Our Best Health

How do we achieve our best  health? First we must begin by recognizing how important it is to be the master of our own health. Seeing a physician for a physical is part of being responsible but they are just part of what you need to do to strive for a healthy balance each day with physical, emotional and mental health. We also need to educate ourselves on what causes disease or health disorders. Is your immune system weakened? Are you suffering from recurring illnesses? How do you feel mentally. A decline in mental health can be a symptom of poor environment,diet, toxins such as drugs, chemicals, refined sugars, and other unhealthy food consumption and lack of exercise. We really are what we eat and we need to recognize our negative patterns of behaviors.

The human body is amazing! We not only have our own thumb prints we actually have our own tongue prints as well! Every minute approximately 300 million cells in our body die but don’t worry a healthy body produces about 300 billion new ones a day! Our blood is in fact on a 60,000 mile journey per day. This is incredible. There are 2.5 trillion (give or take) of red blood cells in your body at any moment. To maintain this number, about two and a half million new ones need to be produced every second by your bone marrow. Our lungs inhale over 2 million liters of air daily without even thinking about it. Our heart beats around 100,00 times every day. We don’t have to think about any of these functions we just trust our body to do what it does.

It is important to learn the signs and causes of stress overload and what you can do to help have knowledge on real health solutions and life with all the areas that impact our total health. Your body strives to heal itself automatically, every single day. The only thing that really needs to happen for your body to begin healing itself is for you to remove the barriers that are holding you back right now.

Health begins in the mind, with our choices and even our attitude. We decide how we want to live our life and we make the choices based on feelings about foods and opinions regarding health. Researching facts and learning what is required to maintain optimal health is important but without the drive most of the time people will make choices on what they eat impulsively. Choices are driven by commercials, ads, social environment etc. Often times people do not become alerted to health until their own health has declined and alarmed them in some way.

There are so many words that come to mind when we think of nutrition. We think of organic, vegan, non GMO, non, Gluten, macrobiotic, antioxidants, detoxing, alkaline, vitamins and minerals and many more. Trying to decide which supplements are best can overwhelm us sometimes. We need to make sure and research carefully. Take the time to find out what “your body” needs specifically. There isn’t a cookie cutter fix all for everyone. See your doctor or naturopath regularly and pay attention to your body’s signs.

Emotional health is affected by stress. Good stress or bad stress it can impact people and cause changes in their well-being. When we are aware of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and have learned how to cope with the stress in a healthy way, then our health is not at risk. We realize that this is a normal part of life. Through life there are things that will suddenly jolt you emotionally. It causes an emotional disruption to your health and can lead to a sudden change in feelings causing panic, depression, anger, sadness, stress, loneliness. Below is a list:

  • Starting a new job
  • Losing your job
  • Child leaving home
  • Living with a roommate
  • Starting college
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce/Marriage
  • Marital problems/finding out about an affair
  • Illness or Injury
  • Financial Problems
  • Moving out of state away from friends and family
  • Having a baby

“Good” changes can be just as stressful as “bad” changes. Such as falling in love. Being in a new relationship is a vulnerable feeling and there Emotional health impacts our physical health. We need to know how to manage our stress levels. It varies for each of us. Stress can do great damage to our bodies so it’s important to know your own stress limit. Some people can just roll with the punches, yet others feel like they will fall to pieces with even the smallest frustrations. This isn’t bad, it’s just the unique way we each handle stress. We have fear, anger, love and joy and with that many other emotions. It is important to learn all of the healthy and natural ways to aid you when your going through emotional struggles.

Never be ashamed of your tears, crying releases stress. Good mental health can increase your ability to tolerate stress. Sometimes we can heal mentally with the right diet and exercise. The human body needs the full spectrum of vitamins and trace minerals in order to operate at peak efficiency. You can add yoga, meditation or any other various exercises all of which are stress reducers. For some people, art, listening to music or dancing helps them alleviate stress. It is very healthy to write your thoughts and feelings in a journal. When you’re having a difficult time you can write about it.

Climate affects our health. After living in Seattle WA for five years, I found a lump in my breast and it was confirmed to be breast cancer. I had a vitamin D deficiency from the lack of sunshine. Our awareness of the certain risks in our living environment, such as the lack of sunshine causing vitamin D deficiency is important. We must take precautionary measures and have our vitamin D level checked when living in sunshine deprived environments. There are many alternative ways to get your daily dose of vitamin D.

Relationships can have an effect on your health too, either positive or negative . If you are unhappy in a relationship on a daily basis it can cause depression and this always leads to poor health. If you are in a very healthy relationship, this will support your emotional health. Do not compromise your health if you have been unhappy in your relationship. Find out what is wrong, seek help with a counselor, family member or friend. It is never worth the risk of damage to your health to stay in a bad situation. You deserve happiness! Take care of your health.

Shannon J Knight