Often times, our quest for good health can lead us spiraling down any number of rabbit holes; there is simply so much information, much of it misinformation, that we tend to over complicate what we need to live happy, healthy lives.
In reality, it is quite simple. Sometimes it is necessary to get back to the basics of what living a healthy life entails. These seven habits embody what the Kaufmann Lifestyle tries to teach.
Give Your Body What It Needs
Water is the most immediate necessities for life after air. More than a few days without water can be fatal for a person. Be sure to get plenty of water. A general recommendation is to get half your body weight in ounces every day. Filtered water is best, and avoid plastic bottles when possible.
The third most immediate necessity after air and water is food. Dietary advice is often overly complicated, but it needn’t be. Focus on whole foods straight from the earth. Get plenty of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Aim for a wide spectrum of colorful vegetables and some fruits. The Kaufmann Diet is really a simple, back-to-the-basics approach to nutrition that gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Remove What You Don’t Need From Your Body
There seems to be an ever-growing list of things we should avoid in today’s world. But there are certainly some things we should avoid in our diets: overly-processed foods, fast food, unhealthy fats, added sugar. Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco would certainly be on this list. Most of these are common sense things. By focusing on giving your body what it needs, this advice becomes easier.
Second only to diet, exercise is one of the most important things we can do to maintain and better our health. The barrier to entry is very low––150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. This could be as easy as walking for 30 minutes a day on weekdays.
Beyond that, find an activity you enjoy doing. For some, it might be jogging, for others, swimming or cycling, for others it is hiking. Some people like communal exercise, like aerobics classes, or spin classes. Anything that gets you moving and gets your heart rate up is exercise. Exercise should be fun, and it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Engaging in it regularly will improve likely every facet of your health.
So many important things happen when we sleep. This is the time our body repairs itself. It is very important to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night. Many people claim they simply cannot do this, but we all have the same number of hours during the day. Prioritizing sleep is prioritizing your health.
Too much stress in your life can affect your immune health, raise your blood pressure, and wreak havoc on your mental health. Find time to relax, or do something you enjoy. Our culture encourages us all to perform at full-throttle all the time. Instead, make it a point to reduce your stress, to relax and enjoy yourself.
Studies have found that a healthy spiritual life correlates with a healthy physical life, and taking time to pray or mediate––to see the bigger picture of life and what is actually meaningful about it, is beneficial for mental health and reduction of stress levels.
Maintain Close Relationships
Studies of people who live long, healthy lives have shown that they often maintain strong relationships, particularly amongst family. This underscores the fact that health is a wholistic endeavor, and something that is beyond lab results, scales, or calories. Healing damaged relationships and strengthening existing relationships has a real impact on your physical health.