Could you imagine you?re a spider with just one leg? When to stop to think about that, that can seem crazy overwhelming, but there are days when we all feel like that – like we are swimming in mud or quicksand and not making many strides. “You put forth immense effort to try to haul yourself around and not only does it wear you out, it?s frustrating and you don?t get far. 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,” says Dr. Frank King.
Dr. King, a chiropractor and doctor of naturopathy, explains that 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!’ he adds. “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.”
Dr. King describes three that are easy to make and will have you feeling better quickly.
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,” Dr. King says. 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,” he advises.
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.
CONNECT WITH NATURE
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,” Dr. King says. “The more disconnected we become from the Earth, the more we inhibit our body?s natural ability to heal.”
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE OR OFFICE AND TAKE A WALK (IF EVEN JUST AROUND THE BLOCK)
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. While walking, swing each arm in synchronization with the opposite foot to strengthen your cross-crawl functionality and mind-body balance. “Three brisk 10-minute walks a day are as effective at lowering blood pressure as one 30-minute walk,” Dr. King says, citing an Arizona State University study. “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.”
Sometimes when you are having a rough day or week, doing these three simple things can help you reset. Drinking water is nourishing to your body. In addition to adding salt, you can add lemon, oranges or any fruit that you please (we’re big fans of cucumber too). Getting outside to connect with nature not only gives you the vitamin D that you need but can also help you step away from a pile of work or little ones at your feet so that you can take a few moments for yourself. If you can’t get out as much as you’d like, bring the outside in with some fresh flowers that you can easily pick up at the grocery store or even from a neighbor’s garden if they are willing to share. Sit on a park bench (and read), go to the beach if you have access. People watch – whatever makes you comfortable. Taking a simple walk around the block to breathe in fresh air can also be therapeutic. If your block isn’t the best block to walk around, if you can, hop a bus or drive to a local park to give yourself a change of scenery. These three simple things can help you start to restore balance to a day or week that you’ve been pulling around with one leg.
Dr. Frank King is a Chiropractor, Doctor of Naturopathy, and founder and president of King Bio, an FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing company dedicated natural homeopathic medicines for people and pets. Dr. King is also the author of, The Healing Revolution: Eight Essentials to Awaken Abundant Life Naturally!