There are five basic needs that have to be taken care of in life. These basic needs have to be
taken care of in order for anyone to get to a point where they are able to truly express themselves
in life and feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. The four lower level needs are basic daily
survival. Not taking care of these needs will force us to put more energy and time into them than is
necessary. Though the needs are broken down as seperate entities, they are interconnected. Each
higher need is connected to the needs below it, and not properly taking care of a lower need will
cause a need to back track. The five needs are physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem, and

The first on the list is physiological. This is basic day to day survival and includes things such
as food, sex, breathing, water, and sleep. These are the most basic of needs for every human.
We all know what happens if we don't eat or drink water. We also know what happens if
we don't breathe or get proper rest. This one is a given for many people. We all know that
these needs need to be taken care of, and we also know what happens when they are not
taken care of.

Though this is a no brainer, there are some things that need to be discussed. As mentioned,
we all know we need to eat, drink, sleep and breathe. But many people tend to jump past this
basic level off needs to the other levels leaving this area alone. Many people also put very little
thought into this area of need. There is more to it than just food, water, sleep, and breathing.

We must make sure that we have proper food, water and sleep. Take the time to do some
research on food and diets. This effects our energy on a regular basis. Not having a proper
diet can lead to poor health and very poor energy. To much fat or sugar in a diet drains the
body of energy and over time causes us to need more sleep. Learning to drink more water
instead of the killer acids of coffee and soda are a good beginning. Also learning to replace
what sugars are being taken into the body with natural sugars help change the energy
patterns of the body. Sugars such as equal and sweet and low are major energy drainers.

Being sure to take in at least eight cups of water a day is essential. Very few people drink
water on a regular basis let alone the correct amount of water. Water is a basic requirement
for our body to function properly. It is the balance between salts and water in our body that
allows our brains to function properly at full capacity. This combination of salt water in our
body is also responsible for the flow of electricity and chemicals through out the body.

The first thing to be done is a little bit of research on how foods effect our bodies. Then, take
the time to put an exercise and diet into your daily life that will give you more energy. This allows
you to sleep less and feel more rested. Our diet and the food and water we take into our body
directly effects our daily lives and how well our body functions. Taking care to eat a proper
diet gives us more energy which allows us to go longer and harder toward acquiring our goals.

In the next part of this series, we will be discussing basic survival. However, if you are not
taking proper care of your body already, that is where you need to begin. Without taking care
of your diet and maintaining a good balance inside, learning to keep your body safe on the outside
is pointless. Safety can only happen on the outside once balance and health have been created on the

Author's Bio: 

Dwayne Gilbert is the founder of and has been helping people in the area of self-protection
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