When it comes to lifestyle, food, and nutrition, some people underestimate the role they play in living. They have a #YOLO mentality when it comes to their life. If I had a penny for every time I heard someone say “I’m going to die eventually so I might as well enjoy it”. That is probably the most selfish statement anyone can make. Optimized Life understands how important it is and hopefully, this article will help you.
I’m not talking about the occasional splurges or sweet tooth. I’m referring to constantly feeding ourselves (and our family) food that is unhealthy and lack nutrients.
Think about it like this, living a lifestyle that is harmful or unhealthy is going to catch up to you eventually. We don’t want to become a burden on our family because we chose to do what “felt good” or “tasted good” at the time. Most diseases and illnesses are the result of an unhealthy diet. We need to start thinking a little differently. If not for ourselves, for them.
We want to be around to see our children get married. We want to have experiences with our grandchildren they will remember. After the kids are grown and gone, our spouse needs us in tip-top shape so we can travel, go for long walks together and experience life that is not limited by our health conditions. We need to start now before it’s too late.
Where Do We Start?
We need to change the way we see food. Try thinking about food as a way to add value and longevity to your life. If we want to live longer and have optimal health, we need to be intentional about eating foods that contain important nutrients.
Our bodies need these vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, grow, develop and function. Unfortunately, our body can not make most of the vitamins it needs. We must rely on what we eat and drink to provide these nutrients. If we don’t, we become deficient and that creates both minor and/or serious health problems.
Start by getting the recommended 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Adding these to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a great way to make sure you are getting them in. Also, make them your snack throughout the day.
Here is a list of some of the most important vitamins and minerals our bodies need in order to grow and work the way it should. They all have different jobs so it is important to get them all daily.
- B Vitamins
- Vitamins A,C,D, E,K,
- Amino Acids
- And more!
It is a little overwhelming to think about everything you need to eat in order to get the right amount of these important vitamins. Fortunately for us, there is a product that contains ALL 90 essential vitamins and minerals we need to achieve optimal health and wellness. Youngevity Beyond Tangy Tangerine is a great product and it tastes amazing.
This is your All-In-One Multivitamin in a delicious tangerine powder form you add to water every morning. That’s it! So simple and effective. It takes the stress out of your day. When you drink this you can guarantee you will have everything you need for the day.
Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats! We need these fats to build brain cells and for other important functions. Omega-3 helps treat, prevent and improve heart health. Besides being amazing for your heart, it also has a list of other benefits.
- Promotes brain health
- Can improve eye health
- Can fight depression and improve mental disorders
- May reduce symptoms of ADHD
- Fights inflammation
- Could help prevent cancer
- Improves sleep
- And so much more!
You can read more about Omega-3 and heart health in an article we wrote called “11 Lifestyle Tweaks To Keep Your Heart Healthy”
Your body can not make omega-3 on its own. You need to get them from your diet or take a vitamin supplement. Take a look at this option!
Last but certainly not least, COLLAGEN!
If you have read a few of our wellness articles, you will see that collagen is my jam! And for a good reason. As a “30 something” year old, I need collagen daily. I feel like I woke up one day and started noticing wrinkles on my face and felt aching pains in my joints.
Then I realized it was all “age-appropriate” and I was getting older…
So I started doing a lot of research on what I could do without going the surgery route. I found something called Collagen Protein.
The gist of collagen is it is a major protein that makes up most of your connective tissue. This includes skin, muscles, joint, and ligaments.
We naturally produce our very own collagen but that starts slowing down in our mid 30’s. That’s why we start seeing those fine lines and wrinkles. We also notice aches and pains we never had before.
Fortunately for us, we can supplement our collagen protein deficiency with a pure collagen protein. There are many on the market and there are a variety of options but I love Great Lakes Collagen. It is a pure, unflavored, odorless powder. You can add it to anything. I love putting it in my coffee since that is something I already drink every morning. Others have reported adding it to their tea, cereal, smoothie or tangy tangerine. All you need is 2 tablespoons a day!
It sounds like a lot I know, but there are simple ways to guarantee you are getting what you need and that is by taking these 3 simple products.
I always like to add that Optimized Life only recommends products that we personally use or feel would help you on your journey to optimal health.
We are an affiliate for these products but all that means to you is we get a small commission anytime you purchase the suggested item.
In general, vitamins are safe for people to use, though you should always check with your doctor before beginning a new supplement. Some vitamins can be dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, which can occur due to long-term use of corticosteroids, an HIV/AIDS infection or organ transplants.
You may also need to avoid some supplements if you have an artificial heart valve; in rare cases, these bacteria can infect your heart muscle, and patients with artificial valves have an increased risk of this complication.