Our most precious gifts are life and health, everything after that is extra.
You may have already started to think about what you can do now to improve your health and insure you are healthy in your senior years. It is never too late to start and the sooner the better!
The best defense against super viruses and infections is developing a strong immune system.
This is not an overnight quick fix. This requires a change in consciousness and a shift of how you view your health. Whole health consciousness and a whole health approach will sustain a happy and healthy future.
The Western “broken/fix” model is to wait for the infection to strike before finding a remedy. The problem there is that viruses and bacteria are very intelligent. Once they have entered, they get a lay of the land and gain strength before we even have a chance to notice.
Fall is here, believe it or not, and it is typically a time when allergies kick in and the change of season makes us prone to getting sick.
How will you stay healthy?
We feel good in the summer. The weather is nice, there is more sunshine, we stay out later and tend to sleep less. Then the end of summer shows up, we have been sleep deprived, the frenzy of the last few months kicks in and the weather shifts. All too often we get caught off guard with a sore throat and runny nose.
Antibiotics and drugs often cause side effects and weaken our bodies constitutionally which leaves us susceptible to secondary or tertiary illness. Our bodies become the battlefield and quality of life and health are the collateral damage.
I’m not even going to tell you about the latest strain of drug resistant bronchitis that challenges the modern medical establishment, because what we really need to know is how we can protect ourselves and stop worrying.
Acupuncture is one of the most powerful ways that we can tap into our natural ability to heal by resetting the nervous system, supporting immune function and expanding our experience of well-being.
Research shows patients that are committed to whole health perspective and continue to include acupuncture for wellness often experience:
Stronger immune systems - getting sick less often and faster recovery times
Increased energy and vitality
More positive outlook
Sharper focus and memory
Calm and peacefulness
Increased sexual desire
Acupuncture is only a part of a whole health perspective. Diet, exercise, mindfulness, spiritual practice and environmental awareness are all connected.
The choices we make about our well being now are creating health crisis’ for our future selves.
We are all affected in someway or another by stress. As a "do-more" and "be more" culture, stress takes its toll in many forms and has profound and far reaching negative consequences.
The freedom of our generation has also come with added stressors. Pursuing careers, having children later in life, aging parents that perhaps require more attention and cre…
The drive to do it all has come at a cost; work hard and play hard has left our generation overworked and burnt out.
Elon Musk tweeted recently that he, like millions of Americans, has reached a state of burnout. It happens to us all.
There are arguments on the concept of good stress versus bad stress, but no matter what, your body responds to stress by sending a distress signal through your nervous system. The hormones released by that stress response flood your entire body; every cell in your body including in your brain.
Over time the continuous barrage on your system will disrupt the normal and natural ability for your body to regulate and heal itself. Your brain functions change. In the short term we may not notice much, but the long term can contribute to depression, memory loss and dementia.
Immediate effects of stress:
Weakened immunity - experiencing longer recovery time
Neck and shoulder tension that doesn’t go away
Allergies - year round running nose and sinus congestion
Low energy and fatigue
Depression and anxiety
Poor sleep - no matter how much sleep you get, you wake tired
Irritability - especially with loved ones
Lack of creativity
Lack of interest in sex
Lack of ability to perform sexually
So where am I going with this?
If you are in your 40’s and 50’s, now is the time to get serious about managing stress and taking care of those little aches and pains.
A recent study has found that long term pain is linked to an increased risk of dementia. It is proven that stress and pain are interrelated, so letting the aches and pains persist is allowing yourself to be vulnerable to future illness.
Most illness we experience is preventable.
In Chinese medicine there is no real separation of mind, body, energy or spirit, we are one whole being. Experiencing ourselves as “whole” and connected to all that is, is a healing practice in itself.
We have this one beautiful life and chances are you will live a long time, so it's really your quality of life that is important and it's less about the health insurance plan that will cover anticipated surgeries.
If you want a future that includes vibrant health, now is the time to look at your health with a whole health consciousness and start to take action.
Here are a few steps to get started:
What kind of health goals do you want to have for your future? 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? Write out what that life is going to look like.
What can you consciously do to insure that goal will become a reality?
What changes might you start making so that you can begin to have that reality?
Invest in your health:
Get a massage (just to enjoy, no workout involved)