There is so much information available regarding food plans, like diets or foods to avoid or foods to include etc that many people are overwhelmed, and often find themselves moving from one plan to the next in the hope of finding an answer, or maybe just giving up completely. However, what if the food plan is good but that was never the real issue in the first place.
It's like building a house on shaky foundations; it doesn't matter how good the build is, if the foundations are weak, the house will start to show cracks and eventually deteriorate. No amount of rebuilding or patching up will help.
That is why I believe there are 3 cornerstones for good health, the foundations of health and well-being, that which our bodies fundamentally need to maintain a disease and ailment free state; NUTRITION, WATER, and MOVEMENT.
This includes micronutrients - vitamins and minerals, and also macronutrients - protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
Cellular health is very much the foundation of our good health, and at a cellular level we need minerals and vitamins. Minerals are required in every function of our body, and our bodies can only get minerals from our food. Some vitamins are required to help the absorption of certain minerals, however vitamins are virtually useless in the absence of minerals.
Getting a good balance of micronutrients is paramount to being in a state of good health, and avoiding disease and illness.
Yes water, you will have to accept that we should be drinking as much water daily, and ideally more, than any other drink, such as tea, squash etc.
From our muscles to our blood to lubricating body joints to the transportation of nutrients, water is an essential, if not the most essential element for life.
Our bodies are approximately 60% water, our kidneys filter around 200 litres of water daily, and we need to take on approximately 2 litres a day for women, and 2.5 litres for men. This could go up or down to a degree depending on age, activity levels, and health. It also takes into account fluid from fruit and vegetables, which should make up 20-30% of your daily water intake, which you should achieve with a good balanced diet.
I like to stay away from the word 'exercise' as for most people that implies the gym, or running, or a HIIT workout etc. Although all these can be beneficial, our bodies fundamentally require movement, and this can be simply walking. Walking is very very good for us. That may seem silly as everyone walks, but for some that walking can be severly limited. Those with a desk job, drive to and from work, spend most evenings in front of the tv.....
Our bodies are designed to move. The movement is incredibly important to helping our bodies function. Our lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart, so the movement of our muscles, tissues, and joints enable our lymphatic system to rid our bodies of toxins and unwanted material, as well as helping to keep us healthy by pumping the lymph round our bodies. The movement of blood, nutrients, oxygen and cellular energy is also dependent on external movement.
Go for a good 30+ minute walk daily. Get a friend/family to join you as an accountability partner if you like, that way you can keep each other consistently walking. If you prefer running, or the gym etc then that's fine.