“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” – Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine
This image says it all really. The most simple, pure, natural things that 99% of us can control are the best doctors for our health and well being.
- Sunshine – The Vitamin D from sunshine combined with overall feelings of happiness when the sun does shine ultimately means that sunshine is fantastic for us. I know I prefer it when it’s sunny compared to pouring with rain!
- Water – For those of us fortunate enough to have a continuous supply of good drinking water on tap, we should definitely make the most of it. Mineral water is fine and some can really tell the taste difference (that will all be covered in another post) but either way drinking a good 2 or so litres of water a day helps you stay hydrated, clears out toxins, keeps energy levels up and generally keeps your insides in top top shape.
- Rest – These days we are all so busy so much of the time. I know I’m guilty of that. But the power of rest and recuperation is immense. Even when you have 101 things to do, taking just 20 minutes out for a power nap, or simply relaxing on the sofa with a cup of tea and a biscuit helps clear the mind, ensures you have a change of environment and can work wonders for creativity.
- Air – Proper fresh air is tasty. Admittedly, it doesn’t taste of much, but you sure notice the difference between dirty city air and clean, fresh country air. Our bodies need air to survive and crave it constantly. Humour your body by ensuring your get out in the fresh air as much as possible – once a day as an absolute minimum
- Exercise – An obvious one, but still overlooked by many, is exercise. The bi-polar laziness and hecticness of twenty first century life has led to westerners doing less exercise than they should. Anything is better than nothing, but in a similar vein to these other doctors, regular light exercise done safely pays dividends with your well being. Early morning exercise, in particular, has been discovered by many as the perfect way to set yourself up for a tough day ahead, as it leaves you feeling more energized and ready to face what the day throws at you.
- Diet – Last but by no means least is diet, which can make man, women or child the person they are. We’ve all heard of the expression “You are what you eat”. Balance is one of the most important aspects of any diet, with moderation a close second. If you ensure you get your 5 a day, plenty of protein, fibre and carbohydrates then you can afford to indulge now and then with no side affects.
By following these simple mantras of the six doctors you will increase your life span as well as your enjoyment of life!
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