The word robust describes the ability of a system to resist change without adapting its stable configuration. The human body is a very complex system, in a sense, striving to maintain order in an environment that drives it towards disorder. The robust human body resists being brought to disorder.
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Health can be defined in a number of ways. We prefer to describe health as being able to live your dreams. By living your dream the world benefits. You see, we are all gifted. You have been given a gift that can only be maximally shared with the world if you are robust. Who is the robust human?
The robust human is someone who is resilient. She isn’t taking multiple medications. He doesn’t catch the flu every year when everyone else in the office does. She takes a week or two to recover from a sprain. He eats something “unhealthy” once in a while and it doesn’t cause symptoms. She doesn’t take a whole Saturday to recover from a fun Friday night out with the girls. One missed night of sleep doesn’t ruin his performance at work the next day. She lives in the same toxic soup that everyone else does, but doesn’t succumb to endocrine, immune, and neurological issues. They are not constantly rushing around, live in the present moment, and enjoy life! And most importantly, their gift to the world is being realized!
We don’t live in the perfect world. Good thing, because perfect is boring! No doubt, good habits are the foundation for success. But there is no need to deny your humanity and beat yourself up over your “transgressions.” Instead focus on achieving a state of resilience by identifying what the biggest needle movers are in maintaining the robustness of the system that belongs to you. Believe it or not, it’s not the same for everyone. For some a change of mindset. For others it is a structural issue. Some may need to focus more on their nutrition. It could be reducing the toxicants they are exposed to in the home environment. Maybe someone has a chronic infection(s). It’s likely sleep. In fact, it could be a combination of all of these things! There are so many variables. And the key is identifying the those requiring the most manipulation in your context.
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