Natural Health For Pets And People

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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It seems that the further we move civilization and modern medicine along, the further we move away from what's good for us--this is especially true when it comes to natural health for pets and people. We tend to compartmentalize: we look at our bodies, our work, our neighborhoods, our society, and our beliefs as independent systems.

Our perspective has grown empirical. If we can't prove it scientifically, then it isn't so. This is certainly the case with health care. We have a skin rash, a broken bone, a food allergy, arthritis. The mental aspect of health and healthcare is often ignored.

The false lesson of the 20th century is one we can thank the 17th-century philosopher Rene Descartes for--that one problem has little or nothing to do with another and can be resolved largely on its own. But many of us have finally begun to accept that this isn't so. We know that natural health for pets and people is an interwoven pattern of food and drink and environment and sleep and exercise and spiritual well-being and personal relationships.

Re-Evaluating Our Criteria for Natural Health for Pets and People

What goes into this pattern is up to us. We are responsible for our health and the health of our pets. A starting point is what we eat and drink every day. How many of us actually stop to evaluate the good and bad foods we ingest every day? We do what's easy and fast, often with little thought for how it will affect us in the long run.

Understanding Natural Health for Pets and People

What's good for you? What's good for your pet? The two are not that different. The devil is in the details. Remember the balance across physical health, mental health, and emotional health? That's key. Physical health means good nutrition, plenty of rest, plenty of exercise, and plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Mental and emotional health mean, well, that's another story, but what they do not mean is stress. Stress has a nasty way of showing itself in insomnia, skin rashes, bags under the eyes, exhaustion, poor concentration, poor digestion, and the like. Your body is trying to tell you something. Listen. This is a good example not only of tuning into yourself (to use an overworn expression), but of truly understanding natural health for pets and people.

Maintaining Natural Health for Pets and People

"Food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food," observed Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in ancient Greece more than 2,000 years ago. This, like all truths, has not changed since then. It is also the first concrete step in maintaining natural health for pets and people. An amendment or two is appropriate for the early 21st century, however. Let us extend and envelop water, air, and rest. Our pets can teach us a lesson here, and they often do (if we heed them). Much of the time they are not sleeping, but napping, alert yet resting.

What we do with our energy is up to us. How we use it and how we conserve it is very telling in the balance across and the components of our lives and within them. Bad energy drains us, and it usually comes from within. Think about anger. Look at the last five days and pick one time when something you heard or saw or thought about stiffened your neck. Remember the faint pounding in your head? Remember the fierce little series of thoughts that consumed you? Think about how you felt, how many minutes it lasted. Think about what else you might have done with that energy.

Now: ask yourself whose choice it was to react that way, how else you might have reacted, how it might have felt--to use a very dead metaphor--if you had spent that time scratching behind your cat's ear and telling him he was a spoiled little creature and, yes indeed, he is wonderful. Ask yourself that sort of question. How do you feel? Maintaining natural health for pets and people is a diet, yes, but a few other things as well, Hippocrates.


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We often neglect our own

We often neglect our own health and our pet's health just because of our busy schedule. It is important to maintain a balance between physical and mental health. We need to develop healthy habits that will help us in maintaining our health. Regular exercise and work out and positive thinking are key to good health. If you are healthy then you can take good care of your pet.

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