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The Hierarchy of Life – Bioenergetics



AIR / BREATHING


Breathing correctly has a significant effect on overall health. Abdominal breathing has 6 main benefits:

1. Improves blood oxygenation – allows more efficient gas exchange to take place
2. Reduces stress (cortisol) levels – activates the ‘rest and digest’ response
3. ‘Massages’ the abdominal organs – improves digestion
4. Relives tension in the neck and shoulders and contributes to good posture
5. Decreases Blood Pressure
6. Has been shown to improve Attention Span

The lungs fill up with oxygen-rich air which is transported around the body to deliver oxygen to each cell via the circulatory system. They also rid the body of unwanted carbon dioxide.

Poor posture can contribute to ‘shallow breathing’ resulting in insufficient oxygen uptake, as well as not excreting enough carbon dioxide. This contributes to an acidic environment in the body. The optimal state for health is slightly alkaline.
Pranayama breathing, or yogic breathing, helps to oxygenate the body.
Proper breathing (along with Movement) are the two main drivers which move Lymphatic fluid around the body. Unlike blood (which is pumped around the body by the heart) lymph moves in response to pressure differentials created by breathing and movement. Lymph is part of the immune system, which protects the body from invading pathogens, so is key to maintaining health.

WATER


The human body consists of about 70% water. All biochemical and physiological processes take place in aqueous solution. The average adult should ideally drink between 2-3 litres of clean, filtered water per day (more if exercising and / or hot weather).
The colon (large intestine) is where the majority of water reclamation occurs in the body. Keeping a healthy, clean and well-functioning colon is vital – it is the ‘sewer system’ of the body, excreting unwanted material and toxins.
A typical ‘Western’ processed diet is not conducive to a well-functioning colon. Colon cancer is virtually unknown in developing countries, where high fibre diets are the norm and processed foods are minimal.

SLEEP


During Sleep the body rests, regenerates and repairs itself.
In order to repair and regenerate tissues, digestion should have completely finished. As such it’s advisable not to eat food at least 4 hours before sleep. This time allows digestion to be completed before regeneration and repair can commence.
Sleeping in a cool, dark, quiet space is conducive to deep sleep. Darkness stimulates melatonin production which promotes healthy sleep.
We are electrical beings. Our bodies operate by sending electrical signals (between the brain and body tissues). Ideally keep electronics out of bedrooms, including mobile phones.
Around 8 hours / night is considered ideal.

FOOD


A healthy, balanced wholegrain diet based on a variety of foods is ideal; organic where possible. Include in your diet both raw and cooked foods. Avoid fried and packaged foods as well as foods with hydrogenated, saturated and trans fats.
Your gut or gastrointestinal (GI) tract contains the largest part of your immune system – around 70% in fact. It relies on a good balance of intestinal flora (bacteria). Diet is considered as one of the main drivers in shaping the gut microbiota across the life-time. Intestinal bacteria play a crucial role in maintaining immune and metabolic homeostasis and protecting against pathogens. Altered gut bacterial composition (dysbiosis) has been associated with the development of many inflammatory diseases and infections.
Use wholegrain options instead of white rice, pasta, flour etc. This will slow down digestion and ensure that blood sugar levels do not spike, but rather cause a slow and gradual release of energy to the body. Sharp rises in blood sugar levels contribute to arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and cardiovascular disease – one of the biggest causes of disability and death in the Western world.
Take time to eat your food in a peaceful, calm manner. Distractions such as the TV means we are usually not cognisant of what we are eating when our attention is drawn elsewhere.
Digestion begins in the mouth, with enzymes in saliva. Chewing food well is important to break down food, in preparation for digestion further along the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract – the stomach does not have teeth!
Ensure your meals have plenty of fibre. This is essential for the smooth passage of waste and toxins out of the body. Often referred to as a ‘non-nutrient’, it is vital for the healthy functioning of the large intestine.
Digestion begins in the mouth, with enzymes in saliva. Chewing food well is important to break down food, in preparation for digestion further along the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract – the stomach does not have teeth!


The acidity or alkalinity of the blood and body tissues is important to maintain a healthy body and avoid diseases. A low pH (acid) environment is associated with inflammation, chronic diseases and even cancer. A high pH (alkaline) is associated with a healthier body.
Whilst taking antibiotics is sometimes unavoidable, it’s unwanted ‘side effect’ is that it decimates the intestinal flora. This lowers the immune system. Restoring a healthy gut, which therefore improves the immune system, is among one of the biggest challenges In Western societies.

MOVEMENT


The body is designed to move. There are four types of exercise that can improve your health and physical ability:

1. Endurance
2. Strength
3. Balance
4. Flexibility

Some exercises focus on one or more of the above. Western society often focuses on strength and endurance in exercise however, often overlooking flexibility and balance. Yoga is one form of exercise that encompasses all the above.
Movement (along with Breathing) is responsible for moving lymphatic fluid around the body. Unlike blood which is pumped around the body by the heart, lymph moves in response to pressure differentials created by breathing and movement. Lymph is part of the immune system, which protects the body from invading pathogens.
Prolonged periods of inactivity will affect every part of the body. Muscle starts to breakdown after only 20 minutes of inactivity.

Dr Marliese Symons BSc, AKC, MCH, PCH, MChiro, DC, MFHom(Chiro)