It’s amazing that in this day and age we still don’t acknowledge that diet and lifestyle are the major contributors to our health problems. It could even be said that almost all human issues may be attributed to poor diet and environmental toxicity. The term malnutrition is often associated with starvation, yet malnutrition is a very real thing for many following a typical Western diet. Modern agriculture has left soil seriously deficient in minerals and this leads to yields that are lacking in a big way, so even when we think we are eating enough fruit and vegetables, the chances are we aren’t.

You wouldn’t pour diesel into a petrol engine and expect it to run properly, so why would you put junk food with minimal nutritional value into your body and expect it to operate at its optimum potential? It seems obvious, yet you only need to look at an average supermarket’s shelves to know that what constitutes popular food these days is barely food at all in reality. It may fill a gap, so to speak, but soon after eating what is essentially synthetic, your body will be sending hunger signals to you again in an attempt to fulfill its requirement for proper nutrients.

It is understandable that people often shy away from looking after their health. It feels like a minefield, with so much conflicting information out there and so many ‘experts’ arguing about which is the most sensible food/supplement/protocol/substance, etc. Trying to process it all and apply critical thinking when you only have anecdotal experience to refer to is enough to give most people a migraine!

I don’t feel sick, so I must be healthy

People often think that if they are not sick, they can call themselves healthy – this is really not the case. Sickness can take many years to manifest, and as is the case when one takes vitamins and does not see an immediate result, consumption of pesticides and heavy metals due to lack of education may not show results in the short term.

It is a sad fact that many people will not begin to try and take care of themselves until they have had a health scare; not something like the common cold (which may seem normal, but is in fact not, if you have a healthy immune system) but a difficult-to-shift illness that causes concern over the long-term wellbeing.

The problem with this approach is that by the time you see the symptoms of your illness, it has probably taken hold of you at a deep cellular level and your immune system and poor overworked liver will be doing overtime trying to fight it. If that is state of affairs, it’s going to take a serious amount of consistent effort to get back to a place of good health.

The good news is that if you have to go through this, you are likely to come out of it healthier than you ever were before. Of course, you wouldn’t have had anything to compare it to previously, which is why so many people don’t realise that they are unhealthy. Once you reach the heightened levels of vitality that come with a clean, properly fuelled body, you won’t want to go back – we guarantee it.

Being healthy one step at a time

The key to improving nutrition and health is to take it one step at a time. If you’re fortunate enough not to be tackling a health condition, then you have more freedom to play around with. There is a lot to understand, but taking it slowly means not suffering information overload.

First steps might be as simple as researching the best superfoods and supplements and finding ways to incorporate them into your diet. You can then choose one thing that you know isn’t great for you and replace it with one thing that is. Finding out what is going on internally through blood tests and mineral tests is a useful way to narrow down what you need to introduce into your diet.

You could make a commitment to ditching the vices one by one. For example, forgoing the morning coffee and replacing it with a delicious drink made from raw cacao powder and almond milk. Nicknamed “black gold” by the Spanish, the cacao pod is a one of the most nutrient-dense foods on Earth, containing around three hundred chemical compounds. Drinking raw unprocessed cacao will not only taste better than coffee – it will give you an equal high (without that damaging adrenaline rush) due to the endorphins and serotonin released in your brain when you consume it. Make that a habit and you’re getting the daily high without the dangerous acidity (one of the major causes of chronic disease) and the caffeine addiction.

Making a promise to yourself that you’ll replace one bad thing with one good thing at regular intervals is a sensible, viable and even fun route to good health. If you’re stuck for ideas, the pH health team is here to help. We love to see smiling, happy, healthy faces and we are sure that we can contribute in many ways to your new healthy lifestyle.