I did not get the flu or coronavirus. I did not get a flu shot. I would not get a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available. These are pretty powerful statements. Especially since most of us are still dealing with a pandemic and some places have people getting sick.
It has been a really long time since I've had even a cold. My lifestyle helps me stay healthy and gives me a strong immune system. I've been a health nut for a long time. I became fanatical to preventing illness and disease because my mom rarely brought us to doctors. In fact, I had to wait to get dental insurance as an adult to start visiting the dentist.
A healthy life is more than visiting doctor's to ensure our bodies are healthy. We have to think about our entire life. Our emotional health and physical health go hand in hand. If one is out of balance, it can easily trigger the other to be unbalanced.
Our doctor's unfortunately have been taught to think about our body in pieces. If you have high blood pressure, you may see a cardiologist. If you have an intestinal problem, you may see a gastroenterolgist. If you have a skin condition, you may see a dermatologist.
Physical symptoms are often a sign that something is wrong. We don't have to live with the symptoms or chalk it up to getting older.
Does any of this sound like you?
Diarrhea and/or constipation, and intestinal discomfort
Congestion, coughing, wheezing
Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
Headaches and migraines
Hives, flushing, and itchy skin
Fatigue and malaise
Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
If so, you may be struggling to figure out how to overcome these embarrassing symptoms so you can stop suffering and get back to living.
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To live a healthier life, there are 5 key elements to incorporate into your daily routine.
#1 MOVE YOUR BODY
Our bodies were never meant to be sitting for 8 to 12 hours. In fact, the more we can move our body the healthier our digestive system will be. When you have a strong digestive system, your immune system is strong. 70% of our immune system is in our gut. If you have bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and frequent belching, your gut is unhealthy.
When we move our body, it helps keep our digestion flowing. We need to have a bowel movement every day. A bowel movement is one of the most natural detoxifying acts our body can do. If you have been led to believe that our "schedule" is different for everyone, you are not alone. I also thought that if I had a bowel movement once every 3 days, that was fine.
But if we don't have a bowel movement every day, the waste our body wants to get rid of is sitting in the body. The waste can start to create bad bacteria in the colon that may travel back into the body. If we don't have enough good bacteria in our digestive system, we can get sick.
Moving your body does not mean we have to belong to expensive gyms. Walking is a great way to move the body. During the pandemic, I tried to walk whenever I could. When the weather wasn't nice, I would find free workouts on YouTube. Strive to move your body at least 30 minutes a day.
#2 DRINK WATER, A LOT OF WATER
You may think you are drinking enough water, but you aren't. I thought I was but until I learned the formula of drink half your body weight in ounces every day, I realized we need a lot more water. How does water keep us healthy?
Keeping the body well hydrated is your first line of defense against any illness. Specifically, your nose and mouth. When the nose and mouth are moist, they kill pathogens that are airborne before they get into our body.
If you don't like plain water, add some fruit or vegetables to it for natural flavor. Also, herbal tea counts as water. There are so many great teas that have immune boosting ingredients, you can brew up a big batch of iced tea and support your immune system. Just don't overload it with sugar! Sugar actually kills good bacteria in our body and feeds bad bacteria. The exact opposite of what needs to happen to stay healthy.
#3 SELF CARE
As I mentioned, emotional health is linked to our physical health. If we are anxious, depressed or stressed, our immune system can be weakened. Practicing self care can help us overcome those negative feelings.
Self care can be anything that brings you joy. It can be reading, journaling, meditating, yoga, listening to music, taking a bath. As long as you get to do something you really enjoy, it will help your emotional and mental state.
When we are able to believe in the beauty of life. When we are able to accept things we cannot change. When we are able to relax our monkey minds, our physical health benefits. We stay healthy.
#4 EAT MOSTLY PLANTS
When I tell people I am plant based, the first question I get asked is how do I get enough protein? We have been brain washed that meat is the only way to get protein and we need a lot of it. It's simply not true!
Eating mostly vegetables means you will get enough protein. Below is a chart that you can refer to if you decide to reduce the amount of meat, chicken, pork and fish that you eat. When you eat more vegetables, you are reducing the amount of arachidonic acid going into your body.
Arachidonic acid is polyunsaturated fatty acid. Since it is a polyunsaturated fat, it is pro-inflammatory in the body. When we have too much in our eating habits, it may lead to an inflammatory disease and mood disorders. (Source: Nutrition Facts)
I'm not saying you have to become vegetarian or vegan. Instead, think about how you can reduce the amount of meat you eat everyday. It could be as simple as eating half the portion you currently eat. Maybe you could have a vegetarian dinner once a week. Your health will become significantly better when you reduce the amount of meat you eat in a day.
Another benefit of eating mostly plants is the wide variety of nutrients you will get in your body. Powerful antioxidants that will fight and kill the bad cells in the body. Vitamins and minerals that keep the body well balanced. When you start to eat more vegetables, your energy levels will go up.
#5 TAKE SUPPLEMENTS
I am a big believer in supplements. Why? Our food supply, even when we eat organic, does not have therapeutic levels of nutrients. Higher doses of nutrients support the optimal functioning of our body.
For example, most of us are magnesium deficient. Studies have shown that if we get 380 mg - 500 mg daily, it can help support over 300 different processes in the body. It is impossible to get that much magnesium daily just from food. A supplement has to be taken.
What supplements you take depends on what health condition you are trying to prevent, manage or even reverse! If you want a strong immune system, then the health of your gut is really important. Supplements like collagen and probiotics, when taken daily and consistently, strengthen the gut which keeps the immune system strong.
The biggest mistake I see with supplement use is people think they can start taking supplements when they feel like they are getting a cold or flu. Supplements do not work like an over the counter medication where you may get relief from a symptom in a couple of hours. Instead, supplements require prolonged usage to support the overall health of the body.
Supplement use does not have to be forever. Again, it depends on your health goal. Once you achieve the goal, it is possible to start reducing or even stop taking supplements.
The 5 steps may seem overwhelming. Especially if you haven't been taking care of your health for a long time. The best way to make change is to start slow. It takes 21 days to create a new habit, good or bad!
Take one of the steps above and try to do it one or two days a week. As you get used to doing it, add another day or two until you no longer have to think about it. The new habit is just part of your routine.
Do you think you will try any of the steps above? Let me know by leaving me a comment below.