Balancing Life: The 7 Principles of Health

by Nicole Graves on April 4, 2017

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Balancing Life: The 7 Principles of Health

Over the past year, I’ve taken some time away from the blog to do the three R’s: relax, re-balance and read up on some natural healers and juice gurus that I have been following for years. I really like Tyler Tolman’s philosophy about wellness. I’ve watched many of his videos and scoured his blog to learn more about his teachings. One of Tyler’s points that really resonated with me is that health is far more than just eating well. EVERYTHING is connected and life is a balanced circle. Tyler always stresses the importance of practicing the Seven Principles of Health. I think that everyone should know these principles and work on them for a healthier more balanced lifestyle.

  1. Deep Breathing and Fresh AIR

Deliberate, focused, deep breathing in through your nose, and out through mouth expands the lungs and draws fresh air into the body. It helps relax the mind and oxygenates your body, reduces blood pressure, relieves stress, and strengthens abdominal muscles when done properly. I recently taught one of my daughters about deep breathing techniques to de-stress since her personality is so intense; it helps her unwind. Don’t forget! When you’re taking deep breaths, it’s best to be outdoors in fresh clean air. It’s the key to healthy living!

  1. WATER

Water is life. I can’t stress how important it is to drink water daily! When you wake up in the morning it’s ideal to drink about 30 ounces of water to hydrate your digestive system and your body. Lemon water is ideal in the morning. Water keeps the skin looking clear and youthful, promotes weight loss, and helps remove toxins from the body. Eating foods with high water content will also increase your water intake.   Fruits and vegetables such as: melons, cucumbers, lettuces, and celery are just a few foods that have a high water content and are delicious.



We’ve been conditioned to believe that the sun is evil and to avoid it at all costs.   That’s not true. Daily sunshine is critical to living a healthy life. In fact, the purest and most natural source of Vitamin D can only be absorbed through the skin by actually getting out into the sunshine for at least 20-30 minutes daily. Low Vitamin D levels can be a pre-cursor to sickness. A healthy diet provides natural sun protection. Antioxidants from fruits and vegetables provide natural sunscreen and helps prevent sun damage. Healthy oils like coconut oil and carrot oil are non-toxic alternatives to store-bought sunscreens and have low levels of sun protection. It’s a must. Get outdoors!


Movement is crucial. Our bodies are not meant to be sedentary. Exercise gets the lymphatic system pumping, strengthens the heart, builds muscle, maintains or improves flexibility and releases endorphins that make you feel good! Find any activity that makes you happy and do it daily. At the very least, get up and walk for about 30-45 minutes almost every day. Exercise is one of easiest mood boosters and is natural anti-depressant. Move something!


No, I’m not talking about the grocery store. Eat plenty of whole foods. Whole foods are raw, fresh, organic, unprocessed foods that have no additives, preservatives and oils. Fresh fruits and vegetables are complete foods that contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and even protein that your body needs and craves. For optimal health, eat fresh and have large quantities of fruits, salads, vegetables, nuts and seeds. You’ll feel so much better!



Healthy, loving, trusting relationships are essential to living a fulfilled life. When your friendships, marriages, or family relationships are out of balance, stress will soon follow. Stress weakens the immune system and plays a huge role in disease and illness. Spend time nurturing your relationships that support you and help you grow. It will lead to a much happier and healthier life.


Life without passion is a lackluster life. Passion supports true happiness. A passion for anything can give you a reason to keep learning and working toward mastery. Passion can create bonds with others, which supports healthy relationships. Find what your true passion is and share it with others. Put yourself out there and live a fulfilled life. Passion breeds purpose.


Make some small tweaks in your lifestyle like I have, and you will definitely see changes and feel more fulfilled!

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