This is a guest post by author Jane Falke. Her information, including where to purchase her new, excellent book is listed below.
We all know the benefits of health – we feel good and have energy to get things done; we are happy people. But many people don’t know how to stay in good health or they ignore what they know. Some just don’t want to change or they say something like “I’m not sick; why fix what is working?” I hear this all the time. I say, “Why wait until you are sick? It may be too late then.”
Even though the body is the true healer, we can abuse or ignore our bodies to a point from which there is no return. Starting a practice of good health now can save you the pain and suffering that come with having a disease.
Think about this…
How many people do you know who died of a disease? How many do you know who died from no apparent illness, disease, or accident? The point is that death usually comes from a disease.
Disease typically starts with an ailment that becomes a chronic condition that causes your body systems to overwork. Such a disease can be difficult to cure, though it can be managed. The result can be disabling or discomforting, and can cause suffering.
Here are some of the ways diseases begin:
- Overweight Aches and pains
- Skin rashes Lactose intolerance
- Gluten intolerance Poor eating habits
- Sugar cravings Diarrhea
- Constipation Lack of energy/tiredness
- Sluggishness Poor sleeping
- Heartburn Cold hands and feet
- Intestinal bloating and gas
Through studies I have learned that some of the causes of disease are linked to toxins, stress, and poor nutrition.
Toxins are all around us in our environment – in the water we drink and bathe in, the air we breathe, pesticides sprayed on foods, and chemicals added to processed foods.
Stress can come from emotional or physical stress. Emotional stress can come from being angry, upset, or overwhelmed, or from losing a loved one. Physical stress can come from over-exercising, physical labor, illnesses, surgeries, or medications.
Poor Nutrition canbe due to eating nutritionally depleted foods like refined and processed foods and/or poor absorption of nutrients due to intestinal issues.
How does this happen?
Our society wants conveniences. Many of us don’t want to prepare meals at home anymore and prefer to go out to eat many times a week. Some go to fast-food restaurants, coffeehouses, convenience stores, and markets to buy items that are already prepared. These foods are mostly refined, processed, and contain added chemicals that are addictive. The food industry wants to sell these products, so they add chemicals that make the foods taste better so you will buy them. And you do!
What foods are deficient in nutrients?
In addition to processed and refined foods and fast foods, we eat junk food such as soft drinks, coffee, candy, sugar, chips, desserts – cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream… and how about the lack of nutritional value in alcohol and wine.
I often hear people say, ”I heard red wine is shown to have benefits.” Yes, the resveratrol found in red wine is beneficial. But it takes a lot of wine to produce a beneficial amount. No one could drink that amount in one day or even a week. It is better to get this benefit through a supplement. Wine is fermented, so promotes yeast in the body. Wine also contributes extra unnecessary calories to your diet.
Think about how much nutrient-deficient foods are costing you.
How many times a week do you go to these places: coffeehouses, mini-marts, fast-food restaurants, stores that sell convenience foods? It might be just to pick up a soda and chips, coffee and donuts, or dinner for the family at the local fast-food restaurant. If you start adding up all these purchases, you may be amazed by what you spend each week, each month, and each year on nutrient-depleted foods. And you are not giving your body the health it deserves – nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant chemicals. These nutrients are needed to build and repair body cells. Without them your body breaks down, aches and pains slowly begin to show up, and before long chronic conditions are living in your body.
Think about how much health care costs. Did you know:
- The Center for Disease Control reported that in 2008 health care costs for all diseases in the US was $2 trillion, a 4.4% increase over the previous year. Of that, 47% was funded to Medicare and Medicaid by the government.
- In 2009, national health care expenses totaled $2.5 trillion, a 4% increase from 2008.
- In 2010, the Medicare program had expenditures of $523 billion, up $14 billion from 2009.
Even though we are living longer, we are not living healthier.
Chronic conditions can turn into degenerative conditions, and before you know it you are diagnosed with a disease and are on a treatment program of medications, surgeries, and/or therapies. And now you are taking time out of your life to be sick, not to mention the pain and suffering you are experiencing. Is this what you want?
Here are some of the things you can do to change your health condition:
- Find ways to balance your life Change your diet
- Eat whole, natural foods Eat at home more often
- Exercise Commit to your health
- Change your attitude Control stress and emotions
- Get more rest Get help if needed
- Go on a cleansing program to remove toxins
- Eliminate refined and processed foods from your diet
- (If it has a nutrition label, consider it processed.)
Here is what you can gain by making such changes:
- Balanced energy Healthy nutrition
- Minimize or eliminate medications Normal weight
- No food cravings Sleeping through the night
- A healthy life
- Minimize or eliminate aches, pains, and chronic conditions
I think I’ve made my point. But what’s the biggest problem here?
The problem is that most people are stuck in their habits and don’t want to change. Here is a quote from my book:
In order to experience change in your life, you have to initiate the change by changing a thought, belief, or habit. Habits are repeated behavior patterns. They become part of you even though you may not be aware of it. Soon they become part of your personality and belief system.1
You can create new habits by repeating something over and over until it is part of your thinking and behavior pattern. It may not be easy at first, but it can be done through a commitment to your health.
In my book I explain the four essential steps to good health:
1. Commitment to Health. When your thoughts are focused on a specific outcome, you can accomplish what you want with ease. The Three Principles of Success will keep you focused on your goals.
2. Internal Cleansing. Cleansing the body removes toxins and is the foundation for good health. The Mini-Cleanse and The Cleansing Program in this book will get you started on your way to good health.
3. Balanced Nutrition. Adding proper nutrients through healthy foods and appropriate supplements continually repairs the body and keeps it healthy. The Maintenance Program in this book can help the body heal naturally without drugs.
4. Regular Exercise. Exercise is essential to keep muscles and bones strong, support good health, and energize the body. Exercise also removes toxic buildup in the lymphatic system through movement and sweating.2
If you want to change an unhealthy condition, you can do so by following the programs in my book. And best of all, you can use the money you are spending on foods that are nutrient deficient to buy high-quality organic foods, enjoy a special occasion, or take a vacation!
Do yourself a favor. Don’t wait to get sick before you take action; that may be too late. Start now!
I provide a holistic approach to health through coaching programs and my book Eat Healthy. Be Healthy at Any Age. Visit my website, www.janefalke.com, for more information.
Eat Healthy. Be Healthy.
1. Eat Healthy. Be Healthy at Any Age: Discover Why Food is the Problem as Well as the Solution. Page 70 – Why Is It Hard to Change?
2. Page 22 – Sustaining Health with Balanced Nutrition.