Prior to any targeted therapy for specific issues such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, it is important to practice the five foundations of good health. These are:

  1. Quit all addictions – you cannot be healthy and smoke, you cannot be healthy and drink too much alcohol and you cannot be healthy and use any illegal drugs.
  2. Cultivate a good quality sleep habit. The quality of your day very much depends on the quality of your sleep the night before. I will detail the tips to good sleeping in future blogs (articles) but suffice to say, as we spend a third of our life sleeping, it has to be something very important.
  3. Good quality eating and less of it. If you can kill it and eat it straight away or grow it in your backyard it is good for you and after that all bets are off. One of the most important concepts of food is the HI factor which is basically the human interference factor. The more people that fiddle with the food the worse it is for you. The simplest summary of good eating is to eat less and eat more naturally.
  4. Have a regular exercise and movement program. The Walker suggested dose of exercise is 3-5 hours per week of exercise that makes you hot and somewhat short of breath. In between times try to move as much as possible. Prolonged sitting is extremely bad for the health.
  5. The best drug on the planet is happiness. In each moment cultivate the attitude I choose peace over this. I am not going to give you the power to cause my heart attack and most importantly, develop a service mentality. Going through each moment with the attitude how may I serve rather than what's in it for me, is an extremely important method in improving your own health. Knowing what your current level of risk for all common diseases and practising these five vital lifestyle principles is the best way to achieve optimum health.

Ross Walker

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