It gets a bit easier with two legs and easier still with four legs. But it’s not till you have all eight legs that you can really dance.
The eight legs represent Eight Essentials we need for optimum mental, physical and spiritual health: Empowering your human spirit, water, nutrition, fitness, sleep, nature, relationships and hands-on techniques (touch).
It would be overwhelming and self-defeating to look at all eight areas and think, “I have to make significant changes in every area immediately!”
You don’t have to and who could? I know from my experience with countless patients and friends, and even in my own life, that you can see immediate results by making a few small changes at a time.
Let me describe three that are easy to make and will have you feeling better quickly:
1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of spring or well water every day.
If you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 75 ounces of water (about 9 cups).
Many of us walk around dehydrated without realizing it and that can have a significant effect on our health and how we feel. Dehydrated bodies trap toxins and encourage water retention — a natural defense against the chronic “drought.”
Our bodies need the steady flow of pure, spring or well water. If you don’t like the taste, try mixing up to a teaspoon of sea salt into a quart of water.
A simple test for dehydration: Pinch the skin on the back of your hand and hold for three seconds. When you release, if the ridge from the pinch remains for more than a second, you’re probably dehydrated.
2. Take at least a few minutes every day to connect with nature. Nature brings perpetual revitalization and ongoing renewal, especially when experienced through multiple senses — the smell of freshly turned earth or evergreens in the woods, the touch of cool stream water on your face or feet, the sight of birds on the wing and budding blooms.
These are not just pleasant little gifts to experience. We need them for restoration, renewal, revival and rehabilitation. The more disconnected we become from the Earth, the more we inhibit our body’s natural ability to heal.
3. Take a brisk, 10- to 20-minute walk every day. Walking is the simplest, most natural form of exercise. You might walk a nature trail, walk to the store instead of driving or take your pet for a stroll.
Three brisk 10-minute walks a day are as effective at lowering blood pressure as one 30-minute walk.
Outdoor walking is preferable to walking on a treadmill or other machine, since the uneven surfaces and changing directions of natural walking will engage more muscles and tendons.
Swing each arm in synchronization with the opposite foot to strengthen your cross-crawl functionality and mind-body balance.
(About the writer: Dr. Frank King, is a chiropractor, doctor of naturopathy, and founder and president of King Bio, an FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing company dedicated to education, research, development, manufacturing and distribution of safe and natural homeopathic medicines for people and pets.)