A principle is a truth, rule, or law that never changes. This is principle #2 of 7. It is important to our understanding of the body and improving our health, even though it doesn’t get much attention.
The force is not with you. Actually it’s in you – the vital force. It’s also called vital energy, life energy, life force, and physical energy. All these names describe a force of energy necessary to life that is in each human being, and stored by each body.
Vital force is needed for a healthy body, mind, and spirit, and to keep life going. It helps the body avoid disease, and many other functions.
We are all born with a certain amount of vital force [females have less than males]. But our daily lifestyle choices [how we eat, drink, sleep, and live] can either conserve it, or burn it up too quickly. If we burn it up too fast, the nervous system has to borrow energy for its present needs from the reserve storage. Then one day, when the body needs extra energy for a crisis, there won’t be enough. That could lead to weakness and disease.
Also, as we grow older the vital force decreases. This makes me wonder if this is the reason why some elderly people die after having pneumonia or a hip fracture. Do their aging cells and organs lack the vital force to fight back, heal, and recover? What do you think?
Although we all get a certain amount of this life force, here are a few ways we can use it up too fast, or preserve and even improve it.
Ways to Decrease Vital Force
*The body operates on a cycle of work, then rest. Every organ and structure needs time to rest. But stimulants and other choices make it possible for us to by-pass what the body really needs [like rest], and do what a person wants. Doing this over time will cause the body to rebel against the abuse. Sickness or disease will result.
Using caffeine [in coffee, teas, chocolate, etc.], nicotine, alcohol, and drugs [legal and illegal]. These all irritate the nerves, wear out the energy going to the body and mind. *Caffeine is a stimulant. It doesn’t give energy, but stimulates the body to use its own energy from the strength of the nerves and vital force reserves.
Over-eating or eating meals too close together don’t give digestive organs a chance to rest. And since the stomach and the brain have a close relationship, if the stomach is abused or diseased, the brain sends its vital force energy to help it. This leaves the mind weak. *Allow 5 hours between meals: 4 hours for digestion and 1 hour for rest.
Over-working. Don’t keep going when it’s time to stop and rest. At first you may not feel any damage, but gradually the vital force is being drained.
Using very hot or very cold foods and beverages. Before they can be absorbed or digested, they must come to the temperature of the stomach – about 100º F. The vital force of the stomach is used to cool them down or warm them up.
Not enough sleep affects productivity, moods, and health. Everyone has different needs for sleep. But it’s been said that, generally, death rates go up when people get less than 7 or more than 8 hours each night. The best sleep is between 9pm and 12am. Go to bed early and sleep 7 to 8 hours.
Ways to Improve and Even Increase Vital Force
Eat a diet rich in high fiber foods – fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and beans. Plant foods help the vital force.
Go to bed by 9 or 10pm. During sleep the body repairs, heals, re-energizes, and prepares itself for the next day. It also builds hormones and makes new proteins – especially before midnight.
Exercise regularly – 20 to 30 minutes 3 times or more each week. It will strengthen muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, the brain, and more. And it will also slow down the aging process, and help you live a longer and stronger life!
Being grateful. Because mind and body are closely related, an attitude of gratitude improves health and vital force, and helps extend life. Life is not always good, but there are always blessings – even in the “muck and the yuck”. Look for them, embrace them, and count them.
Hope this helps you. Any questions? Let me know. See you next time.
Copyright 2013 Regina Spence