 90 minutes of sleep is enough to reduce your ability to do certain cognitive and physical tasks. It impairs your thinking ability, your memory and how well you function. sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Here are some ways to improve sleep naturally for overall health and well-being.

4.Time to reflect Inward

Many people forget that mental health is just as important as physical health. Making a point to meditate and reflect inward on a regular basis is important for overall wellbeing. has been linked to a number of powerful health benefits, including improving some of the most pressing concerns of modern life, such as high blood pressure and unchecked stress. Spending just a few minutes each day on quiet reflection can lead to major physical and mental health improvements. New to meditating? Here are some tips for beginners to get started.

5.Be Happy

Stress kills and in this day and age it seems there is always something to worry about. Don’t let anxiety get in the way of your health and happiness. Practicing the first 4 steps will increase happiness. Another way to get you out of a funk is to establish mantras or reciting positive affirmations, grounding/earthing and exercise and living more mindfully are all ways to help relieve stress hormones and create endorphins to stimulate happy feelings.

How do you invest in your health? We would love for you to share your tips!

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Using Essential Oils to Take Control of Health and Wellness

EO For wellness

In this industrialized world we live in toxins are all around us which can wreck havoc on our health and well-being. Limiting chemicals and boosting our immune system is vital to our wellness. It is possible to take control of our health by taking positive steps to nourish our bodies to function properly. This post will share information on how to use essential oils to take control of health and wellness.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are aromatic liquids that give each plant its unique fragrance such as a lemon or peppermint. These oils in their pure, unadulterated form can trigger responses in the physical body as well as the central nervous system when rubbed on the skin or inhaled. Because our sense of smell is our most emotional sense different fragrances can change mood, the ability to breath clearer and even digestion!

Many essential oils can be adulterated by companies to provide a cheaper product to unsuspecting consumers looking for a discount. Essential oils can be diluted with chemicals and benzyl alcohol. These constituents can be harmful and sometimes even toxic.

If you are simply looking for nice smells then most essential oils will do, but if you are interested in improving health and well-being then therapeutic essential oils are recommended and used by health professionals. Therapeutic grade essential oils work to promote balance and inspire the entire body. They work to enhance peace of mind, boost energy and improve mood. Click here to learn where to buy high grade therapeutic essential oils.

Essential Oils to Take Control of Health and Wellness:

Essential oils can be used for many physician, spiritual and emotional reasons. They can be used on just about anyone and even on pets. *With the exception of cats. There are cautions to take with them! Also some oils may not be suitable on infants and small children. 

  • Lemon- This oil is a powerful antioxidant and known for its ability to clean toxins from the body. It is uplifting to the body and the mind and can improve concentration. It makes a great addition to a natural first aid kit as it cleanse the wound and promote healing. A high grade therapeutic brand such as Young Living can be used as a dietary supplement, diffused or applied on chakras/vitaflex points.
  • Peppermint- This oil has been used for centuries for stomach problems and is great to have included in the medicine cabinet. It can be applied directly to the abdomen and temples to ease discomfort, diffused, or massaged into vitaflex point on the bottom of the foot. It is a great way to increase energy, improve concentration and alertness.
  • Lavender- This oil is an adaptogen meaning that it adapts to each person in a unique way based on the needs of the body. It has been used as a way to relax and wind down but also as a way to create stamina and energy. It is a great way to soothe cuts, burns and other skin irritations. It can also be used to freshen laundry or to enhance the flavor of foods.
  • Frankincense- This oil has been used by different cultures as a holy oil for religious ceremonies because of its ability to improve spiritual connection. It is a great oil to used when one needs the mind to be centered and to overcome stress and despair. It is also an important ingredient in skin care products for anti-aging and dry skin due to its rejuvenating properties. It can be used in a diffuser, applied directly to the skin or even rubbed on the bottom of the feet to release nervous energy.

Adding therapeutic grade essential oils can be a simple and empowering way to balance health and wellbeing for the entire family. If you are looking for non-toxic, chemical free alternative to health and wellbeing Essential Oils are the answer. You can learn more about essential oils in my FREE Essential Oils 101 e-course by signing up here. If you are interested in ordering therapeutic grade essential oils for you and your family I recommend the Premium Starter Kit as it is the best value and contains the oils listed above as well as 7  amazing blends, a diffuser and some other goodies! You can click here to learn how to get the oils.

Do you use essential oils? Which is your favorite and how do you use it?

Essential Oils for Wellness

 

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