4 Pillars of Sustainable Wellness to Adopt Over the Holiday Season

Nora Tobin practicing Yoga for sustainable wellness on a Beach

Have you ever wondered what are the simple things you can do to improve your health and wellness and how they will impact your life? Nora Tobin, nutrition specialist, Executive Coach and CEO of Nora’s Naturals Coffee, has shared her four pillars of sustainable and actionable wellness that could help to turn a life around.

Pillar #1: Make Small, Yet Impactful Nutritional Upgrades
Several factors could limit our daily energy, but a few of the most influential ones include insulin response, mould toxins, and artificial oils/sprays on our foods. Insulin is a chemical process in the body that helps to control blood sugar after eating/drinking. When we ingest too much sugar and processed foods, too much insulin is released into the bloodstream, resulting in weight gain and energy imbalance.

Mould toxins and sprays can be found in foods that are grown in an industrial setting where there is a need to make a lot all at once. The types of foods include processed meats, some wheat products, and processed dairy. The moulds and toxins lead to inflammation in the body, depletion of energy, and what some people call ‘brain fog’.

Quick ways to upgrade your daily routine to avoid the above:

  • Swap processed snacks with nuts, olives, berries, avocado, hard organic cheeses
  • Swap soda for green tea, coffee, club soda with citrus
  • Cut out all foods that contain corn, sunflower, and safflower oils
  • If you drink coffee, make sure you are getting healthy coffee!

A young woman in her bed, getting a great nights sleep

Pillar #2: Set Yourself Up For Quality Sleep
Sleep is one of the most powerful tools for recovery, fat burning and clarity of thought. While we sleep, leptin and ghrelin hormones of hunger balance, cellular repair takes place, and insulin levels come down. The glymphatic system sends cerebral spinal fluid through the brain, flushing out toxins. Sleep is incredible when it comes to cognitive cleaning, muscle repair and hormonal balance.

Quick ways to upgrade sleep:

  • Set room temperature to 68 degrees or below
  • Turn off screens or shift to night mode at least 30-minutes before bedtime
  • Include natural sleep supplements in your diet: cava, magnesium, and reishi

A man working out at home

Pillar #3: Incorporate 20-Minutes of Movement
Any exercise will have several physical and mental benefits. The benefits you’ll get from exercising includes:

  • Slowing down the release of stress hormones.
  • Elevating metabolism to burn fat more efficiently.
  • Improving deeper stages of sleep.
  • Boosting the production of hormones responsible for mental wellbeing.

As exercise specifically relates to immunity, there are a few additional ways this practice can greatly improve your wellbeing. Exercise immunology focuses on the ability to regulate the immune system through exercise and slow down the effects of ageing.

Recent studies conducted by the Journal of Sport and Health Science show that immunity can be remodelled during the ageing process. Daily exercise has resulted in a lower inflammatory response to bacterial change, longer telomere lengths.

Quick ways to upgrade your workout regime:

  • Interval training – pick any movement like squats or jumping jacks- apply speed to it (30 seconds as fast as possible, 30 seconds off- repeat for ten rounds). Add coffee before exercise to increase fat burning.
  • Listen to a podcast while taking a fast 20-minute walk
  • Perform one minute of movement at the top of each hour during the workday
  • Add in heavier weights to any fitness routine to accelerate the body’s natural fat-burning power

Pillar #4: Improve Gut Health
The gut microbiome is genetic material made up of bacteria, fungi and other elements that aid in digestion, regulation of the immune system and protection of pathogens. A staggering 90% of our serotonin (satisfaction hormone) is made in our gut! Once the serotonin is made, it is transferred directly to the brain through the vagus nerve that runs along the spinal cord. There are a few things that occur which hinders this process:

  1. The lack of healthy bacteria and high inflammation in the gut makes it more difficult to process enough serotonin.
  2. Environmental toxins and physical/mental stress create blockages in the pathway of the vagus nerve. The more stress and toxins in our daily life, the less likely enough serotonin will be delivered to the brain. If the vagus nerve is not transferring the crucial hormone for happiness to the brain, we are not going to feel good (no matter how many ice cream sundaes we eat).

Feel better by improving your gut health

Quick ways to upgrade gut health:

  • Incorporate probiotics into the diet: sweet potatoes, plantains, leeks, onions, asparagus and fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, yoghurt, kefir)
  • Again, make sure that the coffee you’re drinking is healthy and sustainable
  • Reduce the use of processed sugar (very inflammatory to the gut)
  • Lower stress with any type of daily meditation, yoga, deep breathing or technology-free walks

To learn more about Nora Tobin, please visit her website www.noratobin.com.

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