What is Optimal Natural Health?

Optimal natural health is defined by the World Health Organisation as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

Optimal health can be achieved through natural sources giving a sense of well-being, full of health and vitality.

You will experience improved physical health and mental health. Increased energy with consistent high energy levels and increased performance, also being emotionally balanced with a sharp mind. But having said that it's not about perfection - no one has perfect health. Optimum health is about striving for the best YOU can be and the best YOU can feel.

How many of you can honestly say you feel totally healthy, without aches and pains or feeling unwell? 

A few years ago I thought optimum health was about achieving perfect health but I learnt that isn't so. A state of wellness is about having the ideal health for your personal circumstances.

But you can improve you health. I had pain in my entire body, chronic tiredness, nagging headaches, recurring infections and absolutely no energy. I managed to change this but I will probably never be able to run a marathon because of the balance issues I have after having a stroke. But my health is the best it can be given my circumstances. It's not perfect!

Achieving Optimal Natural Health

How to achieve optimal health naturally

There is no single way of achieving optimal natural health but its a series of steps that you need to go through and address all elements which include: 

  • Physical well-being
  • Mental well-being
  • Emotional well-being
  • Spiritual well-being

To achieve optimal natural health each of these areas needs to be addressed but you don't have to do them all in one go, be kind to yourself and give yourself time.

Not everyone will need to work on all these issues. After accessing the state of health, it might be that a person has all the emotional support needed and therefore doesn't need to work on emotional well-being

Physical Well-being

Within the element of physical well-being are the issues relating to how the body performs and what helps the physical body to be its best.

These include:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Supplements
  • Recognize Stress
  • Toxins
  • Sleep

We look at these areas individually below to cover them in more detail.

Nutrition

Good nutrition will feed your body giving it all the nutrients it requires. Take a look at my healthy nutrition guide for help. You cannot feed your body poor nutrition and expect it to be at its best.

Your vital organs require certain nutrients to function properly and if they don't get those essential nutrients your organs stop working at their best which affects your health.

optimal natural healthNutrition as part of Optimal Natural Health

Physical Activity

Exercise is important for health but it doesn't have to be a daily vigorous exercise routine. Gentle exercise of some form that you enjoy most days is just as beneficial to your overall health.

I love gardening and this is usually how I get my exercise. What do you enjoy doing as a physical activity that you could do most days?

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Supplements

Ideally we should get all the nutrients we need from the foods we eat but diets are so poor we don't have adequate nutrients from our diet to maintain health, let alone optimal natural health.

The choice is yours but I would recommend taking a good quality supplement in the form of a multivitamin and mineral to ensure you get enough nutrients.

I get all my supplements from Healthspan, I have used them for years, its easy to order and you get your order within days. For me, supplements are an essential part of my optimal natural health.

Recognize Stress

Chronic stress can make you ill. Its the kind of stress that's with you when you wake up until you go to sleep and can stop you from sleeping.

Its the kind of stress that goes with modern day living, family responsibilities, work pressures, financial worries, quarrels with your partner. The type of stress that has no end to it no matter how hard you try - this is chronic stress

Once you recognize that you are affected by chronic stress find a way of dealing with stress so you can get it under control. For inspiration and natural remedies for stress take a look at my page on dealing with stress.

When your stress hormones are working, that's adrenaline and cortisol, they keep you in a state of 'fight or flight' and when this happens your immune system is not working as it should.

Because I had a stroke I always keep a close eye on my blood pressure because stress can elevate it. I use a blood pressure monitor from Omron, I probably check my blood pressure three times a week.

Toxins

Eating organic foods can minimise some pesticides from your diet and using non processed foods can eliminate some chemicals from food and its packaging. Toxins are harmful and toxic to your body.

But you also need to be mindful of environmental toxins that can impact your health and put extra stress on your organs.

  • living in a big town or city
  • travelling for up to an hour in traffic
  • your water supply may have fluoride add to it
  • cleaning products in the home
  • personal hygiene products

Using a water filter can filter your tap water and using natural house cleaning products and natural personal hygiene product can eliminate harmful chemicals. 

Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of optimal health, it has a role to play in keeping you healthy, that's why we sleep!

Why you need to sleep:

  • it repairs damaged cells
  • it boost your immune system
  • it recharges your heart and cardiovascular system

But sleep also helps you to rest, relax and unwind, ready for the next day!

Are you getting enough sleep?

Do you have a sleep disorder?

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Mental Well-being

Your mental health and well-being are based on how you process thoughts, how you respond to how you think and feel and also how you conduct yourself on a daily basis in life.

How well do you cope with stress, how do you cope with challenges and setbacks in life, do you fall into a deep depression or do you try to find something positive to focus on?

Your mental health also impacts your ability to manage and build new relationships.

Good mental health is being free from depression and anxiety and without psychological concerns but having a positive outlook on life.

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Most people will experience mental health issues sometime in their life and it’s quite possible you have too. That’s because life’s experiences affect our mental health, bereavement, redundancy, pregnancy, to name just a few.

There are so many things that cause us mental health issues and its important to recognize stress, sadness, anxiety and other emotions so you are better equipped to deal with them.

Boost your mental health by:

  • Staying physically active
  • Adopting a healthy diet that includes brain foods
  • Having a purpose in life, a reason to get up in the morning
  • Creating social connections, it doesn’t have to be loads, make the effort to talk to people
  • Getting good quality sleep
  • Managing your stress

Emotional Well-being

Mental and emotional well-being are interconnected. Mental health relates to the state of play of thoughts, feelings and emotions. Emotional well-being relates to how you live your life and cope with life’s situations.

Ways to improve emotional well-being:

Stress Management
Manage your emotions by learning to recognise symptoms and signs of stress and anxiety and making sure you have a good support network for when you need it.

Have an understanding of what your constraints might be when you have these emotions, do you clam up and not talk to anyone, shut yourself away and withdraw into yourself.

Being able to see the good in yourself, there must be many attributes you can list about yourself. Build your self-worth. You are amazing!

Work-life Balance
Build a social network, even if it's small, with people you can relate to and who you feel comfortable with.

Learn to manage your time effectively so that it suits you and your commitments. Factor in your leisure time so you have enough ‘me time’ so you can recharge your batteries!

What are your personal strengths, make a list of them and exploit them?

What are you values and are you living by them? If you are out of syn with your values, your life will also be out of syn.

Do you have a purpose in life and do you live with a sense of purpose or are you just existing for the convenience of other? Have the courage and conviction to map out your life!

Resilience
Resilience is about your ability to cope with stress, anxiety, trauma and other issues that affect your mental health. By creating coping mechanisms to deal with difficult emotions, you improve your ability to recover much quicker.

That doesn’t mean you block them out because then you’re just suppressing them.

Creating a positive perspective and being optimistic in all situations helps you to build resilience so you can bounce back quicker from life’s knocks.

Mindfulness
Taking time out for relaxation so you have leisure time to enjoy with your family, friends, pets, being in touch with nature, whatever it is you enjoy doing in your spare time, make enough time for it so you can enjoy it. Set time aside to do it regularly.

Do you have enough time to find your creative streak? Do you have a hobby, is there a hobby you’d like to take up? Go for it!

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Spiritual Well-being

As spiritual beings we are not defined by our circumstances and spirituality is a deeply personal journey, every journey is different with distinct meaning.

Spiritual well-being is not necessarily about religious beliefs. It can be what guides a person through life, or something that brings meaning and purpose to life.

Spirituality can provide a coping strategy for some people, for others it can be a connection with someone, past or present. Powerful words that resonate will be the driving force behind some.

The awareness of the inner self and the connectedness to the rest of the world.

How we view ourselves in relation to the world, our identity in life and how we live by our values, morals and beliefs are all part of our spirituality.

Optimal Natural HealthAchieving Optimal Natural Health is an Individual Journey

Wishing you vibrant health!


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