Change Is In The Air

 Hello Natural Health Family. It’s that time of the year again. The weather is cooling down and the colors are starting to change. We have been going through a lot of change in recent times and it doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Nonetheless, one thing that doesn’t change is the importance of our health and how that reflects how we can handle the changes of life. Let’s talk about a few different topics of what we can do for ourselves to adapt to the change. 

When was the last time you walked outside just to walk outside? Not for exercise, not for moving your body, not for getting the blood pumping around your body, not for moving your joints to promote healthy oxygenation to all the cells of your body, not to clear your head of thoughts, not to get some fresh air, not to get some sunlight for healthy vitamin D synthesis, not to strengthen the muscles and ligaments of your body including your spine, but rather just to walk. You didn’t do it for something in particular but you wanted to walk because you felt like it. Walking, along with other exercises, is great for all the different benefits mentioned above, but when we do something we don’t want to do then it can cause resistance. Do something you enjoy doing. This could be a lot of different activities such as walking, jogging, biking, swimming, playing sports, building something, etc. However, walking is one of the easiest activities because you need nothing else but your body and a little interest in moving. Although you can do any activity you like, walking can help balance our bodies to promote healthy functioning of our brain and body. Walking 10 minutes a day and working up is a great way to start.

Now let’s talk about information that we digest both mind and body. The foods we eat can play important factors on our health including fuel for our bodies and stabilizing our moods. Since our guts are closely related with our brains via the nervous system, foods can influence how our brain fires which can reflect what we think about. On the other side, or perhaps another way we process information is through our brain. Our brain and the rest of our nervous system picks up information from the environment through our 5 senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing). A big contributor to what we process is all the information we see or read about on the news. When we continually watch certain things that provoke fear and/or bother us in particular ways that information is being processed through our brain. This further can affect how our body is able to feel and function. Also, when we try to “consume” too much information without taking some time to contemplate and digest what we have seen or learned, it may also cause the nervous system to be overly stimulated. This shows us that we should take into consideration what we are able to digest both in our bodies and the information we receive on the outside.

The human body is an amazing organism capable of many things that we most likely can’t conceive of yet. It is up to us to do what is needed to keep balance so that we give our bodies the best opportunity to adapt to the change around us. So I encourage you to consider what you digest during the week whether food or thought and to make even small changes towards better health.

Dr. Chip