Creating a solid foundation for better health begins with a few simple techniques that you can integrate into your everyday life. This section is one of the most important of the entire healing protocol, because these steps create an inner environment that supports all of the other processes outlined in the rest of the protocol. Do not discount these or simply skim through it. Take this information to heart, and actually practice them for the following week before moving on to the next module of this program. Here are the steps for creating a strong foundation for good health.
I’m sure you’ve heard before just how important proper breathing is for good health. Our breath is the doorway to good health, and is a profound part of regulating so many functions in the body, including energy levels, hormonal levels, serotonin production and distribution, immune functioning, inflammation, mental functioning, cardiovascular health, sleep patterns, cortisol levels, thyroid functioning, and circulation. Many people have developed patterns of breathing from the chest rather than from the belly. Belly breathing signals the parasympathetic nervous system, releases endorphins in the brain, and calms an overactive mind. Take the time to master belly breathing, by following the steps below.
1. Place your hand on your belly, sit up straight, and take a slow, deep, natural breath, allowing your belly to expand outward with each breath.
2. As you exhale, allow all of the oxygen to be released from your lungs, contracting your belly back towards your core. The breath should be relaxed, natural, and slow. Consciously slow down your breathing, taking deeper breaths. Allow your body to take in slightly more oxygen than you are used to. This doesn’t need to be forced in any way, but rather, a conscious allowance to take deeper breaths–Your body wants to!
3. Practice makes perfect! This may seem simple, but really pay attention to how you are breathing, and continually bring your attention back to the flow of breath in your body, being sure to breath from your belly. Throughout your day notice your breath. Any time you find yourself tense or anxious, or notice that you are breathing from your chest, take the time to straighten your spine and take a deep and relaxed belly breath. For more detailed instructions on Pranayama breathing, read the following article, Pranayama: Breathing For Better Health
Spring Water and Hydration
Getting the proper amount of high quality water is essential for healing the body. The body requires adequate hydration to maintain energy, for all the organs to function properly, and to aid in the detoxification process. On average, try to drink 2 liters of spring water each day–of course this will depend on your weight, diet, and other health factors, but 2 liters is the average requirement. It is paramount that you find a spring near you and consume mainly spring water. Be sure to only drink small amounts with food, and the majority of water should be consumed between meals (at least 20 minutes before, or 1 hour after meals). The website, www.findaspring.com is a great way to find a spring near you. Do some research first, however, to ensure that the spring is pure and uncontaminated. Spring water is alive and contains the healing energy of the earth, as well as essential minerals. I am positive that you will notice a difference in how you feel after a few weeks of drinking spring water. When you consider that our bodies are comprised of up to 75% water, then imagine how the quality of water would profoundly effect your energy, health, and state of being. The energy of the water you drink becomes your energy– and when it comes from the earth it provides pure, alive,and radiant energy to you.
It is amazing how simple and effective exercise is in keeping the body healthy and toxin free. You have probably heard it a thousand times, and yet most people still do not get enough daily exercise. Try to get at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise each day. The quality of exercise is extremely important. When exercising, be sure to stick mostly to aerobic exercise. What this term means is that you are taking in enough oxygen in every moment to supply your body with adequate oxygen for all the functions of the body. The key to making sure that you are doing aerobic (versus anaerobic) exercise, is your breathing. Be sure to maintain belly breathing throughout the duration of your workout. Once your breathing moves up into the chest primarily, your body begins burning oxygen faster than you can inhale (which leads to gasping for air). This puts stress and strain on the body, releases cortisol, and can contribute to burnout, rather than a build-up of your energy reserves. This technique of maintaining belly breathing (even f0r strenuous activity) comes from many marathon runners (including stu middleman) who have been able to run 100 mile marathons and still have energy to burn by the end of it. In order to work up to a 100 mile marathon, however, you need to increase your exercise level gradually, never pushing yourself beyond what is comfortable to breath from your belly.
One of the most healing practices that you can cultivate in your life is the practice of meditation. There are unique physiological changes that occur in the brain and body during meditation, all of which lends itself to healing the body. Cortisol levels decrease, endorphin levels increase, and inflammation in the body decreases, all which happens within the first ten minutes of meditation. Begin with a practice of 10 minutes twice a day. Either sit cross legged on the floor, on a cushion, or in a chair (whatever is most comfortable for you). As you sit, continually bring your attention back to your breath, taking deep, slow, and natural breaths into your belly. Allow your breathing to become slower as you sit, relaxing your body with every exhalation. As a thought arises, bring your attention back to your breath. When another thought arises, bring your attention back to your breath, relaxing the body, and allowing your belly to fill with air. It may help to set a timer, allowing you to sink more deeply into the practice. As you progress, increase the time you sit to 20 minutes, 30 minutes, and even an hour (depending on how much time you have in your day).
Salt–Quantity and Quality
One of the most important minerals within the human body is salt. Salt is essential for countless processes, as well as maintaining energy levels, and good health. Salt has gotten an undeserving bad rap, and was previously believed to be the cause of health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease. It is now understood that it is not excess salt that causes inflammation in the body, but rather salt in combination with excess sugar, gluten, and other compounds which contribute to inflammation. However, what is of the utmost importance, is to be consuming the right type of salt in the proper quantity. Begin using Pink Himalayan salt, or Celtic sea salt which has not been processed, heated, or treated in any way. There are many commercial Sea Salts that have been heated or treated, both which change the molecular structure of the salt crystal, and changes how your body is able to utilize it as well. In general, 1 teaspoon of Himalayan or Celtic Sea salt will be adequate to provide your body with the proper amount of salt. However, if you are more physically active, sweating a lot, or under increased stress, than you may need between 1-3 teaspoons a day. A great gauge for how much salt to consume is to find the amount that makes you thirsty enough to drink 2 liters of water a day. If you are not thirsty enough to drink 2 liters, increase your salt intake until you are.