In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, consider these 10 tips to improve and maintain your health and wellness during this viral outbreak, but also throughout all other times of the year! For those who like to know the end at the beginning, like me, here they are. Read on for a deeper dive with lots of specific examples.
- Raw fruits and veggies, Dark green vegetables
- Avoid sugar
- Herbs (like Neek and Nan's Lemongrass Tea with ANTIVIRAL, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties)
- Fresh air
Do you remember having chickenpox?
Remember how common it was?
Remember that it also went away at some point?
That's just the way that viruses operate. They circulate, someone contracts a virus and passes it on to others; for most the body figures out how to get rid of it and begins its process of recovery. Similarly to contracting a cold or the common flu.
I personally believe that many of us in the USA have ALREADY contracted/encountered coronavirus AND recovered at home. Since the start of the year, I noticed a substantial increase in colds/flu among people I know. I got sick on New Year's Eve and it last for 7 days. Immediately after, almost EVERYONE I knew had a REALLY bad cold. I mentioned it several times to different people but no one seemed to take note. Given that this current "outbreak" has been established around that time, I've concluded that there is a real possibility that many of us were probably experiencing more than the common cold. It could have been Corona, even if we didn't have a name for it at the time. Now that it's been given an official name, it is considered a pandemic. Think about it...did you have a really bad cold anytime between end of December/early January to now, before you knew about Corona?
Believe it or not, everyone encounters viruses and bacteria, DAILY. Now is the time to believe in your body's natural ability to rid itself of harmful matter and to initiate repair! Of course, some viruses are more complex than others, but if you're striving to do all that you can to keep your body as strong as it can be to fight off illness, infection, bacteria, virus, etc, your body will fight, a GOOD fight!
Last Friday, the masses flocked to the stores; supermarkets nationwide had their best day of the YEAR. More successful than Thanksgiving Eve, Black Friday, Christmas, etc. But what did people stock up on? When I went to the supermarket on Sunday, I noticed that there were zero cartons of bleach, no chicken, no bread and very little cereal. I also noticed that the produce section was FULLY stocked with fresh vegetables and fruits, as were the tea and herbal sections.
Apparently, most Americans are loading up on meats that were breed and raised in unsanitary, unnatural conditions and laden with drugs and chemicals; GMO grains like wheat, corn, rice; and inundated with harmful chemicals in intimate spaces. Additionally, mobility is restricted and discouraged, encouraging a sedentary lifestyle. All of these factors are the WORST we can do to fight ANY virus, or ANY illness.
Instead of being encouraged to be as ACTIVE as possible, to increase blood flow and oxygen via diet and exercise, to make use of natural antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial ingredients like vinegar, lemon, lime, baking soda, etc, the media has propagated fear and has successfully convinced the population to respond in the worst possible way.
Let's be clear...better eating and lifestyle habits DOES heal the body. Numerous studies have proven this. The Cleveland Clinic treated 18 patients with heart disease using a plant-based diet. Retreat facilities like Hippocrates and Misty Mountain Health Retreat (AU) have had similar results. Fasting clinic, TrueNorth Health as well. Considering all of the prevailing research on this, here are tips of health and eating practices we can all follow to keep our immune systems strong:
1. Drink PURIFIED water, distilled or reverse osmosis are best. NO soda! No juices like Welch's, Tropicana, Mott's. Only natural juices made from 100% fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, unpasteurized, 0 concentrate.
2. Eat at least 50% raw vegetables and fruits. That can be in the form of smoothies, salads or just eating whole. Eat dark green vegetables. Kale. Collard greens. Mustard greens. Dandelion greens. Amaranth greens. Swiss chard. Beet greens. Bok choy. etc. If it's naturally green, eat it and the darker the better. Aim for organic and non-GMO (consult Google for the 12 or so GMO crops available in the US). Of the greens, alfalfa* has a GMO variety. *avoid if non-GMO AND organic is unavailable/too expensive for you
3. Avoid sugar. No white/brown sugar. Replace sugar with dates, fresh or dehydrated fruits, unsweetened Apple Sauce (or our Condensed Milk/Date Paste)
4. Add seeds to your diet. Hemp seeds. Chia seeds. Flax seeds. Sunflower seeds. Sesame seeds. They can be added to your smoothies, salads, on top of a meal, or blended with purified water to create milk.
5. Consume herbs. In the form of teas. In the form of dried powders. As elixirs, tinctures, food. Top salads and dishes with fresh cilantro, parley, dill. Immune boosting herbs: Burdock root, Sarsaparilla, Yellowdock Root, Elderberry, Chaparral, Nettle, Nopal, Gordolobo, Chamomile, Muicle, Blue Vervain, Irish Seamoss, Bladderwrack, Hydrangea, Damiana (Note: Our antiviral Lemongrass is available in dried tea form)
6. Go outside. Enjoy sunshine. Allow it to touch your skin, don't fear it. Run. Walk the dog. Have a picnic. Hike. Sit and read.
7. Move your body. Exercise. Stretch. Yoga. Play. Sports. Box. Dance.
8. Rest. Get quality sleep; meaning deep, uninterrupted sleep. Dream. Journal. Don't overwork the body. Acknowledge when rest is necessary. Listen to your body. It speaks quite loud when you're in tune. Camp out and bond with nature. Look at and appreciate the moon and stars.
9. Build, maintain and establish healthy relationships. Spend time with those who inspire you and boost your mood. Create a positive environment, externally and internally. Laugh. Take a cooking class (with Neek and Nan's ;-), gardening workshops, paint, learn to sew with like-minded people. Learn from someone and teach someone something. Volunteer.
10. When in doubt, or when you're able to step up to the next level... FAST. We seem to think, in time of illness, we should get up and force ourselves to eat. But the body's natural lack of appetite is a sign of what we SHOULD ACTUALLY do. Fast. 3 day fresh veggies and fruits juice fast, drinking only juices, water and herbal teas. 7 day smoothies fast, blends of fresh veggies and fruits. Water fast. Raw food fast, eating raw veggies and fruits, as in salads, and omitting cooked foods.
Digestion is the most laborious process for the body. The more time spent eating, the less time spent healing. In 1965, Angus Barbieri fasted for 382 days, from 456 lbs (207 kg) to 180 lbs (82 kg), without solid foods and concluding with normal health results. I'm not suggesting that, but short fasts of 3 to 7 days can have tremendous effect. Listen to your body during a fast. Be mindful of how you break your fast. Throwing your body back into your normal diet can have adverse effects; ease your way back into certain foods.
Don't these 10 tips sound much better than panic, worry, stress, spend all your money, hibernate and feed into the frenzy? I hope that you will consider implementing them.
Corona is NOT the first. It WON'T be the last. Let's be diligent about caring for our bodies instead of giving in to fear each time. Also, let's remember to exercise logic and question ALL information presented to you, no matter the source, even this one.
Take care. Always.
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