April 25, 2011

3 Health Tips We Can Learn from Plants

"What we do to the environment, we do to ourselves.”

Our health is directly linked to our environment, and unfortunately we often take the environment for granted. Recent studies have shown that up to 98% of our health is controlled by our environment. With the exponential rise in diseases like cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, there has never been a more important time to focus on our environment to improve our health.

For example, we have all tried to nurse a plant back to life at some point. When a plant is sick, we automatically know to put the plant in the sun, give it enough water and make sure the soil has proper nutrients.

You don’t see people injecting drugs into the stem of the plant as soon as it starts to wilt. Why don’t we treat humans like we do plants? Sunlight, water and nutrients should be the first steps to healthcare, with drugs and surgery as a last resort.

Take these three tips from the environment to improve your health:

More than 70% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D3, which is produced when sunlight hits the skin. If someone is deficient in Vitamin D3, their body is not going to function at optimal level. Dr. Mercola says that recent evidence strongly suggests that if all Americans got enough sunshine, the number of cancers diagnosed each year would drop by 200,000 and the annual number of cancer deaths would drop by as much as 63,000. Go outside and get enough sunlight so your skin turns light pink, or take a high quality Vitamin D3 supplement to normalize your proper vitamin D3 levels

As people get busier and busier, they often forget to drink water throughout the day. Being properly hydrated can help prevent and relieve a variety of conditions from fatigue to headaches, so instead of going to your medicine cupboard, drink water instead. Be sure to drink filtered water (not bottled water), from a stainless steel or glass reusable bottle.

Eating nutrient-rich foods is one of the most crucial aspects of being healthy. It is necessary to provide your body with the right nutrients to avoid and prevent disease. Instead of waiting until you get sick and taking medications, why not work on improving your diet today? Remove as many processed carbohydrates as possible (sugar and grains); increase your intake of high quality fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter and Omega 3’s, eat high quality protein from pastured chickens and turkeys, grass fed beef, buffalo, elk or wild caught fish. As Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” Consider supplementing with high quality vitamins too.

It is common knowledge on how to care for a plant, shouldn’t we treat our bodies with the same care? As environment controls 98% of your health, look to improve your environment to improve your health. If it works for every other living thing on earth, why wouldn’t it work for us?

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