WEEK 21 (2023) – The Rising Cost of Living and Your Family’s Health

I hope this email finds you in good health and high spirits. Today, I wanted to discuss a topic that concerns many of us: the rising cost of living and its impact on our well-being. In the midst of these challenging times, it’s crucial that we prioritise our health and explore practical ways to support it. I would like to highlight a few strategies to help us maintain a robust physical and mental state, even in the face of mounting expenses.

First and foremost, let’s focus on nutrition. While it’s tempting to cut corners when it comes to food, ensuring we receive adequate nourishment is essential. Ensure you have a varied diet of vegetables, berries, eggs, legumes, meat and fish. Also, try to include fermented foods like raw yoghurt and sauerkraut. You can shop around and find organic at most low-cost supermarkets now. Going to a local farmer to get your meat is a good way to get grass-fed/pasture-raised meat and eggs. Sourcing wild meat from friends is also great. I have a friend who hunts and fishes and generously offers me wild deer and fish whenever it’s available.

Growing our own fruit, vegetables and herbs, which can be done in a window box if short on space or an allotment, can be an amazing pastime. It provides relatively inexpensive but high-quality food, stimulates the mind, and reduces mental health stresses (possibly the subject of another newsletter!). If you have the space, consider getting some chickens to produce your own eggs.

The key to a wholesome diet is to avoid the nasties wherever possible. Processed foods containing refined sugars, seed oils, processed grains and artificial flavours, colours and additives create inflammation in the gut and contribute to all manner of health issues.

Along with ensuring we eat a wholesome diet, supplementing our food with extra vitamins and minerals helps maintain and support our general health. Four important supplements that I take every day are:

Active Life™ – Vitamin and mineral complex – This provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals, ensuring we meet our recommended daily intake even when our meals fall short. By bolstering our immune system, improving energy levels, and supporting cognitive function, multivitamins can help safeguard against nutrient deficiencies.

Ancient Magnesium Oil – Magnesium is a mineral involved in numerous bodily functions, including energy production, nerve function, and muscle health. It can be particularly valuable for individuals experiencing stress and anxiety, which can often arise due to financial pressures. By supporting a balanced nervous system, magnesium can help promote a sense of calm and well-being and get us back to being our best selves.

Probiotic14™ – These beneficial bacteria contribute to a healthy gut microbiome, which is crucial to our overall well-being. Maintaining a diverse and thriving gut flora has been linked to improved digestion, strengthened immunity, and even an enhanced mood.

Vitamin D3 and K2 spray™ – Supplementing with vitamin D3 and K2 is essential for optimal health. Vitamin D3 helps with calcium absorption, while vitamin K2 ensures that the absorbed calcium is properly directed to the bones and teeth rather than accumulating in the arteries or soft tissues. This dynamic duo works synergistically to support bone health, cardiovascular health, immune health and overall well-being.

In addition to proper nutrition, it’s essential to prioritise physical activity. Engaging in regular exercise doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. Simple activities like brisk walking, jogging, or bodyweight exercises can be done almost anywhere without expensive equipment or gym memberships. Regular exercise boosts our physical fitness, enhances our mood, and reduces stress.

Furthermore, cold water immersion can be a powerful practice for strengthening our immune system and improving circulation. It may sound daunting, but a brief cold shower or a dip in a cool lake can have significant benefits. Cold water stimulates our body’s natural responses, promoting blood flow and triggering the release of endorphins. Plus, it’s a free and invigorating way to start the day! There is a reason the Scandinavians are still doing it!

Breathing exercises and meditation can also contribute to our overall well-being. These practices help calm the mind, reduce stress, and improve focus and clarity. By setting aside just a few minutes each day for mindful breathing or meditation, we can experience a profound impact on our mental and emotional resilience.

Lastly, let’s remember the importance of sunlight. Exposure to natural light is crucial for our circadian rhythm, vitamin D synthesis, and overall mood. Whenever possible, ditch the sunglasses and aim to spend some time outdoors each day, whether it’s taking a walk, enjoying a picnic, or simply finding a peaceful spot to soak up the sun’s rays.

Remember, investing in our health doesn’t always have to come at a high cost. By incorporating these strategies into our lives—nutritional supplementation, exercise, cold water immersion, breathing/meditation, and sunlight exposure—we can promote our well-being without straining our finances. Small, intentional steps can make a big difference in our overall health and happiness.

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