There are two systems in the body that tax it of up to 80% of its energy reserves.
• The central nervous system
• The digestive system
When we are burning the candle at both ends, the central nervous system (CNS) takes quite a hammering.
As the CNS gets compromised, so too does the immune system. This is when we become most susceptible to colds and flus, sickness and disease.
Most of the body’s energy reserves are wasted trying to reach homeostasis, that it cannot expend energy elsewhere repairing, regenerating and providing us with vitality.
This is when we start saying things like –
“I’m looking and feeling tired all the time.”
We only get 100 units of energy every day, it’s important to be diligent as to where we allocate each unit.
Eating frequently throughout the day is a stressor to the body.
It may be a beautiful stressor at that but it’s still a stressor.
With the beauty comes the beast…typically right after the feast.
Every time a meal gets consumed, it must bypass the areas of digestion, all of which cost the body of energy reserves.
Ever wonder why many people crash at around 3pm during work hours?
The body is working hard trying to digest that lunchtime feast, that it gets taxed in the process.
As silly as this may seem, abstinence from food appears to provide us with more energy than eating does.
The body learns how to tap into an alternate fuel source, stored calories, providing us with the alertness and vitality we need to take on the day.
This is why many people experience incredible bouts of energy when fasting. The body is not wasting valuable energy elsewhere, trying to digest food all day long.
It slowly figures out how to get into ketosis during times of a famine, that it uses stored body fat as a fuel source.
The CNS and digestive systems are not always having to work overtime, that energy is salvaged for other areas of importance.
When we work too many hours round the clock, all the housework chores, the family, the friends, the hobbies and every other important aspects to life are also impacted.
One area out of balance heavily impacts all other areas.
The body is seeking tranquillity and homeostasis. It’s trying to create a calming effect, much like a tranquil zen pool.
Once the stresses hit, they are like rocks and boulders that bring ripples, splashes and even tidal waves to that tranquil zen pool.
Not enough rest – ripple!
Too much food – ripple, ripple!
Work stress – splash!
Too much exercise – splash, splash!
Parental stress – wave!
All of the above simultaneously – tsunami!
The following is in no particular order of importance, yet it’s important to strike a fine balance in these six major areas of life:
These areas all matter equally and work interchangeably with one another.
They are like six pillars that hold the structure steady. Deny any one of the pillars and the structure will collapse.
Strike that fine balance to keep the structure upright and that zen pool will remain tranquil.
Create a life, not a living.