Temple of Your Soul, Temple of Your Mind
… Temple of Your LIFE …
Your body is the temple for your life. You can’t trade it in. This is THE ONE that you get. Take good care of it! You’ve heard it said: “Your body is the temple of your soul.” Or even, “Your body is the temple of your mind.” Both are correct. So, whether you believe in the concept of ‘soul,’ or even in the concept of ‘mind,’ here is a scientific fact: your body is the temple for your brain. So, here’s how I see it: if you care about your mind and soul, cherish your body and your brain.
“… your body is a temple of the Spirit within you …” [Corinthians 6:19]
Your body is the temple for your life.
So, How to Care For Your Temple?
Sure, do the obvious stuff, like don’t “huff” paint thinner; don’t inject heroin. But this also includes things like:
- Minimize alcohol. Alcohol is neuro-toxic. Be careful, treat your brain cells well; everything in moderation.
- Minimize plastic. Plastics contain many (thousands!) of synthesized chemical compounds that are harmful – either directly neuro-toxic, or that interfere with normal fetal development, or that are carcinogenic. NEVER heat food in plastic containers; use stainless or glass. Better: don’t even store food in plastic.
- Go Organic. Whenever possible, consume organic produce, organic tea, organic coffee. Not only are sustainable, organic farming practices better for our environment, but organics reduce your poison exposure. That’s a win/win.
Whereas inflammation serves a purpose – for example, inflammation can help your immune system to fight off infections – the resulting cytokines can have a lasting effect on your body and brain. Here are some additional ways to reduce your baseline inflammation:
- Include these 9 Anti-inflammatory Nutrients in your daily diet. Print it out, tape it to a kitchen cabinet or to your refrigerator. Add these nutrients to your life to reduce inflammation and boost your overall health.
- Keep yourself healthy. Every time you get a cold or flu your body cranks up inflammatory cytokines. Get enough sleep; take a daily probiotic; wash your hands; de-stress; stay healthy, and your brain will thank you.
- Reduce baseline inflammation: this will reduce your risk of a huge list of chronic diseases, including cancers.
- Even a short, twenty-minute walk outside will boost your energy levels, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and lower your blood cortisol levels. All of these are markers of stress. Note that cortisol decreases function of the hippocampus: this is where you make new memories! That’s why you have such difficulty learning new things when you are stressed (not to mention remembering where you left your keys).
- Even a short workout recharges your brain. There is evidence that regular exercise – even a little bit – makes us smarter!! Yes, exercise can make you smarter. Maybe not Einstein-smart, but couldn’t we all use a bit more smarts?
- Working out boosts your metabolism and burns fat. In fact, muscle burns calories three times greater than fat! Your body will love you for that. That boost also helps keep your brain awake. Work out to look and feel your best.
- Wash away toxins. Stay hydrated! Well-hydrated. Your body must be well-hydrated in order to rinse away waste and toxins. Your kidneys and liver will eliminate many toxins, as long as you are well-hydrated! If you are urinating every 3.5-5 hours, and your urine is light-colored, then you are probably sufficiently hydrated.
- Breathe! Stress causes shallow breathing. So slow down: take some slow, deep breaths. Provide your brain with enough oxygen to do its job.
- Sleep. Make the effort to sleep long enough, and to get high quality sleep. Recent research suggests that cerebrospinal fluid flow increases during sleep: this is your brain’s dishwasher, helping to rinse away waste and toxins. This is the time for your brain to recharge, to detoxify. Don’t skimp on sleep quantity or quality!
- Avoid toxic relationships. We all have them in our lives: people who are always complaining; or who are always focusing on the negatives in life – “ain’t it awful that …”; or who are just downright nasty. Eject them. Leave them by the side of the path on your journey to wellness. Rid your life of them. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, up-lifting people whenever you can. Your brain – you mind and soul – will thank you!
Note that most of these practices will also help you deal with stress: these are all de-stressors!
Also, tell your limbic system (that maintains a baseline of anxiety) to chill-out: to learn how, read this article, You’re Alright Right Now.
Your Body is Your Temple
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