Nirvana’s Holistic Approach to Health

Here at Nirvana we believe, if you provide the Body with the right conditions, it will heal itself. The body has all of the necessary systems for regeneration, rejuvenation, rebuilding and also includes an efficient Immune System which is capable of fending off the most damaging invaders.

When there is disease, the body is in a state of dis-ease. It is certainly not being provided with the optimal conditions that it requires to maintain itself healthily.

Unless you provide it with the right conditions, mentally, physically and spiritually, it will not function at its optimal level. The triangle of Mind, Body and Spirit represents the three inseparable components of our being and wellness. None of these factors can be affected without there being an effect on the others. Similarly, you cannot treat one without considering the others. It is, however, fair to say that at a given time it may be appropriate to devote more attention to one area, rather than another. Good health is about good balance.

Here at Nirvana we are chiefly concerned with providing the body with the right fuels so that it can remain healthy or return to a state of health.

MAJOR FACTORS AFFECTING HEALTH

▪ Digestion

▪ Absorption

▪ Circulation

▪ Elimination

▪ Stress

▪ Suppressed Emotions

These processes play a major role in determining your wellness, they are all intimately related and imbalance in one will have an effect on all of the others.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR HEALTH

Good Nutrition is fundamental to good physical health. You can’t expect to have a healthy body if you choose to run it on junk just as you wouldn’t put dirty fuel or oil in our car! Much of the energy that we draw from our food is actually channelled back to service Digestion, Absorption, Circulation and Elimination. The rest of our body energy is used in the process of thinking, working and playing. Unfortunately, in modern society there is another two factor which is draining on our bodily resources – Stress and Supressed Emotions!

Our cells are the smallest living units of our bodies, and each cell is like a tiny factory. Each cell must be nourished completely and constantly and the waste products efficiently eliminated. If this is not done the cell will either function inefficiently or it will die. Health begins and ends at the cellular level and it is here where we must focus our attention.

Stress and Supressed Emotions is crippling at all levels!

Our cells must be fed and cleansed if they are to function efficiently. The first stage in meeting the nutritional requirements of each cell is digestion. Inefficient digestion, which is the breaking down of food into its tiniest components, spells immediate problems. Similarly, if the absorption of these digested foods is not occurring then nutrients cannot get to the cells.

We rely on our blood to carry absorbed nutrients from the digestive system to each cell. If circulation is impaired, this will not happen. Finally, elimination, if the cells are bathed in their own wastes they cannot function, therefore the elimination via the kidneys, skin and bowel is of paramount importance.

Stress is the greatest killer in society today. The need to address this problem is inseparable from the need for good, fresh, whole food.

Emotions or supressed emotions go deep into the body, and any emotion we feel is an energy. When emotions are supressed they go inward and attach themselves in the body, at a cellular level. This causes imbalance, which can manifest in small and large ways; fears, anxiety, anger, shutdown, unable to cope in stressful situations, illnesses (sometimes serious illness) and so forth.  By healing on an emotional level we not only feel better, our bodies will also together with healthy lifestyle, naturally heal and let go!

“The degree to which you remove obstructions – be they mental, physical, or emotional – is the degree to which you begin to heal.”

WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD DIET

The Caveperson Theory

The lifestyle of the cave person, the Hunter – Gatherer is probably the best example we can use to help us understand our nutritional requirements as human beings. Remember that there has been little change to our bodies (in a genetic or physiological sense) since that time. With the exception of regional changes, our foods are very similar also.

Nature takes a great deal of time to make changes. Humans, on the other hand, can make radical changes in lifestyle, behaviour and diet, in the space of a generation or two. This is much too fast to expect our bodies, and digestive systems to adjust.

So, what did the hunter gatherers eat? Remember that they have no storage facilities for their food and a limited ability to cook. It’s fair to assume that these people ate a very simple diet of fresh food, most of which would have been eaten raw on the spot.

Their diet would have been a relatively mono diet. In other words, when they came to an apple tree they probably sat down and ate only apples. Foods would have been eaten in season. Fresh, ripe, unsprayed fruit and vegetables are extremely rich in vitamins.

No doubt they liked variety, but they would not have had the opportunity to combine as many foods at one sitting as modern man does. With a simple selection of enzyme rich food, their digestive system would have operated with ease. Whenever possibly, they probably caught reptiles and small game.

This would have been eaten fresh with most of the animal consumed. Meat was an occasional treat rather than the bulk of the diet.

Of course this hypothetically idyllic lifestyle wasn’t all roses. Early man had to contend with starvation, predators and accidents which no doubt took a great toll. However, from the dietary perspective his food intake was potentially as near to perfect as you can get.

Other factors contributed greatly to the cave person’s health, include plenty of exercise, fresh air and relaxation.

The Primitive Diet

Firstly his food was gathered fresh, meaning just at the right stage for eating. Hardly comparable with our early picking and artificial ripening techniques which mean that nutrients don’t develop fully. Some nutritionists estimate that a fresh organically grown tomato provides around one gram of Vitamin C. The fact is that these days you are lucky to get 50mg (1/20 of a gram) from an artificially ripened and stored tomato. You can see the dramatic difference in the nutritional value of this food according to the growing and harvesting technique.

Fresh food eaten at the right time is also packed with natural Enzymes. Enzymes are the important catalysts for the digestion and metabolism of our food. Food without enzymes is devitalised food. Because enzymes, like many vitamins, are unstable, nearly all are lost in stored fruits and vegetables. Already we have a picture of the vast difference in the quality of nutrition between early man and our present day, and we have only just begun.

As a result of improved hygiene and some useful drugs we have conquered the ravages of many of the infectious diseases like small pox and T.B. Thus we are living longer lives. Our problem now is that we are falling victim to Nutritionally related degenerative diseases and Stress. These include Arthritis, Heart Disease, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes and Cancer.

The primitive diet was simple with not too much variety at each meal. This meant that his digestive juices were only dealing with a few foods at any one time. There was much less chance of incompatible food combinations. Modern society views our enormous variety of available foods as a sign of affluence, the more varieties the better! This is great for the taste buds, but it is a disaster for the digestive system. Remember that digestion is the first stage in providing the body with fuel to sustain itself. If digestion is not functioning efficiently, this will affect absorption, circulation and elimination.

There were no refrigerators, so there was little food storage. Our cave person had only limited opportunity to cook his food. Pots and pans weren’t around then, so most of his food was raw and packed with live enzymes. Cooking denatures these enzymes and most enzymes are destroyed above 41.5 degrees centigrade.

With a few exceptions, our cave person ate his meal in an unhurried and relaxed way. After all, he had little else on his mind. Food was major priority in his life and he was going to enjoy it. In this relaxed state, his Cardio Vascular system would direct the blood supply to his abdomen and digestion was completed efficiently.

There is little comparison here with us today. With the exception of rich, tasty meals, food is truly low priority stuff. Our taste buds are the only consideration.

The stressed state that most of us operate in means that there is always some adrenalin pumping through the system. Thus our blood is directed away from the digestive areas and into the muscles in preparation for all of our little emergencies. This means poor digestion, indigestion, bloating, flatulence and eventual illness.