A HEALTHY NEW YEAR: GOOD HEALTH IS NO ACCIDENT*
Health is no accident. Lasting health can only be the result of a lifetime of informed, deliberate decisions aligned with nature’s principles of health, not the distorted version of health promoted by mainstream medicine.
Health is not something that happens TO you. It is something that happens THROUGH you. Disease is what happens when you believe you have no role in your health outcome.
We are told over and over that health comes through intervention … vaccines, pharmaceutical drugs, chemotherapy etc. The idea that health is created from within just does not compute for most people. Healing DOES come from within. The body has the ability to heal itself but, to do so, a healthy lifestyle is essential.
A population that believes it has no control over its own health is ripe for exploitation by a highly interventionist medical industry.
For example cancer can never be “cured” through any external, artificial means, regardless of how many billions of dollars are thrown at it. Trying to cure cancer with synthetic medications makes about as much sense as trying to cure illiteracy by feeding children “reading pills”.
If you wish to embrace health, no one else can do it for you - no doctor, no vaccine and no cancer non-profit group. You must grasp the controls over your own health destination. Take responsibility for the results you are creating with each and every decision you make, decisions about food, stress, sleep, the use of your free time, the personal care products you use etc.
If you accept responsibility for your own health, then you are an adult. Children take no responsibility for themselves and instead rely on outside factors to determine their experience. Most of the mainstream population operates from the child mindset. They are consumers, begging to be distracted, injected, entertained, medicated, and told how to live, think and feel (and vote). We must step outside this pre-programmed existence and approach the world with an adult mindset. This is self-responsibility. Being a child is so much easier. If you are just a child, you can’t be blamed for bad results. It is always someone else’s fault.
Much of the above has been extracted from an article by Mike Adams, published in New Dawn, September, 2010.
Lifestyle Changes that will Keep You Alive
The Roman poet Martial said “Life’s not just being alive, but being well.”
Your health is a gift that cannot be bought, and once it is lost it may be impossible to get it back.
Which Diseases can your Lifestyle help Prevent?
Choices that you make on a daily basis can influence just about every disease known to man. The following is a short list of some of the major diseases a positive lifestyle can help prevent:
· Heart disease
· Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
· High blood pressure.
Lifestyle Recommendations for a Healthy 2011
1) Ensure Optimal Exposure to Sunlight
Controlled exposure to sunlight is good for your mood, and allows your body to produce the all important vitamin D, which some regard as a hormone.
Vitamin D, often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, is different from other vitamins in that it influences your entire body. Vitamin D receptors have been found in almost every type of human cell, from your brain to your bones, so that its power to optimise your health is truly great.
Studies have shown that you can decrease your risk of cancer by up to more than 50% and lower your risk of many other common diseases simply by optimising your vitamin D levels with sun exposure.
Refer to my November 2007 newsletter Sunlight and Health, where this topic is discussed in detail.
2) Eat Foods that are Dominantly Alkali-Forming
A diet that has the correct acid/alkali balance is the Ideal Diet. Aim to have 75%-80% of foods that are alkali-forming in the body. Our bodies are slightly alkaline, and have to be so for health. The more acid-forming foods in the diet, the more the body has to work at protecting itself from the harm that the acid will cause.
This complex topic has been addressed in detail in my September 2005 newsletter Acid/Alkaline Balance - The Ideal Diet. Included in the newsletter are six tables of foods: high, moderate and low alkali-forming foods and low, moderate and high acid-forming foods.
3) Eat Plenty of Raw Food
One of the most important aspects of a healthy diet that is most frequently overlooked is the issue of eating your food uncooked, in its natural raw state.
Processed foods are de-natured and chemically altered, often with added chemicals such as preservatives, flavour enhancers, colouring agents etc. It is estimated that up to 90% of foods purchased in Western countries such as Australia and the USA are processed.
Ideally, the raw foods should also be organic. The more raw, the better the diet will be.
My April 2007 newsletter Cooked Food is Poison – Why Raw is Better sets out more information on this topic.
The benefits of exercise are well known. If you think you can achieve optimal health or maintain health without it, you are deceiving yourself. Exercise can help you:
· Sleep better
· Lose weight
· Improve your resistance to help fight infections
· Lower your risk of cancer
· Lower your risk of heart disease
· Lower your risk of diabetes
· Enable your brain to work better, making you smarter.
These benefits are discussed in detail in my November 2010 newsletter The Health Benefits of Exercise.
5) Drink Less Alcohol
The maximum intake of alcohol for health, as generally recommended, should be 16 standard drinks per week for males and 12 standard drinks per week for females. A standard drink is 10ml of alcohol (UK) or 10g of alcohol (Australia). For optimal health, even less is better - see p120 of my book How To Live to 100+ Years Free from Symptoms and Disease (see homepage).
6) Eat Healthy Fat
Science is loud and clear on this point: omega-3 fatty acids are essential for optimal health.
The omega-3 fat found in fish, seafood and certain seeds is high in two fatty acids crucial to human health, docoshexanoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These two fatty acids are pivotal in preventing heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. Your brain is highly dependant on DHA - low DHA levels have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss and a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A supplement of fish oil, flaxseed or chia seeds will ensure adequate levels of omega-3 fat. (See my September 2010 newsletter Chia Seeds- Health Benefits).
7) Stop Smoking
The need for this is so obvious it does not need further comment.
8) Drink Pure Water as your Primary Beverage
Water is absolutely essential for life. Water is lost from the body through urine, faeces and sweat, and needs to be replenished.
Thirst is one factor that indicates that water is required by the body. The colour of your urine is another indicator. Your urine should be a very light-coloured yellow. If it is deep, dark yellow then you are likely not drinking enough water.
A water filter s generally needed to have pure water.
9) Enjoy Adequate Rest and Sleep
Scientists have shown that your circadian rhythm regulates the energy levels in your cells. Therefore when your circadian rhythm is disrupted, it can have a profound influence on your physical health.
Serious lack of sleep (less than six hours a night) has been associated with increased risks of hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, diabetes and cancer. Lack of sleep can also contribute to automobile accidents and work-place injuries.
10) Learn How To Cope With Stress
The vast majority of people with serious chronic illness have some level of emotional stress that contributed to the problem. According to a recent study, it does not take serious trauma to cause these changes. Even normal ‘everyday’ emotional experiences can have a detrimental impact on future health.
Meditation, relaxation techniques including hypnotherapy, and exercise are all viable options to help maintain emotional and mental equilibrium.
11) Limit your Exposure to Toxins
We are surrounded by toxic chemicals ranging from car exhaust fumes to formaldehyde in the clothing we are wearing. You can help to keep your toxic load as low as possible by becoming informed.
My May 2007 newsletter Formaldehyde and Chemical Sensitivity, which looks at but one of our environments toxins, shows the widespread nature of this substance.
Your house is toxic. Just to name a few: toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, garden pesticides and insecticides. Get rid of them and replace them with non-toxic alternatives.
12) Experience the Benefits of Sex
Sex has many health benefits. Studies suggest that regular sexual activity can boost your immune system and reduce stress.
Are You a Victim of your Genes?
It is a myth that you are a captive of your genes. If there is a family history of such things as breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes or obesity, it does not mean that you are destined to have the same fate.
As proven through the massive genetic study, the Genome Project, each one of your genes can create up to 30,000 proteins, any and all of which can create a different outcome. So the fact that you may have a genetic “predisposition” for a certain illness does not mean that you are doomed to develop it.
Rather, there is something that either activates or suppresses your genes, and that “something” is usually lifestyle related. If you are constantly stressed you will likely have a different genetic expression than if you focus your thoughts in a positive direction. Likewise, if you eat healthy, fresh, whole foods you will have a different genetic expression than if you rely on sugar and fast foods. You have the choice to help your genes express themselves in a positive, disease-fighting way.
The start of a new year is always a good time to evaluate your past mistakes and make a fresh start. So if you have not been leading a healthy lifestyle, now is the time to take control of your life and embrace some, if not all, of the above recommendations.
*Copyright 2010: The Huntly Centre.
Disclaimer: All material in the Huntlycentre.com.au website is provided for informational or educational purposes only. Consult a health professional regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations expressed herein, with respect to your symptoms or medical condition.
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