Boosting Our Immune Systems!
In todays day and age, many of us are currently battling a disease or know someone who has just received a disease diagnoses. Some of us have lost a precious family member or friend to a disease. Others of us have fought a disease and now are privy to prevention of all diseases by stepping up our health game. Maybe you are lucky enough to read this article and it may inspire you to think preventative for your future and the future of your family. My goal with the blog today is to touch, inspire, and help others to regain their health, to prevent disease and to give you new found HOPE!
As much as we want to trust our health care system, and all the doctors and nurses who work so hard in the health care system, it is more important now than ever to take responsibility of our own health care. If you suspect something is going wrong with your health, it is up to you to go and check it out and figure out what is going on and what is the best way to handle it. It is your body and would you not want the best for it? Traditional medicine will more than likely suggest a medication and or a surgery for your ailment. If you are lucky enough to have health insurance, that is what they will advocate too. I am saying lets take this a few steps deeper and get to the bottom of it. First off, lets get THREE opinions! If you read my book, Through The Eyes Of A Master, you found that I made many mistakes through my fitness journey. Learning from them and sharing with you with hopes I can save people from repeating those mistakes. When I ripped my three tendons off my butt bone and unattached my hamstring, I did not get three opinions and boy did that go south. I had little to no experience with the healthcare system at the time and trusted it completely. My chiropractor who I had been seeing for over a year referred a orthopedic surgeon to me. The orthopedic surgeon misdiagnosed me twice and it cost me time, agony, pain, stress, money, and in the long run because the injury was not taken care of within two weeks, a botched surgery. The second orthopedic surgeon did the best job he could, but he knew it could have been a way different surgery had I been diagnosed properly the first time. I have no one to blame but myself. Had I gotten 3 opinions rapidly, I know at least one or two of those surgeons would have diagnosed me with a unattached hamstring and I could have obtained the proper treatment immediately.
Enough about me, what I want you to take from this is to get 3 OPINIONS when your health goes south. Hopefully one or more of those opinions can look at the issue from a root cause, especially if it is a disease. What if the doctor said, " rather than me cutting out part of your body next month or putting you on a medication, how about we try to make some changes in your life style and then recheck you in three months?" Or what if doctor two and three have different findings than doctor one? Obviously their protocol will be different. What if your doctor said," I can remove part or fix part of your body, but if we don't know what caused it by not getting to the root of it, my surgery is only a part time fix and things are going to go south again". You see not only is it important to get three opinions, but it is important to figure out why this happened to you in the first place. That way you can build a protocol so all twelve of your systems are functioning optimally so disease has no chance to return. If you just have a surgery and take medications and continue on with your old lifestyle, isn't that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. I mean your body is screaming at you for help by showing up with symptoms and asking for permanent help. It needs work and change.
Lets talk about the disease aspect of it, it doesn't matter if you are suffering from endometrioses or cancer, improving the immune system is always going to benefit you. Disease comes in when our immune systems are compromised. How can we build on our immune system so we can avoid diseases and even the common cold or flu. Or rather than getting five colds a year, maybe you get just one. Or rather than being sick for six weeks, just a few days. I am going to list ways to improve your immune system, but I want to remind you, you should always seek a health professional before starting new things that drastically effect your body. I also want to let you know, you don't have to do everything right away. Slow and steady wins the prize.
Here are some ideas to boost your immune system on a regular basis. Consumption of organic greens daily through juicing, smoothies, and salads. Becoming physically active daily in fresh air. Get exposure to sunlight and sensible sunbathing as often as possible. Ingesting cold-pressed pure oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, fish, nut and seed oils daily. Probiotic supplementation and fermented foods. Learn to make your own probiotic foods like we do to save money and control what goes into them. We make sauerkraut, kombutcha and coconut yogurt. We consume these foods everyday to support our gut which in turn will support the immune system. Eat onions and garlic daily. They are prebiotics and will feed the probiotics. Swimming in unpolluted natural waters. Make sure you are getting proper rest! Minimize your stress. Maintain a healthy body weight. Cultivate a positive mindset which can boost the immune system. I just listed a few ways to get started on uplifting your immune system. Lets take a look at what breaks down the immune system.
Sugar and everything containing it. Watch out, read your labels, sugar has been added to nearly everything. Processed carbs such as bread, pasta and cereals. Lack of quality proteins from foods like nuts, fish and meats. Exposure to man made radiation, hence cell phones, electronic screens, TV, high power electric lines, play stations, etc. Exposure to man made chemicals like personal care products, cleaning products, paints, fire retardants, and pesticides. Chemically altered and artificial fats which are margarines, cooking and vegetable oils, processed foods made with these harmful fats. Drugs, examples being painkillers, antibiotics, anti-viral drugs, antidepressants and so fourth. They destroy the good gut bacteria allowing toxins and pathogens into our bloodstreams and brains, breaking down the immune system quickly.
Each and everyone of us can always work on ways to improve our health and we should start with taking care of our immune system. If that is broken or not functioning at its highest level, disease will creep in or has crept in. Rest assured If we have the mindset to take control of our health, we can do just that. But you see, that's just it, we have to do it for ourselves! We can find people to help us along the way, but ultimately it is our responsibility to stay healthy or heal ourselves. We do this successfully in small steps to reach one big goal of being healthy. I do believe it is all possible. Start with the positive mindset I can do this, I am worth it, do the work and enjoy the journey. Be sure and help others along the way as you learn. Be that role model of change and good health. Let me know how your health journey is going in 2018.
Big love and peace,