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3 Ways to Activate Your Inner Healing Potential

Author // Michelle K. Nielsen, D.C.

Living in health and holistic harmony can be challenging in today’s toxic, fast-paced world. However, you can activate your internal healer to help you repair the damage done to your body, mind and spirit.

One of the principles of a vitalistic outlook of health is that the body is a self-healing and self-organizing organism. It is designed to work properly when it is treated well and given the correct resources.


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Within it resides an innate intelligence, which is like your own internal doctor. Your innate intelligence works tirelessly day in and day out to maintain your body’s natural balance (homeostasis) and keep you healthy.

Take a moment to marvel at what your innate intelligence does for you every day, without you having to even think about it:

  • Your heart beats approximately 110,000 times per day to send nutrients and vitality to all your organs, tissues and cells.

  • Your lungs breathe up to 30,000 times per day to send vital oxygen to your system.

  • Your 700-plus muscles work constantly to allow you to move, dance and smile.

  • Your body eliminates, repairs and rebuilds its 37.2 trillion cells approximately every 6 months.

Your innate intelligence works so hard for you and asks for so little in return. This doctor within really is a powerful and wise physician!

When you appreciate and trust your body’s own internal healing mechanism, you will find yourself treating your body with more respect as you look for health-enhancing activities rather than symptom-reducing drugs.

Here are three ways that you can instantly enhance your body’s self-healing capacity and activate your internal doctor.


Take care of your mind.

Your thoughts create a physiological effect in your body. Stressful thoughts of anger, impatience and frustration stimulate the release of damaging hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. Positive thoughts create health-enhancing hormones such as the feel-good endorphins that are stimulated through exercise.

Create an easy stress-management routine to cleanse your mind of negativity, such as meditation or daily exercise. Even a short 5-minute meditation can serve as a “mental shower,” leaving your mind refreshed and renewed, and ridding it of the toxic negativity that has built up during the day.


Take care of your diet.

When you fill your body with highly processed, nutritionally feeble food, you are asking your internal doctor to work longer hours for less pay. Eventually it may rebel and go on strike!

Why not help out your internal doctor and feed your body nutritionally dense food such as fresh fruit, nuts and organic vegetables? Avoid toxins such as white sugar, caffeine, saturated fats and excessive alcohol.

As nutrition expert Cyndi O’Meara of Changing Habits says, “More than 60 percent of death in the world today is a result of diet-related disease. That means that more than half of the world is feeding themselves to death in some capacity. It is time to change, and to use food to heal and not to harm.”


Take care of your nerve system.

Your nerve system plays an important role in your health, as it is the master controller of all systems and functions in your body. In utero, the precursor cells of your nerve system were the first to form, setting the stage for all future function (and therefore well-being). Since your spine houses your nerve system, proper alignment of your spine is imperative to normal, healthy function in your body.

Minimize the damaging effects of modern life on your spine with daily exercise, yoga, correct posture and especially chiropractic adjustments. Take care of your body and it will take care of you!


Health emergencies are handled well at hospitals and within your doctor’s office, but for your day-to-day wellbeing, your own health depends on you and your choices. Real health comes from within.


Pathways Issue 47 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #47.

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