Most of us were raised in a germ-phobic culture. When we get sick we say we “caught a bug,” and antibacterial soap is readily available in every public restroom.
But germs and viruses are actually only part of the picture.
If you were to look at any doorknob, sponge, or purse handle under a microscope you would find hundreds of germs and viruses squirming along on the surface.
Yet despite this constant exposure to these supposedly dangerous microbes, most of us aren’t sick all the time.
That’s because your internal landscape is actually more important than the germs and viruses you’re exposed to when it comes to determining if you’re going to get sick or not.
Understanding the Internal Landscape
The internal landscape isn’t just a poetic way of talking about your immune system, though it does include your immunological capacity.
Your internal landscape also encompasses your innate constitution, your emotions, the food you eat, and general the balance of energy within your body, all of which contribute to how well your immune system is able to deal with the onslaught of microbes it constantly encounters.
Germs and viruses like to lodge themselves in the dark corners of your internal landscape.
When the natural balance of your body’s ecosystem is disturbed they can more easily set up camp, establish a colony, and try to take over your body.
When you eat the right food, move your body regularly, get adequate rest, and do daily practices to regulate your emotions and stress response, your internal landscape will be balanced, so germs and viruses have nowhere to invade.
Moreover, your immune system will be fully stocked with an arsenal of defense mechanisms to effectively fight off whatever microbes have the audacity to try to establish themselves.
On the other hand, if you eat junk and seasonally inappropriate food, sit around all day, stay up late at night, and are too easily swayed by the changing winds of your emotions, your internal landscape becomes imbalanced.
When your internal landscape is imbalanced, microbes establish breeding grounds and try to plunder your resources, forcing your immune system to fight much harder. And when your immune system has to fight hard, you start to feel the symptoms of sickness.
What’s the moral of this story?
The best way to overcome illness is to prevent it in the first place.
But if you do get sick, make sure you rebalance your internal landscape by providing it with nutrient-rich food, supporting herbs, and get lots of rest.
That way your immune system will have the tools it needs and can do it’s job to regain sovereignty over your body faster.