By Ronnie Landis

When it comes to a healthy body and healthy mind there is more than just food and exercise to consider. The health of our personal relationships plays a major role in our holistic health, perhaps even the biggest role over all. It is a well known fact that when someone who has undergone a serious surgical procedure or receives a life threatening diagnoses it makes a paramount difference on their healing process if they have loved ones there to support them. Studies have been conducted to demonstrate the power of this principle. It has been shown that when two people receive the same or relatively similar health threatening diagnoses the people who have family and friends physically support them in the hospital or at home recover dramatically quicker than individuals who do not. In fact, if someone has no one show up to support them the chances of them recovering at all are substantially lower depending on the severity of the condition and the state of mind of the patient. There are many scientific and metaphysic reasons for this phenomena.

The immunological effects of relationships has been well demonstrated. Human beings require touch as a form of intimacy and for physical healing. When someone receives a warm and fully open embrace in the form of a hug their immune function becomes activated and more effective. It would appear that physical touch from other people can act like a form of antioxidants, similar to the way touching the bare earth of the planet donates electrical ions that clean our blood, reduce inflammation, and also empower our immune system. To further drive this point it is medically established that a new born baby requires the consistent touch of her birth mother (as well as her breast milk) in order to fully develop their immune function. If a baby is not provided this touch connection they can develop what is called “a failure to thrive” condition which can effect stunted growth and emotional security as the child grows older.

Whenever I work with a client who has experienced a lot of physical health conditions underneath it all are emotional holding patterns. Physical symptoms manifest in specific regions of the body where we hold emotional congestion. In Chinese medicine it has been mapped out that each organ facilitates a specific emotional resonance, for example the liver houses anger, the digestive system houses frustration or “control issues”, the kidneys become impaired in states of fear or doubt, the heart and cardiovascular system stagnates absorbs the brunt of this emotional abuse and begins to constrict blood flow over time.

It is my estimation that looking beyond food, but not ignoring it, and putting the magnifying glass on our relationships we can evolve our health conditions ten fold. When we simply write a list of the top 10 people that have shown up in our lives to support us and express appreciation we automatically feel more appreciation. To take this even further call each one of those people, maybe one a day, and simply share how much they mean to you. Life is short in the grand scene and we cannot take back time wasted. The best use of our time in many cases is simply holding space to let someone know we care and as you may now understand it can have amplified effects on your health long terms. Not to mention the health of the people you hold dear.

About Ronnie Landis

Ronnie Landis is an integrative nutritionist, peak performance coach, and human potential specialist. His work focuses on enhancing the human experience through natural nutrition, lifestyle design, and consciousness engineering. With well over a decade and a half of devoted study & application to the fields of optimizing the body, mastering the mind, and integrating the intelligence of spirit Ronnie believes that in order to truly manifest our dreams we must first embody them in a healthy, hormonally & neurologically balanced, and disease free body. After all it is excruciatingly difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude in a pain stricken body. Ronnie seeks to share his knowledge and teachings with hundreds of thousands of people around the world through his books, podcasts, online courses, events, seminars, and retreats. Ronnie’s ultimate purpose is not only to help people eliminate pain from their lives but to help them forget they were ever in pain the first place.