The core of Chinese Medicine has a long been associated with three basic tenets that maintain optimal health, the Three Pillars; Movement, Meditation, and Seasonal Nutrition
Movement is the active force in nature, we must have flow or movement in our lives. Many of us have professions that require us to sit for extended periods of time. This lack of movement can cause stagnation in our body resulting in many health related issues such as pain, fatigue, and depression.
We must move! this can be as simple as walking 15 to 20 minutes per day.
Some simple forms of movement are walking, yoga, tai qi, and qi gong.
Meditation or stillness is another important pillar in creating balance in our life.Meditation may be practiced for many reasons, such as to increase calmness and physical relaxation, to improve psychological balance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and well-being.
A cross sectional survey research design study lead by Li Chuan Chu (2009), Chu demonstrated that benefits to the psychological state of the participants in the study arose from practicing meditation. Meditation enhances overall psychological health and preserves a positive attitude towards stress. (Chu, 2009)
Eating a seasonal diet means eating mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains with the occasional local, organic piece of meat or cheese.
You can start eating seasonally by visiting your local farmer's market. As vegetables are shipped from around the world to our local supermarkets, they loose nutrients along the way. Eating produce that is grown and harvested in our local communities gives us food with a higher nutrient content than foods that are imported from other parts of the world. By visiting farmer's markets and choosing to purchase locally grown and harvested food, we get more nutrients and a wide variety of delicious foods.