Health and Wellness, what does that mean to you?

Think about it! Most people buy into the concept of genetic health challenges and thus expect they will have arthritis, heart problems or any other health issue if their parents or grandparents had it.

Not true. Only 5 % of health issues are truly genetic and the majority of health challenges are lifestyle, or learned habits. Stress plays a much larger part of health challenges then genetics ever will. In fact today, stress is a leading factor preventing us from having great health and wellness.

I will deal with genetics and stress in future articles. Today I would like to discuss basics. As a speaker, corporate trainer, instructor and practitioner I always start with basics. I believe that if you start with some basic, fundamental health tips the body will be able to rebuild, strengthen and start to heal itself, as it is meant to do.

Basic tip No. 1: WATER

Water — not liquid intake like coffee, juice, tea or pop — is what the body needs. Our basic body is made up of more than 60% of fluid. Our kidneys filter about 120 litres of fluid a day. That is the size of a large outdoor garbage pail. Our kidneys are smaller than a clenched fist. They have a very large job to do in our entire homeostatic control in our body. They need clean water to help do their job, not sugary liquids with chemicals added. Our family drinks reverse osmosis water because we live in the country and collect our water in a cistern. Many people drink RO or distilled water. If you do, you need to understand that your water has been demineralized and you need to add minerals back into your water. Minerals are needed so the water can penetrate the cells walls of your body.

Basic tip No. 2 FIBRE

Fibre comes in two forms, insoluble and soluble. Soluble — oatmeal, grains, peas, legumes — and insoluble —fruits and vegetables — are both needed in equal amounts. Surgeon general recommends about 35 grams a day but I would suggest closer to 50 grams a day. Why is fibre so important? Your intestinal tract, both large and small intestines are vital to your health. Our nutrients are transported from the food we eat into our intestinal tract, then into our blood stream for the body to utilize. If you’re intestinal tract is not functioning well, toxic waste will be what is transported into your bloodstream. How well do you think you will function on toxic waste? If you are constipated or have loose stools, or both, you have a problem.

Basic tip No. 3 MINERALS

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