Ever since prehistoric times medicine practitioners have been familiar with the healing powers of food and have been working predominantly with them. The appropriate choice of food products is particularly important for each individual so that their body could be well nourished and their sensitivity and intuition be maintained in equilibrium.
How are we supposed to eat and how should we organise our daily routine according to natural biorhythms in order to achieve the ultimate spiritual and physical health-boosting balance? We found the answers to these questions from the famous German naturopath and Dr. Schüssler therapist Angelika Gräfin Wolffskeel von Reichenberg, who was visiting Bulgaria after the invitation of the German Homeopathy Union (DHU) in order to present her new book Die 12 Salze des Lebens – Biochemie nach Dr. Schüßler (The 12 Salts of Life – Biochemistry by Dr. Schüßler). This is part of her advice, which she has been following throughout her long-standing practice.
What are biorhythms?
Generally speaking, this is the annual cycle and the hourly activity of the different organs in our body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the annual cycle is comprised of five seasons: late summer and early autumn (during which the stomach, the spleen and the pancreas are active), autumn (the lungs and the large intestine are active), winter (the kidneys and the urinary bladder are active), spring (the liver and the gallbladder are active) and summer (the heart, blood and the small intestine are active).
In order to achieve the ultimate spiritual and physical health balance, it is a good idea for us to take into consideration our biological clock, which represents natural biorhythms, incarnated in the process of creating life. If a person gets to know the essence of biorhythms, every individual, regardless of age and sex, could make proper and beneficial use of the shift between the day and the night, as well as the changing of the seasons.
Our organism at the different times of the day
The organs in our body work with different intensity and have their maximum and minimum activity according to the hour. They “move” along with time and so each of them is, at a certain time, at its peak and 12 hours later it is resting. Knowing these hours, we could lead a healthier lifestyle and enjoy the improvement of our general health condition.
You have probably noticed that frequently you have complaints at the very same time during the day or night. A closer look at the “organ clock” will help you find out whether it is the active of resting phase of the organ in question so that you can explain the problem to yourself. People who have indulgent dinner after 7 p.m., for instance, often complain of stomach aches and a feeling of heaviness. This is so because between 7 and 9 p.m. the stomach is least active. Should the main daily intake of food occur at lunch, these complaints will disappear.
The golden rules of healthy daily life
– Wake up without the alarm clock (if you go to bed early, you will wake up spontaneously even before 6 a.m.).
– Brush your teeth thoroughly (in doing so, you do not swallow back all the toxic substances which form in your digestive system and precipitate all over the oral mucosa during the night).
– After getting out of bed drink a glass of warm water.
– Do some exercise or massage your whole body anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.
– Take a warm shower (approximately 15-30 minutes after the exercise/massage).
– Brush your tongue with a spoon or a special tongue cleaner.
– Do not force yourself! Carefully reach your limit, but not all the time.
– Yoga – asanas, pranayama (breathing exercise), meditation.
– In the evening you are not supposed to feel exhausted and powerless.
– Have your meals at one and the same time during the day (and take a rest for about 5 to 10 minutes afterwards).
– Do not transmit the daily stress into the evening.
– Strive for some light dinner, some fresh air and have a short walk (enjoy your evening and make it cosy for yourself so that you could relax in a pleasurable way).
– Drink a cup of herbal tea before going to bed.
– Do not go to bed late – it is best to do so around 10 or 11 in the evening.
Food as a remedy and a source of happiness
Nutrition lies at the base of our health and well-being. Living food has its very own biological life and contemporary research in this field has already shown and proven so. This is why it is of vital importance for us to adapt our way of eating according to the seasons. During wintertime, when it is cold, cooked, warm food is to be preferred.
Salads, on the other hand, have a cooling effect and amplify the feeling of cold within us. Either way, the body needs more energy in the winter and this is why cooling food should be avoided. In the heat of the summer, however, we may delightfully indulge in some ripe fruit and crunchy salads as these produce a refreshing effect on our body.
To be continued…
Text: Veliana Simeonova