Health and wealth… Your health is an asset that’s arguably more valuable than the money in your bank or investment account. Lose your health, and you could vaporize your other assets. And try finding investors, employees, or even a job if you have a serious disease.
Don’t lose your health trying to gain wealth… only to be forced to spend your wealth to regain your health. Here are the four main pillars of health. Are you ignoring any of them?
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Your health and wealth are inextricably linked. That means your health is worth guarding. It’s as much of an asset as the money in your bank or investment account. Maybe more. Sickness and disease are direct detriments to wealth building. If you’re ill, it’ll be tough to be successful in a business. Or a job. You’ll have trouble concentrating.
It’s equally tough for others to trust you to get your job done at work… for investors to invest with you… for customers to trust your judgement.
For the past 15 years I’ve been a health copywriter, writing extensively about health issues, disease prevention, supplements, clean food, and more.
A famous quote by A. J. Reb Materi says, “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, only to have to spend their wealth trying to regain their health.” There’s a ton of truth to that statement. So how do you avoid becoming one of these sad cases?
It boils down to careful attention to these four health pillars…
4 Pillars of Health… Attend to Them as You Gain Wealth
It’s quite simple. Your health boils down to supporting these four important pillars of health on a daily basis. They’re not rocket science, but you’d be surprised how many people ignore them. If you ignore them you may find both your health and wealth in jeopardy. Think of your health as a stool. With a leg or pillar missing, it’ll be wobbly at best. Are you ignoring any of these health keys?
1. Keep your health and wealth intact by putting only “clean” things in.
Just as you can’t separate health and wealth, neither can you separate your health from the food you eat. Are you eating for health or for disease? Here’s what I’ve learned about health in the past 15 years as a health copywriter, broken down into four simple pillars.
1. Eat wholesome organic (read: unsprayed) raw veggies and fruits, organic grass-fed meat, ocean-caught seafood, and healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil. (No trans-fats.)
2. Start cooking at home. It’s an easy way to control portion size, ingredient quality, and even seasonings. You can customize your meals. You’ll save a ton of money, while eating healthier meals. Plus, you get to enjoy your food in the privacy of your own home.
3. Avoid junk food, however addicting it may (intentionally) be. It fills your body with empty calories, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), preservatives, and loads of salt and unhealthy trans-fats. Don’t even bring the temptation in the house. Because if it’s in the pantry, you’ll eat it.
4. Drink only purified water, tea (black, white, green, herbal), and organic coffee (coffee is a heavily sprayed crop).
5. Wean yourself off soda. Your body, health and wealth will thank you a thousand times. Soda is loaded with GMOs and fructose. Fructose goes straight to your waistline. It also causes fatty liver and can lead to liver disease. And sorry to say, if you switched to diet soda to avoid fructose, you’ve been duped. Artificial sweeteners have been shown to mess up your brain’s satiety signals. It signals hunger even when you should stop eating. That’s why so many people gain weight when they switch to diet soda. Besides that, it has a ridiculous list of potential side effects.
6. Avoid drugs. Those violate the principles of “do no harm” and “put only clean things in.” Incidentally this includes not just street drugs, but most pharmaceutical drugs. Prescribed drugs taken according to instructions kill scores of people every year. If you’re already on prescription drugs, find a natural-oriented doctor to help you wean off slowly and safely.
7. Restrict alcohol to one drink per day for women and two for men. Sorry, ladies. It’s not fair, but… Know that I feel your pain.
8. Add a quality daily liquid supplement. (Liquids assimilate into your system faster than pills. Plus, no horse pills to swallow.) My personal favorite is MaryRuth’s Liquid Morning Multivitamin. I feel more energetic and younger taking this liquid multivitamin than with any of the many pill types I’ve used over the years.
Bottom line: If you put only clean things in, your body will run clean. You reduce toxins, which are a leading suspect for cancer development, and likely a lot of other “idiopathic” illnesses (of “unknown” origin).
2. Exercise. Get moving every day.
If your exercise program consists of finger pushups on the remote or bathroom breaks during a Netflix marathon, your health is guaranteed to suffer.
We’re meant to move. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise such as walking. That’s just over 20 minutes a day assuming seven days a week. That’s not nearly enough to compensate for sitting at a computer all day long. If you’d grown up on a farm in 1900, you’d be moving most of every day.
Listen to your body. If you feel restless, edgy, lethargic, or stressed you probably need more exercise. Some sources recommend walking 10,000 steps a day, which is about five miles a day, or roughly two hours of walking. Other sources say the 10,000 steps is arbitrary. It may be arbitrary, but I feel most energetic when I do at least 10,000 steps a day. It’s a good goal to strive for. You can track your steps with this Apple Watch.
You can also try adding an outdoor midday walk to your day. That way, your body will grab some vitamin D from the sun. Studies show vitamin D is a potent health and immune defender.
Don’t ignore the need for strength training too. Which can be done with a set of dumbbells in your bedroom.
Exercise helps keep your muscles toned, your waistline slimmer, your organs fine-tuned. It reduces stress, improves mood, and boosts your immune system. It also helps lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, and more.
3. Keep your health and wealth intact by sleeping eight hours a day.
If you’re one of those people who think sleep is a waste of time, you’re in for a rude awakening. The time you “save” by not sleeping could very easily be time that’s stripped off the end of your life. Or at least snipped off your healthy years. Sleep is a non-negotiable. Despite the compelling science showing that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, millions skimp on it.
If you go to bed but can’t get to sleep in a reasonable time, try shutting off electronics earlier. Their blue light tells your body to wake up. Kind of like the noon sun in your eyes. Likewise, get room darkening shades to keep outdoor ambient light out. And dim your lights in the evening. Develop an evening routine.
Track your sleep with an Oura ring. Try taking a melatonin supplement in the evening.
4. Reduce stress.
Stress can break your health and wealth. It inhibits your immune function, fights your sleep, and is linked to cancer, heart disease, and stroke. It can be hard to ditch your stress if you’re a tightly-wound Type A person. Trust me, I know! And in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, stress may be the real pandemic.
Here are some stress-relievers you can try. Find one or more that work for you.
- Listen to relaxing music.
- Watch funny movies or hang out with people who make you laugh.
- Exercise. (See above.)
- Spend time with friends and family. Releases oxytocin, a natural stress reliever, especially in women. But both men and women benefit from friendships.
- Consider stress-reducing supplements such as lemon balm, omega-3 fatty acids, ashwagandha, and green tea.
- Use the essential oils to lift your mood almost instantly. I especially like lavender, vetiver, bergamot, Roman chamomile, frankincense, sandalwood, and orange blossom.
- Reduce caffeine.
- Take a yoga class. It’s a popular method of stress relief joined with exercise.
- Spend time with your pet. Interacting with pets may help release oxytocin.
- Eat right. Stress levels are closely linked to a healthy diet.
Health and Wealth Lead to Wealthy Longevity
Boom! There they are… the four pillars of health (and wealth). It’s simpler than most people think. Countless stories abound of people “healing” themselves of serious diseases using these four pillars. Why not try it to prevent getting a disease in the first place?
I read once that longevity was a key to wealth creation. It does make sense, given the fact that money grows over time if you make the right moves to help it. That makes your health a key part of your wealth creation plan. But ultimately, good health is the best wealth. Without it you can’t really enjoy all the other wealth you create.