Optimal health has three dimensions,
including physical health, nutritional
health and emotional health.
Like a triangle with its three equal sides, improved
well-being can be achieved by balancing the three dimensions
of good health.
The human body was designed to move, but modern technology
has reduced that natural urge. The automobile has become
an overused conveyance so that we no longer consider
walking. Our TV remote controls eliminate the need to
get up. In our workplaces, robotics and machinery have
reduced human activity exponentially, and our automated
kitchen and yard accessories all contribute to our society
moving toward an increasingly motionless lifestyle.
With so many of us leading sedentary lifestyles, poor
physical conditioning has become an epidemic in North
America. Fifteen per cent of the population is obese
and over 40 per cent is overweight. The need to start
moving our bodies has never been more urgent.
Being physically fit does not require that you engage
in serious physical sports or activities. It simply
means getting active on a regular, day-by-day basis.
Performing yard work, cleaning your house, regular fast
walking, taking the stairs and becoming actively playful
with children are just a few activities that can all
become initiatives toward becoming more physically active.
As you will discover through this interactive Web site,
achieving physical fitness begins by understanding the
high return on investment you will receive. Being physically
active strengthens your heart, makes you less prone
to injury, increases your energy level and detoxifies
you. Perhaps the greatest benefit to physical fitness
is the release of endorphin gland chemicals through
heavy breathing, which magically calm and process stress.
Because you’re worth it and deserve it, make
the decision today to become a physically active person.
For more information on physical health, exercise,
walking, swimming, sleep, relaxation, etc., you may
find some of the following links helpful:
of Exercise [Encyclopedia of Natural Healing]
Exercise for Life [alive Journals 2002]
a New Grip on Weights [alive Journals 2002]
Good Naturally [alive Journals 2001]
Pilates Path to Fitness [alive Journals 2001]
and Weights [alive Journals 2000]
Your Way to Better Health [alive Journals 2000]
Your Own Personal Trainer [alive Journals 2000]
15-Point Power Plan [alive Journals 1999]
The ancient proverb “You are what you eat”
continues to hold true in today’s modern society.
A direct link exists between Western diseases and the
chemical-ridden processed and refined foods that we
eat. As a society, we have been seduced by the clever
marketing of processed food manufacturers without considering
the risks to our health through consuming foods that
provide zero or almost no nutritional value.
Realizing that the goal and focus of processed-food
manufacturers is profit, rather than consumer health,
more and more people are beginning to demand food that
serves their best interest. As a result, a fast-moving
trend is developing for living, fresh whole foods that
enhance health, vitality and longevity.
Every week, you make hundreds of decisions about what
you eat, how much of it, and when. The quality of these
decisions relates directly to the level of health or
sickness you will experience. Eating is much like creating:
what you choose to eat creates the health you have today.
We all have the ability to create health!
The goal in developing one of North America’s
most comprehensive interactive Web sites is to make
the journey toward improved nutritional health more
attainable and realistic for you. Alive’s purpose
is to motivate and support you to become a skilled steward
of your health.
For more information on nutrition (vegetarian, organic,
digestion, absorption, etc.) you may find some of the
following links helpful:
Nutrition for Optimal Health [Encyclopedia of Natural
[Encyclopedia of Natural Healing]
Links [Encyclopedia of Natural Healing]
The Foundation of Good Health [Encyclopedia of Natural
a Right Time for Meal Times [alive Journals 2002]
for Energy...Itís Easy! [alive Journals 2002]
Healthy Kids [alive Journals 2001]
Not Just for Athletes [alive Journals 2001]
Tips for Whole-Hearted Health [alive Journals 2000]
Nutritional Way to a Healthy Thyroid [alive Journals
and Nutrition [alive Journals 2000]
Sports Nutrition [alive Journals 2000]
Nutrition, More Energy, More Fun! [alive Journals
In the last decade, health experts and practitioners
have aligned their thinking, agreeing that emotional
health is by far one of the greatest contributing factors
in achieving optimal health. We know for certain that
our ability to be emotionally aware, to express our
emotions, to manage stress, to have healthy relationships
and to be capable of developing the emotions of peace,
joy and contentment all contribute significantly to
experiencing optimal health and longevity.
Unprocessed emotions have a direct effect on our physiology.
Stress, prolonged anger and anxiety cause blood vessels
to become constricted, taxing the heart and wreaking
havoc with the nervous system – in essence, putting
the whole body in a state of tension and weakening our
immune system. This can prove much more detrimental
to our well-being in the long run than lack of exercise
or nutrition, notwithstanding how important these factors
Explore and discover for yourself in this interactive
site the direct link between emotional health and physical
health… they’re inseparable.
For more information on emotional health, expression
of feelings, anger, fear, etc., you may find some of
the following links helpful:
Health [Encyclopedia of Natural Healing]
Emotions - Joy or Happiness... [alive Journals 2002]
Health - How to Deal With Stress [alive Journals
Health - Whatís Driving Your Food Addictions? [alive
Health - Relearning Emotional Expression [alive
Health - Inner Peace Enhances Health [alive Journals
Health - Are You Emotionally Fit? [alive Journals