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What health advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago? Bodyworks Clinic Marbella tells all

Health Advice to our younger selves

If you read my newsletter regularly (if not why not? Go and sign up now! Done? then I’ll continue) you know that I believe health is a comprehensive idea – it’s not about 1 specific section of the body, but, in the traditional sense of the word, is holistic. We must include the whole body and our mind in a personal way. The things that work best for me might not be ideal for you, and that’s ok! We just need to spend the time to find your own, ideal solutions.

So I really enjoyed the idea behind this post I stumbled on in Facebook –

If you could go back ten years into the past, what health advice would you give your younger self?

So much so that I asked all of our team members what their advice to their younger selves would be.

I’ll go first!

Clinical Director of Bodyworks Clinic Estelle Mitchell

Eat more – of everything, including meat, drink more & enjoy a coffee & a glass of wine, & learn to do the Sevillana.

Get educated about finances and savings in case of surprises!

Estelle Mitchell, Clinical Director and Physiotherapist

Heather Heaney Massage Therapist at Bodyworks Health Clinic Marbella

For mental health – stop worrying about things that you have zero control over,
Focus on yourself and where you want to go in life. Self discipline.
Good nutrition with minimal meat and lots of vegetables and fruits. Staying away from processed foods is the key to keeping yourself from feeling old and worn out.
Exercise is very important to prevent injury.
Look at the long picture and not just what’s good for now.

Heather Heaney, Therapeutic Massage Therapist

Lisa Manley Cahill - Digestive Health Expert at Bodyworks Health Clinic Marbella

Well 10yrs ago I was already really health conscious!
But the advice I would give my “younger self” is, don’t give in to faddy diets they don’t work and they can cause more harm to the body than good in the long term

Lisa Manley Cahill, Nurse, Naturopathic Nutritionist and Colonic Hydrotherapist

Geoffrey Wattine, Craniosacral Osteopath

I would say eat more fruits during the day to keep up your energy levels. Do more exercises and gentle movements to keep your connection with your body. Spend more time in nature to soothe your soul.

Geoffrey Wattinne, Craniosacral Osteopath

Emmie Cross - Administration

For mental health remember that it’s ok to ask for help – no one actually expects you to have all the answers.
Taking time out makes you a nicer person.
Vitamin B is a magic pill – take one every day!
Find an exercise you enjoy rather than worry about one that’s “cool”

Emmie Cross, Patient Care Coordinator

Chiara Cantone - Golf and Sports Physiotherapist - Bodyworks Clinic Marbella

My advice would be:
Keep your body flexible enough to move freely and strong enough to carry your own weight
Eat as healthy as possible to give yourself the best fuel and if you feel stressed, rest but never quit

Chiara Cantone, Golf and Sports Physiotherapist

Sandra Ashing, Clinical Hypnotherapist for Lux Therapy Clinic and Bodyworks Clinic Marbella

I would tell myself its ok to say no sometimes.
To actually listen to what my body or mind is telling me and slow down occasionally.
I would say it’s ok to love yourself, and pamper yourself as you would others, take me time, time out for bubble baths and scented candles, spa days & aromatherapy massages.
I would send myself to someone like me who can gently do a mind massage and point me in the direction earlier, I would teach myself the nutrition and weight loss secret it took me 10 years to figure out.
I would also advise myself to buckle up, as life may throw the odd curve ball but if your mind and body are better taken care of, you are in a better position to swerve or catch it rather than be hit by it.

Sandra Ashing, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Stuart Ashing, Master NLP Practitioner, Hypnosis at Lux Therapy Clinic and Bodyworks Clinic Marbella

I would tell myself to tell my wife (Sandie Ashing!) to study fat loss nutrition now rather than later and save 10 years of being 15kgs over weight. (Then duck) … Even though you think you’re eating healthy, you’re not, and even though you kinda like exercising and things, those extra 15kg aren’t something you want to be dragging around whilst doing that.
There is a special range of face cream and cleansers that are not just for girls… who knew… that red face irritation will disappear years quicker if you find it now. Buy yourself a good quality electric razor then you won’t need to carve your face up every time you shave.
Jumping in cold swimming pools “off season” is great for your immune system and “Wim Hoff” breathing method too.
And if you happen to get stressed, imagine you are sucking on a juicy lemon.

Stuart Ashing, Master NLP Practitioner and Hypnosis

Dr Beran Parry PhD Natural Medicine, Certified Nutritional Therapist, Exercise Physiologist at Bodyworks Clinic Marbella

What advice would I give myself ten years ago…
Most importantly…
BIOHACK YOUR LONGEVITY
Simply follow these principles!
– Combine high-quality science with blood data to deliver personalized recommendations on how to extend your healthspan.
– Eat no processed food and include more plant-based proteins into your diet … this can significantly increase longevity and improve markers related to chronic disease.
– Certain natural medicines contain antioxidants associated with longevity and can delay the progression of age-related diseases.
– Master your insulin metabolism reducing high glucose levels—a marker strongly linked to aging.
– Use supplements that can reduce hsCRP, an inflammatory biomarker that is associated with aging.
– Intermittent fasting (there are 8 ways to do this) …is associated with reductions in many age related markers including cholesterol markers, namely LDL cholesterol, which contributes to aging.
– Emerging research suggests that sulforaphanes, folate, and glutathione can play a role in the aging process on a cellular level. Get professional advice on how to use natural medicines to increase these levels permanently.

Dr Beran Parry PhD Natural Medicine, Certified Nutritional Therapist, Exercise Physiologist

So what would YOU tell your younger self? Are any of these true for you?

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