Good health is extremely important for our happiness and comfort and we need it to accomplish good. We receive, and can hear/intuit the Spirit of God much easier and more clearly in a healthy, clean body/mind which is God's tabernacle, God's vessel. We can compare our bodies to a receiver. If a radio is broken it can not receive the radio waves; likewise if our bodies are sick and broken we can not "tune in" to God and hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We cannot receive all of the gifts and blessings that are available to us. Author, Paul Bragg says: "If you are mentally upset, you can walk miles, but if you are physically sick, clear constructive thinking is virtually impossible."
I will not get into all the many alternative health viewpoints.... gluten, paleo, etc. although I love Functional Medicine which is the new paradigm in practicing medicine. I urge you to read up on it, especially books and websites by Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Kelly Brogan.
Whether it is physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy or spiritual energy, we need energy and we need energy to love and to serve others. So please read on and consider the following information, the basics.
The first thing we need to do is to follow the laws of nature; to do what we already know to do. The laws of nature, which I call Natures seven doctors, are listed below. It would be wise to first do these things before trying this remedy and that remedy .... go to this doctor and that doctor. Medicines and doctors and supplements etc. can assist us, but there are no magic pills. So if you want to travel along the road to better health, no matter what your health concern may be, there are basic laws of nature that we need to follow.
Back To the Basics! Nature's Seven Doctors
1. Good Nutrition
3. Pure Water
4. Sleep and Rest
6. Fresh Air
7. Positive Mental Attitude/Faith
There are three different types of exercise that we need: Aerobic, stretching, and strength, or resistance training. One of the best, most suitable and available aerobic exercise we can do is walking. Experts usually recommend at least twenty minutes three or four times a week. I highly recommend that you walk outside if possible. That way you can also take in the sunshine, fresh air, and the life force all around you, especially if you live in the country. If not, try to walk in a park, or if you're fortunate enough to live near the ocean, you can walk along the beach! Bicycling is also a wonderful aerobic exercise and is so much fun. It is one of my favorite things to do!
Strength training is important, especially as we get older. You can buy simple "equipment" for this and do it at home , or you can join a gym or fitness club.
It is my opinion that the best stretching exercise is yoga. There are all kinds of yoga classes and books available. See which one might be best for you. I have been practicing yoga exercises and breathing for over thirty years. The whole yoga philosophy of health is a very holistic approach to life and health. It helps to open up the whole "self" to receive more Light... more of God.
Water should be as pure as you can possibly get it. I believe that distilled water is best. Most people need six to eight glasses each day, or about one half your body weight in ounces. Dr. Elaine Aron, author of "The Highly Sensitive Person", says that sensitive people should drink plenty of water, especially during times of stress. If you do this regularly you will notice an increase in your energy and general well being.
Also, dehydration can cause depression, chronic fatigue, and many other disorders, according to F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., author of "Your Body's Many Cries For Water". I highly recommend his book. You will be in for a surprise.
Sleep, Rest & Relaxation
In this day and age of hyper-activity and stress, most people don't get enough rest. The amount of sleep that you need depends on your level of activity, temperament, health, and other factors. Sensitive people usually need more sleep and rest than most people. Some of us need from eight to ten hours of quality sleep, plus rest periods and/or meditation or relaxation techniques. I can not overemphasize the importance of relaxation for HSPs.
Fresh Air/Proper Breathing
We can live without food for weeks, without water for days, but we cannot live without air, the breath of life, but for a few minutes. To me, there is nothing more exhilarating than being out in the fresh air, whether you are walking, hiking, gardening, biking, or doing anything else you enjoy.
Another way that I get oxygen/life force into my body is to do slow, deep breathing. This practice is an excellent way to calm down, and also helps one to sleep if done just before bedtime. I also have learned and practice Transformational Breathing which is transformational indeed.
Sunshine is one of our invisible nutrients. Without sunshine there would be no life. As you may know, some people suffer a seasonal depression called S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) due to lack of sunlight in the winter months. Sunshine also provides us with vitamin D.
So make sure you give Dr. Sunshine a visit every chance you get!
In your meditation, imagine God's healing Light shining on you and throughout your entire body. It really is there. You only have to "claim" it through your imagination, which is the language of the Spirit.
So what else can you do to improve your health and well being? As I have said, each of us is different, and generally, sensitive people need to be more careful about their lifestyle than others. However with all the information out there, which is often contradictory, how do you know which "route" to take?
Here is a wonderful Prayer/Affirmation that helps to answer that question: Say it often!
God is Healing Me Now
(taken from Unity's "Daily Word")
"Whether I am experiencing symptoms of a cold or a challenge of a more serious nature, God is with me, healing me and guiding me throughout my healing.
The life of God is within every cell of my body, bringing about a healing, and in a cooperation of my mind, body and spirit, I am revitalized.
God inspires my thoughts so that each one is in support of the healing activity that is taking place throughout my body. Through the still, small voice I perceive in prayer or through the words of a health-care professional."
Last but not least. Each of us is unique. Listen to your body, and follow your Intuition.