La salud óptima implica el consolidar de todas las facetas de su vida.
Esto incluye su salud fisica, mental, y espiritual. Estos componentes se
tejen en la fibra de su ser y de su bienestar. Descuidar uno causa
problemas en otro. Las condiciones tales como enfermedad cardiaca pueden
accionar la depresión. El malestar mental puede conducir a las jaquecas y
las álceras y una carencia de la espiritualidad pueden crear despondency y
la apatia que le afecta en todos los niveles.
Las buenas noticias son ésa que enriquece una faceta de su vida mejoran
otra. Hay ciertas acciones fundamentales que, cuando está practicado con
intento, conduzca a una calidad de la vida mejor: fisicamente,
mentalmente, y espiritual. Las llamo los cuatro pilares de la salud.
Respiración. La respiración define vida. Es su primera
y final acción viva. Es también su cuerda de salvamento a la buena salud.
El oxigeno desempeña un papel dominante en funcionamiento óptimo del
cuerpo. Las ayudas en la digestión, enfermedad de las luchas, y asegura la
función apropiada de la célula y del órgano. It also keeps you mentally
centered and contributes to maintaining consistent levels of serotonin and
. Unfortunately, many people lose the ability to breathe properly.
Upon entering this world, your first breaths were deep and full. Your
body was hungry for oxygen and innately knew how to get it. Over time,
however, most people lose this response. They adopt a shallow breathing
pattern that does not give the body its due. Without a strong oxygen
flow, your body does not function at capacity.
. Therefore, to improve your health, you must improve your breathing.
It involves breathing deep into the abdomen, filling the diaphragm and
expanding your lungs. It allows all parts of your body to receive the
oxygen required for overall health and well being.
. Exercise. . The human body is built to move. Over
the years, however, industrialization has bred inactivity. Naturally
occurring exercise, such as physical labor and walking instead of driving,
is all but obsolete. Therefore, it is necessary you commit to exercising
your body. Exercise strengthens muscle and bone. It also lowers blood
pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, regular exercise gives you
more physical and mental energy.
. Choose a form of exercise you enjoy and will not consider a chore.
Many people choose walking for a variety of reasons. It is inexpensive,
convenient, and easy on the joints and bones. Walking at a brisk pace
for thirty minutes a day gives your body and mind the workout they need to
remain strong and vital.
. Nutrition. . If you feed your body well, it serves
you well. When your body is properly nourished, you have more energy and
are able to achieve more. This heightens not only your productivity, but
your self-esteem as well. Nourish your body with intention, as opposed
to indulging your appetite or feeding your emotions. Your diet should
contain adequate protein, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and quality
. Unfortunately, most people do not receive the nutrition they need.
This is due to either poor choices or eating foods that have been stripped
of nutrients. Denatured produce is picked green. It is treated with
preservatives so it can be shipped long distances. This process causes
food to lose much of its nutritional value. Cows, chickens, and other
sources of animal protein are often raised on a steady diet of growth
. These hormones jeopardize you. Processed foods are laden with
chemicals that work against your body. In all these instances,
manipulation produces foods that deliver substandard nutrition. This
leads to overeating because the body is not getting what it needs. It
also creates an oxygen deficit due to the fact that it takes more oxygen
to digest these types of foods. For optimum health, you need to feed
yourself in the best possible way.
. Meditate. . Both your body and mind require down
time. Meditation is just that. It is the creation of a relaxed state
and a quiet mind. During meditation the brain shifts from overdrive to
calm. This reduces level of cortisol in the body, thus minimizing
stress. There are many ways to meditate. Not all involve the trance-
like state often associated with the practice.
. Meditation is personal. It is how you personally center yourself
and quiet your mind. This can be achieved with prayer, repeating a
positive phrase, watching the trees sway, observing your breathing, or
deliberately walking with peace in mind. Using your breath to center is
called mindfulness meditation. During this practice, you sit quietly and
focus on your breathing. As you do this, thoughts will drift in and out
of your mind. If they distract you, just return to the focus of your
breathing. Your mind will slow as you focus on this one function. With
practice and patience, your body and mind will respond to the process.
It will offer you a still and quiet state from which you can renew
yourself to live with intention and express optimal health.
Sobre el autor
Dr. Thomas O. Goode . is the co-founder of the
International Breath Institute, which was created in 1991 to teach people
how to enhance their health and prevent premature aging. He is also an
inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator, and author of seven books,
the latest of which is . Fully Alive-Feel Better, Look Younger and
Improve Your Sex Life . . To contact Dr. Good, receive the free
ezine, or for more information on Full Wave Breathing, visit www.fullwavebreathing.com