Now, more than ever before in the history of human civilisation, it is so important to look after our health.There is a lot that contributes to the state of our health, including stress, the food we eat, exercise and our thoughts and feelings – this all manifests as signs and symptoms on a physical level, in our bodies.
“Look after your body, it is the only place you have to live” – a well known quote from author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn. This really is the truth. Our bodies are the only ‘permanent places’ we have to reside whilst we live on Earth. The healthier our bodies, the healthier our minds and the more prolific we can be.
Even with the advances in the medical field, where there is so much they can do to repair and replace body structures such as skeletal replacements, organ transplants and laser treatment, this gives us no excuse to disregard our health. Original parts always work better! “Prevention is better than cure” (Chinese Proverb) – when illness manifests, the whole body is under stress. Illnesses can be big setbacks in life.
There are many people that go around ‘abusing their bodies’ with the notion that ‘you only live once, may as well enjoy it,’ or ‘we are all going to die anyway’. BUT how much so is the QUALITY of life hindered when we abuse our bodies by not eating correctly, not moving enough, thinking negative limited thoughts and by keeping demeaning perceptions that prevent us from growing.
We need to take responsibility for our own health.
As technology makes huge advances and the pace of life is quickened, so are our demands as people. We are put under pressure to work faster and more efficient, think more analytically and give up more of our time of relaxation.
How do we keep up with these demands? We may not be able to avoid these circumstances, but we can practise methods that optimise our bodily functions; practise effective recovery for optimal resilience, and keep your mind and body well exercised.
Unfortunately, most of us are not getting the nutritional requirements and the balance we need to keep up with life.We rush through life. We grab convenience foods on the run, food is mass produced and contains fewer nutrients than it did in previous years and most people don’t think about the consequences of what they ingest.
Time for physical activity is limited and so is quality time spent with friends and family.
We know that life is much different now compared to when our grandparents were young, or compared to just 20 years ago.
We as a holistic human body have a lot to contend with. There are many stressors in life, to name a few:
- Fast pace of life
- Society has adopted a busy and competitive way of life that most struggle to juggle
- More chemical and electric pollutants for our bodies to fight off
- Chemical additives in food (from pesticides & insecticides to preservatives and flavourants)
- Less time spent in nature
- Increase of built up areas
- Crime and poverty
All these things not only effect use physically, but can also affect us psychologically.
When it comes to addressing dis-eases, unfortunately, the mainstream medical systems are also fast paced, focusing on curing (or masking) a symptom as opposed to getting to the root cause and healing the whole illness.
Patients also look for the quick fix, because they are used to getting results now.
Because orthodox medical treatment is focused on symptom alleviating, the root cause of the problem is still brewing and may manifest elsewhere in the body. This could very well be the cause of severe illness such as cancer, heart disease, etc – we don’t see it coming, because we have masked all the warning signs.
It is important to find the balance in our lives’; otherwise we may just burn out.
More and more people are going back to ancient healing modalities as doctors are not detecting illness until a major disease manifests itself.This is where holistic / integrative / complementary / alternative therapies come in. Imbalances in the organs can be treated and healed before major illnesses manifest themselves.
The first step is to realise the importance of why we need to look after our health. The second step is to take active steps to look after our health
First we need to optimise diet. If we put in ‘good fuel’ we can be more productive with less strain on ourselves.
Diet & nutrients:
- Our food should be as natural as possible – with lots of fresh vegetables and some fruits
- Grown in a way that supports and sustains the environment
- Remove toxins from the diet, such as junk foods, fizzy cold drinks, foods that contain flavorants and additives
Specific focus on:
- Foods high in antioxidants
- Add magnesium, essential for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body  (try tissue salts No8)
- Essential fatty acids
Exercise is important to keep our bodies supple. Exercise is also important for bone health. 
- Moderate to gentle exercise (be careful not to push yourself too far)
- Do not sit for more than 1 hour (take a 5 min moving, walking or standing break)
- Meditation 
- Therapeutic massage
- Acupressure / puncture
- Rejuvenation naps from 15 minutes to 2 hours
- Spend more time in nature 
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