Body as Nature Body as Ecosystem

With this approach, helping the body maintain its own homeostatic equilibrium and balance will support your health.

1.1 Body Temperature

Our bodies work constantly to maintain a temperature of approximately 37C. So whatever the temperature of the fluid you are drinking, the body will be using energy to regulate its temperature to 37C. Heating up or cooling the body down requires energy. For those wanting to optimise their energy levels, I recommend drinking liquids at body temperature to allow the energy gained from not needing to regulate large temperature fluctuations to boost your own system.

1.2 Acid Alkaline Balance

Ideally our pH level should be approximately 7.5 (very slightly alkaline). Many of us tend to be acidic with the types of diets and lifestyles we have. It takes energy and constant work for the body to try to maintain an alkaline state. Food leaves certain acid or alkaline chemicals in the body after it has been metabolised. For example lemons are extremely acid and yet once they are digested they are one of the most alkalising foods.

For a simple way to begin, I recommend a cup of warm lemon and water first thing in the morning. For the rest of the day, aim to have the best quality local vegetables comprise at at least 60% of your diet. In broad strokes we could say that vegetables, once metabolised, are alkaline whereas grains, meat, fish, dairy, and processed foods have varying degrees of acidity. Fruits vary. Be aware that coffee, tea and carbonated soft drinks are strongly acidic. For a food chart and more detailed information see www.naturalhealthschool.com/acid-alkaline.html. Here it is recommended that our daily balance should be about 40% acidifying foods and 60% alkaline forming foods.

1.3 Energy Levels in our Bodies and Food

Freshly harvested vegetables, fish or meat provide an extra boost of energy that processed foods or foods which are a few days old will not. This can be measured with high voltage photography (as developed by Semyon and Kirlian) and has helped in assessing different types of foods, like organic, wild, bio dynamic or processed. Living, healthy fresh foods give you something beyond nutrition, so the amount of processed and/or old food vs living food you eat daily may impact your energy levels substantially.

1.4 Fluid Levels

Our bodies are made up of about 70% water, so not only is it important to drink a suitable amount every day but also to note the quality of the water. Multiple sources recommended to drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water each day to keep our body systems healthy. However, it is good to also try to filter or distill tap water in order to avoid certain chemicals. Filters remove the following, 95% of lead, aluminium, copper, c admium, iron and chlorine. They also take out 80-85% dissolved organic matter including pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers, oil residues, THMs, TMEs and PCBs. Bottled spring and mineral water are great as a water source but pose the problem of landfill and chemical leeching. The chemicals used to make the bottles leech into the water and have been found to affect neuro-endocrine-immune systems (See http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/Basics/chemlist.htm ).

1.5 Breath and Food Absorption

According to Zeberio and Buttner (1998: 178), our food and the air we breathe need to come from similar environments in order for us to‘to get more benefits from them’. This means, if we live inland, we need to nourish ourselves with products grown in our area, and for example avoid sea food. In non natural environments such as cities, where there is a high degree of air pollution, it is even more important to digest good quality food, since our breathing con- taminated with smog/transport pollution does not provide us with enough elements for good nutritional absorption. Air controlled offices also have a similar effect in lowering the quality of our air.

1.6 How Food is Prepared and Eaten

Our state affects directly the atmosphere around us including other people and the food we may grow, prepare and eat. By preparing the food with presence, connection and gratitude we benefit ourselves through the process and with the energy the food itself receives from us as we grow, prepare and eat it. For this reason there are many rituals around the preparation and sharing of food as it becomes a way of sharing in connection and love. We will come to understand and experience this further with the radical amazement process.