Eating. Sleeping. Pooping. These are, undoubtedly, the top three things that have the most effect on your health. If all of these three activities are working out well for you, you are on the right track.
Of course, there are many different options out there to improve your health and well-being: exercise, fresh air, meditation. . .the list continues. But if you’re getting the first three right, you’re creating a solid foundation of health to build on to with these other things. If you aren’t eating, sleeping, Orlando Wildlife Control, and pooping nicely, adding all that exercise and meditation is like building on top of a crumbling foundation.
Eating the right foods, and in the appropriate quantities, is the first step in building the healthy qi that will carry you throughout your day. . .and life. The Chinese believe that food is medicine, and will often prescribe dietary changes before doing any other sort of work physically. All of us know that garlic builds up our immunity, preventing us from getting sick, but did you know that virtually every other spice into your cupboard has medicinal properties, as well?
You don’t have to acquire a degree in herbal medicine to eat well, but you need to educate yourself a bit on what you are putting into your body. I’m always amazed at the misconceptions people have about food. Patients will come in and talk about how healthy and strict their diets are, and then talk about the pound of cheese they eat every night (“I only eat foods that are natural!”) Eating unprocessed foods is a fantastic idea, but that doesn’t mean that everything natural is necessarily good for you. I’ve also had patients who are extremely weight-conscious brag about their low-fat diets. . .only to find out that they’re basically living off of bread and non-fat ice cream. Again, not the best choice. So, read a book. . . The information is out there, you simply need to incorporate it into your lifestyle.
After the ingestion comes the pooping. . .and if you aren’t doing it, or you’re doing a lot of it, it’s a sign that the total qi of the body might be suffering. Poop is pretty much the greatest measure of what is happening internally. Bloodwork might tell you, but it’s not quite as convenient as getting this info in the comfort of your own bathroom. We acupuncturists can gather a world of knowledge about what is happening inside you by finding out about your bowel movements, but all of you regular people out there only need to know a few things. Your poop should arrive 1-3 times a day, be formed but not hard, and come with blood, pain, or an unusual level of work. If all this applies to you, you’re in good shape. Otherwise, a change in diet may be in order. We acupuncturists may also get things moving regularly, if need be. . .oh, lovely, lovely sleep. At least, that is how I think of it now-I look ahead to drifting off into sweet dreams and can not wait to go to bed at night. However, I remember feeling very differently about my bed a couple of years back, while I was suffering from a bout of insomnia. I was stressed going to bed, since I knew I had several hours of tossing and turning ahead of me. I was worried waking up, because I barely had enough energy to get through the day. I think of insomnia as a type of cancer of the soul, slowly eating away at every other facet of your life and health. If you simply are not getting enough sleep due to a lack of effort on your part, make some adjustments which will allow you to acquire more. If you’re a true insomniac, however, there are lots of options out there to help. Working on this can be an investment in your health. We can all start you on the path to getting your sleep, and ultimately life, back.