Chuck Norris and The 7 Pillars of Health
Chuck Norris and below with his wife
First 5 Pillars of Health
I bought the 2008 book Black Belt Patriotism by Chuck Norris. The price on the book is $26.95 but I bought the book in new condition at a yard sale for a dollar. It has some great pictures in it. Chuck Norris is an honorary Texas Ranger. He also has an honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Liberty University.
He talks about the 7 pillars of health. He learned about it from the book Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert M.D. He suggests people get it. But he also tells about it in his book. Now I will cover these things but with my view on them. This article was written April 11, 2013. Chuck Norris was born on March 10, 1940 so that makes him age 73 now. Chuck Norris's tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.
Pillar 1 Drink sufficient amounts of water: He says that many people do not get enough water. Now he suggest dividing your weight in pounds by 2 and getting that many fluid ounces per day. Now at least he says that this does not mean drinking all of this. You can also get it from your food like watermelon is 90% water and lettuce is 95% water.
But you can ignore the amount since how much water you need depends on how hot it is and how much you are sweating. It also depends on how much salt you consume. A tiny bit of salt requires you to consume a large amount of water to keep the sodium concentration where it should be. One way to see if you are getting enough is to look at the color of your urine (this is not from the book).
My brother learned in the marines that if your urine is clear then you are getting enough water, without any doubt. So make sure that it does not get to a dark yellow color.
Pillar 2 Get adequate amounts of sleep: This is a big problem in America. People that can get to sleep do not allow enough time. Then many have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. From Chuck Norris' book:
A good night's sleep restores, repairs and rejuvenates the body. It is vital for the immune system and slows the aging process.
It goes on and on about how wonderful sleep is. A guess you are familiar with all the sayings about Chuck Norris and how great he is. This webpage is Even Chuck Norris Has to Rest Sometime. A guy asks if not getting enough sleep can cause depression. He says:
People who meditate regularly actually have increased brain size and cortical thickness, along with better mood and cognitive function.
“But drinking a beer, watching TV or practicing retail therapy in the mall won’t do the trick,” he continued. “You have to learn tools to actively relax such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, hypnosis, laughter therapy, biofeedback, making love, exercise and sleep.”
Pillar 3 Living Foods: This is not referring to raw foods but to foods that are not processed like "fruits, vegetable, grains, seeds and nuts." Chuck Norris says in his book "I do my best to eat healthily and in moderation." Also he uses stevia that is an herbal sweetener that is very healthy for the body. I have been doing yoga since age 12 and have been using stevia for over 2 decades.
Since Chuck Norris is an honorary Texas ranger and in Texas they eat a lot of beef, you would imagine his ideal diet to contain meat, but it does not. The book says:
Foods with the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients you need are what Dr. Colbert [M.D.] calls "live foods" which are fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts.
For more on the science of eating plant-based foods like Bill Clinton does see Prevent and Reverse Disease with a Plant-Based Diet. Also to learn more about the study that showed that the blood of a vegan has 8 times the cancer suppressing ability of regular blood see Latest Science on Health Benefits of a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet.
Note that later on Norris mentions eating whole-grain products and fish twice a week like salmon for the omega-3 essential fatty acids. I suggest eating chia seeds (or flaxseeds) for a vegan source of omega-3.
Pillar 4 Stir the Waters: This is referring to exercise since the body is mostly water. Water is talked about in the first pillar. Many do not like the word exercise so you can call it movement. For example just standing and moving around is much better than sitting.
Pillar 5 Detoxify: The book says:
That is a big word that basically means, "Get rid of the toxins in your body."
The book has tips for doing this like getting enough water, eating greens (try to get organic greens if you can), plenty of fiber, sweating and brushing your skin (skin brushing helps the lymphatic system that carries a lot of toxins) and fasting "using fresh, juiced organic fruits and vegetables."
The Other Pillars of Health including an extra one from Chuck Norris
Pillar 6 Take Nutritional Supplements: Now I say that instead of using the chemical vitamins and minerals, it is better to use whole food supplements like spirulina, chlorella (most popular supplement in Japan), barley grass, wheat grass and herbs.
Pillar 7 Reduce Stress: Now this is the major reason for people having trouble sleeping and things that help with it are addressed with things from the Chuck Norris blog above. Note that you can write him there and ask him your own questions. This may possibly be the most destructive thing to health. He suggests forgiving and other things like laughing to help with this.
Pillar 8 (his additional pillar) Feed Yourself Spiritually: Actually this addresses stress like with doing yoga and meditation. Meditation is even part of yoga. This used to be in Wikipedia under yoga:
In all branches of yoga, the ultimate goal is the attainment of an eternal state of perfect consciousness.
I love that quote. In the book Chuck Norris goes on to give different references to how important this is. he and his wife like to read a Proverb in the morning and Psalm at night. Proverbs gives good daily advice and "Psalms are soothing for the soul and a good night's sleep.
So this practice helps with the second pillar about sleep. The bible they use is the New International Version (NIV). I heard that a great deal of work went into making this the most accurate version possible. Feel free to leave any of those funny legends about Chuck Norris that you like in the comments.
Below is a video of him from 2012 where he is 72 years old. You can see how good he looks at that age. Please note that I use his Total Gym that he advertises on TV. In the video he talks about how important it is to vote. Note that in the last election besides the Democrats and Republicans, you also had Jill Stein for the Green Party and Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party.
Under my name on Hub Page you can see all the great articles that I have with points next to them. It appears that my article about Gary Johnson has the most points of any article. In the next election maybe Ron Paul's son will run for president.