Keeping a Healthy Internal Environment

By Wayne M. Terai, BSc, DC, CLT

When it comes to caring for your body, how “green” are you?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “environment”? Green space. Pollution control. Fresh air and water. Renewable resources. As important as these all are, have you ever thought about your internal environment?  Is your body “green” and “pollution free”?  Are you regularly renewing its resources with fresh air, purified water, and healthy food?  Think about the amazing machine that your body is. It’s working hard for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You expect your body to perform and to do it without complaining. How are you treating its internal environment?

If you haven’t thought about your body as an “environment,” I would recommend taking the test at You can do so free of charge, and it will give you a good start at reflecting on how well you have been treating your internal environment from a “green” perspective. Even as a health practitioner, I gathered some good tips from taking this test.

Instinctively, people want to be healthy and well; they don’t want to pollute their internal environment with drugs. I commonly hear this sentiment from members in my practice:  “I don’t want to have to take drugs.” According to the American Botanical Council, the public is now spending over 5 BILLION dollars annually on nutritional supplements. That number is growing faster than the population is growing. Remember that the supplement industry is largely unregulated, so make sure to talk to a qualified health practitioner to ensure you are taking the appropriate quantity AND quality (i.e., “bioavailable”) supplement.

Another area often overlooked when thinking about keeping a healthy internal environment is your spine and nervous system. They control the function of every organ of your body (Gray’s Anatomy). If the spine and nerves don’t work properly, everything else you are doing to keep your internal environment green won’t be as effective. If the nerves controlling your intestines aren’t functioning at maximum capability, then your intestines cannot absorb or void properly. Does this make sense? This principle applies to every organ and function of your whole body, including your muscles. That’s one reason why top athletes seek chiropractic care—chiropractors specialize in spinal care.

Next time you hear the word “environment,” be selfish and think about yourself and your internal environment. How you treat it will return to you tenfold over a lifetime.

Wayne M. Terai, B.Sc., D.C., C.L.T., is the owner and clinical director of Burtch Chiropractic and Kelowna Laser Therapy.  In practice for 20 years, Dr. Terai has helped thousands of Okanagan families achieve their health and wellness goals through a holistic Òmind-body communicationÓ approach.  This is based on the premise that being healthy is normal and a loss of health is a result of interference.  He is advanced proficiency rated in activator methods chiropractic technique and also holds an advanced certification in laser therapy.  Dr. Terai continues to improve his clinical knowledge with over 1000 hours of post-graduate training, ultimately providing patients with different options for care.

*Reprint from our Winter 2015 Issue.

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