Mainstream western medicine, and even most alternative health care practitioners have the cart before the horse. When a person is ill or injured the first step is always diagnostic testing for the purpose of isolating the problem and then alleviating symptoms. Even when injured or ill, a person should always focus first on building a strong body, and allowing the body to heal itself.
The problem is our bodies are so neglected and toxic that it is difficult or impossible for our body to heal. As a result we go from injury…to illness…to another injury…to a disease and we never make the connection that our body is simply breaking down from lack of care. We see it as a mystery, bad luck, bad genes, old age, or just a wrong step, when in truth our body would have been quite prepared for the mishap if we had been ready for life’s surprises.
Let’s take a close look at oxygen. I am going to keep this very simple. Oxygen serves three main purposes.
- It is one of the main energy sources for the body,
- It delivers nutrients at the cellular level, and
- It exports toxins (both environmental and metabolic) out of the cells.
The very best way to increase both the oxygen in your body, and the efficient use of oxygen, is through exercise, plain and simple. Interval training, which is comprised of high intensity training with short periods of rest, is the best way to train the body to efficiently use oxygen.
Next, let’s discuss water. We should think of water as a nutrient. If we drank enough water, we would eat far less food. A newborn baby is over 90% water. As we age, we continue to dehydrate slowly. A person in their 70’s is only about 70% water. The aging process is actually a dehydration process. A great study of water can be found in, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”, by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. This prestigious doctor was sent to a political prison in Iran. Because he only used water to help his patients, he developed the theory that chronic low-grade dehydration is the root cause of disease. After his release he spent his remaining years studying water and hydration. His website is www.watercure.com. (An excellent study on trace minerals through salt is found atwww.watercure2.com)
Water is the primary energizer of all functions of the body. Water manufactures hydroelectric energy at the cellular level. It actually breaks down food, i.e. fats into fatty acids, and during this process it actually transfers its hydroelectric energy at the cellular level. Among the most important functions of water are:
- Primary energizer of all functions of the body,
- Transportation of nutrients,
- Delivery of oxygen, and
- Removal acidic toxins.
These are the body’s basic requirements for healing. A person can purchase high quality supplements, but they may not actually reach and enter the cells, if the person does not focus on oxygenation and hydration. Think of it this way, if a person consistently stays at a state of low level dehydration, he is going to have a lot of sludge around the cells, because toxins are not efficiently removed. It doesn’t matter how excellent or expensive the supplements are, delivery of nutrients will be affected.
How much water do we need. Everyone will be different based on body size, climate, work, and diet. The best rule of thumb is to have clear or very pale yellow urine. Signs of dehydration are bright yellow (unless you are supplementing with vitamin B) or dark urine. Another easy test is to pinch the skin on the back of the hand, it should return to normal quickly. If you can watch it return, you are dehydrated. None of us carry backpacks with water, so staying hydrated requires good daily habits. We actually lose water every time we respirate. One of the best habits you can obtain is to drink two glasses of plain water upon rising every morning. Plain water can immediately hydrate, but once we put in a squeeze of lemon, our body must then begin to digest.
Our third nutrient is sunlight. Sunlight is only recently receiving the attention it deserves. Little study has been done on sunlight because it can’t be packaged and marketed. Recent studies now show that a person needs 10x more vitamin D every day than traditionally thought. Now, vitamin D is considered the “super vitamin”. A deficiency can be linked to most modern disease epidemics. Think about that statement, “a vitamin D deficiency is now linked to most modern diseases”. Simply put, for the first time in human history we actually spend 90% of our time indoors, and the remaining time fearing the sun. Sunlight is absorbed into the body and should be considered a nutrient. There is much we don’t know, but we do know that it is a phenomenal anti-depressant, necessary for manufacturing of vitamin D, and vibrant energy. A person should spend at least 30 minutes continuously in the sun everyday. I highly recommend www.mercola.com for more study on both sunlight and vitamin D. He is an excellent source for nutrition, environment and fitness.
Our bodies were created to have vibrant energy and to self heal. It is far more important to put our time, energy and money into giving our body the building blocks it needs so that it can do what it is designed to do, rather than remaining in a weakened state and relying on nutritional supplements, or worse yet pharmaceutical drugs. Once a person attains core nutrition through proper oxygenation, hydration and sunlight; then they can began to build healthy bodies through nutrient dense foods.