We are a society that likes to search for complicated answers to make our approaches to health unique. So many people are searching for that “unique” answer believing it’s the missing piece of the puzzle to good health and happiness. This makes us susceptible to deception as we desperately “buy in to” fallacies exposing our vulnerabilities and convincing ourselves the “magic bullet” exists.
In reality, the answers we seek will NEVER be found in the external environment. This means the next diet recommendation, the next chiropractic adjustment, the next pharmaceutical medication, the next piece of exercise equipment, the next, the next the next… will NEVER reveal the answers we seek.
The answer to good health never changes. The methods we use to achieve it may change from person to person, but the answer to good health will always remain the same.
GOOD HEALTH IS ACHIEVED FROM WITHIN!
This is NOT some mystical magical concept only discoverable by going on a pilgrimage. This is a TANGIBLE CONCEPT achieved by creating physical and mental BALANCE. This is the MINIMUM requirement for achieving GOOD HEALTH.
WHAT INTERFERES WITH ACHIEVING THIS?
It usually starts in most people’s minds. They create undetectable “mine fields” (in the form of skeptism, fear, anger, hostility, etc…) that distorts one’s vision when seeking LONG TERM benefits that alternative pathways provide. There is such great COMFORT in following a “known pathway” (even if its self destructive) accepting and embracing a new approach becomes paralyzing and perceptually impossible. The UNKNOWN PATHWAY causes greater FEAR than the KNOWN “LIFE THREATENING” ONE! Even though logically this makes no sense, it is REALITY. This is why good health requires MENTAL as well as PHYSICAL stability and BALANCE.
If an external environmental support works to strengthen the internal environment of the body, it becomes an asset to achieving GOOD HEALTH. Some examples of these might include:
environmental interaction (camping and hiking)
If an external environmental toxicity is exposed to the internal environment of the body, it becomes a liability preventing the body from achieving GOOD HEALTH. Some examples of these might include:
pollution (indoor as well as outdoor)
manufactured PROCESSED food “stuff”
excessive alcohol consumption
long term pharmaceutical use (adverse effects on the internal body is an unfortunate consequence of long term pharmaceutical use. People may require these drugs to survive, however, it must be understood that their “consumption” will compete with normal physical and mental function REDUCING one’s status of health.
OTHER FACTORS THAT SUPPORT GOOD HEALTH:
Adequate quality and quantity of sleep -this is necessary to repair and rebuild the internal body from a day of ATTACK. We may not experience symptoms, but our immune systems are under attack EVERY DAY as we expose ourselves to pathogens (germs.) Without proper sleep, our internal environment WEAKENS making our immune system susceptible to compromise.
Proper hydration – our body consists of 70-80% water. Dehydration causes electrolyte imbalances in the body that weaken organs and prevent HEALTHY function. Most people underestimate the quantity of water needed for GOOD HEALTH. (Refer to WATER NEEDS for details.)
Stress reduction– External environmental stress (families, work, friends, relationships) cause hormonal changes that weaken the internal environment. Uncontrolled, it leads to the destruction of ALL internal systems including gastrointestinal, cardiac, vascular, liver, etc… Stress is a NORMAL part of living; learning how to CHANNEL stress in a healthy productive manner to SUPPORT the internal function of the body is the key to restoring and maintaining GOOD HEALTH
Achieving GOOD HEALTH is not simply based on luck. It’s based on understanding the products we use and the activities and events we participate in affecting the outcome and the quality of health we achieve. The more we recognize and are willing to SUPPORT the internal environment of the body, the healthier the typical outcome. The more we recognize and are willing to interfere with the internal environment of the body, the more damage we induce.
GOOD HEALTH is NOT just about how we feel on the OUTSIDE!
It’s not about Paleo, Ketogenic or Atkins; it’s about HEALTHY CHOICES OF REAL FOOD.
It’s not about High Intensity Interval Training, Circuit training, or Pyramid training; it’s about providing EXERCISE in any format chosen to strengthen and support the internal environment.
It’s not about having the best insurance coverage; it’s about living a lifestyle that minimizes the need for healthcare professionals and the various services they provide (medical, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, etc…)
GOOD HEALTH is ONLY ACHIEVED through personal commitment and dedication to one’s LIFE.