The Four Pillars of Health

The four most important factors affecting health


 

“Eating is not as important as eliminating,

Eliminating is not as important as sleeping”.

 -        Chinese Medicine saying

 1.  Sleeping

Sleeping is first and foremost to health because our body is designed to carry out the most important tasks at night to support and sustain life. When we are sleeping and in complete rest, our body will perform all the necessary housekeeping, maintenance, detoxification, regeneration and growth functions. For people who are skipping bed time or are suffering from insomnia, their body will not be able to perform all the vital functions properly so toxic waste will build up in their body and create havoc to their health. When people are sleep deprived, their immune system cannot perform well to protect them from sickness. 

Insomnia is a distressing signal that the body is stressed and out of balance. The imbalance can happen at any level of the body: physical, energetic, mental and spiritual. Treatment relying on sleeping pills can provide temporary relief only and will definitely make the problem worse if the underlying causes are not being treated. Controlling stress through natural treatments, observing healthy diet, exercising regularly and adopting healthy lifestyles are all effective solutions in curing insomnia.      

2.  Daily Bowel Movement

Eliminating or bowel movement is more critical to health than eating. It is because if waste materials cannot be cleared out of our stomach system and intestines timely, they will cause stagnation and decaying of food which is the breed ground for bacteria and cancer. Plus there will be no room for new food intake.

Toxic materials are present in just everything that we come into contact with. They enter our body through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and even through our skin from our clothing and things that we touch. A colon cleanse can reduce the level of toxins in our digestive system and help us maintain more regular and healthier bowel movements. Constipation will allow toxins from waste to be reabsorbed back into the body. Bad breathe, skin eruptions, no appetite, bloating, rectal and colon diseases are all problems related to constipation. 

To prevent constipation, a high fiber diet with plenty of water is necessary to promote quick and easy movement of foods through the digestive tract. Fruits and vegetables such as cabbage, sweet potato, banana, chive and Chinese green vegetables with plenty of fiber are very effective. Keeping bowel movement as our top priority and daily-must routine is very important. If constipation persists even with the increased intake of fruits and vegetables, it can be sign of other problems such as thyroid disorder and must be investigated and treated promptly. 

3.  Healthy Diet

Observing healthy eating habits and making the right food choices is important in promoting overall health and wellness. Using functional foods to treat nutritional deficiency and imbalance, and especially during time of sickness, is most effective and with permanent healthful results. It is not drug but foods that can heal. 

4.  Adequate Exercise  

Regular exercise is essential for health, but overdoing it may cause unnecessary injuries. Many athletes who have overused their body for an extended period of time ended up with permanent damages which are irreversible.

Exercising is like eating; moderation is the key. Many experts agreed that exercising 30 minutes a day should be adequate in keeping the body healthy. When exercising, it is important not to ignore the early sign of distress and know when to stop. The concept of 'no pain no gain' is misleading and is creating more problems than good. Exercising with machines is unnatural and can be harmful to health and should be carefully monitored and supervised. 

Doing exercise outdoor with plenty of air and oxygen is best for our lungs and the whole body. Hiking, cycling, brisk walking and jogging are good outdoor exercises which can benefit both the physical and mental health. Regular exposure to the sun can help our body to make natural vitamin D which is essential for preventing many diseases including cancer. The fresh air, natural smells and sounds of nature are all calming and relaxing stimulants. They can help to increase the production of happy hormone and boost our mood.

Chinese exercises focus on improving body strength and balance, and emphasize in promoting energy and qi flow throughout the body. Yoga, tai chi and qi-gong emphasize mindfulness, relaxation and concentration. Their movements are slow and require both the body and mind to work together. People who practice these exercises on a regular basis are more alert, can control stress better and can direct the energy flow within their bodies to achieve self-healing and rejuvenation.