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I strongly believe in a holistic approach to health. It's not only about healthy eating, exercise and nutrition. It's also about natural living, avoiding everyday toxins, choosing organic where possible, avoiding pollution where possible. It's about stress management and healthy mind as well.
Have you heard of placebo effect? This powerful phenomenon happens when patients think and truly believe that the tablet is a cure (although it's not) and this results in them feeling better. The power of the mind can be amazing indeed.
The connection between mind and body is not new. Our health is heavily affected by our emotions and thoughts. In this post I am not going to present you with all the evidence and stories supporting this connection (there are many by the way!). Instead, I will look at the well-known people who are well aware of the mind-body connection and its role in our health. I will share with you what they say about health and body-mind relationship to inspire you to take action, action towards better health through your mind.
Bryant McGill is a human potential thought leader, international bestselling author, activist, and social entrepreneur. He is one of the world's top social media influencers reaching a billion people a year.
Toxic relationships are dangerous to your health; they will literally kill you. Stress shortens your lifespan. Even a broken heart can kill you. There is an undeniable mind-body connection. Your arguments and hateful talk can land you in the emergency room or in the morgue. You were not meant to live in a fever of anxiety; screaming yourself hoarse in a frenzy of dreadful, panicked fight-or-flight that leaves you exhausted and numb with grief. You were not meant to live like animals tearing one another to shreds. Don't turn your hair gray. Don't carve a roadmap of pain into the sweet wrinkles on your face. Don't lay in the quiet with your heart pounding like a trapped, frightened creature. For your own precious and beautiful life, and for those around you -- seek help or get out before it is too late. This is your wake-up call!
Healthy lifestyle expert, Holly Mosier, is the acclaimed author of Stress Less, Weigh Less, an award-winning manual combining well-researched nutrition and exercise approaches with time-tested stress management tools.
Working through the mind-body connection, Mosier shows us that by "opting out" of unnecessary and unfulfilling activities that rob our time and leave us depleted, we can peacefully create the bodies and lives we love.
We have a right to decide how we want our bodies to look and feel, but unfortunately we do not exercise these rights. Instead, we tend to drift along, victims of our own ignorance of the fact that we can have what we want, if we are willing to take that first step toward developing the self-discipline to govern our thoughts.
Dr. John Hagelin
John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a renowned quantum physicist, science and public policy expert, educator, author, and leading proponent of peace.
Happier thoughts lead to essentially a happier biochemistry. A happier, healthier body. Negative thoughts and stress have been shown to seriously degrade the body and the functioning of the brain, because it's our thoughts and emotions that are continuously reassembling, reorganizing, re-creating our body.
Bernie Siegel, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer treatment and complementary, holistic medicine. He writes on the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is known for his best-selling book Love, Medicine and Miracles.
The mind and body are not separate units, but one integrated system. How we act and what we think, eat, and feel are all related to our health. Physicians should be capable of teaching this behavior to patients.
Tony is world's #1 Life & Business Strategist, Author, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.
Beliefs even have the capacity to override the impact of drugs on the body. While most people believe that drugs heal, studies in the new science of psychoneuroimmunology (the mind-body relationship) have begun to bear out what many others have suspected for centuries: our beliefs about the illness and its treatment play as significant a role, maybe an even more significant role, than the treatment itself. Dr. Henry Beecher from Harvard University has done extensive research that clearly demonstrates that we often give credit to a drug, when in reality it's the patient's belief that makes the difference.
Now that you've learned about the power of mind and its role it plays in your health, do you feel inspired? Do you want to learn more? Training your mind in order to improve your health is not an easy task. It's difficult to do it by yourself. To start with I suggest you take a look at the books on mind-body connection on Amazon.
If you prefer talking to people and get inspired by them there is an option to attend workshops, courses and even events/seminars focusing on this subject. In fact, there is a 2-day event coming up to London in October where you will be able to see Tony Robbins live and get an inspiration to help you achieve your own health goals and more. At this event you will also be able to see Jason Vale, the best-selling author of twelve books (soon to be 13!) on health, addiction and juicing. If you want to learn from the masters, there are still tickets available.
This post has been originally published on Be Healthy Now blog.
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