The 4 Foundations For Creating Well Being.
Everyone has an opinion about what we should be doing to be healthy, from our doctor to the latest ‘expert’ quoted in the newspaper to our work colleagues and in-laws. We all know of things we could be doing to make ourselves healthier that we haven’t gotten around to yet. More information on what to do is not what we need, we have an abundance of that!
A lack of information is not what’s holding us back, but rather the questions that we are asking. We might be asking about weight loss, pain management, curing diseases, fatigue, focus, building muscle or improving moods. Work/life balance, lack of time, flexibility, fertility…those are a few other concerns we hear other people mentioning. The dilemma is that we are chasing the symptoms of the problem and simply addressing those symptoms will not solve the REAL problem.
Symptom chasing may lead to short term gratification but it always ends in heartbreak. How many times have we dieted with some success but never been able to keep the weight off? How many times have we popped a pain killer only for the same or a different pain to return? How many cups of coffee do we have to have to get through the day?
Does a lack of paracetamol cause a headache?
Symptom chasing by it’s very definition only seeks to cover up the immediate discomfort. Like paining over a crack, the issue is out of sight and out of mind but just because we cannot see it doesn’t mean it’s not still there.
This approach to health care is really sick care and has very little to do with creating health.
Constantly squashing symptoms equates to leading a life of average proportions.
The quality of your questions determine the quality of your life.
If the questions we ask ourselves shift from focussing on plastering over the problems to addressing the foundational cause of our symptoms then we are on a more enlightened path to well-being and one that will allow us to Thrive!
While all of the above makes sense we have probably heard it before but if you are reading this then you are still searching for better questions with better answers. Here are some useful questions to be asking:
- Where does well-being come from?
- How do we create and foster well-being?
- What are our requirements for well-being?
- What are the common causes of ill-being?
- Why is well-being important to us?
The premise for creating well being
Well-being comes from the inside out – the blueprint is written within our genetic code; all we need is to activate it.
Activating well-being requires the right building materials – the materials for well-being are:
- wholeness and integration of mind/body;
- nutrients in the form of chemical, physical and mental elements that feed our innate resistance.
Ill-being comes about when:
- there is dis-integration in the mind/body;
- there are stressors in the form of chemical, physical and mental elements that break down our innate resistance.
So, lets get to the practical application for creating Vitality!
1. EAT REAL FOOD
Would you feed a lion the same food as you would feed a giraffe? Would a lion be healthy if it only ate the leaves from thorny trees? I am hoping that as you read this, it sounds as absurd to you as it does to me. Have you ever wondered what food is biologically appropriate for a human being?
We know that when we feed an animal the food that is biologically appropriate for it’s species, it thrives. When we feed an animal food that is biologically inappropriate, they move into survival mode and eventually express disease.
Most of us are living a life of convenience. Since we started to introduce more poor quality, biologically inappropriate convenience foods we have seen a rapid increase in the number of chronic degenerative diseases. We can combat that by addressing our food quality and the nutrient density of what we eat.
Avoid processed and pre packaged food. If it comes in a packet and lists more than 5 ingredients, can’t pronounce some of the ingredients or the list of ingredients looks more like it comes from a science lab – it is NOT real food!
Real, biologically appropriate foods include: meat, fish, fowl, eggs, vegetables, fruit and some nuts and seeds.
To find out more about what real food is and what it isn’t and how to begin to move yourself toward real nutrition, get the Philosophy of Food by Dr Greg Venning. It’s a free digital book available when you sign up as a free member of the Thrive! Foundation Library.
2. MOVE YOURSELF
Did you know that movement is a required nutrient for health, just like vitamin C? Not getting movement means that we are not getting a nutrient and makes it impossible for us to express health.
Did you know that movement acts like a windmill to power our brain? Our brain is the master control system of every function of our body. It regulates how we breath, how we pump blood, how we fight infection, how we digest food, how we feel pain and how we balance hormones, amongst many others. Without movement our brain is working like a dimmed light, it is on but is barely functional and not working at optimum capacity. How bright would you like your brain to shine?
Did you know that movement activates the expression of at least 60% of our DNA? In order for us to be truly healthy our genes require movement so that we can balance hormones, find focus, gain energy, shed excess body fat, improve memory and build muscle.
While we view exercise as optional, and practice it in a way that dis-integrates our mind/body; movement on the other hand is a requirement for well-being and integrates the mind/body. Many of us see exercise as something that requires motivation and willpower but we are hard wired to enjoy it and our body celebrates movement.
Movement has an abundance of benefits for us. Not only will it help us to resist and heal through many conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety, it will also help us to lift our well-being to ever higher levels.
Find out more about movement and how you can use it to activate your vitality and look good naked by reading Fit for Life by Dr Greg Venning. It’s a free digital book available when you sign up as a free member of the Thrive! Foundation Library.
3. BE THE BALANCE
Modern life happens at a very rapid pace. It is estimated that we experience more stress in one day than someone 200 years ago experienced in a whole year. While our amazing mind/body is perfectly capable of thriving under these chaotic conditions, it takes practice to master certain skills so that we can thrive amidst the mayhem.
Few of us realise that our state of mind determines how we deal with food. If we allow ourselves to be chronically stressed and our mind/body is in defence mode, we are going to metabolise our dinner very differently than if we are in a state of gratitude. Expanding waist lines, receding hair lines, bags under our eyes, crows feet and cellulite are classic signs of living a life of perceived stress. Fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, hormone imbalance, heart disease, cancers, obesity and diabetes are the inevitable results of living unconsciously.
Stress effects the way our body functions too. Being in a chronic state of defence will create tight muscles, weakened bones, wear away joints, make us more sensitive to pain and become less aware of what our body is telling us.
There are some very simple but powerful realisations we can have that will shift us from defence and decay to growth and repair. One of the most powerful things we can begin to understand is that we are the active creators of our lives and not the passive victims of our environment.
For more on how to become the balance in your life, get Create Headspace by Dr Greg Venning. It’s a free digital book available when you sign up as a free member of the Thrive! Foundation Library.
4. KEEP THE POWER ON!
If well-being begins from the inside out and integration of our mind/body is essential for health then our nervous system, which integrates our mind/body, is our most powerful ally. Our brain, spinal cord and nerves are our master control system that influences every function of our mind/body. How our blood circulates, how we breathe, how we move, how we fight infection, how we digest food and how we balance hormones are just a few examples of what our nervous system does every second of every day without us even being aware of it.
Subtle, often silent, misalignments of the structure of our body can disrupt and distort the flow of information along our nerves. Without optimal brain and body communication we become dis-integrated which we already know from earlier starts us down the path to ill-being.
The signs are often overlooked as we think they are a ‘normal’ part of life. If a light has slowly been dimmed, our eyes adjust to tolerate the increasing darkness. Our mind/body too, can adjust to tolerate increasing levels of dis-integration. Signs we might have overlooked are low energy, mood swings, digestive issues, aches and pains, frequent injuries, headaches and hormonal imbalances.
Working to correct our structural misalignments and re-integrate our brain and body will help us to move from defence and decay to growth and repair. Chiropractic care has this as it’s main aim.
Make sure your Spine and Nervous System are functioning at their highest with regular Chiropractic care.
For more on how to keep the power on, get The Master Switch by Dr Greg Venning. It’s a free digital book available when you sign up as a free member of the Thrive! Foundation Library.
Consider each of these 4 foundations of well-being as a lever that our mind/body wants us to activate. Our genes do not dictate who we are, their expression will change depending on how we eat, move and think. Through our daily choices we can either activate well-being or bring about ill-being.
By pulling each of these four levers, we can activate new levels of well-being and performance. Lifelong vitality is within us.
It is our biological birth right to Thrive!