Many of us know that balance is the key to living a better quality and quantity of life. But like a gymnast on a balance beam, maintaining that focus on balance, also known as ‘homeostasis’, takes a great deal of trial and error… especially in what we eat.
Wellness Chiropractor and founder of the Wellness Practice, Dr. James Chestnut, in his book, Natural Hygiene, shares that all chemically induced health stressors can be divided into two dynamic states he calls ‘Deficiencies’ and ‘Toxicities’.
The first state, deficiency, is best understood as an organism that does NOT HAVE ENOUGH of a particular substance. And that deficiency will keep us from being able to achieve homeostatic cell function. The second state, toxicity, (so much more talked about in our popular media) describes how if we get too much of anything, especially those things which our body has a difficult time recognizing, it will drive our cells away from homeostasis.
Both states, are states that if we live in for too long, will induce the development of chronic degenerative autoimmune types of disease states. The ones that are most commonly seen in our society today are things like: diabetes, heart disease, MS, and cognitive degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Like a sharp and a flat in music, the true note, ‘homeostasis,’ is somewhere in the middle, and it often takes a lot of practice before we can support this state in what we eat.
Read on to learn about the 5 most important principles you can incorporate into your day to teach yourself, your children and those you love how to build a better relationship with your eating balance this summer and for years to come.
Principle #1) Make Your Eating Choices a Lifestyle
One of the things we enjoy most in travelling to other parts of the world is how much the FOOD is actually part of the lifestyle. For example, when we think of Japan, Italy, Jamaica or India, what commonly comes to mind are images of their cuisine. What we often love most about many parts of the world is not only their climate and geography, but their food and the healthy relationships they have to what grows natural where they live. As a Canadian, I understand the popularity of drinking morning coffee at Tim’s, having a bagel, donut or muffin or enjoying a weekend BBQ, but in my mind, these are more socially supported strategies than they are strategies of eating that will support your long term health & wellness. Better homeostasis is found, when we learn to shop for home grown local and fresh produce (blueberries, lettuce, strawberries, broccoli, apples, asparagus and peaches just to name a few…). We need to spend more time eating what our geography grows, rather than what our society sells in packaged boxes from the middle lanes of the grocery store.
Principle #2) If your body can’t Digest or Absorb it well, it doesn’t matter how healthy it is
Your innate ability to digest (break down), absorb and ultimately metabolize all the foodstuffs you consume are directly related to the health of your spine & nerve system. The chain of events responsible for this digestive process starts off in your salivary glands and mouth and moves through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine before leaving your body out of your colon. If you think of this system as a blender, you’ll be wiser to not “burn out” the motor by eating too many things that create “strain” for your systems and ultimately your nerve system too. Making sure you are living with optimal spinal health and taking proper daily steps to minimize nerve interference will also go a long way to keeping your digestive blender working the best it can for years to come.
Principle #3) Build Nutrient Rich Habits
Below are a host of strategies that I would like to suggest you make into a habit that will drive the cells of your body towards sufficiency with great ease. Make sure the majority of your food is not only raw or fresh, but colourful too! Most people have a disconnect between the things they put into their body and how their body looks and feels, and how their brain works. Our bodies were designed through evolution to function and repair themselves by eating foods that grew naturally on earth, which include whole, raw, natural state and minimally cooked foods. It is very difficult for our bodies to break down unnatural, synthetic foods like sugar, white flour, fructose, oils and super-heated foods, causing toxicity and inflammation in the body.
Principle #4) Refrain from Nutrient Poor Habits
Virtually every Chronic Disease is linked to inflammation; asthma, depression, mental illness, diabetes, cancer, hypertention and obesity. Inflammation is not the problem though. Inflammation is a natural response by the immune system in our bodies to fight off toxic foods that we are ingesting. Therefore, it is dangerous to be taking anti-inflammatory drugs to suppress this vital response. The real problem is what is causing the inflammation, not the inflammation itself. We have bacteria naturally living in our bodies that help in the digestion of food. However, when we eat synthetic, over-processed, unnatural foods, we are feeding the bad bacteria in our gut. This causes abnormal bacterial overgrowth, which causes the toxicity and inflammation in your body. Refrain from eating these nutrient poor foods. Choose more food in its whole, raw, or minimally cooked, natural state (God’s food). Stay away from refined sugar, processed flour, vegetable oils and super-heated foods, to help reduce inflammation, prevent disease and live a healthier, longer life!
Principle #5) Mindful eating, Lots of water
Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight, and it is your body’s principal chemical component. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water:
1. cushions and lubricates joints in the body
2. nourishes and protects the brain and spinal cord
3. maintains the body’s temperature
4. carries nutrients to your cells
5. flushes toxins out of vital organs
6. helps remove waste through perspiration, bowel movements and urination
Regular top-ups are needed to balance the loss of water from the body. If we did not replace the water lost, the body would not be able to survive. Dehydration symptoms include headaches, tiredness, loss of concentration, and in extreme cases, constipation and long-term dehydration, can cause kidney stones.
The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 litres (about 13 cups), and for women roughly 2.2 litres (about 9 cups) of water a day. You’ll know you are drinking enough water, when your urine is clear and transparent.
To learn more and join our practice community as we fulfill our mission and vision for the GTA to become the most wellness oriented city in the GTA, please join us for our next Living Well Workshop, Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 @ 6:30pm.
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