Your Personal Medicine
Yes there are times we need doctors and therapists of all kinds to help us get back on the track of health. But WHO is the HEALER? YOU ARE! You are present in your body every moment of the day and you are the MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR WELLBEING. By understanding and supporting your path of daily health you will have so much more control over how you Feel. And there is nothing more important than FEELING GOOD. Exploring and balancing the 6 Pillars of Health is a great place to start.
"The food you eat can be either your safest and most powerful medicine or the slowest form of poison." Ann Wigmore
How do we fuel ourselves? Our body needs basic nutrients to create energy and perform our normal self-regulating functions.
OUR FOOD CHOICES MATTER! Are they providing these nutrients or not?
Are they supporting our immune system or pissing it off!
How can we sustainably make positive changes?
BE HONEST! What are you eating? You start from there. Then make sustainable changes specific for you at your own pace.
HUGE TIP: Remove the 4 biggest causes of body imbalance and start feeling better immediately: artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils. This means reading ingredient labels.
HYDRATION: We all need clean water with low levels of toxins. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This causes fatigue and sets us up for numerous other ailments.
SUPPLEMENTATION: What do we really need? How do we consult our inner healer to use information to lead us to what is a best individual choice?
How important is Breathing well? VERY! If we don’t breathe- we’re dead in 4-10 minutes. Yet do we even think about it? It's so automatic but is our habit of superficial breathing giving us what we need?
Food and Water must mix with Oxygen to create energy. Any of these factors missing and we erode our ability to function optimally.
Is our breathing shallow or deep? Are our lungs in constriction?
Do we realize that we can use breathing to relax ourselves? Dr. Andrew Weil's 4-7-8 relaxing breathing technique is a great way to practice this.
Are we conscious of air quality? Do we need to make some changes to purify the air we breathe.
Studies are showing that a major indicator of longevity is activity.There is a linear relation between physical activity and health status, such that a further increase in physical activity and fitness will lead to additional improvements in health status.
Must we get to the gym? NO not unless you want to. Purposeful movement such as at home exercise or activities of daily living exaggerated a bit can go a long way to improving your health status.
Movement establishes flow in your system bringing fuel to your cells and removing toxins. Engaging the large muscles of the legs and buttocks- is especially effective. So small squats or butt lifts anytime in your day can make you feel better!
Skeletal muscle is considered an endocrine organ that releases feel good hormones and regulatory peptides. Think runners high -less but similar!
SO how do you move? Slowly, quickly, unconsciously, deliberately?
What type of movement do you like? Walking, running, stretching, dancing?
Do more of it for your Best Health!
Harvard Medical School confirms what we intuitively know- that sleep is a major factor in health. Poor sleep can lower immunity, decrease memory and focus, lower emotional reserves, increase risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and some cancers. But what does good sleep look like? Most need 7-8 hours of sleep to go through 4-7 cycles of sleep. During sleep the body repairs and the mind replenishes.
Are we giving our bodies enough quality sleep time?
How do we prepare for sleep? What do we do, see and think before going to sleep?
There are numerous supplements (ex. melatonin, GABA, glycine, 5HTP, passion flower) that can help promote sleep and depending on the circumstances, certain ones can be a better choice.
Insomnia is a symptom of a deeper imbalance and overcoming it may require some detective work. But it is worth it!
Numerous John Hopkin's studies have shown that there is a definitely a strong link between positivity and health.
What are your personal ways to cultivate a positive mindset?
Relaxation and Meditation practices can work well.
Gratitude, savoring daily pleasures, smiling more can induce the release of health producing chemicals in the body. So do activating Joy, Fun, Lightness through play or watching funny videos!
Pivoting to the Positive by reframing negative thoughts and experiences can undoubtedly improve your life.
Remember to be willing to explore the purpose and meaning of your life. Why do we do and want what we do? Define your WHY...
Our BODY IS OUR ALLY and is constantly communicating, giving us signals of "Yes this is GOOD" or "No something's WRONG." Are you aware of these signs? Do you take the time to listen?
Are we aware of our internal dialogue- are we being unkind to others inside or even worse to ourselves? We are so often hardest on ourselves and that must shift. In order to achieve health in body we need health in our mind.
Are you aware of your Inner healer? Everyone has an inner knowing of what is best but do we know how to access it when needed? Often we lack clarity about what to do or choose for our health. We procrastinate promoting our own wellness because we are afraid to make a choice. That can change!
How? Chose Curiosity over Fear. Issues are going to come up- we’re all learning here. It’s a continual process of getting to know ourselves and our changing needs. WE can LOVE ourselves through anything!!!