Statistically speaking, we’re much more likely to be some level of sick than we are to be well. Whether it’s a chronic health condition, excess weight, or low energy, it seems many people are struggling on some level. The thing is, given the right conditions not only can the body heal itself, it can thrive. Most people don’t actively think about health. They want to be healthy and the idea of feeling healthy is very appealing, yet it seems unattainable.
The question is, how do you become healthy?
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. The first step is taking personal responsibility for your health. There is absolutely no one responsible for your health except YOU. Not your doctor, your naturopath, your mother, nor your partner. Only you. When you accept responsibility for your own health, it opens up a world of possibilities.
EDUCATE YOURSELF. After you accept responsibility, there’s a process of education that needs to take place. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know! The key is to learn how to be well, stay well and ultimately, to thrive. Start exploring ideas around various aspects of your health and see what resonates with you. How does dairy make you feel after you eat it? Are you always hungry and never feel fully satisfied? Does your heart beat faster after you eat chocolate? Do you have trouble falling asleep at night after being exposed to artificial blue light on your phone or computer? Becoming aware of some of these questions and tuning in to your body hear the answers is a big step forward. Remember, your body never lies.
SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS. Chronic disease is a huge problem in today’s society. It’s decreasing people’s quality of life whist increasing both individual and national financial pressure at an unsustainable rate. According to the World Health Organisation there’s over 12,500 diseases! Even getting your head around that number is mind-blowing. There’s really no compelling reason why so many people should have a chronic disease. Genetic diseases make up approximately 5% of all chronic diseases and the rest can be managed by looking after your cells. If you want to take charge of your health and there’s the complexity of thousands of diseases, the answer is to simplify how you look at disease and ill health in general.
A way to simplify things is to recognise that there’s only one disease and that is when cells aren’t functioning properly. The more cells that are malfunctioning, the sicker you are. The basic unit of life is the cell, not your body. You started life as a single cell organism and now you’re a multi-trillion cell organism. You’re really just a community of trillions of cells acting together to make you who you are. It’s all about the cell and keeping it healthy so it replicates as a healthy cell. Sick cells replicate as sick cells and the cycle continues, which is what we call degeneration, ageing and disease.
There’s a certain power that comes from simplifying disease because it doesn’t seem insurmountable. You’re defeated when you start referring to yourself as having a disease. Start thinking completely differently about restoring your cells to normal function and health naturally follows.
WHAT CAUSES CELLS TO MALFUNCTION?
There’s only two contributors to a malfunctioning cell. The first is deficiency, which happens when the cell isn’t getting everything it needs to function properly, and the second is toxicity, which is when external factors disrupt the cell.
How to combat cell deficiency
A few decades ago it was easy for people to get what they need simply through their diet alone. Many people grew their own crops organically and had a variety of crops in the same ground, which helped the soil to stay balanced. Today many crops are sprayed with toxic pesticides and herbicides, which seep into the ground and poison the food we eat.
Farmland is overused and under-rested, so the fruits and vegetables we eat now don’t have the same nutritional value as they used to around 60 years ago. For example, in terms of nutrients, a bowl of spinach in the 1950’s would be equivalent to eating 42 bowls of spinach today. An orange back then is equivalent to 9 oranges today. You’d need to eat 6-12 apples today to get the same nutrients as one apple in that era.
The sheer amount of lifeless, processed food that’s being consumed is adding to the issue of deficiency and most people are unaware that they are in a perpetual state of starvation. This contributes to why people eat so much and are never really satisfied. The missing link is a deficit in major and minor minerals, as well as trace elements, which are vital for healthy cells. Your body can’t produce minerals, so they need to be sourced externally through an organic and nutritionally complete mineral supplement that can be 100% absorbed into the cell.
How to combat cell toxicity
Toxins are a major cause of disease and most of the population are being affected by high toxicity. We’re all exposed to hundreds of chemicals a day in the air we breathe, what we touch, what we apply to our skin and of course what we consume. Your body is cleverly programmed to get rid of wastes and toxins through any channel it can (bowel, sweat, tears, lungs and kidneys), however not all of these chemicals can be processed adequately by the body, nor can an endless amount of them be handled at one time.
An infrared sauna is a great way to detox and help your body to rid itself of dangerous stored toxins that it has no other way of getting out. These are the toxins that the liver and kidneys simply can’t cope with. Spending time in an infrared sauna even once a week is a safe and efficient way of alleviating your body of these deeply stored toxins.
Physical movement is essential in managing toxins because the human body is designed to move. Basically, if you’re not moving, you’re eventually going to have sick cells. Your lymph system is completely reliant on movement to function properly. The lymph is very important because it rids you of toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, wastes, fat, viruses, heavy metals and other junk. Going for a walk or to the gym is great, however using a rebounder (mini trampoline) for 15-20 mins a day is optimal because it is a lymphatic exercise that provides your body with a free-flowing system that drains away toxins.
Molecular hydrogen is another great way to remove toxins from your cells, as it has the unique characteristic of being able to penetrate the cell wall, bind to damaging free radicals and turn them into water. This benefits the cell enormously as it hydrates from the inside and also ‘cleans away’ the damaging free radical and helps with cell damage.
When you eliminate stored toxins from your body, it’s important to manage the amount of toxins you put into your body thereafter. The first course of action is to determine where they’re coming from and then make a decision to remove them from your diet. For example, factory farmed meat and dairy make up approximately 80% of toxins in the body. Processed foods are also highly toxic. Taking steps to manage harmful food choices will help to keep your cells healthy and sickness at bay.
To recap, firstly you need to deliver to your cells all the things they need to function properly. Secondly, you need to keep cells free of toxins that interfere with their normal function. Thirdly, you need to move and stretch the cells.
Taking personal responsibility and learning how to take care of your cells will ensure you are disease-free and living your life to the fullest every day.