In the face of adversities, we can feel a lot of uncertainty. In such times we seek some form of balance, assurance and perhaps routine to fall upon as our usual structures of life feel out of reach.
This imbalance can have huge effects on both our mental and physical health. As such, now, more than ever, BePure is committed to supporting our precious community through this time. Being guided by our BePure 10 Pillars of Health, we're committed to providing education, tips, tools and ideas to foster a community of wellness and empower you all to navigate your own personal health journey and ultimately, live a great life, even in the face of these adversities.
Right from the very beginning—when BePure was just Ben Warren operating out of a small room in a Havelock North gym—BePure’s foundation has always been based on helping people to have a better experience of life.
Over the years, we have built up a community based on the common ground of wanting support through health issues they’ve been experiencing or to nurture their wellbeing.
Wellness can be a bit of a vague term—it can mean different things to different people in different contexts. And why wellness rather than health?
We found this definition which lit us up like Christmas trees and encompassed exactly what it is we’re seeking to support our community in doing:
…According to the National Wellness Institute, wellness is considered, “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence”.
This definition is based on 3 tenets:
1. Wellness is considered a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.
2. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment.
3. Wellness is positive and affirming.
- From ‘Health and Wellness’ by Debbie L. Stoewen
So essentially, health is a byproduct of wellness. By focusing on cultivating wellness, we’re putting our attention on the process rather than the outcome, and it’s during the process that the magic happens.
At the BePure Clinic, our BePure Holistic Health Consultants—while overflowing with an ocean of knowledge—are always asserting the huge value of nailing the basics. Looking after ourselves doesn’t need to be complicated, but it needs to be done, and done consistently for us to reap the benefits.
These simple, but powerful principles are always available for us to ground into. We don’t have to adopt them with full force all in one go—they work synergistically. By focussing on just one, the other aspects naturally improve.
For example, when we are well-rested after a good night’s sleep, it feels easier to do some kind of exercise, we gravitate towards more nourishing food choices because our bodies aren’t crying out for quick, easy energy found in highly processed foods, and we are better at managing hurdles that pop up throughout the day, we sleep better at night and the cycle can continue!
And so here they are:
BePure Ten Pillars of Wellness
As alluded to earlier, wellness is so much more than how much you exercise and what you eat. It’s taking steps to meet your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.We’ve divided them up into practical steps through the Ten Pillars of Wellness to be approached from a place of nourishing and honouring yourself:
1. Restorative Sleep
We undergo a myriad of restorative and regenerative processes while we sleep. In very simple terms, the better quality the sleep, the better the restoration!
2. Nourishing, Wholefoods
Can you believe that every bite we take influences complex systems like our gene expression and our gut microbiome? We hold a lot of power in the foods we choose to nourish ourselves with. We like to adopt the 80/20 rule—eating whole foods is to support us living a life of wellness, not a life based around what we eat.
3. Movement & Exercise
Thinking beyond and exercise how movement affects what you look like—that’s just the very tip of the iceberg. Underneath the surface of the water is all the ways movement supports you on a cellular level from improved sleep to mental wellbeing, even gut health.
4. Managing Stress
Life is 10% what happens, and 90% how we respond to it. Stress is one of the biggest contributing factors to poor health. As Ben likes to say, “you can’t control the waves, but you can learn to surf”.
5. Mental Wellbeing & Beliefs
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. In fact, the two aren’t even really that separate, they’re intrinsically connected.
6. Gut Health
“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates once said, and he was certainly onto something. Not only is our gut at the core of our bodies, it’s at the core of good health.
7. Essential Nutrients
Water transports nutrients throughout the body, aids in digestion, regulates temperature, facilitates all pathways of detoxification, protects our joints, supports healthy bowel movements, improves mental concentration and relieves fatigue.
9. Nurturing Environment
What's good for the earth is usually good for us too. Our experience of health goes well beyond just our bodies, it's also about how we interact with the world around us.
10. Social Connection & Community
Humans are tribal by nature—connection is a basic human need. The quality of our relationships is another key factor in determining of overall experience of wellness.
So there you have it—an overview of BePure’s ten pillars of wellness: a holistic approach to living this one life in a space of good health through simple but effective daily diet, lifestyle and nutrition measures.
In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be taking a deeper dive into each of these pillars, and giving them the spotlight they deserve.