The human body is made up of 11 specialized systems (i.e., respiratory, digestive, nervous, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, endocrine, exocrine, lymphatic, renal, and reproductive), that work together to form our entire being. Our bodies also have basic physiological needs to survive, including air, water, food, and sleep, as noted in Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy. Physiological needs can be affected by the stress of environmental toxins, inadequate water intake, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and immobility, which can dramatically affect the systems in the body. Before safety needs, such as health and well-being are achieved in the hierarchy, it is important to address matters that affect the physiological needs of the body.

What are some ways you address the physiological needs of your body? Do you drink plenty of water and get 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night? Are you surrounded by environmental toxins in your home or in your food? Do you eat nutritious foods that support a healthy body? Do you engage in regular exercise?

I invite you to consider ways in which you nurture your body and take a stand for optimal wellness. Make a list of ways in which you care for your body, and a list of areas needing improvement. You don’t have to change everything at once. I encourage you to take small steps each day to bring yourself back to optimal wellness.