Article Summary (Pathways 57) 17 Things I Wish Every Woman Knew:
Beth Bridges, a naturopath based in Australia, gives us some key points about health that applies to most people today:
- Your nervous system controls everything. Fight/flight emotions, being a perfectionist, and chronic stress are more powerful than many are willing to admit. If you are struggling with chronic stress in your life, supplements, nutrition, and body movement can only do so much…
- Your liver is your best friend. Breast tenderness, pre-menstrual head-aches, bloating, anger, and agitation, indicate the need for extra attention to your liver. It’s such an important organ!
- Veggies are life! Without needing to tout any style of eating, just knowing the importance of vegetables (copious amounts of them) for health and well-being will advance you nutritionally and hormonally beyond many various ‘health fad’ protocols.
- The pill is not the answer to your hormonal issues. The pill can only mask symptoms. We need to address the conditions at their root (which can be much more challenging after many years on the pill).
- Inspiration is everything. In other words: do what you love, do what you love, do what you love. Every day should at least be peppered with small things that inspire you.
- Everything transforms eventually. The best we can do is surrender to the hard times, knowing that they will transform when we have integrated the lesson and completed our growth.
Stress in life is not automatically negative. The question is: can we flow stress within the natural rhythms guiding the day, the month, and the year? Another way to put this is thinking about how we can integrate physiological cycles such as respiration, heart-rate, circadian rhythms, together with the larger rhythms of life.
The fight or flight cycle is another rhythm we experience every day, in rising and falling waves of intensity. Fighting stress, then, is a wrong approach because stress is fundamentally a matter of rhythm, like dancing.
It’s helpful to appreciate how the nervous system controls so much in our lives. In fact, this is an understatement because the nervous system does more than “control” ; it organizes bodily rhythms with the larger rhythms of life on Earth.
With chiropractic care I believe we can help integrate systems of the body, such as the rhythmic stress response, into a greater whole. The result is without a doubt, a greater sense of well-being.