Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
We are often asked “how are you?” and our normal response is “I am ok”, or “I am well.” This response is most often one of habit and standardized without regard to how we really feel. One can be well and still have an affliction. But one cannot be healthy suffering from one. It begs the question of – can one be well without being healthy? Or conversely can one be healthy and not be well? Does being well mitigate being healthy?
The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.” They continue by stating “wellness is not a passive or static state but rather an ‘active pursuit’ that is associated with intentions, choices and actions as we work toward an optimal state of health and wellbeing.”
We all think we know what is good for us, but we tend not to listen to our own bodies. What we want is not always what we need for our bodies. We are flooded with advertisements telling us what is good for us, or how we should take their product to reduce weight or rectify an ailment. The simple truth is – diets do not work! Lifestyle changes can solve not only weight loss, but a host of other health problems.
For change of lifestyle to work, it is important that we learn how to listen to what our bodies are saying. Our emotions count because each has a direct connection to a specific organ in our body. Organs also have a need for personal and emotional support, when not received, they (like us) react negatively.
As an example, one’s liver is a detox organ. Hundreds of liver detox kits exist on the market. Problem is these short-term detox programs don’t address the emotional side of the liver. In fact, they stress the liver to a higher degree by altering its natural functions. Everyday emotions such as: anger, frustration, and unfulfilled desires can affect one’s liver. As emotions intensify, so does the stress within your body. Your kidney reacts to this abnormality by trying to reduce the liver’s stress. This occurrence creates a domino effect on the entire body. Think of it as a fire involving your neighbor – everyone stops or reduces what they are doing to assist.
Naturopathic doctors specialize in hearing what your body is saying. Something we struggle to achieve on our own. As a board-certified N.D., I have had clients come to me with persistent pain and discomfort after seeing a medical doctor for years. Upon review of the individual’s history, I discovered their problems to be beyond the scope of traditional diagnostic tests and procedures. During the initial assessment, it became clear that other factors were at play. Stressors such as: a relationship ending, losing a job, or anxiety, amongst a host of other experiences negatively impact the mind and organs. They are body and lifestyle changes that adversely affect the body. From a diagnostic view, the organs were fine, but from an emotional view, they were simply overwhelmed.
Food, movement, air, and water are natural desires, but the emotional aspect is just as important. When your emotions are out of sync, your organs will be most likely out of sync as well. Love, nurture and respect your organs because reciprocity with your organs is the key to being…healthy, wealthy, and wise.