Keys to Maintaining Good Health
It is a given that most of us are experiencing some form of stress and it would seem prudent to safeguard our health as best we can. Therefore, I’m making some suggestions on how to better our chances of staying well in challenging times.
No doubt you have heard much information about how diet and exercise play a key part and also state of mind is right up there. Many of us just know intuitively know how to repair imbalances so this is just a reminder to those that don’t take the time to take care of themselves because they are caught in the whirlwind that is life or they have given up trying as they are not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
My thoughts on health are again brought to the forefront because I’m hearing more and more about younger people succumbing to serious illness and death not to mention those people that have morbidity factors like diabetes, immunological disorders and obesity.
We are losing segments of our population at a much more rapid rate not to mention the astonishing amount of women that are having reproductive problems including the loss of their babies before full term. Certainly, there are many factors contributing to this very dark scenario. Living in a toxic environment such as we are forced to do with degraded air quality, water that is impure and/or contains fluoride and food that is genetically modified as well as a depletion of the minerals in our soil. Then there are the correlations between serious health issues and the latest injections as too many people receiving them are experiencing neurological disorders, fatal blood clots, reproductive disorders, heart and lung issues, and the ultimate, death, soon after receiving them. It’s just a matter of research to find out the stats on this and it is up to us to decide to try to take our health as well as keep our children’s health into our own hands. I feel the decision makers concerning our precious health are not doing a good enough job of it.
Consider some of the things we can do on a day to day basis to sustain our health:
Diet: Staying away from junk food is the most obvious and then there are high sugar products like soft drinks and processed foods.
Sleep: We are all sleep-deprived because it’s not only the quantity of sleep we get but the quality. Going to bed at the ideal time between 9 and 10 PM is very difficult for many but trying to go earlier by even 10-15 minutes over a period of a month to gradually fool the body into re-adjustment can make a big difference in quality. A dark room is imperative because we need to produce melatonin, a hormone that protects the immune system and has an anti-aging effect.
Stress Reduction: Yes, that sounds like an oxymoron in these times. I’m getting stressed just re-reading my blog about ill health! What to do that could work for you. Soft Martial Arts that heal the body like Quigong, T’ai Chi (both of which you can find online as classes are given for free and yours to follow), Yoga in all it’s forms, walking in nature-correlations show that if you can walk at a good pace one hour a day, you can avoid the possibility of cancer, walking barefoot on the Earth or sand on the beach called is called Earthing and even if done for 20 minutes can have enormous healing affects. There are major positive health implications of reconnecting the human body to the Earth’s surface electrons which promote intriguing physiological changes that benefit our sleep quality and reduces pain. See Journal of Environmental and Public Health, “Earthing: Health Implications by Gaetan Chevalier, Stephen T. Sinatra.
Supplements: A good supplement program will help sustain health with formulations that include anti-inflammatories: Curcumin would be one such example. Circulation boosters are responsible for circulating oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. When someone has compromised blood flow, the results can be tingling, numbness, as well as pain and cramping. This can all be improved with the B vitamin group that is made up of 8 nutrients. B3 in particular, reduces inflammation and bad cholesterol while improving blood circulation. Leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach are good sources. Also, consider taking Omega-3 fatty acids as they are one of the most popular heart-healthy supplements and decrease plaque build-up while decreasing inflammation. All add up to better circulation. Best sources are fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, anchovies. Obviously, if you have a serious condition, you’ll need to see your physician.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine said something like this in 387 BC, “He who doesn’t understand food cannot heal the diseases of men.” As we know, something in food changes everything and if you can’t get the appropriate vitamins and minerals in food, then look to supplement what you are lacking.
Another food foor thought, yes a pun! Your digestive tract is not just for digesting and absorbing nutrients. It’s also involved in immune function since approximately 70% of immune system resides in the gut. Good gut health can also affect brain health. It’s easy to research foods that affect the gut negatively like most types of grains, sugars and meat that is not ethically raised as examples.
Tags: T’ai Chi, Quigong, Yoga, Sleep, Earthing, Jounral of Environmental and Public Health, Supplements,Hippocrates