LIFESTYLE MEDICINE

If you have healthy organs, you are healthy.

You need routine and rhythm for health. Random lifestyles, working all hours, sleep debt, eating whenever, constant rushing, and stress creates the precursor symptoms of chronic lifestyle diseases. The solution is simple: a routine that gets you back into the natural rhythm of the day and reverses these symptoms. The chi-cycle lifestyle does this. Don’t focus on giving things up, focus on re-ordering your day. It’s simple and fun and not fast because health is something you do all your life. But if you stick with this plan, you’ll never stop because you feel better every day.

Everything you need for health is within you. The secrets are in your organs. They work 24/7 to keep you healthy and happy. Think of them as your personal internal health team. Start putting your organs first and you’re on the way to boosting immunity, defeating lifestyle disease and creating health, vitality and happiness. This is how you make your lifestyle a preventative health strategy. The idea is fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine and my chi-cycle lifestyle updates it for contemporary challenges.

Meet your internal health team

Your organs are synchronised to the 24 hour daily rhythm. They each have a task and they also all work as a team to keep you in top shape physically, emotionally and spiritually. To make it easier to remember what they do, I’ve assigned them job descriptions. Hover over the organs below to discover these.

Your large intestine is the origin of change and transformation. It is responsible for movement and expression of your emotions. Connected to your capacity to either ‘let go’ or get stuck holding on to things. Emotional and physical detox

Your stomach is the origin of all chi and blood. If your stomach chi is strong you will be healthy and full of energy. Connected to your capacity to rebound from stress and challenges of life. Influences your capacity to nurture and to be nurtured.

Your spleen is the main organ involved with digestion and the production of chi. A strong spleen means strong muscles and lots of energy. Responsible for memory, focusing and concentration. Involved in issues of nourishment, on both a physical and psychic level.

Your heart is responsible for pumping blood and making blood. It nourishes the mind and spirit making you more receptive to change. Directs, integrates and coordinates aspects of your psychic life. A strong heart means a strong mind, good memory and balanced emotions.

Your small intestine helps with digestion. It has an influence on judgement and gives you the power of discernment, and the ability to make good decisions. Separates the ‘clear’ from the ‘turbid’ in digestion and on a psychic level. Plays a crucial role in the happy unfolding of life.

Your bladder stores and excretes urine, but it also participates in the transformation of fluids necessary for the production of urine. Influences your capacity to go with the flow and whether you hold on to or can let go of grudges.

Your pericardium is closely related to your heart. It covers and protects the heart. It also has a strong influence on mental and emotional states, the formation of relationships and healthy personal interactions. Joy and happiness derive from the pericardium.

Your san jiao is a function not a physical organ. It directs fluids and chi to all your organs. Affects your capacity to relate to people and the external world.

Your decision making originates from your gallbladder. Controls the spirit of initiative and the courage to make changes. A strong gallbladder gives you the ‘gall’ to change your life, to follow your dreams and to implement new ideas.

Your liver stores blood, regulates chi flow throughout your body for all physiological, mental and emotional functions, and it supports recovery. With a healthy liver comes resoluteness and drive, and the capacity to plan your life. Happiness occurs when liver chi flows freely.

Your lungs are the intermediary between you and the world. They build immunity to allergens and bugs, but they also build your immunity to the negative influences of other people. In charge of the mental-emotional sphere.

Clock on to Health : It’s Time to Feel Good!

Read all about what your organs can do for you and the best times (from the perspective of your organs) for everything from snacks to sex; and social media to sleep. Discover simple ways to make your lifestyle your best medicine and defeat heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and more, while you simultaneously improve your health and happiness.

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