By Dr. Jeff Donahue
Innate means that which is within, from birth, inherent in the essential character of a person. I've paraphrased, but it is a quality that we all have when we are birthed onto this planet. Some call it life force, others universal intelligence, many know it as God. This same common theme runs through all societies in our world. It is the same incomprehensible force which brings two cells together that ultimately, billions of cell divisions later, creates our wonderful bodies. It is also responsible for the intelligent, resourceful healing machine that we all possess.
When we eat a bad meal, our digestive system recognizes this and throws our food out. When we cut ourselves, the wound heals. When we strain a muscle, the injury repairs itself. When our heart breaks from grief, it heals over time, and we go on. It is a power that is greater than ourselves, and has the capacity to restore us to our balanced, healthy selves.
Our bodies naturally crave balance and good health, because as energy beings, we attempt to conserve energy as much as possible. Living in balance is a state of less energy than if we were imbalanced. When we are sick, injured or emotionally burdened, this takes more energy to deal with than if we are balanced. Your body naturally seeks a state of balance or equilibrium to function at its best. That tendency is innate.
In order for the innate to work for us, we need only to remember to practice the basic good health habits--fresh air, sunshine, water, food, with a balance of work, play and rest. Avoid and/or manage the stressful situations of life. It's simple, but it's not that easy.
With today's busy work schedules, it's hard to find the time to regularly exercise, eat right and find foods that are easy and quick to prepare, but aren't processed. Clean water and air is almost impossible to find naturally, so we need to utilize systems to help purify them.
Watch for excessive stress levels, and if you can't, practice to control it better through exercise, laughter, being with friends and meditation. Get an outsider's--preferably an expert--opinion on your level of balance in each of the three dimensions of health; the physical, nutritional and emotional dimensions.
Practice healthy habits and you start to lead a healthy life, where the innate takes care of you. And, not to say that medicine isn't necessary at times, but I leave you with one of my favorite quotes--"Have you more faith in a teaspoon of medicine, than the power that created your body?"
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Dr. Jeff Donahue is a local chiropractor, acupuncturist and nutritionist practicing lifestyle medicine for more than 20 years.