5 Simple Steps to Longevity (Part 1)
5 Simple Steps to Longevity
Lemon water with Sea Salt
4 Minutes Continuous Hi-Intensity Exercise
Mobility (Foam rolling, stretching, yoga etc.)
1. Lemon water with sea salt
While we are sleeping, the body is repairing itself and riding itself of toxins from the day or days previous. In order to repair itself, the body will use macro and micro-nutrients and water to repair what it can. Then, we wake up and the first thing that most people do is pee. If you are normal, that pee is yellow borderline orange. That would be evidence that the body is drawing toxins from the body and excreting them. What most people do when we wake up is resist the fact that we must get up and even have the thought of “I can’t wait to take a nap later”. Then we stumble over to the coffee pot to brew a pot of black gold. There is no though to re-hydrate and replace nutrients we used overnight. We are just thinking “I need something to wake me up”. This might not be what most want to hear, but coffee is not the answer for a whole host of reasons I’m not going to get into.
Why lemon water?
For those that have bitten directly into a lemon you know it’s pretty sour and acidic, but when lemon juice is ingested with water, the lemon will actually have a an alkalizing affect on the body and help eliminate more toxins as a provide micro-nutrients and electrolytes along with the salt to give you body the love it needs kick-start your day without jacking up your hormones.
2. Cold showers
Most of us that shower in the morning want to be comfortable with our nice, warm/hot bathing session. We don’t want to be disturbed first thing in the morning. This is partially exactly why you should take a cold shower. It forces you out of your comfort zone. It forces you to do something that your instincts are telling you is a terrible idea. Warm good, cold bad!!! Not only will this form of shock therapy force you out of your comfort zone, it also develops discipline, tolerance for pain, suffering and discomfort and it has been shown to mobilize fat cells for energy in an attempt to heat the body internally as a response. Cold showers also decrease inflammation which can help balance hormones. Yes, there will be a flood of hormones like cortisol, epinephrine and adrenaline at the first drop of icy death water, but acute stress of this kind is good for the body. When the body learns to deal with this acute stress it can better handle more chronic stresses contributing to better health in general.
When we think of cleansing, we tend to instantly think colon cleansing or liver cleansing. We don’t really think about the lymphatic system and its role in cleansing our body. This is our built in, disease fighting, internal cleansing system. This is the system of vessels, lymph nodes and ducts that filters and carries away poisons, toxins and waste products. Therefore, knowing lymphatic drainage techniques can be invaluable! Rebounding is one simple way to activate our lymphatic system and drain some of those toxins.
What is rebounding?
Rebounding (or gently bouncing on a mini trampoline or re-bounder) was designed to create an anti-gravity affect to where the rib cage and diaphragm would expand and contract to open and close the valves of the lymphatic system creating a pump which would then drain the lymphatic system and keep the river full of life versus a cesspool of stagnation.
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