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Hi, I’m Beth Misner, and I want to welcome you to episode 7 of the Abundant Health podcast. 

I’m glad you’re joining me today, and I do hope you’ll come back over and over. In my weekly podcast, I tell stories, share strategies, and practical information about creating abundant health. 

My focus is three-fold: body, mind, and spirit. I believe abundant health needs all three of these areas to be working together, they are like a three-legged stool! Without any one of the legs, the stool is going to fall over. 

I’m bringing over 35 years of experience in health and wellness to this podcast series. My experiences and the things I have learned along the way will benefit YOU so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did. 

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how to cultivate the healing powers of one of the X-men, the Wolverine. I want to give you three tips on how to heal like the Wolverine. 

The first tip is to stay hydrated. Our bodies have powerful healing capabilities, and they all depend on there being enough water in the body so these processes can function. All of our bodily functions depend on having adequate water to work properly: the viscosity of our blood flow is so important for delivering white and red blood cells; we need an ample supply of lymph to flow in the body to deliver specialty cells and signaling cells and clean up the waste in the tissues. The bowels must have water in order to function, and even the lungs have to have moisture to work properly. And most of us are chronically dehydrated. 

And it’s not enough to just drink water. There is a certain way to drink water and a certain type of water that is optimal. Here’s the breakdown: drink water rich in minerals, bottled in glass. If you have a water filtration system at home, be sure it is one that restores the healthy mineral balance before it comes out of the tap. Reverse osmosis won’t put back the minerals. If you have an RO system on your tap, squeeze some lemon into that water to remineralize it or add an electrolyte or coral calcium powder. You want to drink living water, not dead water. My husband, Ivan and I drink Mountain Valley spring water or Aqua Panna mineral water. 

Also how you drink the water is important. Your tissues can absorb about 4-5 ounces at one time. Anything more than that, and you are giving your kidneys and bladder a workout. The old adage to drink 8 8-oz glasses of water doesn’t reflect the current medical understanding of how the body uses water. I set a timer to chime every 30 minutes and take 6 drinks of water, which ends up being about 4 oz for me. 

The rule of thumb to drink half as many ounces of water as body weight is still a good one to follow. So I’m 140 pounds, and I aim at drinking 70 ounces of water. I will count non-sweetened herbal tea in that amount, but if it has any sweeteners like honey or agave, I don’t count it as water. 

Another really good rule of thumb regarding hydration is to minimize the amount of dehydrating beverages you consume each day. Yes! You can drink beverages which are actually dehydrating because they are so acidic that your body has to waste water stores in order to process these beverages. I’m talking about coffee, black teas, and any form of alcohol. 

Most nutritionists, including me, advise that two extra 8-oz servings of water for every ONE of the previous beverages I noted needs to be added to your consumption just to break even. 

My second tip for creating the healing powers of the Wolverine is to download the Insight Timer, a free app, and begin spending some time each day in one of the Yoga Nidra meditation. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation which moves the brain into alignment with the healing frequency of the body. 

First of all, the guided meditation leads you through a process of completely relaxing the body, which moves your system into the parasympathetic nervous system and allows the body to rest and repair. Studies of meditators using Yoga Nidra have shown that this form of meditation moves you into a sustained brain wave state that allows the body to fully engage the healing mechanism. It’s a wonderful way to boost your innate healing capacity. 

So download the FREE Insight Timer app and check out those Yoga Nidra tracks. I like to do a 20-minute guided meditation mid-morning and one of the longer ones just before I ease into sleep for the night. 

My third tip is to regularly practice deep breathing techniques. There are a wide variety of breathing techniques you can do to be sure your body’s tissues are well oxygenated. This is another aspect, just like water, that your body must have in order for all the healing mechanisms to work properly. 

The body will limp along, slowly breaking down, if you never give yourself the gift of deep, diaphragmatic breathing. You won’t be anywhere near thriving, you’ll just be surviving. Listen, you need this so much that your body will usually do it naturally during sleep. Is that because we just don’t take the time to breathe deeply while we are awake? Maybe so! 

Cardio vascular exercise is good for the heart, but don’t forget the vascular part of the equation. Cardio is another GREAT way to get oxygen into your tissues, organs, and even your brain. 

Okay, so let me recap the three tips for cultivating the healing powers of the Wolverine:

  1. Hydrate Properly and Adequately
  2. Yoga Nidra Meditation
  3. Diaphragmatic Breathing

Got it? Okay, great! 

I want to thank you for being with me on the 7th episode of the Abundant Health Podcast. I would really love to meet you back here again next week! 

Until then, may you experience Abundant Health