Our bodies, Our health.

Our body, Our health.

“Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz — something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.”

— Chungliang Al Huang

When I read this statement I could not agree more. So many people are so unhealthy these days. Whether it is from poor eating habits or lack of exercise most of our sickness and lack of health is our own doing.

I am a firm believer in the power of herbs. I also believe the less processed our food is the more nutritious it is for us. Chemicals and unnatural substances are not doing us very much good in my opinion.

Lets think about all the commercials we see on TV about the specially developed drugs that are supposed to help us. People take prescription medication to sleep, to be less anxious, to be happier or calmer and the list just goes on forever….

“About 130 million Americans swallow, inject, inhale, infuse, spray, and pat on prescribed medication every month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates. Americans buy much more medicine per person than any other country.”

Quote taken from Fox News Website: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,153758,00.html

Does that statement concern you at all?? Most people don’t stop to think about the ailments they have, they just want it to alleviate their symptoms. I believe that is why we are taking more medications.

Stop for a moment and lets think about your ailments. Do you have trouble sleeping, do you have chronic back pain or do you get major headaches?? Most minor ailments are caused by something that we have the power to remedy without a prescription.

Did you know medical researchers have linked minor insomnia with environmental change, anxiety, tension and a disruptive environment?? Simply living in a more stable home, having a more stable life or releasing anxiety and tension can get rid of you sleeping problems! (info from the Encyclopedia of Naturopathic Medince)

Is your body is trying to tell you something needs to change?? Mine was when I experienced chronic headaches. I would have head pain for several days straight. I never drank water until about last year. I discovered headaches are brought on by minor dehydration and that when I wasn’t drinking enough water I would get headaches for days at a time! I haven’t had a random headache in several months not that I am drinking water.

I am a firm believer in Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic Medicine is “a system of therapy that relies on natural remedies” (taken from dictionary.com).

“Naturopathic physicians treat patients by restoring overall health rather than suppressing a few key symptoms.” (taken from http://flagstaffnaturalhealth.com/index.html) Naturopathic physicians look more at our overall well-being (clinical nutrition, dietary and lifestyle situations and mental situations) and they use natural remedies such as herbs, counseling lifestyle/ diet modifications and traditional drug therapies to treat us. Naturopathic medicine is great for day-to-day ailments but it cannot cure major illnesses like cancer or AIDS.

We can significantly improve our day-to-day life just by taking a closer look at what our body is trying to tell us. It is all about the natural balance of things and how well you listen!

Here is to a happy and healthy new year!!!

<p>A city girl turned farmer. Yes women do farm ;) Owner and operator of direct to consumer, Ryder Family Farm in Southern Illinois.<br /> Wearing many hats I'm also a mother to 3, a wife, a yogi, a farmer, a 4-H & Girl Scout leader & hospitality manager.</p>

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