The human body is a self-contained miracle, possessing the God given ability to heal itself. As good stewards of the temple of His Holy Spirit, we must learn to tend to our bodies naturally, providing them with the fundamental resources needed to achieve, and maintain, total health. This natural approach to health supports the body’s own healing processes, while reinforcing its inherent ability to ward off infections and all disease. This holistic approach to the total health of our bodies can be broken down into seven basic categories.
When we concentrate on reaching a natural balance in all seven stages of health, we empower our bodies to heal themselves, and to protect us from illness, disease and premature aging.
Fresh, clean, air is vital to maintaining a strong and healthy body. It is estimated that the average American uses less than 20% of their total lung capacity. This deficiency results in a reduction in the supply of oxygen to the cells and organs of the body, leaving it ill-equipped to filter out the toxins, viruses and bacteria that cause illness. Through proper breathing techniques, we can learn to increase our lung capacity, providing the essential oxygen levels necessary to maintain the body’s innate health. Proper oxygenation of the blood, cells and organs helps the body protect itself from many diseases, including cancer.
Water, Water Everywhere
The body is approximately 70% water. Water is a vital component in the body’s natural detoxification processes, and essential to maintaining a strong immune system. Unfortunately, most people unknowingly suffer from chronic dehydration, putting them at risk for many serious health conditions including asthma, high blood pressure, pancreatitis and adrenal exhaustion. But by teaching ourselves to drink the right amount of water, and the proper type of water, we can empower our bodies to fend off a number of life threatening diseases. Through proper hydration, the body can protect itself from cardiovascular disease, endocrine imbalances, arthritis and many forms of cancer.
New Attitudes Toward Food
A proper diet is one of the most powerful tools in the natural support of the health of our bodies. Recent studies have shown that transitioning to a living/raw vegan diet, one that is not cooked and without any animal byproducts, can have a dramatic effect on our overall health. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, grains and nuts provide more than just fuel for the body. They provide life sustaining energy that allows the body to ward off all disease processes. Research has determined that vegan immune systems are twice as strong as those of non-vegans. Through proper food choices, we can use the power of food to heal both the body, and the mind.
How Much Sleep is Enough
Sleep patterns play a large role in the overall health of the body. Restful sleep allows the body to heal, and the mind to detoxify, at the end of a hard day. Unfortunately, more and more of us are suffering from some form of sleep disorder. Insomnia, sleep apnea and restless-leg-syndrome affect more than 112 Americans every year. Lack of restful, refreshing, sleep can lead to:
- Weight gain
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased aging/premature death
Learning to better manage sleep patterns brings the body mind and spirit into harmonious balance, making us more productive in our daily lives while sustaining our body’s natural healing potential.
Being Active is Being Proactive
Exercise is vital to the health of both the body, and the mind. Proper exercise not only strengthens the body, it helps release negative energy from the mind and emotions. Fewer than 1 in 5 Americans get the recommended amount of daily exercise. This lack of activity can lead to many serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. A lack of proper exercise can also lead to chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety. By adopting a sensible exercise routine, and sticking to it, we can help our bodies to maintain their total health. Regular exercise strengthens the heart and organs, improves circulation, prevents obesity and reduces the effects of aging. Proper exercise also helps to promote a sense of mental well-being, reducing stress and eliminating depression.
Fasting and the Elimination of Toxins
Detoxification is central to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Modern life exposes us to a wide array of chemicals and toxins on a daily basis. Periods of detoxification give the body a chance to cleanse itself, and to redirect its energy to the healing of cells, tissues and organs affected by these potentially harmful toxins. Fasting also plays a large part in the overall health of the body, and reduces the risk of coronary artery disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. Through a scheduled routine of fasting and detoxification, we can cleanse our bodies of harmful toxins, and restore the natural energy needed to stave of cancer and chronic illness along with increasing our vitality and lifespan.
The Ultimate Power of Prayer
As we tend our bodies, so must we tend our souls. Prayer and meditation on the word of God are two of most important, and powerful, components to achieving total health. When we find the peace by living fully in each moment, learn to meditate on God’s word, and begin to rejoice in the natural wonders of His creation, we free our bodies, and our minds, to begin the total healing process. By living a life of prayer and listening to God speak the truth to our hearts, we embrace the most powerful aspect of the total health journey.
The energy for maintaining life exists within us all, and through specific lifestyle changes we can embrace the God given healing potential of our own bodies. Just as a finger heals when it is cut, without thought, without effort, so can all disease be healed when the blockages, imbalances and toxins have been released from the body, the mind and emotions. With faith, through the action steps of making changes, and with an understanding of God’s plan for us on earth we can achieve what God created us for- total health of body, mind and spirit.