The 3 most potent tools for improving your health (food, exercise & sleep)

The 3 most potent tools for improving your health (food, exercise & sleep)

Diabetes numbers, obesity numbers, mental health issues, they’re all increasing or at some level which they shouldn’t be.

Chances are you know someone who’s overweight, has diabetes or some kind of mental health issue.

Of course, there’s a plethora of medications for these conditions but why not start from first principles?

Food, exercise and sleep are your pillars. Why? Because if any one of these is out of whack, it’ll effect your mood, it’ll effect your hormones, it’ll effect how you interact with other people. The thing is, since health is a long-term game, it’s hard to notice the subtitles until they turn into something worse noticing.

As an individual, your own health should be a priority. Without it, what have you got?

You don’t need to complicate it.

Food: Eat less often (fasting), eat single ingredient foods, avoid things in a packet, learn to cook, supplements aren’t requirements, snacking is a myth.

Sleep: 7-9 hours per night, sleep in a dark room, avoid caffeine 9-hours before bed (or more if you can, caffeine has a half-life of 6-hours), keep technology to a minimum an hour before sleep, save the bed for sleep, sex and good paperback novels.

Exercise: Move often, take the stairs, walk somewhere everyday, lift weights 2-3 times per week, practice getting down and up off the floor.

These are things everyone can adhere to. And if you know someone who could benefit from them (including yourself), you should let them know.

Will it always happen like this? No. Of course not. You’re not a robot. You’ll go to parties, you’ll stay up late, you’ll have weeks where life gets in the way and exercise gets subbed out for other things.

But the important thing here is not to be oversold on making health complicated. You’re smart enough to figure these things out. The internet is full of information and now you’re prepared. You know anyone offering advice far too complicated is probably a little in over their head.

If you want to improve your health, food, exercise and sleep should be the first things you look after.