Building a Healthy Terrain
By Sarah Axtell, ND • September 30, 2012
Do you ever wonder why some people always tend to get sick but others who are exposed to the same microbes can successfully ward off illness?
This is because those individuals who do not get sick have a healthy terrain. An alternative view of illness is based on the terrain theory. It suggests that it is the internal strength or balance of an individual that protects or fails to protect him/her from illness. In preparation of the upcoming cold and flu season, there are some very basic yet effective things to do to build and support a healthy terrain.
First, support your body’s natural barriers (skin, GI tract, lungs, kidneys, and adrenal glands) to support a healthy immune system. Follow the tips below:
Skin- Perspiration is essential for ridding your body of toxins. Take a sauna and do not suppress a fever. Fever is your body’s way of fighting infection.
GI tract- Take a probiotic supplement or eat fermented foods, like kefir, tempeh, and yogurt. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that will defend your body from the “bad” bacteria.
Lungs- Take 50 conscious deep breaths per day. Breathe in through your nose for 6 counts and out through your mouth for 8 counts.
Kidneys- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
Adrenal glands- Have a daily routine. Go to bed and rise at the same time every day.
In addition to supporting your body’s natural defenses, eat a healthy diet. Aim to fill half your plate with colorful vegetables. Fill the other half with lean meats or fish and whole grains, such as quinoa, brown rice, millet, and amaranth. Adequate rest and regular exercise are also key factors in building a healthy terrain.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.