“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”
Over the past few months I have really been digging into understanding complete health and how the body is a complete system that God has designed so beautifully. Maybe it is getting older but I really want to learn more on how to optimize later life health by making the right choices today. I don’t want to get to a later stage of life and not be able to actually live. Here are a few resources that I have used of late to further my understanding of complete health.
The Drive – Peter Attia – A friend turned me on to this website and podcast and I have found it to be completely fascinating and thought provoking. The content is wide ranging but the focus is on optimizing healthy for longevity. It is a great place to start.
Sleep is your superpower – Dr. Matt Walker – One of the key realizations I have made in recent months is that I am chronically sleep deprived. I have long believed that I am good to go with only 5-6 hours of sleep per night. After reading the book by the same presenter in this Ted Talk I have completely shifted my thinking. The clinical research is just to compelling and convicting to ignore.
Think & Eat Yourself Smart – Dr. Caroline Leaf – The Mind, Brain, Body connection is fascinating and compelling. Reading this (and several other books by the same author) has given me great perspective on the importance of really paying attention to what you feed your brain and body. Both through nutrition as well as the thoughts you put into your mind.
Ten Percent Happier – Meditation & Mindfulness – Doing everything possible to keep the body healthy is only part of the equation. Understanding the mind’s role and how important it is build healthy habits for mental care is fascinating. I have tried several apps for meditation but this one has become my favorite along with the “Waking Up” app created by Sam Harris. As a newbie to mindfulness I like using these two apps in tandem to learn and grow this powerful and important skill.
These are just a few of the resources I have found to be valuable over the past 6-9 months. There are many more and I still have quite a bit to learn but that is the joy of life, it is a journey, not a destination…