What does good, optimal health mean to you? Is it defined by a bunch of numbers from results of tests that your doctor has completed on you? Or, is it defined by the way you feel?
For most people, good health means good quality of life; free of aches and pains and filled with energy and a sense of well-being. If you are looking to improve your health, it is important that you define what healthy means to you and then identify what is preventing you from obtaining good health.
The human body has an incredible ability to heal itself when it is given the tools it needs. Most of the healing is done without us being consciously aware of the process. For instance, when you fall and scrape your knee, a bit of blood oozes out to wash away dirt and bacteria. A protective scab is then formed over the wound while the skin has a chance to heal underneath. Your body automatically responds to the injury and cells start dividing and growing to fill in the wound. The body even knows when to stop reproducing cells once the wound is healed. If a blood vessel were injured, the body automatically creates new blood vessels in the area so nutrients can get to the cells. All this is done without you being consciously aware of the process.
Knowing that your body has an ability to heal itself, why do we get sick? As mentioned above, the body can heal itself provided it is given the tools it needs. In fact, symptoms are actually your body's attempt to heal itself. Unfortunately, these symptoms are often misinterpreted by conventional medicine and made worse with use of pharmaceuticals. Dehydration is a good example of this.
Clean, healthy, vital water is critical to good health. The body loses a significant amount of water each day just through respiration (water vapors exhaled through breath). In order to conserve water, your body attempts to reduce loss by constricting bronchial tubes with histamines (produced by the body). When anti-histamine drugs are used to relax and ease air flow, the body continues to lose water and increases dehydration. The body will then look for alternate ways to retain water.
High blood pressure is another good example of the body's attempt to heal itself. When our blood becomes too thick, the body has to use more pressure to pump the blood to the capillaries. With proper hydration and nutrients, the blood is able to flow freely through the arteries and vessels and the heart does not need to work as hard to pump it. High blood pressure is a symptom (not a disease) that something is wrong. Patients with high blood pressure can usually find relief of their symptoms by simply ensuring the body is properly hydrated and that it is getting the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, etc) it needs.
Most diseases and health issues are a result of poor nutrition and over exposure to toxins. Even with the abundance of food we have available, people are still suffering from malnutrition. Poor food choices, lack of exercise and use of artificial products (including food additives and prescription drugs) puts extra stress on our organs and can affect our body's ability to get the tools (nutrients) it needs to take care of itself.
There are a few key elements to good health. In order to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs, the digestive system must be working properly. Eating raw foods or taking digestive enzymes before a meal will help the foods digest properly. The body also needs to be able to get rid of toxins it absorbs daily. A healthy liver, kidneys and intestinal system are the body's key organs for eliminating these toxins. Overburdening any of these systems can slow the rate of toxin elimination causing the body to reabsorb toxins again. When these important body systems are healthy and able to do their work, the rest of the body will get the nutrients it needs to repair itself.
Does it not make sense that the most logical way to heal a body is through approaches that support the body’s natural healing abilities?
The quest for good health includes many facets of your life. It involves providing necessary nutrients through foods and supplements, regular physical activity, stress management and a healthy lifestyle. Addressing these aspects of your life in healthy ways will increase the quality of your health and ultimately your quality of life.
Best of health comes through knowledge. Contact us at The Wolfe Clinic and we will assist you to achieve your goals.
Wishing you the best in health,
The Wolfe Clinic