According to Darin Olien’s book, Superlife, there are 5 health topics you might still need more information about. They are the 5 factors that will determine if you will achieve and maintain good health and stay fit and well.
1. Nutrition – in order to get all the nutrition, we should eat a lot of different kinds of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, sprouts and healthy fats. And we should eat as much of it raw or in as natural a state as possible. It’s really as simple as that. Sure, there are lots of studies about food, a lot of discussion about different diets – paleo, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian but those diets primarily focus on things to exclude. If we follow the principles above and eat all the things we are supposed to, we won’t have to worry so much about the other things.
2. Hydration – Our bodies are beautiful in our ability to adapt but we should be careful not to abuse that ability. if we don’t drink enough water, our bodies adjust to use just that amount but it will not, and cannot, be optimal performance.
Water can treat so many of the illnesses we experience:
- Allergies – chronic dehydration prompts the body to produce histamines to hold on to water. An increased histamine level means we react to allergens we would otherwise be able to ignore.
- Headaches – years ago, I had a real issue with migraines. It was also the time I made Pepsi my drink of choice, chugging the caffeine instead of water. When I started keeping a bottle and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, the headaches disappeared almost as suddenly as they had come came.
- Arthritis – barring an existing injury, chronic joint pain can be a sign that your body is holding onto the sparing amounts of water it has left so it compromises by restricting any process that can contribute to the loss.
3. Oxygenation – Dr. Arthur C. Guyton said, “All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused from a lack of oxygen at the cell level.” Dr. Otto Warburg also won the Nobel Prize from showing the link between oxygen deprivation and cancer. It doesn’t mean that breathing deeper will ensure you don’t get cancer but oxygen therapy is used to treat many illnesses.
We can get oxygen on a cellular level by eating fresh vegetables, fruits and fatty acids, and drinking water allows the oxygen exchange to take place.
When our bodies have a slightly alkaline environment, our cells will naturally be oxygen-rich.
4. Alkalization – Our bodies need to have a slightly alkaline environment to ensure cell health. We get this alkaline environment by getting all the minerals we need in our diet.
Other facts about acidity:
- Cancer cells exist in acidic environment
- Not getting enough sleep has an acidifying effect on the body
- Too much stress is acidifying
5. Detoxification – The useful parts of our food makes its way to our cells, they leave behind waste, like the ash that’s left behind when you burn something. That waste has to be excreted.
Also, as long as you’re alive, your body is constantly reproducing itself, cells being replicated and the old ones dying. These old cells have to be excreted.
Water is a great detox agent, so make sure you’re getting enough hydration to flush the waste from your system.
I would be tempted to add a 6th factor – exercise, except that the benefits of exercise are incorporated in the above 5.
This post is not complete information. I encourage you to read the book as I did (click the picture below to purchase a copy from Amazon) but don’t stop there.
Information is power. You owe it to yourself to get all the information you can and then make the decisions that ensure you have the best life possible.
Shared on Clare’s blog
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