Healthy Living with Some Thyme
Living a balanced life can be intimidating at the beginning, as advertising, consumerism, and materialism surround most of us on a day-to-day basis. As challenging as it might be, it is entirely plausible to start somewhere simple, like keeping your body and mind active, setting time aside to think about things, and to clean up your diet.
With Some Thyme, it is easy to find healthy and nutritious foods, ingredients, and toppings. We offer an incredible range of fresh fruit and veg, crisp herbs and salads, dried spices and fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, and much more…
We are starting a blog in which we will continue to research and write about topics involving health and food. We often share information relating to the nutrition of our products on social media, and will soon be publishing our very own recipes and cooking videos.
We encourage you to share photos of your food that are made with our products, to inspire and support each other in the journey of health and wellness. In this blog, we are going to shed light on some of the key factors, core benefits, and helpful tips for living a healthy lifestyle.
Number 1: Feed yourself with knowledge
When considering changing the way you live, there are some important things you will need to learn either through experience or research.
There are plenty of credible websites and journals that talk about health and wellness. It is important that you find legitimate sources of information because the internet is polluted with tons of sites and articles that spread false information and promote pseudoscience (false science).
A person with insufficient experience with or knowledge of a certain topic (such as overall health, which is a multi-dimensional and complicated subject) can easily stumble upon an article claiming to have factual information. Many times, the content contains almost nothing scientifically based and may contain information that has since been disproven and even deemed to pose a risk to our health.
By reviewing scientifically accurate studies and adequately researched subjects, you will gain knowledge that is key to your success. Here are a few resources to simplify your search:
- https://www.webmd.com/ WebMD is a website that provides a large spectrum of information including current medical news and health articles. These are written by accredited doctors, medical journalists, and researchers.
- https://michaelpollan.com/ Michael Pollan is a professor and lecturer of the practice of non-fiction at Harvard University in the USA. He also speaks publicly about food, agriculture, health, and the environment, and how our culture and nature co-exist. Learn some interesting facts and ideas by looking at some of his lectures on YouTube, and maybe try reading (or listening) to one of his books.
- The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), The National Department of Health (DOH), and The Department of Trade and Industry all play an enormous role in regulating the food in South Africa. We highly recommend that each South African citizen looks into these departments’ policies and practices, and how they affect our food supply.
A vital aspect of a healthy life is a good diet and proper hydration. We have all heard the expression “you are what you eat”. It turns out that this expression is more valid than one might think; it all starts with what you consume.
Proper Hydration: On a fundamental level, water keeps us alive. Our biology is very interconnected, meaning that even though one bodily process (such as breathing) may not require us to drink water, other processes that do demand the consumption of water will affect our body’s ability to carry out any physical processes, such as our circulatory system that needs water to transport gasses, like oxygen, that keep us alive.
Have you ever thought about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it is processed? A lot goes on under the surface of water production and distribution. Different types of water do exist and have vastly different properties, benefits, and disadvantages.
Mineral Water vs. Purified/Distilled Water
Natural spring water and mineral water contain many different minerals. The way this happens is when there is a naturally occurring stream of water, the rocks on which the stream flows contain minerals. These mineral molecules (different minerals and quantities are subject to region) dissolve into the water and provide nutrition to the plants and animals that consume it. The minerals give the water taste and also serve as a source of micro-nutrients for all life, even in the smallest forms.
Treated water contains little to no minerals, which deprive our bodies of essential micro-nutrients. They are also known to contain chemicals that reside in a grey area and have not been proven to be completely harmful or safe. It is vital that you revise the processes through which your drinking water goes, and to choose wisely between mineral and purified water next time you buy a bottle.
Enriching food: Our bodies use the food that we consume as a source of macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals), we need all of these to survive. Unprocessed foods, like fruits, vegetables, and meat, contain everything we need to build a healthy body.
Inside each one of us, trillions of tiny organisms create a symbiotic community called the gut biome or microbiome. Our microbiome health primarily depends on the food that we eat, and the diversity and strength of our microbiome directly correlate with our physical and psychological health.
Can you imagine what your body must go through when you eat processed or sugary food? Long lists of ingredients, some of which you can't even pronounce, should be avoided at all cost. You should only eat food when you know exactly what it contains and how it affects your body.
Consequences of improper eating habits include cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases, general pain, and mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
Doing your own research is necessary because often, speaking to a general practitioner is not enough.
Many of us lose sight of our daily activities when we have to work for long hours and maintain a household. Consistent exercise and sleep seem to be swept under the rug, but this is not without repercussion.
It should not surprise you that working our bodies is beneficial to our physical health. Exercise increases our blood flow, allowing for higher oxygen levels which give us an energy boost and also improve circulatory health, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Exercise and sleep are also deeply connected. The energy that you utilize in exercise triggers recuperative processes in our sleep. This improves the quality of sleep, allowing you to feel less like the undead when you wake up.
Meditation and yoga are also good practices. Both focus on breathwork and mindfulness, which is indispensable to overcome the stress that daily life entails.
We encourage you to read as many books and listen to as many podcasts as you can concerning diet, exercise, and sleep. These are all interconnected, and fascinating information is always being uncovered. Obtaining information from various sources and people is a quintessential task. Everyone has their own perspective, even professionals, and it is important to open your mind to unfamiliar ideas expressed by people who have wisdom and experience in regards to what they do.
COVID-19 and The Immune System
During the devastating pandemic of the corona-virus, big gaps and tremendous faults in our idea of health have been brought to light.
Since the start of the pandemic, people have been forced to look at their health with eyes wide open. Misinformation and rumors spread as people queue to stock up on immune boosters and “cures”.
The truth is that there is no quick fix to an unhealthy body.
It takes time for your body to recover from years of eating fast-food and drinking soda in the comfort of your home, staring at the TV. But to become healthy, you must first begin!
As complicated as our immune systems are, and how they vary from person to person, the basic principles are simple:
- Don’t pollute your body with oily, sugary food.
- Try your best to only eat free-range, anti-biotic free, grass-fed meat and dairy products.
- Drink enough water and stay away from soft drinks, they are harmful and contain nothing beneficial.
- Resist the temptation of empty-calorie snacks, like potato chips and cereal.
- Exercise at least 3 times per week, and get your daily dose of vitamin D by spending some time in the sun!
All You Need is Some Thyme
Give yourself a break, and rest assured that we have everything you need.
When you visit our shop, first see our categories, and take your time when exploring the wide variety of foods that we have. We are vegetarian and vegan friendly, and stock some awesome speciality ingredients.
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