1. COLD SHOWERS:
Used for centuries by nobility, celebrities, sportsmen & women and medics to invigorate, treat ailments & injuries, speed recovery after training, build the immune system & constitution, improve circulation, relieve depression, improve skin texture and hair sheen, increase fertility in men, increase energy and reduce stress.
If you’ve spent most of your life taking hot showers, suddenly turning the dial in the opposite direction can be a big shock to the system, so I’d recommend STARTING with a warm shower and gradually decreasing the temperature of the water so your body can adjust. Try to remain under the cold flow for 2-3 minutes. You’ll see and feel the results immediately and it will only get better as you continue. BEST TIME is in the morning and repeat on a daily basis.
Those with high blood pressure and heart disease should avoid it, everyone else, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone!
2. PURE CELERY JUICE:
Every other day there seems to be a so-called new, revered superfood or juice from Africa or Amazonia appearing on our health-food store shelves, and many of which I do love, but PURE CELERY JUICE consists of every necessary vitamin, mineral and antioxidant known to man and it’s benefits outweigh its highly revered, albeit lesser counterpart, green juice.
-Aiding in the prevention of cancer: there are 8 types of anti cancer substances present in celery juice. The acetylenic content of the juice prevents tumor cells from growing.
-Lower cholesterol levels: the juice extracted from just 2 stalks of celery can decrease your cholesterol levels by 7 points
-Contains anti inflammatory properties which make it superior for anyone contending with autoimmune conditions. It is strongly alkaline and helps to prevent and counteract acid reflux, high blood pressure, joint pain, numbness, hot flashes, headaches, heartburn, heart palpitations, insomnia, bloating, constipation and muscle cramps. It also clears up skin problems, aids in digestion and relaxes the nerves. It’s a natural diuretic which promotes liver cleansing and toxin release aiding in weight loss.
Enormously hydrating and nourishes the skin like nothing else. Notably the KING OF JUICES!
Radically improve your health, skin and hair by juicing 1 glass of pure celery juice on a daily basis, preferably in the morning, on an empty stomach.
3. BREAK A SWEAT:
Turn up your body thermostat every day for the ultimate detoxification. In order to expel toxins (which are a fact of modern life, and toxicity is particularly rife in cities where air quality is compromised) ridding them from the body effectively, you need to sweat them out through exercise and/or sitting in a sauna (infrared if accessible). Ideally both. Sweat also encourages collagen production and plumps the skin, an added bonus.
My creation METcore is a surefire way to perspire, for some, profusely! The combination of Pilates inspired exercises coupled with cardio-bursts using resistance cables throughout, will turn your body into a furnace, burning calories all day long and into the next.
Get detoxifying by booking your next class here.
4. MEDITATION is the new medication:
I am appealing to all the non meditators out there, who are “too busy” or “too distracted” to take 5 out of their day, and to those who keep saying they’ll do it, and don’t. The following will have you sitting in lotus in no time!
If you want to slow down the aging process, master stress & anxiety, improve sleep quality, lose weight, extinguish inflammation, boost endorphins, boost DHEA, increase libido, strengthen immunity, increase brain size, aid digestion, aid fertility, cure headaches, help PMS and menopause, live a longer, healthier life, then carve out a few minutes of your day to meditate.
It’s free and quick, and the results are transformative.
You will reap physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits by meditating.
Click here to read more on one of my all time favourite resources, the EOC Institute, based in San Francisco, to be enlightened as to WHY meditation is so utterly necessary. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR VERY EXISTENCE!
We love it at FORM and will be offering classes imminently. Stay tuned!
5. INTERMITTENT FASTING:
The new buzzwords on the block. We all know that eating less improves overall health and longevity. It’s scientifically proven. The effects of short term fasting and autophagy are profound and will have the greatest impact on your dietary practice. Please be assured that I am not approaching this topic from a weight loss perspective, but weight loss will be a by product.
Fasting is nothing new, it’s not a fad. It has been practised for centuries, but in 2016 the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to a Japanese man by the name Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of the mechanisms behind autophagy, a cellular maintenance process stimulated by fasting, that is critical in DISEASE RESISTANCE, LONGEVITY and BODY & BRAIN VITALITY. A few benefits include improved brain health, slowing down markers of ageing, improved body composition, improved digestion, improved cardiovascular health, disease prevention and treatment, improved mental health and decreased inflammation.
One of the most popular IF protocols which I too have been following consistently for 6 months and intend on continuing, is restricting all food consumption into an 8 hour window each day (thus doing a 16 hour fast daily) So basically I stop eating at 8pm and resume eating the following day at noon. You can opt to implement this into your lifestyle as often as you like, everyday, several times a week, even once a week will boast benefits and it’s surprisingly simple to follow. Speaking from a lifelong foodie. I never suffer hunger pangs.
Herbal tea and water can also be consumed during your fast.
There is an abundance of literature available on autophagy to give you further insight, but I’d like to steer you towards Dr Mercola, who is an authority in traditional and natural medicine in the US. Please read his article here to discover more about the transformative benefits of intermittent fasting and autophagy.
6. BEAUTY SLEEP, THERE’S A REASON IT’S CALLED THAT!
Turn back the ageing clock (inside and out) by simply getting enough shut eye.
We never feel or look optimal after a sleepless night. Irritable, lacklustre, moody, brain fog, craving sweets and carbs leading to weight gain, is the result of a poor nights sleep. Long term, the effect is devastating.
A wondrous hormone called HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE is part of the human endocrine system and is released by the brain into the bloodstream during sleep and its release is part of the repair and restoration function of sleep.
HGH promotes a healthy metabolism (enabling you to burn fat efficiently), build muscle definition and shape, increase bone density, enhance physical performance and recovery, improve organ health (inc skin texture and luminosity), improve brain function, longevity and increase desire & libido.
As much as 75% of HGH is released during sleep, that’s if you’re getting 7-9 hours of UNINTERRUPTED, QUALITY SLEEP.
It is released approximately 1 hour after you fall asleep and experience your deepest slumber. Sleep deprivation is a serious matter affecting your health to the detriment and causing a myriad of degenerative age related disorders, if it becomes a habit.
HGH is produced in abundance in your youth and starts to decline in your 20’s, hence the absolute necessity to be drawing on it every night.
Make sure you’re prioritising this valuable and free commodity. No potion or procedure can replicate the impact enough quality sleep will have on your body inside and out!
So, there we have it…6 simple steps to feel and look your best ever. NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
Author: Elissa El Hadj