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WHERE YOUR HEALTH IS MADE SIMPLE ONE EPISODE AT A TIME!!

Jan 14, 2016

On today's episode I start off by reviewing important questions that we need to ask ourselves to achieve health and wellness and also some questions about movement and posture and how we need to look at health in a holistic way.  We are a natural ecosystem that works together harmoniously.

I then bring in the importance of exercise and why it is so important to move.  It isn't to lose weight or improve sports performance.  Listen to find out the real reason why we must move.

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Ben (the wellness farmer)
almost two years ago

Yes, water is a necessary element in our diet. Our bodies are about 60% water, give or take. We are also constantly losing water from our bodies, primarily through urine and sweat. With water I use the famous permaculture answer, it all depends, it all depends on the individual and the circumstances they are in. Our bodies do need to maintain a water balance for survival. Really the best answer I can give is to trust your thirst; it is there for a reason. We have a body that is innately intelligent that knows how much it needs to drink. When our total water content goes below a certain level, thirst kicks in. Our body controls thirst like it controls breathing; we don't need to consciously think about it. For the majority of people, there probably isn't any need to worry about water intake, the thirst instinct is very reliable and has managed to keep us alive for a very long time. However, certain circumstances do call for increased intake and exercise is one. Just make sure that before exercising you drink water, and of course afterwards drink water to replenish what you lost due to sweating.
At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need, it all depends on the individual.
I recommend drinking when thirsty, when you are not thirsty anymore, stop and drink before and after exercising and during high heat to compensate for lost fluids. Hope this helps. Thanks for the question.

Ben (the wellness farmer)
almost two years ago

Thanks for the questions Seth. It is funny that you talk about how you need to be more flexible. I was the same way and it is something that needs to be worked on constantly. When I was going through chiropractic school there was a chiropractic technique that I was learning where you needed to be able to put your body at a 90 degree angle. Your legs straight, then bent over at 90 degrees maintaining the proper curve in the low back. I couldn't even get close to be able to do that. I really wanted to learn how to treat patients using the technique so I started doing 20 minutes of yoga a day and in less then a month I was able to keep my proper low back curve while bent over at 90 degrees. It was very tuff at the beginning though. However being flexible is very important and yoga is a great way to achieve that, I am an example of that.
Yes we need to move more, that is for sure, to tell you the truth a lot more but I don't come out so blunt all the time because it scares people. I have a hard time telling people exactly how much time because everybody is different, however 3-5 times a week is a good goal to set and make sure the work out is intense, especially since you are at a desk. By the time you are done you should want to sit down and take a rest. Push yourself more then you think you need to. Please don't injury yourself. Start slow we can't go from nothing to pro without a lot of work in the middle. But you need to push yourself and it needs to be a combination of all the above you mentioned. Cardio, strength training and flexibility. Using exercises where all three are worked on is ideal. For example, a nice cardio warm up, followed by stretching using some yoga techniques and then cardio combined with weight resistance (your body is a great weight) and then again finish off with a stretch with yoga to cool down. This will be a subject that will be talked about quite extensively as we progress as a community and a podcast. So keep me posted on how you are progressing.

Ben (the wellness farmer)
almost two years ago

Yes, Bad posture is one of the major microtraumas that causes more health problems over time in industrialized societies. Posture is the toxicity that we put into the joints that forces the body to adapt in the best possible way, however when it becomes chronic it causes many problems. When you talk about adversely affecting health I imagine you are talking about the demonstration of a physical symptom. If I am misunderstanding you please let me know. But if I understand you correctly yes you are correct that most physical symptoms won't demonstrate until many years of bad posture has been present. That is the reason why most people won't experience the symptoms of physical pain in their joints until there early 30's to early 40's. That is very unfortunate because they don't even know that their bad posture is causing problems until they are well into their thirties. Bad posture not only causes an increase in the wear on the joints causing an early onset of the inflammatory disease called osteoarthritis but it actually causes an overall decrease in nerve signals getting to the brain and nerve signals leaving the brain going to the extremities. I will leave it at that for now because it is impossible to answer the question fully in this platform. I can write an entire article on it, which I will do and I am going to dedicate various podcasts to this question. Thanks so much for the question, an excellent question.

SilviaPage
almost two years ago

I enjoyed this episode very much, mainly because I am in the process now to change my lifestyle by eating small portions and nutritious small snacks during the day as well as exercising 5 days a week. You did not mention water as a necessary element in our diet. I was told that we need to drink at least 64 oz of water a day to properly maintain health. Why is water necessary for maintaining good health? Why 64 oz?

Seth
almost two years ago

I was excited when I saw the title of this episode. I have been thinking a lot about excersice lately and what kinds of excersice are the best for me. I have a gym at work so I try to go every morning. I started out just doing the elliptical because I didn't like running at all at the time I started. Then I changed to weights to get stronger. Currently I'm thinking I need to work on my flexibility because I'm as stiff as a dried twig. I've talked to two coworkers that have got me thinking about yoga as a good way to work on flexibility and strength. You've mentioned before in other podcasts that we need to move much more than what think or are currently tx by doctors. Could you elaborate on how much time we should be spending on physical activity and what kinds of activities would get a person that has a desk job like myself to proper health?

gp
almost two years ago

It is fairly obvious why exercise influences health. It is not as obvious (at least to me) why posture does. It seems to me that ones posture would have to deteriorate quite extensively before adversely affecting health, so I was wondering if you could describe in a bit more detail the mechanics associated with the process of bad posture leading to bad health?