By Garey Simmons
Foundations of Health and Getting Back to Nature Using Fundamental Health Assessments
In the modern world, where technology and urban living predominate, the essence of health often seems complex and multifaceted. Yet, at its core, health is rooted in simple, fundamental principles that connect us back to nature and our inherent biological needs. Understanding and applying these foundations through basic health assessments can guide us toward a more holistic and fulfilling approach to wellbeing.
The Basics of Health: The Natural Blueprint
Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. The foundations of health are built upon natural principles that have governed human wellness for millennia. These include nutrition, movement, rest, and connection to the environment, including nurturing our human relationships. The expression is seen in so many places, like “Be Kind.” These gentle reminders are needed to restore balance to a chaotic ecosystem. Each of these elements is essential in maintaining balance and harmony within our bodies and minds and further to the ailments of society.
Nutrition: The Cornerstone of Vitality
Nutrition is the cornerstone of health, providing the necessary fuel and building blocks for our bodies to thrive. A diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods, is in alignment with our genetic makeup and the diet of our ancestors. Fundamental health assessments, such as dietary analysis and nutrient profiling, can help identify deficiencies and guide individuals toward more nourishing food choices that emulate nature’s bounty. Many are now speaking about the need for diversity in the microbiome. Indeed, our vitality is earned through caring for our gut health. Breathe diverse biomes: Forests, Mountains, Oceans and Rivers. Eat diverse and fermented foods; Kimchi, Kombucha, Yoghurt, and Kefir among others.
Movement: The Rhythm of Life
Human bodies are designed to move. Regular physical activity, especially outdoors, not only strengthens the body but also enhances mental health, reduces stress, and improves sleep. Basic assessments like step counting, flexibility tests, and strength measurements can offer insights into one’s fitness levels, encouraging a more active lifestyle that mirrors the natural movements of our hunter-gatherer forebears. In my book, “The New Age of Wellness,” I focus on the need for morning walks, daily. Do you remember learning about chlorophyll in plants that converts sunshine into energy for plants to grow? In our bodies, mitochondria are the energy producers that convert food into photonic energy that streams through our bodies. Walking in the morning sun, even if it is cloudy serves to reset our biorhythm and allows us to be productive. Do whatever it takes to get sunshine outdoors daily.
Rest: The Natural Reset
Rest and sleep are critical yet often overlooked aspects of health. They allow our bodies and minds to recover, regenerate, and consolidate memories. Simple health assessments, such as sleep tracking and quality evaluation, can highlight the importance of aligning our sleep patterns with the natural circadian rhythms, promoting deeper rest and rejuvenation. Morning and evening sun are most beneficial and even support our pineal, pituitary, and hypothalamus glands. So important.
Connection: The Earthly Bond
Our connection to the environment plays a vital role in our health. Spending time in nature has lowered stress, improved mood, and boosted cognitive function. Fundamental health assessments that measure time spent outdoors versus indoors can motivate individuals to seek more opportunities for nature engagement, fostering a deeper bond with the earth and its life-sustaining resources. The 14 main elements in the body are the same 14 elements in nature’s rich soil. It says so in the Bible, however, modern science has found that these elements in our soil came from stars. We are stardust in a sense. While we should wash our hands and practice good hygiene, let’s learn the lesson that we are not separate from nature but a part of nature and do our best to be friends with the earth. Nature is who we are not our enemy. Get into nature as often as possible to smell the flowers.
Fundamental Health Assessments: Tools for Transformation
Fundamental health assessments serve as powerful tools in identifying areas where our modern lifestyle deviates from our natural needs. These assessments can range from simple questionnaires about diet and activity levels to more comprehensive evaluations like blood tests for nutrient deficiencies or wearable technology to monitor physical activity and sleep patterns. By understanding where imbalances lie, individuals can take informed steps toward aligning more closely with the foundational principles of health.
Embracing Nature’s Wisdom
Getting back to nature and its principles is not about rejecting modern advances but rather integrating timeless wisdom into our contemporary lives. It is about simplifying our approach to health by focusing on what truly matters: nourishing our bodies with natural foods, moving them as nature intended, resting adequately, and reconnecting with the environment.
The journey back to health begins with a return to the basics, guided by fundamental health assessments. By embracing the natural foundations of well-being, we can cultivate a life of balance, vitality, and harmony with the natural world. This path not only enhances our health but also contributes to the health of our planet, ensuring a sustainable and flourishing future for all.