Hello all! We are at the end of our journey in the book “The Seven Pillars of Health.” Pillar 5 discussed detoxification, pillar 6 touched on vitamins and supplements (which is important), and pillar 7 talks about stress. Did you know that vitamin D is critical not only for bone health, but also for disease prevention? There are studies that link vitamin D deficiency to illnnesses like colon cancer, breast cancer, autoimmune disease, and the like. Did you also know that at least 30 minutes in the sun helps raise your vitamin D level? Yes, the sun is good for you! Plants need food, water, and sunlight to survive and thrive, and so do we. Omega-3 fish oil is also important to our diets, whether through supplements or consuming foods rich in them, like salmon. Because our diet is so westernized, it is impossible to get every vitamin you need from our food supply, so supplementation sometimes is necessary. Do the research, and start supplementing where needed in your health regimen.
We all have heard about the dangerous effects of stress on the body – from high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, cardoivascular disease, but stress is much deeper than reacting to a bad situation. We stress our bodies through lack of sleep, poor diet, and toxic relationships. Your body responds to stress the same way whether you are reacting to the death of a loved one, or feeling rushed in traffic. Stress is stress, so learning ways to properly channel it and remove it from our lives is important. There is no way to alleviate stress as a whole, because we live in a modernized society where stress is bombarding us everyday, but we can lessen the impact stress has on us. That’s why rest, sleep, and meditation is so necessary…it helps reset our bodies and minds, debriefing us from the daily toils of this world. Below, I have attached an interesting article that discusses the sleep-stress cycle. Have a great day, and see you in the next blog! For those a part of the bookclub, see you at the bookclub luncheon this weekend!