There is an often-told story that when Albert Einstein was once asked what mankind’s greatest invention was, he replied:
“Compound interest.” He didn’t respond any of the usual answers, such as wheel or printing press or theory of relativity.
Compounding – the idea that something gaining value exponentially into the future through better decisions made in the present – is one of the greatest lessons any human being can ever learn. This applies to your health and longevity also. Small tiny habits done regularly. If you want to live longer and live better, you need a clear and basic understanding that the outcome of your journey is the sum of its steps.I have built a body over time that truly defies age. My greatest talent has been my capacity to be consistent. It’s not very difficult to live with a pain-free body & disease-free life for most of us. The challenge is discovering that path and exploit it to compound your health.
Through these newsletters, I try to bring to you these simple tools that any one can incorporate in his/her life, and remain fit and fab. You can maintain a fuller life with a lot less efforts than you think. Everything that I have learned about living a healthy and active life, I try to bring in through these newsletters.
“If you win the morning, you win the day” – Tim Ferris
It’s 5 AM as I write this post.
Since my boarding days, I have always been an early riser. For the last few years I have been waking up at around 4.30 AM, every single day.Waking up early has transformed my life. Average wake up time of Indians is 7:15 AM. Guatemala citizens wake up the earliest in the world at 6:15 AM and Greece wakes up last at 8:29 AM. So as you can see, I get a time boost of almost three hours, compared to the rest of my country. Time means everything in today’s world. So these extra hours are incredibly beneficial. Time boost is truly powerful.
My six morning habits
Hydrate – Given that around 60% of total human bodyweight is water, there’s no surprise that it’s essential to optimal performance. As soon as I wake up, I drink almost 500 ml of water mixed with lemon and rock salt. Salt is rich in minerals and electrolytes and aids in water absorption, digestion and facilitates bowel movement. Due to its high Vitamin C content, lemon helps boost immunity. No honey or sugar. Never.
Mobility –Movement is a powerful tool, and I take pride in saying that this is the most valuable habit of my morning routine. By actively moving joints through their ranges of motion, your muscles will be activated and circulation is improved. Tissue flexibility is also enhanced and joints are prepared to function properly. Any muscular stiffness, aches and lethargy are quickly eliminated and you’ll feel supple and full of vitality.
- Eat slowly: Chewing your food thoroughly and eating more slowly can help promote full digestion and absorption of nutrients. This helps to reduce digestive discomfort.
- Eat Clean: Reducing the amount of processed, high sugar and high trans fat foods can drastically improve gut health. Eating plenty of green vegetables and lean protein can positively impact your gut. A diet high in fiber is also very beneficial to a healthy gut microbiome.
- Check for food intolerances: if you have symptoms such as cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, rashes, fatigue or acid reflux, you may be suffering from a food intolerance. You can try eliminating common trigger foods like gluten, seed oils, lactose, processed foods and see if your symptoms improve.
- Take a prebiotic or probiotic : Prebiotics provide food meant to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, while probiotics are live good bacteria. It is prudent to choose a high quality probiotic supplement. Fermented foods such as Sauerkraut, yogurt, tempeh, miso and kefir are great dietary sources of probiotics.
- Get enough sleep: Not getting enough or quality deep sleep can have serious impacts on your gut health, which can cause more sleep issues. Try to get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep daily.
- Lower stress levels: Chronic high levels of stress are hard on your body, including your gut. Some ways to lower stress levels include walking outdoors, meditation, spending time with loved ones, yoga, listening to music or journaling.
- Hydrate well : Drinking plenty of water has a beneficial effect on the mucosal lining of the intestines. It is the vital medium needed for de toxification process in the body and helps in efficient functioning of the gut.