Nature’s laws are not optional. If the laws are broken, then consequences are certain to follow. When they are followed, benefits are certain to follow.
There are eight laws of health in nature:
1) Nutrition – Nutrition is the cornerstone. All species MUST eat what they were designed to eat in order to thrive (species-specific raw food). In nature, food is not cooked. Each species consumes raw food that is dense with readily bio-available nutrition needed for their unique anatomy and physiology.
2) Exercise – Exercise is never optional. Animals are meant to move almost constantly. In the wild, playing, moving from place to place, and hunting are done daily. Movement is required to find food, to grow and stay strong, and to release toxins from the body. Exercise, especially outside in the fresh air, tends to lead to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function.
3) Water – Always give pure, fresh, unadulterated water. Avoid community tap water that has been treated with chlorine, fluoride or other toxins.
4) Sun/Supplements – Animals instinctually know what is needed to stay healthy. Sunlight provides numerous benefits and many animal species are often observed napping in the sun.
Supplements are often needed due to nutrient depleted soils, which translates into nutrient lacking food for herbivores. This in turn translates into a lack of nutrients for omnivores and carnivores. However, supplements need to be used in moderation and qualified for each animal’s unique needs.
5) Temperance – Temperance is an old-fashioned word for moderation. Too much of even a good thing can wind up being detrimental — for example, too much exercise, too much sun, too much water, etc.
6) Air – Every living thing needs fresh air daily if possible. Fresh air energizes. Research shows that spending time in fresh air, especially surrounded by trees and natural water sources, increases energy in humans. We can only imagine how it must increase energy in dogs.
7) Rest – Dogs need plenty of rest. They do best without all the noise of modern appliances and electronic EMFs that interfere with deep rest and biorhythms. The stress of not enough good rest can bring about illness and behavior problems.
8) Trust – Trust is not something we often think about as being a law of nature and health, but it is the eighth law. Trust is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, and strength of something (or someone). Of course, as is always the case in nature, this law is multifaceted.
First, it means that we are to trust or have faith in the previous seven laws — nutrition, exercise, pure water, sunshine, temperance, fresh air, and rest. These laws are the true path to health, longevity and quality of life. Second, it means to trust or have faith in the principles of naturopathy, which are founded upon the eight laws of nature and health.
Believe that these natural laws are a truth and that they will always work. We MUST trust in the laws of health. We MUST NOT become fearful and return to conventional medicine when the body begins to detoxify or if it appears to be taking longer than expected to heal. In reality, conventional medicine merely masks symptoms and does not allow healing or health to occur.
Lastly, trust in the Creator of all life. “There have been a lot of studies, and more are coming out all of the time, that show how human patients with strong spirituality can improve their health from a variety of chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, recovery from surgery and more.”
People with high levels of religious beliefs or spirituality have lower cortisol responses. Cortisol is a hormone the body releases in response to stress. Spirituality and the practice of religion have recently been associated with a slower progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Increased levels of spirituality and religious faith may help substance abusers kick their habit.
Spiritual trust, or faith, helps people find meaning in their lives. It’s some- thing higher than them though not necessarily attached to religion. Wherever your spirituality comes from, research indicates there are real health benefits to both yourself and to your dogs. Dogs and people have forged an incredibly close connection and dogs have an uncanny ability to read us. Our very thoughts, moods, and attitudes can be quickly transferred to our dogs.
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