Feel Like A Kid Today!

donnagatesIf you are looking for a little inspiration this weekend, why not stop by your local bookstore and beeline to the section filled with children’s books.

These days, many children’s books are beautifully illustrated and contain sweet, bite-sized truths. Like these:

– I am special and so are you
– All things are connected
– Follow your passion and you’re a hero
– Notice the details
– Courage and imagination will take you far
– All things in balance
– Community matters
– Mistakes can be magical
– Have fun and play
– Perspective changes everything, even your pout-pout

The children’s books that name animals and teach color are still around. But there’s a new breed of children’s books — stories that inspire and uplift even the parents who read them.

I have found that the meaningful messages in children’s books even say something about the health of the human body.

All Things Are Connected: The foot bone isn’t just connected to the leg bone. There are connections spanning the body that may surprise you. For example, the gut and the brain are deeply connected — so much so, that constipation shares a biochemical link to depression. Emotional stress can literally push your intestines into overdrive.

Notice The Details: With every breath you take, your body speaks to you. It tells you that it feels satisfied and safe. Or it tells you that what you ate for lunch did more damage than it was worth. Notice the details, the small aches, the dry patches of skin, the sleepless nights, or the frequent headaches — notice the details and do something about them, and you’ll be healthier for it.

Community Matters: Your body doesn’t just belong to you. It also belongs to the trillions of microbes that live on you and in you — but mostly in your digestive tract. Your body “belongs” to these microbes because research shows that you would not be able to survive without them. So, do what you can to nourish the microbial ecosystem that you rely on: Try eating cultured veggies and drinking coconut water kefir.

Mistakes Can Be Magical: No one has it all figured out. And when it comes to health and the human body, we are all learning as we go along. The mistakes that we make (whether in diet or with our doctor) refine our perspective and inform future choices. This is where the magic is. It’s in the synchronicities, the evolution, and the “ah-ha!” moments.

Have Fun and Play: We all know that having fun and playing feels good. And you probably intuitively know that fun gets rid of mental and emotional stress, while play exercises your creative, problem-solving muscles. But that’s not all. Research shows that laughter, warm touch, and smiling activate messages within the immune system that calm down inflammation.

Thoughts have value. Words generate power. And love will always triumph.

All lessons gleaned from children’s books.

Now go and find a child to read to. Or throw on your favorite sweater and cozy up with a picture book. Looking through the eyes of children may just extend your life and brighten your day.




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Donna Gates, bestselling author of The Body Ecology Diet and The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger, is on a mission to change the way the world eats. Over the past 25 years, she has become one of the most beloved and respected authorities in the field of digestive health, diet and nutrition, enjoying a worldwide reputation as an expert in candida, adrenal fatigue, autism, autoimmune diseases, weight loss and anti-aging.

  • Teresa

    All of what you wrote is oh so true… Thanks for getting the information out there because our fellow humans do not realize how much the connection of emotion to the health of their ibody s connected… They also don’t realize that the symptoms we experience are connected to our intuition as a guidance system to the decisions we make in our life. For example, if you are dating, your body will tell you if he/ she is good for you and if you should continue seeing the person. A job prospect, is it the right choice for us? Listen to your body… The answers are there. Getting tuned in to feelings like a stomach ache, headaches, anxiety, diarrhea, vomiting, etc… These symptoms are our body screaming that a change needs to be made or it is a siren warning us to not go in the direction we may be going … I know many people who have health issues who are in negative situations who don’t get that the health issues they have are directly connected to their situation and they don’t change the situation they are in… I have so much compassion for them and try to empower them… Thanks for being here! Have an amazing Sunday 🙂

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