It’s easy to point out all the differences between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. We have intricate forms of communication, create technologies that allow us to visit neighboring planets, and, except for some recent dolled up celebrity dogs, wear a wide variety of clothing that is anything but useful for animals in the wild. As much as we have attempted to separate ourselves from our roots, we share the same basic functions: eliminating waste, sleeping, and reproducing, the fundamental functions of all life on earth. It’s safe to assume that if something is wrong with these, one should investigate the underlying cause. Unfortunately, that rarely seems to happen. After an unhealthy meal that leaves us lethargic, bloated and tired, we pat our stomach with a sense of pride. Twelve hours later we clench our stomach as we have a painful bowel movement. We disregard the quality of our sleep and spend the following day in a zombie-like state as our hand refuses to let go of a coffee mug. We accept our diminished sex drive as normal and in so doing lose our most effective and natural stress-reducing tool. Any program focused on your health and well being should start with these three functions.