1. Pray and read the bible daily. The bible is the inerrant Word of God and provides great wisdom and insight into how we are to lives our daily lives, including how to properly care for our bodies. 

  2. Eat foods that nourish your body.  These are foods that are found in nature;  eat them closest to the source, as minimally processed as possible. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds should be the staples in your daily diet.

  3. Eat in moderation. ​ Eat regularly and in single serving portions.  Don't skip meals, and eat 3-6 times throughout the day to maintain blood sugar levels as well as energy. This will also aid in improving overall metabolism. 

  4. Move daily. Exercise is so vital to our health. Our bodies were designed for physical activity. Think of it as prescription medicine that you take each and every day. The benefits are endless. Include all three types of exercise in your regime:  cardio, strength training and stretching.

  5. Drink up - water that is. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Water is necessary for many bodily functions and helps your body more efficiently flush out toxins.

  6. Avoid refined and processed foods.  These types of foods provide little if any nutritional value and can actually be quite harmful, robbing you of  your health.

  7. Avoid harmful chemicals as much as possible.  Be mindful of what goes IN your body as well as ON your body.  Read labels and educate yourself on chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other diseases. This includes anything that comes in a package: from food to skin care to cleaning products.

  8. Get your zzzs.   Our bodies need rest every single day to recharge for the next day, and to repair and rebuild cells. Insufficient sleep / rest affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Aim for 7-8 hours each night.

  9. Supplement as needed.  Most everyone has deficiencies of some sort and need supplementation to fill those gaps. Even those of us who eat really clean will still have deficiencies in certain areas, especially given that the quality of our food is not what it was 100 years ago.

  10. Never stop learning. Commit to become a perpetual student, continually reading and studying health related topics, and  take responsibility for your own health. Seek others counsel to learn and grow but no one knows your body better than you; listen to it and take good care of it, educating yourself in areas where you lack knowledge.

Keys to Optimal Health

The following are my 10 Keys to Optimal Health that I live by and coach by:

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