The Three Pillars of Health consist of 1. giving the body what it needs, 2. taking out the “trash”, and 3. stimulate the immune system. When addressing each of these points, your body will be working optimally, in perfect health, and you will feel happy, vibrant, full of energy, ready to achieve your life’s goals and dreams.
The Three Pillars of Health – the first pillar
The first of the Three Pillars of Health is to give the body what it needs. This includes adequate nutrients, such as high quality fats, good quality protein, and a limited amount of complex carbohydrates. Also, deep breathing can help promote optimal health, as we require oxygen to use these nutrients.
Notice that the body’s preferred energy source is fat, in particular, saturated fat. Saturated fat has gotten a bad reputation, but science shows us that saturated fats are healthy and necessary for optimal health. They do NOT cause heart disease. Indeed, in the early 1900′s, people ate a lot of butter and lard, all saturated fats, and there was hardly any heart disease. Nowadays, people eat less saturated fats than ever before, and more vegetable (unsaturated) fats than ever before, and we have more heart disease than ever before.
Also, carbohydrates should be consumed in moderation. Anytime we eat carbohydrates, the body releases insulin, which causes our blood sugar to drop. And especially with the simple carbohydrates such as sugar, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, etc…, our blood sugar tends to drop lower than it was before we had the simple carbohydrate. This, in turn, makes us feel tired and low on energy, leading to additional snacking and likely overeating.
Nutritional supplements – vitamins and minerals – can complement a healthy diet
A question I often get when talking about nutritional supplements is “If I’m eating healthy, why do I need supplements?” That’s a very good question. What has happened over the last 50 years or so, is that our food production has deteriorated to the point that food today has less nutrients than it did then. In particular, minerals such as calcium or magnesium are only in the food if they were in the soil where the food is grown. Unfortunately, with modern agriculture, only 3 minerals are put back (through fertilizers) – nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. So, over time, the soil becomes depleted.
As an example, a piece of broccoli today contains about 40% less calcium than it did 50 years ago. It’s even worse with some other nutrients, such as chromium, which is almost 10,000 times less concentrated today than half a century ago.
Minerals are part of the first Pillar of Health
All biochemical reactions in our body are controlled by enzymes. These little helper molecules control absolutely everything, from breathing, to moving, to digesting our foods, etc… And most of these enzymes require a mineral to work. Our body can make the enzyme, but not the mineral – the latter has to come from our foods. And when we’re deficient in minerals, our body starts to break down, we don’t have any energy, and we just attribute this to “normal” aging. – Let me tell you, there is nothing “normal” about aging…
The Three Pillars of Health – the second pillar
The second pillar of the Three Pillars of Health is to take out the “trash”. This means removing toxins from the body. We are all exposed to numerous toxins every single day from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the cosmetic products we use. And most of these toxins are fat-soluble, and therefore stored by our body. As the amount of toxins stored increases, it causes damage in the body, which our body then needs to repair. And the harder our body has to work at repairing this damage, the less energy is available for us to feel great.
As such, regular detoxification may be beneficial. However, this should be done carefully under the supervision or guidance of a qualified natural health care practitioner, as detoxification done poorly can cause more harm than good.
The Three Pillars of Health – the third pillar
The third of the Three Pillars of Health is to strengthen our immune system. Our immune system protects us from many pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and cancer cells. To do its awesome job, it requires energy, and the harder it has to work, the less energy is available for the other bodily functions, which allow us to feel good. So, to promote well-being and energy, we can support our immune system so as to make its job easier.
One way to support our immune system is to stop weakening it. Anytime we consume a teaspoon of sugar or other simple carbohydrate, we depress our immune system by up to 4 hours.
Certain nutrients support our immune system, such as coconut oil, and many herbs and spices. Regularly consuming these foods can help build a strong immune system that resists pathogens, and helps prevent cancer as well.
These Three Pillars of Health are the basis for optimal health, energy and well-being. Making small changes to your nutrition, including detoxification, and keeping a strong immune system will help you have the energy you need to feel fantastic every single day, and to have the energy necessary to achieve all your goals and dreams.