There are simple things that we can all do to improve our health and well being on a daily basis. According to Dr. Frank King, chiropractor, doctor of naturopathy specializing in homeopathic remedies, and author of The Healing Revolution, there are Eight Essentials we need for optimum mental, physical and spiritual health: Empowering your human spirit, Water, Nutrition, Fitness, Sleep, Nature, Relationships, and Hands-On Techniques (touch).
• Drink half your body weight in ounces of spring or well water every day. If you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 75 ounces of water (about 9 cups).
“Many of us walk around dehydrated without realizing it and that can have a significant effect on our health and how we feel,” Dr. King says. Dehydrated bodies trap toxins and encourage water retention – a natural defense against the chronic “drought.”
A simple test for dehydration: Pinch the skin on the back of your hand and hold for three seconds. When you release, if the ridge from the pinch remains for more than a second, you’re probably dehydrated.
• Take at least a few minutes every day to connect with nature. Nature brings perpetual revitalization and ongoing renewal, especially when experienced through multiple senses: the smell of freshly turned earth or evergreens in the woods; the touch of cool stream water on your face or feet; the sight of birds on the wing and budding blooms.
• Take a brisk, 10- to 20-minute walk every day. Walking is the simplest, most natural form of exercise. You might walk a nature trail, walk to the store instead of driving or take your pet for a stroll.
“Three brisk 10-minute walks a day are as effective at lowering blood pressure as one 30-minute walk,” Dr. King says. “Outdoor walking is preferable to walking on a treadmill or other machine, since theuneven surfaces and changing directions of natural walking will engage moremuscles and tendons.”