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4 Resources Of A Healthy Lifestyle

1.Eat Natural and Healthy Foods

“You are what you eat.”
~ Victor Hugo Lindlahr

FOOD, as we all knew, is the primary need for human existence. Needless to say, without food the human body will deteriorate and – surely – die.

In 1940, Victor Hugo Lindlahr – a passionate advocate of the idea that food controls health; and son of Dr. Henry Lindlahr, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) – published the book entitled: You Are What You Eat, which popularized the expression; with a strong belief that “90% of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs.”

In other words, eating of unnatural and unhealthy foods will result to various diseases;
and, if curative recourse is ignored, may deteriorate the human body sooner than later.

Explore Naturopathy

“What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.”
~ Lucretius

Inherent essentials of modern naturopathy include eating of “natural” foods according to one’s blood type, to invigorate or strengthen the respective immune system; and may prevent the development of hereditary and life-threatening diseases.

Incidentally, Hippocrates, renowned Greek physician – referred to as Father of Medicine – was claimed by naturopaths as the first advocate of naturopathic medicine; and Father Sebastian kneipp, Bavarian catholic priest, as one of its forefathers.

Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND, author of the best-selling book : Eat Right For Your Type, first published in 1997, categorized foods according to 4 blood types, namely:

  1. Blood type O (The Hunter). Meat eater (high protein, low carbohydrate). Should restrict wheat and most other grains.
  2. Blood type A (The Cultivator). Vegetarian; high carbohydrate, low fat. Should eat vegetables, fruits and seafoods; with few restrictions.
  3. Blood type B (The Nomad). Wholesome. Balanced; with varied diet of A and O. The only blood type that does well with dairy products. Strong immune system. Tolerant digestive system.
  4. Blood type AB (The Enigma). Rare. Biologically complex. Sensitive digestive tract. Has most of the benefits and intolerances of types A and B; and has the friendliest immune system of all the blood types.

You may explore the concept of naturopathy – as regards foods – to complement the previous article, Health Is Wealth; and adapt some variations or revisions of eating natural and healthy foods; for a thorough primary foundation of a healthy lifestyle.

2. Sleep well

“Sleep is the best meditation.”
~ Dalai Lama

SLEEP, also plays a very important role in our health. Apparently, as we all knew, when regular sleep is observed, vigor and energy are replenished.

According to health experts, we need to rest 7 to 8 hours every night; if possible, at 9:00 in the evening until 5:00 in the morning.

Generally, the foregoing span of hours have greater healthy benefits; since the complex system and various functions of the human body are designed to be rejuvenated every hour, respectively.

Specifically, sleep improves the immune system, maintains blood pressure and sugar levels. It also helps heart vessels in its normal healing process.

Moreover, it was discovered that – as we sleep – the brain sits in a clear fluid; which flows between the brain cells and acts as the waste removal agent of the brain.

In other words, the brain is quietly working hard in cleaning and maintaining this complex human machine, while sleeping. Hence, enhances cognitive functions to become more productive and creative.

Conversely, sleep deprivation weakens the immune system which, then, requires a longer recovery from illnesses. It may also result to an increased risk of heart, high blood pressure and stroke; as well as diabetes and kidney diseases.

A study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the risk of obesity increases; and in other age groups as well.

Another study disclosed a link between sleep deprivation and psychosis; which alters activity in some parts of the brain. If so, a person has trouble in making decisions, solving problems, controlling emotions and behavior and coping with changes.

In other words, sleep deprivation creates negative effects on alertness and cognitive performance and decreases brain activity and function.

Sleep deprivation also increases levels of stress hormones, which may reduce new cell production in adult brains; become incapable of putting an emotional event into the proper perspective; and a controlled suitable response to the event.

More so, sad to say, sleep deprivation has been linked to depression, risk-taking behavior and even suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, therefore, seriously reminds, “Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two.”

3. Exercise Regularly

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
~ Joseph Addison

EXERCISE, for some people, seems of primal importance for their health; that they have to engage in strenuous or rigorous physical activities. Except, of course, for those who are participants or delegates of professional athletic sports or competitions.

But if we study well, exercise has lesser importance compared to food and sleep. In fact, as we all witnessed, many people don’t even bother to exercise in their lifetime, yet they live quite better? It does not mean, however, that we have to ignore exercise.

Conversely, whenever possible, one should do it regularly. Some health experts opine that if we have a daily habit of exercise for – at least – 30 minutes, we have complied with its demand; and would reap its various health benefits.

You may choose an exercise according to your convenience and passion, such as walking, running, biking, swimming, aerobics or martial arts, just to mention a few.

In fact, little practical physical movements are supplemental. You may take, for instance, the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car quite farther from your destination just to walk; and enjoy washing and cleaning it by yourself.

Some Benefits of Exercise

  1. Exercise boosts energy and endurance. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues; and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. It may also control weight, as you burn calories.
  2. It helps keep your thinking, learning and judgment skills sharp as you age. It stimulates your body and release chemicals that improve the structure and function of your brain.
  3. It can improve self-esteem, boosts confidence and over all mood. It promotes better sleep. However, you should not do it close to bedtime; to prevent much energy as you go to sleep.
  4. It combats many diseases; prevents arthritis, diabetes, the risk of cardiovascular diseases, unhealthy triglycerides and boosts good cholesterol. Hence, increases your chance of living longer.
  5. It helps prevent anxiety and depression, even by moderate walking. Some studies disclosed that running for 15 minutes a day, or walking for an hour, reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.

John F. Kennedy profoundly remarked, “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

4. Relaxation Or Solitude

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
~ James Howell

“The best thinking has been done in solitude.”
~ Thomas A. Edison

RELAXATION or SOLITUDE – same with exercise – may have lesser importance than food and sleep, respectively. In fact, many people would even consider it as optional.

This last – but not the least – resource of a healthy lifestyle, however, is also important not only for physical benefits but mental stimulation as well. As Albert Einstein pondered, “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

In fact, some of great inventions, discoveries or man-made creations substantiated, were results of rare and exceptional ideas or thought process; when inventors, scientists, deep thinkers and the like, were in their relaxation or solitude moments.

Evidently, for instance, is a famous story about Archimedes, Greek scholar, mathematician and inventor. He seemed was in momentary relaxation or solitude, when a solution to his problem suddenly or surprisingly came.

As he stepped on public bathtub and noticed that the water level rose, he instantly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged.

Because of his astonishment, he jumped out of the bathtub and ran through the streets yelling, “Eureka!,” “Eureka!” – in Greek – which means, “I found it!,” “I found it!” That was the “Aha!” moment which made his relaxation or solitude so remarkable.

He, eventually, applied his discovery on what he called “principle of buoyancy;” the reason why huge ships, weighing thousands of pounds, could float on water.

The foregoing phenomenon may also be considered as a “flash” or “hunch.” Some spiritually -inclined individuals distinctly call it “divine inspiration” or “infusion from on high;” for the continuing progress and development of mankind.

We, therefore, need relaxation or solitude moments not just to complete the components of a healthy lifestyle for physical benefits, but to invigorate our “inner” strength as well; so that we can respond to greater challenges; and may fulfill a higher or noble purpose too.

More so, apropos of solitude on a profound insight, God – through the Scripture – has declared, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” ~ Jeremiah 33:3

Health Is Wealth

“The first wealth is health.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The greatest wealth is health.”
~ Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil)

ACCORDING TO SOME STUDIES, genes are responsible for only 10 percent of diseases. The remaining 90 percent are nutrition related.

In other words, the genes in our cells maybe influenced by nutrients – released from foods – leading to changes in the way the genes function. In short, nutrition may alter genes.

Thomas Edison once remarked, “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”

Harmoniously, emerging science also shows that health can be rapidly altered – for better or for worse – based on diet or eating habits.

Diet, then, seems to be the easiest, fastest and most effective way to improve and optimize health. Chinese proverb augmented, “He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.”

In retrospect, during primeval era, people eat natural traditional foods, due to the absence of complex modern technologies.

The foregoing brief insight may imply that ancient people were physically strong, vigorously fit and healthy; and seem to enjoy longer life spans?

Conversely, in modern digital era, nutrition and health experts continue to explore or discover alternative foods – as remedies – to sustain peoples’ health and live longer.

Some alternative processed foods, however, may result to harmful manifestations in the human body, due to artificial components, such as: preservatives, chemicals, and the like.

Eating, then, of processed foods, whenever possible, must be restricted; if not – on rare circumstances – minimized; except, naturally or organically processed ones.

The good news is – in raising our level of awareness – we have a great degree of control over our health destiny, to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

If so, we may – gradually – live life to the fullest and live longer; while – purposefully –serving our fellow human beings; by using our God-given time, talent and/or treasure.

Mahatma Gandhi, known for Indian independence and non-violent resistance, is then correct when he said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

Natural Or Healthy Option

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.”
~ Paul Prudhomme

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
– Hippocrates

Many experts on health and nutrition advice that – if possible – the major part of our diet should be fish, fruits and vegetables.

Fish are excellent sources of protein, a nutrient primarily needed by the human body; for growth and maintenance of tissues, and other health benefits.

Moreover, some are rich in natural fish oil or omega 3, and other minerals most beneficial to health; but, usually, low in fat.

Nature-fed fish taken from ocean, rivers or lakes are good sources of supply. Conversely, artificial-fed fish should be restricted or, at least, minimized; except those natural or organic-cultured ones.

Incidentally, in ancient times, some seafoods or crustaceans were categorized as unclean, such as: crabs, lobsters, shrimps and various of shells, among others.

Crustaceans and shells are considered scavengers, garbage collectors or vacuum cleaners of the sea.

Interestingly, modern science also found out that many of these aforesaid seafoods or crustaceans have higher toxicities; which, apparently, are harmful to health.

While fish, as mentioned earlier, should be one of the major parts of diet, meat is also one of the primary sources of complete protein; and, likewise, other healthy benefits too.

We may, then, opt to eat meat of nature or grass-fed land creatures, such as : beef, lamb, goat, free-ranged chicken, turkey, ducks, just to mention a few.

The foregoing land creatures, however, should be consumed in moderation, to prevent adverse health effects. As Desiderius Erasmus seriously reminds, “Prevention is better than cure.”

Needless to say, “fresh fruits” must preferred to be consumed, than preserved ones. Also, those harvested on soil, such as : “organic or natural-grown vegetables” and “root crops” are healthy to eat too.

Please be reminded, however, that human beings were created not only to eat and just exist; but, rather, for a purposeful living – that each one should discover. As Socrates, briefly but aptly advices, “Eat to live, not live to eat.”

Foods Affect Mind And Emotion

“Man is what he eats.”
~ Ludwig Andreas Von Feuerbach

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”.
~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Apparently, if we eat healthy foods, we – precisely – become healthy. Conversely, if we eat unhealthy foods, we become unhealthy. It’s just a simple matter of law of cause and effect; or, the so-called law of the farm: “What we sow, we reap.”

Some studies also disclosed that the foods we eat, become part – not only of the outer fabric of our body but – of our mental and emotional wellness as well.

The book entitled: Your Miracle Brain, Jean Carper, author and leading authority on health and nutrition, reveals the nutritional secrets that can unlock the brain’s full intellectual and emotional potential.

Interestingly, according to the aforesaid author, our brain is a growing, changing organ; and we can greatly improve the very structure, wiring, and functioning of our brain cells by eating right foods.

As highlights, “fish eaters,” for instance, “stay smarter longer;” and, “eating of fruits and vegetables will save our brain.” These are just few specific healthy brain benefits of eating fish, fruits and vegetables.

Moreover, some research and studies also found out that rates of depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are on the rise; especially among non-isolated populations. Suicide rates have also increased over the past several decades.

Some health and nutrition experts, then, opined that : “The decline in mental and emotional wellness, may be the result of – or connected with – the disappearance of natural traditional healthy diet.”

To reiterate, generally, most nature-fed land and water creatures – intended for man’s consumption – are healthy to eat; except, some that were specifically mentioned earlier, namely: crustaceans and various shells, and the like.

Conversely, foods that are artificially processed would create unhealthy effects; except, naturally or organically-processed ones.

On a serious note, whenever artificially-processed foods are consumed, harmful artificial chemicals and additives are transferred into human bodies; resulting to its early deterioration; including mind and emotion.

We should, therefore, continue to discover natural foods that would benefit not only our bodies, but also our mental and emotional wellness. As William Shakespeare profoundly complemented, “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.

Health Has Spiritual Linkage Too

“Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.”
~ Cicero

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”
~ Mother Teresa

Let’s try to dig deeper.

The book entitled: Awaken The Healer In You, Bo Sanchez, the author, writes:
“85 percent of man’s diseases are caused of emotional roots and spiritual problems; while only 15 percent come from a lack of nutrition, a lack of sleep, a lack of oxygen, a lack of sunlight and a lack of exercise.”

Sad to say, on the one hand, in the Old Testament, it seems that “poverty and sickness are repercussions or effects of sin.” In other words, if a person commits a sin or disobey God, poverty and/or sickness would – definitely – be the consequences. As the Scripture provides in Genesis 3:17-19 and Deuteronomy 28:15-22.

Moreover, if sin is committed directly against God, then gravity would seem so heavy; that the effect of punishment is extended up to the third and fourth generation.

The scripture explicitly provides, “For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” ~ Exodus 20:5 (NIV)

Interestingly, on the other hand, in the New Testament, the Restorer and Savior, recognized by Christians, is full of mercy and compassion; depending on the intensity of faith in Him.

At-a-glance, the scripture evidently disclosed a relevant beautiful story as regards “health restoration, through an expectant faith of a believer:”

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about JESUS, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. ~ Mark 5:25-29 (NIV)

If a person, then, is stricken by a disease – specially a severe kind – aside from medical remedies, it seemed a prompting for an introspection or a thorough self-examination. As Socrates strongly reminds, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Truly, therefore, health is wealth. More so, if the wholeness of man – body, mind, and spirit – is continuously nourished. As Plato aptly and profoundly put it, “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”