What My Father’s Passing Taught Me About Vitality
My father passed away at the young age of 64. His passing at such a young age, and not from a tragic accident, got me thinking about vitality. As I contemplated my level of vitality and the level of vitality of people around me, I began to see a trend that was alarming to me. People, including myself, were losing their vitality earlier and earlier in life and becoming doomed to finish out their life in less than optimal health and vitality.
Vitality, to me, is that gleam in one’s eye, glowing skin, consistent energy, balanced mood, and vest for life that makes life worth living well into your senior years. Since my father’s passing I have been more aware of people’s lack of vitality.
I started to explore what created vitality and what squashed it. Activities like self-care and living our purpose in life came up but most importantly the glaring truth was that we needed to nourish our gut. Nourishing our gut meant that we would have the vigor we needed to live our purpose and take part in self-care rituals to further enhance our vitality.
This realization that nourishing your gut was critical to vitality got me to explore my eating practices. Up to this point I believed that I ate relatively well but as I examined my eating habits closer there were a few glaring issues. I was clearly not eating enough fiber.
The issue with my fiber intake being low seemed a commonality that I saw in others diets as well. Could this be the answer to better vitality? I believe, to a large extent, it is.
Now I try to get several servings of fruits and vegetables in a day and include legumes and the occasional whole grain food. The difference has been remarkable. The brain fog is gone, my energy is consistent throughout the day, the aches and pains are gone, and I feel like I have a general sense of wellbeing. The best part is that my immune system is working top-notch as I have been around people with colds and flu and have walked away unscathed.
In my experience there is absolutely something to this nourishing your gut thing and its relation to my level of vitality. Start by trying one of the suggestions below and as you get used to that suggestion add-on another one and so on.
- Eat an organic red apple a day
- Eat fruit for breakfast
- Eat a salad before dinner and make sure to include radishes on your salad
- Have a cup of herbal tea every day
This is a journey so start out with small sustainable changes and you will see changes in your vitality that will drive you to add more changes. Before you know it you will be nourishing your gut and loving the results.
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