Health and wellness, what does that mean to you?
by Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CII, CCII, Homeopath, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, International Instructor of Iridology
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
Last but not least, minerals. Most people do not realize the importance of minerals. Dr. Linus Pauling, a two times Nobel Prize winner said: “Every sickness, illness, and disease is caused from a mineral deficiency.” We are a minerally-based body. I find the best way to maintain your minerals is through a mineral soak, not a bath but a soak. A soak allows your skin to absorb the minerals, transport through interstitial fluid and lymphs, into the blood stream and throughout your body. If you try to absorb minerals through your GI system, normally the amount is much less and most GI systems are not functioning properly anyways. A mineral soak should be with a high quality full spectrum unprocessed mineral source. Epson salts are not a full spectrum mineral source. The key to a mineral soak is you want to be in comfortable water but not hot, you do not want to be sweating and detoxing, you want to absorb the minerals.
Diane Elms is a certified specialist in homeopathy. Elms practices out of iGita Hot Yoga Studio in Oakville, Ontario