Wheel of Health

Wheel of Health

The meme “health is like a wheel” is an idea worth spreading.  This meme is a powerful paradigm through which to learn. The spokes on a wheel are analogous to the variables at play in your health.

12 spokes in the wheel of health are below (feel free to email me and share any ideas you have as additional spokes!):

  1. Diet. This is by far the #1 cause of health (or the flip side – disease) for most people. In your environments, excess causes disease far more than deficiencies. Whether eating the Standard American Diet (“SAD”), “SOS” diet (SOS = sugar-free, oil-free and salt-free), Vegan (100% plant-based diet), Vegetarian (plant-based plus mammal breast milk and eggs), Paleo (plant foods plus meats and eggs but no dairy or grains),  and/or a Gluten-Free diet, excess is often THE issue, the exception being a Fruitarian diet but even on a Fruitarian diet, it’s easy for some to eat too many nuts and too much fat in general. So excess is often THE issue relative to diet. Adding yet another vitamin or mineral will likely not help nearly as much as reducing the excess of harmful foods being ingested. However, increasing the intake of the right foods will help in part by providing nourishment and also by displacing the harmful foods. Think of the process you need as substitution where you add more of the good foods in place of the bad foods. The result is a double positive effect of both removing the harmful disease-causing foods and adding the beneficial health-causing foods. A “two-for-one” effect!
  2. Water. Water is included in diet above, but it’s worth listing separately because it is essential for all living beings. Water is the ONLY beverage humans NEED to drink.  Pardon the caps please. 😉
  3. Air. Change your air filters often.  And conduct “air changes” in your home regularly; exchange every molecule in the house for outdoor air, assuming the air outside of your home is cleaner than in your home.  If the air outside your home is thought to be more polluted than the air inside your home, then change your filters often as well as upgrade your HVAC system to improve air quality.
  4. Sleep. Think of sleep as electrical energy as in recharging batteries. During sleep, as long as we did not eat a few hours before bedtime, our bodies not only recharge electrically but also do “housekeeping” where we spend nearly all energy on building cells, repairing damaged cells, killing cancer cells, etc. Think of getting fuel energy from food and getting electrical energy (nerve energy) from sleep.  Electrical energy = sleep.  Fuel energy = food. The two are different.
  5. Relationships. Positive relationships lead to improved wellness.  Conversely, stressful relationships can cause an immediate response of feeling bad as well as cause long term effects on both physical and mental health. Read more about relationship maintenance here.
  6. Lymph (immune) circulation results from rebounding, bouncing, jumping jacks, etc. The lymph (immune) system does not have a pump like the circulatory system has. And the lymph vessels have one-way valves that point upwards in the opposite direction of gravity. Movement against gravity, like bouncing, can be helpful to circulate lymph fluids. The lymph cells work best when there is good lymph circulation and they prefer to work in the warmth too which explains fever but that’s another subject.
  7. Exercise. The best exercise is one that is enjoyable and not a dreaded chore. Recreational exercise like team sports, swimming, walking or running somewhere scenic and with fresh air is highly recommended.  Keeping up arm, leg, back, hand, wrist, ankle and feet strength is important as well. Strength train the whole body + Cardio train + Stretching.  All three are important.
  8. Laughter, Fun, Play.  Through relationships and other interests.
  9. Professional and Personal Development.  A sense of purpose, productivity and accomplishment around helping others.
  10. Money. Having enough resources means having options and a sense of security.
  11. Environment. Environment is everything and includes air and relationships, but it’s listed separately to refer to a general sense of your home environment, work environment, neighborhood environment, sleeping environment, city or country environment.
  12. Toxin Avoidance.  There is a lot of mis-information surrounding the concept of “toxicity.”  Toxicity is a matter of dose. But living by the mantra “everything in moderation” is akin to being okay with having small amounts of lead in your water.  Moderation can kill.  Avoid eating substances that are toxic to humans  including foods and beverages such as alcohol, dairy, eggs and meats, and especially many of the chemicals added to processed foods and in general non-organic foods. The best way to avoid substances that are toxic to humans through diet is to eat a diet of organic whole fresh plant foods.  Read here about the toxicity of high cholesterol, saturated fats, growth hormone, denatured proteins, etc.

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