The Art of Great Health
The Art of Great Health
What's the single most important factor for predicting lifelong good health and longevity?
- It's not eating "right."
- It's not exercise.
- It's not maintaining a "healthy" weight.
- It's not getting regular checkups.
- It's not making sure you get the right vitamins and minerals.
- It's not the purity of the air you breathe or the water you drink
- It's not giving up smoking.
- It's not having "good" genes.
- It's not the country you live in.
- It's not access to advanced medical care.
So what is it?
It's what you believe.
Scientific studies of the spirit mind connection reveal that mental states are reflected immediately in your biochemistry-the chemical messenger system that controls how your body functions.
And what triggers those mental states? Only your beliefs- Your choices of belief determine how you respond to life.
That means that focusing your attention in ways that generate feelings of conflict, anxiety, tension, worry, stress, anger, depression, mistrust, or conflict can lead to very real physical effects in your body.
Your habits of attention and reaction can produce high blood pressure, lowered immune response, asthma, digestive disturbances, infertility, insomnia, back pain, skin problems, colds and flu, headaches-the list goes on and on.
Doctors say that more than half of all doctor visits are for stress-related problems. When you consider how powerfully our emotions and attitudes affect our bodies, it shouldn't be surprising that doctors estimate that 60 to 90 percent of all patient visits are for stress-related symptoms.
These are problems for which your doctor will find no physical cause-problems that conventional medical care often cannot solve.
Science validates the power of the spirit mind connection.
Scientific studies have shown that spirit mind factors-such as an independent attitude and an optimistic outlook-influence health and longevity more than anything else.
More than what you eat. More than how much you exercise. More than "good" genes. More than whether or not you smoke.
Scientific research has shown that using that using the mind reduces doctor visits, speeds healing, reduces use of pain medication, shortens hospital stays, causes symptoms to interfere less with life, and improves patients' sense of control over their health.
Scientific research shows that spirit mind factors have a far greater effect upon your health than diet, exercise, exposure to germs or toxins, smoking, genetics, or any other known health risk factors.
In fact, these scientific studies show that people with what we think of as "good" health habits (eating "right," exercising, not smoking, getting lots of sleep) who do not have beneficial factors like an optimistic outlook tend to be markedly less healthy than people with health-promoting attitudes who have "bad" health habits.
That means that the person who has a generally relaxed and optimistic outlook and eats cheeseburgers every day probably has a better chance of staying healthy and living a long life than the tense pessimist who rigidly avoids consuming fat and runs four miles a day.