What does it take to be healthy? Part 2
What does it take to be healthy?
In the last blog, I pointed out the different philosophies based on the opinions of various health professions.
WHO’s (World Health Organization) definition of Health. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Ponder that statement……do we really know what that means?
Health is balance! Balanced physiology and nervous system, balanced energetically, emotionally, and spiritually!
My observation of 30 years in holistic healthcare, is what we need the most has the biggest effect on our health! We need oxygen – breathing, without oxygen for just a few minutes we lose our health. Many people don’t breath properly! I can suggest information to help you breath more effectively if you desire that.
Along those same lines is what we breath. Do you spend your day breathing air that is filled with chemical toxins such as, scented candles and air fresheners, colognes and perfumes, body lotions, fabric softeners, etc? These toxic chemicals will build up over time and will lead to a body holding toxins.
Next, are the substances we put in our bodies by eating and drinking. To put it simply, we need to eat food in its natural state; fruits, vegetables, and animal protein. There are only 3 types of foods, Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins, we need all three of these for a healthy body to function in balance, create healthy cells and thus healthy organs.
Eat fresh foods, and follow this guideline: Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper for dinner!
Now the issue at hand is, everyone has a differing opinion as to what a “healthy diet” is. I believe history can inform us. Prior to the 20th century, dis-eases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and hundreds of other autoimmune diseases did not exist. The 20th century was the century of progress and abundance. With these advances came foods of convenience and commerce. Manufacturers started abusing the foods to create a longer shelf life, this over processing lead to nutrients being destroyed, which gave us high calorie, low nutrient foods.
In today’s world, we have abandoned physical work for mental work. So now, we must actually plan and make time to EXERCISE. We must stress the body in order for it to be strong. Movement is extremely important. What do older people say? “I feel STIFF and old”. So, get moving I don’t care if it is dancing, aerobics, Zumba, or karate but get your body moving and get a sweat going!
Also important is to get good sleep! While you sleep your body rejuvenates and healing takes place! Early to bed and early to rise is a great way to live your life.
Take time for yourself, get massages, and adjustments every month! You CAN do this when your feeling good. You go to the MD for a checkup, and you are thrilled to death when he says everything is fine. Do the same with the Chiropractor and massage therapist. In today’s world, there is not enough physical touching. Your wife sits on the couch and you in the easy chair…not good for your physical body or your relationship!
Heal relationships with people you care about. Make amends for your sake!
Lastly, heal your relationship with yourself and God. Take time to meditate, that is quietly being in the presence of God. Do this morning and evening, and have prayers of gratitude. See yourself healthy, happy and whole! See yourself enjoying life. If you can’t do that, then it’s time to make a change!