One way or another, we are all in need of healing. Because one way or the other, we are all hurting and experiencing pain. Thus, one pastor counsels: "Healing has to occur on three planes: Mental (thinking), Emotional (feeling), and Physical (outcome)."
According to Dr. Lissa Rankin, physician and author of Mind over Medicine,the body is actually the mirror of how we live our lives. So when we think of negative thoughts, we also treat our bodyin a negative way. Dr. Rankin adds that the body is a self-healing organism that we tend to bypass out of our preference for medicine. However, it is not just the 'cure' that we need, she opines in her article, but the healing of that which we have been ignoring all along.
To heal is to start listening.
Studies show that negative emotions and stress can weaken the immune system. Based on the conducted experiment of Richard Davidson, study leader at the University of Wisconsin, our emotions can affect our health.
The experiment revealed that people who were asked to think of distressing moments in their lives had lower antibody levels after an influenza vaccination while people who recalled their happy times had developed high antibody levels.
Like Davidson, Rankin believes that every stressful thought, feeling, or belief compromises the body's ability to repair itself, leading to lower immune response. This is what we experience as physical symptoms.
Physical symptoms are the telltale signs that our body gives us, the whispers that we unfortunately usually ignore, to warn us that something is not right. It is our body's way of calling out to us to take action.
Psychoneuroimmunology is a new study that shows how mind can trigger stress hormones and inflammatory chemicals that can damage our immune system the same way as environmental chemicals. Stress makes us prone to chronic pain, heart disease, digestive illnesses, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and even rheumatoid arthritis. But while stress may seem inevitable, it is not something insurmountable.
"Pain demands to be felt," said Augustus Waters from the movie, The Fault in Our Stars. Pain is a reminder that we are alive, so is stress. And while we cannot totally eliminate stress, we can manage it.
Here are some jumpstart tips to help fight stress:
1. Get moving. According to an article by helpguide.org, exercise or physical activity triggers our body to release endorphins that boost our mood and make us feel good. Even a short 10-minute burst of activity will help elevate our heart rate and make us break into sweat. This will help relieve stress, boost energy, and promote optimism.
2. Put it on a paper. "Writing provides perspective," says Dr. Paul J. Rosch, President of the American Institute of Stress in Yonkers, New York. His advice is to list on one side the stressors that we can do something about and, on the other side, the list of stressors that we cannot do anything about. "Change what you can," Dr. Rosch suggests, "and stop fretting over what you can't."
3. Fall for puppy love. In a study of 100 women conducted last year at the State University of New York in Buffalo, researchers found that those who owned a dog had lower blood pressure than those who didn't. They said that petting an animal for just a couple of minutes can help relieve stress.
4. Say a little prayer. "Research shows that people who are more religious use their spirituality to cope with life," said world-renowned integrative physician, Dr. Roberta Lee. "Religious people are able to cope better with stress; they heal faster from illness; and they experience increased benefits to their health and well-being. On an intellectual level, spirituality connects us to the world, which in turn enables us to stop trying to control things all by ourselves. When we feel part of a greater whole, it's easy to understand that we are not responsible for everything that happens in life," she added.
5. Easy on the caffeine. "The effects of coffee drinking are long-lasting and exaggerate the stress response, both in terms of the body's physiological response in blood pressure elevations and stress hormone levels, … it also magnifies a person's perception of stress," said Dr. James D. Lane, Associate Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke and lead author of the study.
Aside from having a positive outlook in life, we should fundamentally take care of our body. Our only defense against illness is a healthy body. As it is today, we do not only daily contend with stressors, we are also threatened by all kinds of harmful toxins and pollutants.
According to Dr. Alan Goldhamer, a chiropractor and founder of TrueNorth Health Clinic in California, "Our body requires a plant-based diet of whole natural foods that meet our nutritional needs."
And when it comes to highly nutritional plant-based food, one superfood that rivals most superfoods comes to mind – Moringa Oleifera.
Moringa is a powerhouse of nutrients, packed with important minerals like, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. It also contains 18 essential amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-sitosterol, lutein, and zeatin that contribute to overall health.
Ben oil is the oil found in Moringa seeds. It is considered as one of the most valuable plant oils for its myriad of health properties. Aside from boosting energy, it is also a mega anti-oxidant that has anti-ageing properties as well.
Thankfully, a pure extract of this powerful oil is now out in the market. Malungai LifeOil is a natural food supplement that has conveniently captured in a capsule the essential natural nutrients needed by our body to keep us properly nourished.
Give the body what it needs, and it will heal itself.
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