If the year 2020 has taught us one thing, it is to learn to respect and cherish our health. Our body’s ability to fight infections internally and ward off persistent external attacks is our most potent weapon. While it is heartening to witness the perception shift towards holistic health, the knee-jerk approach of fixing what needs to be fixed and moving on is not a wise strategy in the long term.
Our body’s defense mechanism is a complex system influenced by physiological, psychological, and social/demographical factors. Every second, our body learns to adapt, evolve, and fight with the oncoming onslaught in a more competent, efficient manner.
But are we giving it everything it needs to perform better? As we approach the long weekend dotted with the celebration of American Independence, I guess it is opportune to talk about setting ourselves free from pre-existing notions, debunk the myths, and put our immune systems on the right path.
Four Resolutions for a really FREE AMERICA
It’s not our prosperity, wealth and scientific advances that will make America great again. It is a rather basic, almost carnal need that will set us all free. And it is to create a healthier, happier nation, one citizen at a time!
Most of what happens with our health is a direct implication of our choices. By making the right ones, and choosing health over everything else could make us a nation that is able to face all challenges head on. If you feel that enough is enough and wish to take charge of how an independent United States of America could be disease free, the first step is to look at yourself. Here are four resolutions that you can start working on, right away
1.There’s no shortcut to a super healthy body-
2.The most ignored organ in our bodies is also the most important one!
Feel your gut. And keep it happy! Our stomach, the Centrepoint of our digestive system, is also the most crucial organ of our body, but unfortunately, it is the most ignored one. We want to wear clean clothes, live in a pristine environment, breathe in clean, germ-free air. But when it comes to our bellies, we fill it up with trash. I am not bringing up hygiene here. We eat absolute junk food, give our stomach all the right reasons to remain unsettled, shoveling down canned food, processed and packaged junk, and sugar-loaded drinks. Our stomach is a delicate organ but a sturdy companion. It’s the only organ that produces energy needed for the entire body. Our gut health often determines our immunity and overall health. When we are born, we are blessed with a stomach in pristine condition. But as we grow up, external influences and our own gravitating towards tastier but often unhealthier food intake options make it a complete mess. Gut health plays a crucial role in building our immune systems. “We are what we eat” is absolutely true, and I leave the interpretation about the readers’ self-image to their own “gut” feeling.
3.Mind over matter!
Nature gave us stress as a response to trigger flight or fight instincts. So naturally, not all stress could be harmful. But today, stress is poorly managed, and stress responses are not understood. The long-term effects can manifest themselves in physical, mental, and behavioral ways. The potential adverse effects are multiple from insomnia, back and muscle pains, anxiety, depression, and unhealthy dietary changes. Our mind is our powerhouse, governing and guiding the various systems of our body towards their true potential. If we are not getting enough sense of calm, its ability to weather away the storms diminishes over time.
Brain health and the health of our entire nervous system are interlinked with other functions and systems of our body. So being mindful is not just a process to stay calm. You have to learn to live it every minute. It is essential to include this in our lifestyle because mindfulness in everything, be it eating, sleeping, or breathing is the right way of treating our body with the respect that it truly deserves.
4.Don’t undermine the importance of correct breathing