If you don't make time for your health now, you will do later.
In a 2018 study, an international group of researchers led by scientists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that adopting five healthy habits could extend life expectancy by 14 years for women and by 12 years for men. More than a decade added onto a life is a lot more time making beautiful memories and spending time with your loved ones.
What does a healthy lifestyle look like in TICM:
Not drinking (if you need to drink 1 glass a week for women and 2 for men).
No caffeine (I am guilty but I am getting there).
Maintaining a healthy body weight.
Eating a diet high in plants and low in fats.
Exercising at a moderate to vigorous level for several hours a week.
Taking the time and care to nurture yourself throughout your life time not only yields physical health but supports mental health as well. The one thing I would add is the importance of nurturing your emotional health and seeking balance. Good health is believed to come from a balance of Yin and Yang.
With people worried now more so than ever about getting ill, why aren't our immune systems and overall health practices put into the spotlight? How about the importance of consuming real, whole foods and refraining from trans fats, processed sugars, carbs, soda, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes? We have to talk about this because our leaders aren't. We won't be able to hide inside forever.
Our lifestyle, especially our food choices, puts almost all control into our own hands. Food is the number one way to heal or hurt you, use it to create a good terrain, making you less susceptible to a weakened immune system, and disease. Are you ready to take control of your health? If so, now is the time.