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Dr. Mercola’s Six Key Principles

Six Principles of Everyday Living to Help You Take Control of Your Health®

The more I study natural medicine, the more I’m convinced that the key to optimal health involves six basic tenets of everyday living.

Some of the most exciting new research centers on how your lifestyle and daily habits affect your mitochondria, or your cells’ energy factories. Every biological process in your body, from the firing of your brain cells to the beating of your heart, depends upon healthy mitochondria.

So what are these six principles that I believe have such a profound influence on your mitochondrial and overall health?

The six basic tenets include sun exposure, diet and nutrition, environment, movement and exercise, sleep, and emotional well-being. While many people tend to focus on a small handful of these categories at any one time, integrating all six into your healthy lifestyle enables you to benefit from their powerful synergistic effects. Whether you’re experiencing health challenges now, or simply want to feel and look your best each day, incorporating these key principles into your everyday living can be a powerful tool to help you Take Control of Your Health®.

Sun Exposure

The sun’s ultraviolet B rays help your body produce vitamin D, and they powerfully influence your energy, body and your mitochondrial health. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about safe sun exposure, and many people believe they get more than they really do. Find out why you may not be getting enough sun exposure and why that matters for your brain .

Diet and Nutrition

Getting your nutrition plan right is an important step in taking control of your health, and importantly, preventing insulin resistance and weight issues. Learn how to use food to boost your mitochondrial health, energy, and longevity, and how to minimize your exposure to pesticides, especially glyphosate that’s now showing up in 3 out of 4 Americans. Find out more about Taking Control of Your Health with diet.

Environment

You’re surrounded by invisible toxins in the air you breathe, the water you drink and bathe in, and just by living in a ‘connected’ society. Researchers now know that the radiation you’re exposed to from your cell phone, computer, ‘smart’ meters and appliances affect your cells’ mitochondria, and thus, your overall well-being. There are many things you can do to help mitigate the effects of toxins in your environment. Find out how to use the earth’s energy to support your health.

Movement and Exercise

The average American adult spends at least 10 hours sitting each day, even though more than 10,000 studies point to sitting as a potent independent risk factor for health concerns. While exercise can’t offset the damage from sitting, you can help Take Control of Your Health by increasing your movement during the day. For even greater gain, add a fitness routine to your daily schedule. Find out how to maximize your workout time and effort.

Sleep

There’s no replacement for regular, adequate sleep. Your brain depends on it to help clear out accumulated debris and sleep provides a time for you to process the emotions you’ve experienced during your waking hours. While some people believe they can “get by” with fewer hours of good quality sleep, they are more likely causing their bodies harm. Learn more about the surprising brain effects of inadequate sleep.

Emotional Well-Being

While this may be the area of your well-being that you neglect the most (many people do), some health experts now believe it may be the most significant contributor to health. How you handle daily stress and your emotional and mental health are key to living a life filled with personal happiness and positive, satisfying relationships. Discover the tools I recommend for Taking Control of Your Emotional Health.

Sun Exposure:

Get Enough Safe Sun Exposure

There are many benefits of sun exposure. The ultraviolet B rays from the sun help your body produce vitamin D3, and optimal levels are crucial for the proper functioning of your immune system.

When it comes to proper sun exposure, it’s easy to get confused because there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Few people get adequate sun exposure, even if they live in a sunny or warm climate all year long. Most people have busy indoor lives that keep them out of the sun. Eating your lunch outdoors or taking a walk on a sunny day can help, but it may not be enough to generate enough Vitamin D, depending on where you live and how much skin surface you expose.

To produce enough vitamin D you must expose significant areas of your skin to the sun when it is at highest position – typically around noon. Many factors influence your exposure needs: your weight and skin color, season, latitude, altitude, cloud cover, and the time of day. The only way to know for sure if you are producing adequate levels is to measure your vitamin D3 blood levels.

To produce enough vitamin D you must expose significant areas of your skin to the sun when it is at highest position – typically around noon. Many factors influence your exposure needs: your weight and skin color, season, latitude, altitude, cloud cover, and the time of day. The only way to know for sure if you are producing adequate levels is to measure your vitamin D3 blood levels. While it’s not a total replacement for regular sun exposure, you can supplement with oral vitamin D3 and regularly test your blood until your level is above 50 ng/ml, ideally 60-80. Our testing kit allows you to do a simple blood spot test on your own. Plus it checks your omega-3 levels at the same time, another essential nutrient that many in North America and Europe lack.

The benefits of sunlight exposure extend beyond vitamin D production. Your brain responds to the near-infrared light in sunlight in a process called photobiomodulation.

This type of brain stimulation boosts your cognitive health and helps fight signs of dementia, largely through sunlight-modulated cellular repair. And since your brain is one of your most mitochondrial-dense organs, this is a significant, yet little known benefit of adequate sunlight exposure.

Diet and Nutrition:

Eat Real Food at the Right Time

Getting your nutrition plan right is an important step in taking control of your health. Let’s look at the common thread that runs through most diseases and is a known catalyst for cognitive decline – insulin resistance. Resolving insulin resistance should be your number one priority for improving your brain function, insulin sensitivity, and overall health.

How do you know if you have insulin resistance? If you are overweight, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or taking a statin drug, you likely have it. To know for sure, have a fasting blood insulin level test. If it's over five, you're insulin resistant.

How do you know if you have insulin resistance? If you are overweight, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or taking a statin drug, you likely have it. To know for sure, have a fasting blood insulin level test. If it's over five, you're insulin resistant. Until you resolve your insulin resistance, it’s best to avoid grains and limit your fruits to 25 grams of fructose or less per day. Once you resolve your insulin resistance, you can slowly increase your fructose intake, but I still recommend limiting it to a moderate level for optimal health.

The simple key to optimal health is to eat real food, and ideally organic.

Growing your own food is best. Having a garden can be a lot of fun for you and your entire family. A great way to get started producing your own food, especially if temperatures are too low for planting an outdoor garden or you have limited space, is to sprout your own seeds indoors. Seed to harvest is less than 10 days! We offer sprouting seed kits in your choice of Broccoli Sprouts, Sunflower Shoots and Pea Shoots to make it super easy to produce a tasty salad addition.

I realize not everyone has the time or space for a garden, so the next best thing is to buy local and organically grown foods.

What to avoid is just as important as what to include in a healthy diet.... Avoid processed foods, sugars, refined grains, foods that are genetically engineered, pesticides, and vegetable oils, like corn or canola oil that oxidize when heated.

Choosing organically grown vegetables and fruits will help you avoid harmful pesticides and herbicides.

Saturated fats like coconut oil are especially useful for high-temperature cooking and eating on a healthy diet. Other good saturated fats to include are olive oil (best used on salads), butter from grass fed pastured cows, avocado, and raw nuts like macadamia and pecans.

Soil Regeneration

The healthiest foods come from healthy soils. There's no question your health and that of your family is directly related to the quality of the food you eat. The quality of the food, in turn, is dependent on the health of the soil in which it is grown. Many American diets are based on foods grown in mineral-depleted, unhealthy soils. This is certainly the case with genetically engineered (GE) processed foods and meat and dairy products from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

One of the more insidious aspects of the industrial food system is that, as soil becomes sicker and less able to perform its functions, farmers become increasingly dependent on the chemical technology industry — they become trapped.

As stated earlier, the use of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup® herbicide) begins a downward spiral, making it necessary for farmers to use more and more herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers that kill soil microbes — especially when using GE seeds.

Weeds and pests become resistant to glyphosate, so farmers must use more herbicides and pesticides. Crops become nutrient-deprived, so they're forced to increase their use of synthetic fertilizers.

Weeds and bugs become superweeds and superbugs, and all the while the food becomes less and less nutritious. It's a vicious cycle.

Watch Out for Glyphosate – It’s a Major Threat to Your Mitochondrial Health

Glyphosate is the main active ingredient in the toxic herbicide Roundup®. It’s an enormous threat to your mitochondrial health. Because many vegetable oils, and the processed foods that contain them, are made from genetically modified corn, soybeans, and canola, they are highly likely to be contaminated with this ubiquitous chemical.

Glyphosate can bind to and deplete important minerals from your body like manganese. Your mitochondria require manganese to convert superoxide, a potentially harmful by-product of oxygen metabolism, into water. This is a critical process that protects your mitochondria from oxidative damage.

At present, about 10 percent of U.S. farmers have started incorporating practices to address soil health. Only about 2 percent have transitioned to full-on regenerative land management, however. On an individual level, you can get involved by growing some of your own food using some of these regenerative principles on a small scale.

Gardening can help boost your mental well-being and may help promote a healthier microbiome if you allow yourself (and your kids) to get a bit dirty. I think you'll discover that interacting with nature can bring great joy while watching your garden grow and flourish, and receiving nutrient-dense food as a reward for your efforts.

The Timing of Your Food Is Key

One of the most powerful strategies I have ever encountered for healthy eating is to replicate our ancestral eating patterns. Remember, your ancient ancestors never had access to food 24/7 so it makes perfect sense that your genes and metabolism are optimized for regular periods when you don't eat.

For more details on this powerful regimen, please refer to my article on intermittent fasting. The key is to restrict your calories to a six to eight hour window, and eat no calories for the remainder of the day. You can drink water, tea, or coffee as long as they contain no dairy or sweetener.

Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool to jumpstart your body into remembering how to burn fat for fuel and repair the insulin and leptin resistance that can be so harmful to your cognitive and overall health. I also consider it the perfect tool for preparing yourself for a longer fast, which I highly recommend doing regularly.

Improving Your Mitochondria for Your Health, Energy, and Longevity

I have long taught that it was best to avoid any food or calories for at least three hours before you go to bed. This is because your body uses minimal calories when sleeping and excess fuel will generate free radicals that damage your cells and tissues. Personally, most days I stop eating now around 4 p.m. and don’t eat again until the next day.

A cyclical ketogenic diet offers the double advantage of improving your insulin sensitivity and lowering your risk for cognitive decline. Visit my page on a ketogenic meal plan for more information on this.

I explain the many health benefits of this unique type of ketogenic dieting in my book “Fat for Fuel”. In it, I explain why cycling through the stages of feast and famine, opposed to remaining in nutritional ketosis indefinitely is so critical for success.

Environment:

Protect yourself from EMFs

In today’s society, we are bathing in electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Avoiding the dangers of EMF exposure is an important component of optimizing mitochondrial health. Exposure to microwave radiation from cellphones, routers, cordless phones, smart meters, baby monitors and other wireless devices causes massive mitochondrial dysfunction due to free radical damage.

Your body is a complex communication device where cells, tissues, and organs "talk" to each other to perform basic functions. At each of these levels, the communication includes finely tuned bio-electrical transmitters and receivers, which are almost like tuning into a radio station.

What happens when you expose a radio antenna to a significant amount of external noise? You get static from the noise — and that is what is happening to your body in today's "electrosmog" environment. It's not only cell phones that pose a problem, all form of dirty electricity have the potential to harm human health on the cellular level.

How Cellphones and Wireless Technologies May Be Disrupting Your Health

While many people (especially industry) may deny the damaging effects of radiation from cellphones and other wireless technologies, scientists now know it triggers the excessive production of a mitochondria-damaging reactive nitrogen species called peroxynitrites.

Your brain is your most mitochondrial-dense organ, and it’s thought that the close contact of cellphones and cordless phones, through increased peroxynitrite production, spurs inflammation throughout your body and disrupts hormones.

Lowering Your EMF Exposure

The first step to lower your exposure is to identify the most significant sources. Your cellphone is a major source of exposure, as are cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth headsets and other Bluetooth-equipped items, wireless mice, keyboards, smart thermostats, baby monitors, smart meters and the microwave in your kitchen.

Ideally, address each source and determine how you can best limit their use. For example, remedial interventions could include:

  • Swapping a wireless baby monitor for a hardwired one.
  • Carrying your cellphone in a bag instead of on your body, and keeping it in airplane mode and/or in a Faraday (shielded) bag or case when not on a call.
  • Turning off your Wi-Fi at night. Even better, don't use Wi-Fi and switch to wired Ethernet.
  • Using your laptop on a table rather than your lap.
  • Using your cellphone with a blue tube headset or on speaker phone, and keeping the phone as far away from your body as possible using a selfie stick. Ideally, use landlines whenever possible.
  • Hardwiring as many devices as possible to avoid Wi-Fi fields, including mice, keyboards and printers. Avoid Ethernet over power (EOP), however, as this strategy increases the variability in your power lines, causing dirty electricity. You can partially remediate this with capacitors or filters, but it's not an ideal solution. EOP is better than Wi-Fi, but not as good as running an Ethernet cable.
  • Installing a Faraday cage (copper- and/or silver-threaded fabric) around your bed. If you live in a high-rise and have neighbors beneath you, place the Faraday fabric on the floor beneath your bed as well. This may significantly improve your sleep quality, as EMFs are known to disrupt sleep.

Nutritional intervention can also help reduce the harmful effects of EMFs. It's not a permanent solution to be used in lieu of remediation, but it can be helpful while you're implementing more permanent solutions.

The first is magnesium, as magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker. Many are deficient in magnesium to start with, and I believe most people will benefit from as much as 1 to 2 grams of magnesium per day.

The Threat of Mercury, Aluminum, and Other Heavy Metals

Mercury is a known toxic, a bio accumulative substance and often finds its way into your body through dental amalgams, deceptively called “silver fillings”. Your health and the environment pay a steep price for these fillings that not only damage your tooth structure, but can also weaken it over time.

The mercury they release in your body can negatively affect your brain, nervous system, kidneys, and an unborn child’s brain and health.

Certain species of fish contain harmful mercury levels. For instructions on how to successfully detox from mercury exposure, visit Mercola.com where you’ll find several articles on mercury detox

While dental amalgam fillings are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity, you must exercise great care in their removal. You should be healthy prior to having them removed. Once you have optimized your diet and overall health, I recommend following the mercury detox protocol and working with a knowledgeable biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.

Aluminum is another significant threat to your health that’s found in many everyday sources like antiperspirants, cookware, and vaccines.

The Air that Surrounds You

Your life depends on the air you breathe. The quality of air you breathe affects your respiratory system and your overall health. And, it’s not only the outside air you’re breathing, your indoor air quality can actually be worse.

Poor air quality has been linked to both short-term and long-term health concerns. The EPA warns that poor indoor air quality can cause or worsen the following conditions:

  • Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Eye and skin irritations,
  • Sore throat, colds and flu
  • Memory loss, dizziness, fatigue and depression

Be sure to use the right quality air filters to improve your indoor air quality. We carry air filtration systems for your car, room, whole house, and even a personal air filter when you want the assurance of clear air.

Drink Clean Water, Free of Toxins such as Chlorine and Fluoride

Most municipal water supplies in the U.S. are contaminated with chlorine, chlorine disinfection byproducts, and fluoride. It is relatively easy to remove chlorine and chlorinated byproducts with high-quality carbon filters.

My favorite is the Whole House Water Filter we sell on our site. Another good line of defense is a countertop water filter, which is very easy to install.

Fluoride is another issue you need to be concerned about. Fluoride is not an essential nutrient needed for your health—dental or otherwise. There is not one single metabolic process in your body that requires fluoride. Rather, it’s a cumulative poison, especially the type of fluoride added to water supplies – literally an industry waste product.

As the number of studies into the toxic effects of fluoride has increased, there is now support for a rather long list of potential health problems related to fluoride accumulation in your body. I encourage you to visit the website of the Flouride Action Network. This is a group that’s doing outstanding work in educating the public and I sincerely back their cause.

Grounding – connecting with the Earth

Grounding, or Earthing, is a way of working with the Earth’s natural energies to promote your health. It’s available to you anytime when you have access and it costs nothing.

The simplest way to get grounded is to walk barefoot outside with your feet making direct contact with the Earth. It doesn’t matter whether it’s dirt, sand, rock, or even an unpainted concrete sidewalk.

After spending even thirty minutes, ideally longer, in direct connection to the ground you can start to see benefits like stress reduction and a reduction in pain.

You have multiple options for directly connecting to earth’s energy. You don’t have to walk, exercise, or even stand. You can sit in a chair and read a book. As long as your bare feet are in direct contact with the ground, you are officially “Earthing”.

If your schedule or lifestyle prevents you from getting outside to ground with the Earth, we offer several different grounding mats in our store that you can use while sleeping, use for exercising, or placing where you spend time indoors.

How Negative Ions Positively Impact the Air You Breathe

Ever breathe and experience the air around a thunderous waterfall, on a serene mountain top, at a pulsating seashore, or after a wild thunderstorm? Remember how fresh the air felt and how easy it was for you to breathe?

What you experienced was likely the result of negative ions.

Forces of nature through phenomena like rainstorms, waterfalls, lightning, sunlight, ocean waves, and wind, create negative ions. Prior to a thunderstorm, you can feel the build-up of tension in the air – the positive ions in the air are reaching their peak. And once the storm hits, the air produces electrical charges in the atmosphere and rain falls.

The resulting oxygen-rich air bursts with negative ions. And once the storm passes, you can feel the sensation of calm and clarity in the air.

The rush of negative ions helps neutralize and balance the positive ions. Many published articles and scientific studies report how negative ions in the air can have positive effects.

One demonstration of that is how they potentially increase the growth rate of certain plants. These studies give you a sense of the power of negative ions and their potential for cleansing the air you breathe.

What can you do in your home or workplace today to enhance the air you breathe?

  1. Bring in some nature – Plants help contribute to your improved air quality by removing certain chemicals in the air.
  2. Don't allow smoking inside – Seems pretty obvious, but second-hand smoke can create serious health issues for everyone in your home.
  3. Circulate refreshing air – This is not always easily done in extreme hot or cold climates. But simply opening up windows on opposite walls for cross ventilation for a few minutes each day can dramatically reduce indoor air pollution.
  4. Take off your shoes – Bringing in dirt, dust, and other pollutants from outside impacts the quality of your indoor air. It's best to remove your shoes indoors.
  5. Regularly clean and replace furnace and air filters – Often neglected, this is a critical item to address as it can have a profound impact on your air quality.
  6. Use and clean ventilating fans often – Make sure your fans vent to the outside and run them appropriately to help cleanse your air.
  7. Avoid using toxic cleaning products – Scrutinize cleaning product labels and replace products with harmful chemicals (usually the ingredients you can’t pronounce) with non-toxic alternatives, like the ones we offer in our online store.
  8. Vacuum and dust regularly – Cleaning all surfaces regularly is vitally important for maintaining a healthy environment for you, your family and your pets.
  9. Store toxic solutions and chemicals outside – Toxic ingredients can leech fumes into your living environment, so avoid the temptation of storing them indoors.
  10. Use an air purifier - A quality air purifier can help remove indoor pollutants from the air you breathe. Check my site for recommendations on home, office, auto and personal air purifiers.

One other way to help improve the quality of your own indoor air is to use beautiful, decorative Himalayan Salt Lamps. These salt lamps help freshen your indoor air while providing an attractive, soothing light in your home or office.

Movement and Exercise

You Must Regularly Move Your Body to Stay Healthy

The average American adult spends about 10 hours (or more) each day sitting, and more than 10,000 studies have now confirmed that chronic sitting is a potent independent risk factor for health issues– even if you eat right, exercise regularly, and are very fit. It's important to realize that you simply cannot offset 10 hours of sitting with one hour of exercise. You need regular movement throughout the day.

I restrict my sitting to less than one hour a day, and that has made a tremendous difference in the back pain I experienced in the past. So ideally, strive to sit for less than three hours a day total, take frequent breaks at least every 30 minutes, and make it a point to walk more.

A stand-up desk is a great option for many, and I recommend using a fitness tracker to ensure you're getting the recommended 7,000 to 10,000 steps per day.

Next, you'll want to incorporate a fitness routine into your regimen, and while virtually any exercise is better than none, high intensity exercises are the most effective. Benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) include cardiovascular fitness, improved muscle growth and strength, and the generation of "anti-aging" human growth hormone (HGH), also referred to as "the fitness hormone."

HGH effectively stimulates your muscles to release anti-inflammatory myokines, which improve your insulin sensitivity and usage of glucose inside your muscles. They also increase liberation of fat from adipose cells and the burning of the fat within the skeletal muscle.

High-intensity strength training (a.k.a. super slow weight training) also has the added benefit of triggering greater amounts of anti-inflammatory myokines than regular HIIT. So if you want to help fight chronic inflammation throughout your body, high intensity weight training may offer additional benefits over other forms of HIIT training.

Strength training is also an important component, and is recommended for both sexes of all ages, including seniors. Gaining more muscle through resistance exercises has many benefits, from losing excess fat to maintaining healthy bone mass and preventing age-related muscle loss as you age. Plus, there now appear to be cognitive benefits as well with strength training.

Researchers have recently learned that exercise may trigger a change in how your brain metabolizes its toxic amyloid precursor protein, the hallmark of cognitive decline. At the same time, physical activity increases levels of the protein PGC-1 alpha, a protein that appears to safeguard cognitive health.

Ideally, incorporate some of each type of activity into your fitness regimen. It’s worth it to take the time to exercise, and to include as much physical activity into your life as you can.

I exercise every day and spend time walking barefoot on the beach while I read. This helps me meet my daily goals for exercise, grounding, and getting fresh air!

Sleep

No exceptions - We All Need to Sleep Eight Hours to Stay Healthy

Sleep is an integral part of health, particularly brain health. Even if you eat well and exercise regularly, if you do not get adequate sleep, your health will suffer.

Most fail to fully appreciate how important sleep is to their health. I know, as I was one of them. However I have since learned to appreciate the major role that adequate sleep plays in recovery, repair, and optimal healing.

On a deeper level, your brain needs sleep to maintain metabolic balance. Without enough deep sleep, brain neurons can begin to break down and impair your brain’s ability for learning, memory, and its normal functioning. Deep sleep is the sleep stage when your brain’s glymphatic system kicks in and eliminates accumulated toxic waste.

I used to think I was immune to needing adequate sleep. Less than six hours a night was my norm and I truly believed I could function this way. Now I know most adults need about 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. It’s recommended that teenagers 14-17 years of age get 8-10 hours and children ages 6-13 get 9-11 hours of sleep per night.

Just some of the effects of inadequate sleep are poor memory and concentration, heightened stress levels, weight gain, a weakened immune system, and potentially increased susceptibility to illness.

Frequent yawning during the day is a major red flag that you're sleep deprived, as is nodding off when you're reading or in a meeting. If you need an alarm clock to wake up, and you wake up feeling tired and groggy, you probably need to get to sleep earlier.

In my book Effortless Healing, you’ll find several proven techniques for getting a great night’s sleep in Healing Principle 7, Clean Your Brain with Sleep. For additional tips, see my article "33 Secret's to a Good Night's Sleep.”

Emotional Well-Being

Center Yourself with Meditation

Managing your stress is an absolute necessity for health. Stress impacts your well-being on all levels – emotional, mental, and physical.

One of the best tools I and other natural medicine experts have discovered is meditation. There are many different forms of meditation, and I invite you to experiment and find the form that works best for you.

Meditation provides your body with much-needed rest that is two to five times deeper than sleep. So, meditating for 20 minutes is like taking an hour and a half nap, but without feeling groggy afterwards. Instead, you feel refreshed, rested, and awake.

Researchers are learning that meditation can make you healthier and happier. One form of meditation, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), has been successfully used to treat depression and brain imaging shows it can actually produce positive changes in your brain.

Studies show meditation can help improve attention, memory, creativity, and help slow or even reverse age-related loss of brain volume. Think of meditation as a form of “brain exercise” that can help keep your brain younger longer.

In our online store, we offer the Muse Headband for both beginning and experienced meditators. Muse is an innovative tool that teaches you how to meditate and provides the how-to and motivation to develop your practice. Using real-time brain feedback and a powerful reward system, it turns learning how to meditate into an engaging, fun game.

No matter what form of meditation or mindfulness you choose, remember to take the time – often, throughout your day if possible – to sit or lie down and practice a few minutes of slow, abdominal breathing. Focus on your breathing and let any thoughts float away. You’ll immediately feel calm and more centered, and better able to handle the stress of your day.

The Power of EFT

When you find yourself experiencing an unpleasant feeling such as anxiety, fear, resistance, anger or doubt, and it impedes your ability to make healthy choices, there is a powerful tool that can help you purge the emotion from your body and your psyche. This tool that is literally right at your fingertips is known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure. It’s a do-it-yourself tool that uses your fingertips to stimulate specific points on the body. It’s based on the same energy meridians that traditional acupuncture has used to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles.

You perform simple tapping with your fingertips on specific spots on your head and chest while thinking about a specific problem and voice positive affirmations.

To help resolve issues permanently, I encourage you to try EFT. I’ve witnessed profound results in individuals since I started using this method back in mid-2001. Because of its very high rate of success, the use of EFT has spread rapidly, and you can find practitioners who uses it in their practices throughout the world.

For more information on the simple, yet powerful technique, visit https://eft.mercola.com/.

Making These Elements a Way of Life

If you apply these principles and incorporate these six important elements into your daily health regimen, you can take control of your health.

If you still have questions, then I would encourage you to find a natural medicine clinician. A great strategy is to use social networking and go to your local health food stores and get a consensus for the best doctors in your area. I believe the time and expense will be worth it.

Always remember - you have the power to take control of your and your family's health. These six key principles can be your foundation for getting there.