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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

The 6 Foundational Principles of Health

Contributing Author: Rubin, Josh O.T.

Josh RubinJoshua Rubin graduated from American International College with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. After working with the geriatric population for many years, he decided to take his career to the next level. By incorporating corrective exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching with his rehabilitation background, he began working with individuals of all ages within the personal training industry. This is where he found his love for holistic coaching, and as a result of developing San Diego’s EastWest Healing & Performance in 2002, he is one of Southern California’s top Personal Trainer, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach, and Rehabilitation Specialist.

» Website: www.eastwesthealing.com

Every day we wake up, we go through or should go through some basic foundation principles. I can tell you first hand that most people do not. They wake up groggy, taking lots of time to get accustomed to the light and noise, go for the coffee and muffin, shower and out they go to work. They come home from work after sitting all day and sit some more to RELAX and watch TV? After that, they go to bed and do it all over the next day. To me there is more to life than the days of the week. Most of my clients complain about how their weeks mesh together and that they are exhausted with life. Below, I am going to list six foundation principles that will allow you to become more aware of who you are, as well as open you eyes to a brighter and more vital life.

1. THOUGHTS: Everyday you wake up, the first thing that is turned on is your thoughts. If you follow the Law of Cause and Effect (thoughts, words, deeds), then it should all make sense. If you begin the day with good thoughts, then your words and deeds for that day will be positive and lead to success.

2. BREATHING: After you wake up and have a thought, the second thing you do is breath. Most of us yawn, as well as have an increase in respiratory rate secondary to the release of Cortisol (a stress and awakening hormone). The average person breaths 20K times/day. If you are stressed or you are a chest breather, you breathe 40K times a day. It has been shown that 70-75% of most visits to the MD are all related to incorrect breathing patterns. Call me and I can easily explain this to you!

3. HYDRATION: Most wake up and race for the coffee. What you should do and need to do is go for WATER! You have been dehydrated for 8 hours and coffee will just exacerbate that leading to headaches, constipation, decreased concentration and performance. Water helps to stimulate digestion, eliminate toxins and hydrate the body.

4. FOOD: The next thing most do is or think about is food. This is simple; focus on the quality (organic vs. conventional) and quantity (do you eat or skip meals, as well as what are your ratios of protein, carbs and fat). But most people wake up late and are too lazy to cook a meal, so they grab a bar.

5. EXERCISE: This is the most confusing area for many. Some work out too much and some don’t work out at all. As a society, we work, sit, and eat more, but move less! Whether it is Qi Gong, Yoga, Tai Chi or just plain old exercise, get out there and move!

6. CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS: This is a fancy word for sleep. I would have to say the most common complain of all my clients, is that they are fatigued and want more energy. A great place to start is here with sleep. When you sleep, you release hormones to repair and regenerate. Up to 24% of the population falls asleep at the wheel each year.

What is your roadblock?