When pondering disease of the body, ponder the basic tenet of the word when split into two words: “Dis” and “ease,” indicating the body is not at ease; it is in a state of dis-ease.
Just as there are four seasons that allow each year to unfold beautifully from one to the next, there are four basic elements of daily care – moving, eating, drinking, and sleeping – that help to prevent and rid the body of disease. To be healthy, one need simply move, eat, drink, and sleep the right way, the healthy-care way, to feel happy; to have a body that is at ease rather than continually fighting dis-ease.
Go to sleep, rest, and feel better; seems pretty basic. But it’s much bigger than that; the actual time you fall asleep and the hours you sleep are key to your body feeling fabulous. The deepest, most beneficial sleep hours are from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., during which time every person’s body works at its highest capacity to heal and rid itself of dis-ease. Choosing to fall asleep later than 10 p.m. prevents the body from doing what it does best during those four hours: Rebuild and heal. When we include sleep between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.:
- We wake up more rested and alert.
- We have more energy for physical activities during the day.
- We eat less than, “night owls,” meaning less weight gain (it’s estimated a person can lose 24 pounds in a year simply by curbing food intake at night).
- We avoid gaining extra weight because our blood sugar and insulin levels stay balanced, keeping our “hunger hormones” naturally active rather than overactive.
Preventing dis-ease of the body by drinking water, water, and more water is as important as using the correct gasoline in your car; there is no substitute. To drink iced tea or lemonade or any other beverage that happens to have water as the main ingredient does NOT count as drinking water, just as you cannot put gasoline mixed with diesel or any other liquid in your car. To function at highest capacity, your car needs good ol’ gasoline and your body needs good ol’ water; it’s that simple.
The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water; drinking water rids the bladder of harmful bacteria infections; intake of water prevents dehydration, headaches, feeling sickly and lethargic; drinking water helps reduce fevers by getting rid of the “heat” through urination; drinking plenty of water promotes multiple bowel movements each day, imperative to the reduction of colon cancer and healthy bodily functions; drinking water helps to reduce weight and increases overall energy.
The more water we drink and the less we drink other beverages, the more we prevent dis-ease of the body. Some tips to follow:
- Multiply your weight by 2/3; the answer indicates how many ounces of water you are to drink each day (no more than a gallon unless sweating a lot from exercise and/or high temperatures).
- Drink 16 ounces of room temperature water a half hour before meals to wake up digestive juices and prevent overeating.
- Drink 16 ounces of room temperature water first thing in the morning (to wake up digestive juices) and before going to sleep (to keep ‘hunger hormones’ from seeking bedtime treats).
- Flavor water with a squeeze of lemon or lime (to also alkalize the water for even greater healing effect) or add a drop of concentrated flavoring like peppermint oil.
In a world of ready-to- eat and fast-food options, along with processed and genetically modified foods – all semi-to- non-nutritional – it is extremely important to understand which foods our bodies need and crave versus those that our taste buds long for but our bodies want to run from with wild abandon!
Our bodies require healthy carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to maintain top-performance organs, muscles, bones, and nerves; making greens, fruit, whole grains, calcium rich, and lean protein foods our first choices are the best choices. Fill refrigerators, freezers, and cabinets with these choices; when that’s all there is, that’s all that can be eaten. Avoid purchasing canned food with preservatives; read labels and choose to eat foods with natural ingredients (this applies to seasonings, too).
WARNING! According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people in the world are overweight – that’s more than all those starving and poverty-stricken.
Key: Avoid white sugar and artificial sweeteners as much as possible; they taste good but are highly addictive and detrimental in excess (the average American consumes more than 130 lbs. of sugar every year). Too much sugar makes us fat, breaks down our immune systems, causes wrinkles, increases nervousness, rots our teeth, and is considered to be one of the greatest contributors to dis-ease today. Artificial sweeteners cause us to crave more food, prompting tremendous weight gain, and they lend to other body dis-eases such as (but not limited to) cancer, fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Whatever your age, shape, size, or ability, daily physical activity is necessary for overall health and wellbeing. Movement allows better sleep patterns, reduces risk of depression and anxiety, increases muscle and bone strength, enables healthy weight gain and loss, and helps every day to be a happier day.
When physical activities are not a part of the daily regime, there is an increase in risk of dis-ease, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and potential for stroke.
There are two basic types of exercise:
- Cardiovascular, where the heart pumps more oxygen through the blood to the muscles.
- Includes activities like running, skating, swimming, jogging, cycling
- Resistance training, where muscles are strengthened by working against a weight or force
Some wonderful benefits of movement beyond visible, physical improvement:
- Mental health – promotes greater learning capacity
- Social health – more positive interaction with others
- Positive emotions – we feel better about ourselves
- Improved metabolism – increases ability to burn calories
Movement doesn’t require signing up at a local gym or joining a sport’s team; taking a thirty minute walk each day or choosing to use the stairs instead of the elevator can feel great and do wonders.
Prevent dis-ease of the body!
- Get to sleep by 10 p.m.
- Drink water, water, water
- Eat healthy to be healthy
- Move to feel better