Four Keys to Life Long Health – Part 2

In part one of this series I talked about the first two keys to life long health, Nutrition and Exercise. See the posting from Feb 9th.

Emotional Health

Why does one treatment, medical or natural, work for one person and not another? Isn’t our biology the same (excluding male/female differences)? Yes and no. It is true that we all have the same types of cells and tissue and systems in our bodies. But our environments, both internal and external, are different and individual.

Our external environment would be the activities we engage in, the physical environment we live in, the people in our lives, and the information we expose ourselves to. Our internal environment includes the condition of our bodies, and our thoughts and emotions. Everything in our external environment can affect our internal environment and vise versa. So you may be eating a healthy diet and exercising, but if there is a lot of negative stress in your life, you may not stay healthy. If you are on a weight loss program, but have held onto negative emotions from the past, it will be harder for you to lose weight. And if those negative emotions are not released, chances are you could regain the weight. Also, our internal environment controls how we react to what is going on in our external environment. Ask yourself this question: Which environment do I have more control over?

There are two types of unhealthy emotions: emotions, such as fear and anger, that you hold onto; and the daily stress of life. Both of these over time can create health issues, because our emotions affect the environment our cells are living in. Emotions are energy and our bodies are an energy field. So our cells will not operate in a healthy way when there are blocks on this energy field caused by emotional problems, or when the stress hormone coritsol is released.

Many people are not aware that they are holding on to negatives emotions from the past. These can be trauma from childhood that they have blocked from their memory. It can also include the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of health, the divorce of their parents or their own divorce, exposure to drug and alcohol abuse by you or someone close to you, or going to war. There are many causes. The work is to uncover negative emotions you may be holding onto and releasing them. Ask yourself what situations, people or thoughts trigger anger or fear? See what comes up when you ask that questions. Releasing stuck emotions usually require a process. I have used these processes for releasing stuck emotions: The Sedona Method, Breath Work, The Emotion Code, and Radical Forgiveness. Find a process that you are drawn to. Talking to a therapist or someone you trust may also be effective. You will feel so much lighter because you are not carrying these emotions anymore. It will have a positive effect on all areas of your life. The results are worth it.

Stress! Where is your stress? Your work, certain people in your life, a health issue, your finances? We all have some level of stress. The key is how we deal with it. When you are under stress, the body releases the stress hormone called coritsol, which puts you at risk of heart disease, headaches, IBS, hypertension, chronic fatigue, depression, allergies, and weight gain. The release of coritsol also consumes Vitamin C.

Here are ways to deal with stress. Exercise: exercise burns up the stress hormone coritsol. It relaxes both the body and the mind and has a host of other benefits (see the post from Feb 9th). Meditation: meditation has been proven to relax the body and the mind. I will talk more about meditation in my next post. Vitamin B-complex: has been proven to reduce the effects of stress and fight depression and anxiety. Stress Relief Complex: this product blocks the release of coritsol. See product recommendations below. Crying: I know our society doesn’t like this one so maybe do it in private. I have found that really feeling an emotion and tearing up, can be a great release of strong emotions.

What is emotional health? It is being aware of our emotions and finding healthy ways to deal with them. Having a number of ways in our personal toolbox to process our emotions will put us on the path to life long health.

Next time I will talk about Spiritual Connections.

As always I welcome your feedback.

Product Recommendations

Stress Relief Complex:
I have used this product and have found it effective. It does not contain kava. March 25, 2002, the FDA advised consumers of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with use of the kava-containing dietary supplements. This product promotes a calm, relaxed state without causing drowsiness, allows you to be more alert and able to concentrate during times of stress, and will help blunt coritsol, a stress-response hormone that can affect long-term health.
I also use it as a sleep aid when I can’t fall asleep or have trouble sleeping through the night.

Including the benefits described above, B-Complex provides all eight essential B vitamins necessary for converting the food we eat into energy. B vitamins are essential in the synthesis of DNA and new cells. The B vitamins (folic acid, B6, and B12) promote a healthy cardiovascular system by helping to lower homocysteine levels in the blood.
Patented Bioactivated Absorption System™ Folic acid, a critical B vitamin, isn’t easily absorbed. Shaklee’s patented folic acid coating makes the nutrient more accessible and bioavailable.

Sending you the energy of health and happiness,


Paula Berg is a certified nutrition counselor and has been studing health and wellness her whole life. She is also a distributor of Shaklee products, and a Reconnective Healing practitioner. Paula can be contacted at
Websites:; TheReconnection


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Thanks for sharing. I like the fact that you've included emotional health on your list. I believe it's important because not taking care of it might lead to depression.