Your body is smart
Living a long, healthy life is something a vast majority of us aspire to do regardless of age, race or sex. As we all know, it can be challenging in today’s world where toxicity, sedentary lifestyle and all kinds of stress is a part of everyday life. Remember though, YOU are the one who is responsible for your own health and well being. The choices you make on a regular basis reflect on how you feel and how healthy you are. The best thing is… It is never too late to take a control over your own body. Your body is a smart creation with amazing self healing and self regulating capabilities. Sooner you understand it, the sooner you’ll be able to fully enjoy your body’s full potential and experience life the way you truly deserve it.
The 5 Keys to Health
If you’ve seen my YouTube videos you’ve probably seen this slide at the end of almost every single video in one form or another. It might seem too simple, but if you implement each one of these keys properly you can restore normal function throughout your body and achieve optimal health. This article is only an introduction to these keys and there will be many other articles that will go into much more detail.
Here’s a video I’ve done on the 5 Keys to Health:
#1: Proper Nerve Supply
The nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the body which is why this is the most important key to restoring normal function and healing your body naturally. A good start to ensure your nervous system is working properly is to get your spine and nervous system checked. The best way to accomplish this is to find an experienced chiropractor in your area who will analyze your spine and nervous system with x-rays, an exam, and perhaps even a surface EMG (electromyography) which measures the electrical activity of your paraspinal muscles. A corrective chiropractor will analyze your spine and nervous system, identify the underlying problems that are producing your symptoms, and fix those problems through proper chiropractic techniques that will reshape the structure of the spine, reverse degeneration, and stimulate the nervous system.
If you’d like to learn more about the Nervous system, here’s a video to get you started:
Here’s a video to help you find the best possible chiropractor in your area:
#2: Proper Exercise
Exercise is always extremely confusing for most people, because this isn’t about fitness, it’s about stimulating your nervous system and healing mechanisms throughout your body.
Here’s an example of just some of the benefits of regular exercise:
Lose, gain, or maintain weight
Improves your resistance to infections
Improves your brain function
Prevents and relieves chronic pain
Improves your Emotional health
Lowers your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
The confusing part about exercising is that you don’t need to spend hours in the gym everyday to receive all of these benefits. A good start would be simply walking 30 minutes everyday. Walking barefoot on dirt, grass, or sand is the best way to exercise because this encourages proper mechanics of the lower extremities and being barefoot allows your body to absorb minerals from the soil and has a grounding effect on your body.
Swimming would also be a great form of exercise, but make sure you avoid swimming pools treated with harmful chemicals like chlorine. The best option would be swimming in an ocean, lake, or river because your skin will absorb magnesium and other natural minerals transdermally (through your skin).
If you don’t have the use of your legs or walking is too much for you right now, then the next best option would be to exercise your arms. The device pictured above is an excellent way to exercise both your arms and legs if you have limited mobility.
#3: Proper Nutrition
Nutrition is so important because your body needs a complex combination of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in order to function properly. There has been so much confusion over the years about what humans should eat and what is required for optimal health. The problem is that there is no one size fits all diet that works for everyone. We all live in different regions of the planet and we have completely different needs on a daily basis. The diet recommendations I give below will cover the basic needs of what humans require to be healthy.
Start by switching to an organic, plant based diet with plenty of healthy fats like coconut oil. You need to avoid any packaged or processed food because these are loaded with toxins which directly affect the health and quality of your body. Some animal products like raw dairy, eggs and certain meats, especially wild caught fish are incredibly beneficial. If you choose to consume animal products make sure they are free range, grass-fed, hormone free, and antibiotic free. Meat should only be consumed at most, once a week, but fish oil supplements or small wild caught fish (sardines, mackerel, anchovies) should be taken or eaten on a daily basis, especially during the healing process.
You also need to supplement appropriately with vitamin D3, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, omega 3 (fish oil), Lugol’s Solution (iodine), chlorella, spirulina and a mineral/amino acid supplement like Body Balance from Life Force. Make sure you get the highest quality supplements you can find because these are vital for improving your health.
I also suggest juicing vegetables and blending fruits on a daily basis. Juicing and blending are fantastic because the soluble fiber in veggie juice can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream and bind to toxins which may be affecting the health of your body. Juicing/blending also pre-digests the food so the nutrients/minerals are more easily absorbed by your body. There are also enzymes and natural probiotics in the veggie juice/blended fruit that will radically improve your digestive system.
Here’s a detailed video about juicing if you’d like to learn more:
#4: Deep Sleep
One of the first questions I ask my patients is, “how are you sleeping?” Sleep is an excellent indicator of a person’s overall health and their ability to heal. The reason sleep is so important is because this is the time your body accomplishes most of it’s daily healing and repairs. With 50-70 million Americans suffering from sleep deprivation and over 9 million Americans taking prescription sleep medication, you’re probably wondering if lack of sleep is why we’re seeing such an increase in diseases. It turns out that lack of sleep causes all of the following:
Release of stress hormones
Alters hormone levels and metabolism
Elevates blood sugar
Raises your blood pressure
Reduces blood supply to the gut
Weakens your immune system
Decreases your ability to heal and function normally
Aggravation of chronic pain
There are so many factors involved in getting deep sleep, but if you follow this simple list of Do’s and Don’ts you can help your body achieve Deep Sleep every night.
•No Stimulating or stressful activities before bedtime
•No stimulants like caffeine
•No Dark Chocolate: can contain high levels of caffeine
•No Alcohol: disrupts REM
•Avoid spicy foods before bed
•Avoid blue light exposure 2-3 hours before bedtime
•No fluids within 2 hours of bedtime
•Avoid grains and sugars
•No work 2-3 hours before bed
•Reduce or eliminate all medication
•Stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (Chiropractic Care)
•Keep a regular sleep schedule and be consistent
•Establish a routine:
•meditation, deep breathing, aromatherapy, etc
•Improve your sleep environment: No noise, No light
•Room temp no higher than 70 degrees F
•Eliminate EMF’s (electro-magnetic fields)
•Eliminate alarm clocks if you can
•Reserve your bed for sleeping
•Eat a High protein snack several hours before bed:
•provides tryptophan needed for melatonin and serotonin
•Eat a Small piece of fruit
•helps tryptophan to cross blood-brain barrier
•Hot bath before bed
•Wear an eye mask to block out light
•Listen to relaxing Audio or white noise
•Journal your thoughts before bed
•Read for 30 minutes before bed
#5: Prayer and Meditation
Whatever your philosophical or religious beliefs are, it’s important to have some sort of connection with that higher power… that life force inside of you. If you look at the research and science behind prayer and meditation, it shows that no matter what your religion is, prayer helps to increase cell production and thus increase the rate of healing.
In addition to this, you need to start changing your mindset to one of health and strength. Your body is intelligent and capable of miraculous healing. If given the right conditions and nutrients your body will heal very quickly, however, this all begins with your mind. Your mind is extremely powerful and directly connected to your body and thus your health. Here are a few videos to help you change your mindset:
If you’d like to learn more about the 5 Keys to Healing, check out the videos below: