This article is part of the SoleHealing Fundamentals series.
Resilience is a rebounding of tissues into a form that is most supportive of the human body and this occurs because certain bodily needs are met: nourishment, joy, lustre and verve.Dr. Janice Brown D.Ac.
The Nature of Water
One of the deepest understandings we have about water is its ability to transform. We see this through the weather and seasons, food preparation and play. If you only take to heart this one simple understanding, you will have a new healing mindset for understanding the potential your body has to transform under the correct conditions.
Water will seem one way and then without even realizing it, subtle environmental conditions can swiftly transform water into a new state. Water transforms suddenly, it is never gone, it just exists in a different state. This is an understanding that will help you embrace your body’s natural capacity for resilience.
Here’s an example of what I am talking about. In the spring, I was taking my dog for a walk and I was able to see Canada Olympic Park, which is our ski hill here in Calgary. It was late April, that time of year when all the snow in the city had melted and signs of Spring were starting to show in their many delightful ways. Still, I could clearly see this vast white swath of artificial snow on the ski hill that was completely incongruous to the landscape around it.
As long as the snow was given the conditions to keep an artificial environment in construct, there it was, no matter the season. But I knew that as soon as that signal was eliminated, the snow would do what water does, it would transform to its natural state in the given environment. At the time though, it was not possible for the snow to transform as the rest of the landscape did because it was receiving a stimulus to remain in a certain state.
However, as soon as the condition signals changed, it would transform as the other landscape around it had, and the vibrance and hope of Spring would arrive to that area on the ski hill just as it had in the rest of the city.
This natural transformative process of returning to a natural state is exactly how healing occurs with SoleHealing. Artificial signals are eliminated and the natural dynamic of your body is allowed.
Water and your Body
There is an expression you may have heard, “the body is a fluid medium”. I find that there can be a tendency to think this means only the aspects of the body that look like fluid; blood, saliva, synovial fluids etc. However, water is the fabric of life, the essence of every cell and the continuity of every bodily structure. Water is an essential ingredient in every molecule of matter that exists within the human body, and so it requires its own building blocks.
Ensure you are supplying your body with the resources it needs through ingestion of water or the body will alter its processes to meet its water needs to sustain and enhance life. This internal water collection process is ensured through many avenues that the body has to retrieve water from any internal source: the food, the bowel, the blood and lastly, the brain.
When the brain is in a state of dehydration it is always sending the signal for more water. This signal is perceived as a hunger pattern in some and is a common reason that people often struggle with weight. When the body has received enough water the dehydration signal can stop and the physical reserves the body has held onto as extra weight, may be released through transformation just like the snow.
Understand that the brain will sustain itself through gross manipulations of the physical body in perpetuity to provide itself the nourishment it needs. You must signal the change in environmental conditions.
The simple answer, drink water. In a way, it is often a mental positioning (the way a person holds a thought about something) or mindset, that keeps people from drinking enough water. It is not that it isn’t essential, it is that people don’t know or understand their water requirement or think that it is not necessary beyond feeling thirsty or dehydrated.
Water is a conductor of many things. It is a thermal conductor and regulates body temperature. It is intrinsic to your physical and mental processes. It allows you to transform with greater ease. Water is also a messenger. It carries resonance and because water is an ingredient of every molecule of matter in the body, it behaves as unified field throughout the body. Water is the sounding board for the feeling mechanism in the body.
So, the most important thing to do to start your day is drink water. Give your body the reassurances it needs that there is no limitation in supply. Then, let your transformation be like a gentle rain washing through you as you ease your mind and body through your allowance of fundamental health.
How much Water is Enough?
Simply enjoy the right amount. Wink. Seriously though, here are some tips:
- If the body is not repairing itself as it is meant to, water is the single greatest corrective measure available to assist with body resilience.
- 2 litres a day sustains the body, as it is.
- More than 2 litres will assist with the transformation of cellular structures in a resonance that signals health.
- The absolute maximum is 4 litres a day, beyond 4 litres the bodily system develops a water inertia. The inertia pattern affects the delivery mechanism of the system and there is a state of continual stagnation of flow.
- But, I drink coffee and tea all day long. Sorry, it’s not the same. Yes, of course it is contributing to your fluid intake but it is still not water; this is the body retrieving the water from another source. Water is water in the context of this discussion, a simple building block of the body delivered in its purest form.
- The body needs time to acclimate to increased water consumption. Imagine that you are lovingly misting the plants of the garden on a continuous basis and not drowning them at intermittent intervals.
- There is an input and output equation here; if you output (heavy sweating, heavy breathing, breastfeeding, urination or bowel movement etc.) replenish with some water.
- Footbaths: soaking your feet in warm salted water with oil for 20 minutes twice a day will help you stimulate your body to move into a rhythmic flow of fluid exchange. If you are struggling with health conditions this is a simple and relaxing way to benefit your natural body rhythms. Use enough warm water to cover your feet to above your ankles, 4 tbsps of Himalayan rock salt and a 1/4 cup of olive oil.
ACTION: Gradually increase your intake over a 3 week period and get into that sweet spot between 2 and 3 litres.
Start sneaking more water into your day. One simple way to sneak it in is to try having a cup before bed, and if you wake in the night drink a cup then and have one more cup first thing upon waking and you’ve already given your body almost a litre of water during a time when it normally prepares for a water draught.Dr. Janice Brown D.Ac.
This article is part of the SoleHealing Fundamentals series.
Author: Dr. Janice Brown, D.Ac.
Dr. Janice is a Doctor of Acupuncture, SolePath Certified Mentor and is the author of the SoleHealing Protocols. She has a clinical focus on helping people embrace their true nature and self through emotional and mental awareness and a little acupuncture persuasion. Dr. Janice’s SolePath is Spiritual Warrior and Intellectual Lateral Thinker. It is this SolePath that allows her to convey the protocols for the SoleHealing body of work in a practical way. She has a clinical practice in Calgary, Alberta, CANADA.