In my life I have learnt that your life is as fleeting as grass seeds in the wind... here today, gone in a second. Nothing is forever and that which is, is not visible.
Still I like to stand still for a moment and reflect on those things that make this journey a bit more pleasant and worth while....
So I'm lying in bed today, sick
with a runny nose, very sore cough and a throbbing headache, wondering where it
came from? I have not been in contact with anyone sick, it just hit me from
left field! While I was thinking about ways to boost my immune system again, it
slowly dawned on me that I was abusing my body again! I do not get enough sleep
("I'll sleep when I'm dead" only worked when I was a teenager) and I
have been naughty by introducing sugar back into my diet again,
slowly, but increasingly, and as you all know, sugar is really a killer in more
that one way.*
So here are a few tips that I
always find very helpful on my road to recovery. Hopefully it will help you so
that you don't end up in bed like me, and keep your immune system up at all
1.Stress less- To combat stress, which totally depletes all the
minerals in the body, exercise regularly. (I hate it I know, but it is
also good for combating osteoporosis, insulin resistance etc)
Drink freshly squeezed lemon juicein
water, or I just add it to salad dressings. It helps maintain the
body's pH balance which supports healthy bacteria, instead of the viruses and
harmful bacteria which thrive in more acidic environments.
Get a full night's sleep. Sleep has been
linked to balanced hormone levels (including human growth hormone and the
stress hormone, cortisol), keeping weight down, clear thinking and reasoning,
improved mood, and vibrant, healthy skin.
Eat protein.Protein is a building block for a healthy body,
mind, and immune system. If you don't eat red meat, fish is even better. Even
vegetarians have options like nuts for protein etc. In fact, you can get more
protein from the plant family, than from animal products. Spirulina is an
excellent source. Diets low in protein tend to be high in carbs which
convert readily to glucose,spiking blood sugar and stressing the pancreas and
the immune system!
Drink plenty of water.This is a given for so many
reasons! Drink at least 1,5 litres a day. Headaches and thirst are both
signs of dehydration. Try and drink spring water, rather than prepared water,
but check out the label for TDS (poisons) which has to be below 100, and a
ph between 4-8.
Stop drinking coffee & eating chocolate. They are two of the worst things you can do for
your immune system and your health. Caffeine robs your body of minerals and
vitamins, and it dehydrates you. I agreed to stop chocolate, and Gary agreed to
stop coffee, so between the two of us we are ok ;-)
7.If you do only one thing to boost your immune
system, eliminating * refined sugar will do the trick.You
will see noticeable results in your energy levels, weight distribution,
immunity and your ability to think clearly when you break the cravings and stop
eatingrefined sugar. These are things like cake, pasta, bread
and muffins. Avoid artificial sweeteners; they are even worse than cane sugar.
(Don't get me started on Alzheimer's!) Sugar destroys your arteries,
cancer feeds on it, promotes tooth decay, the ageing process and diabetes.
It also blocks protein absorption and breaks down your immune system.
Stock up on raw fruits and vegetables. The
nutritional content that you receive from raw fruits and veggies is
unparalleled. Many vitamins, fibres & enzymes, are anti-oxidants and will
protect cells - including those of your immune system - from damage by toxins
in the environment. Dark-coloured produce (berries, kale, broccoli) tends to be
higher in flavonoids, polyphenols and other antioxidants. Buy organic where you
can. They are just soooooo much richer in minerals and trace elements.
Nurture yourself.Make sure you take time to yourself, spend some
time with friends, and indulge yourself in a massage, a hot bath, an energy
work session when you want one, and prayer. Our bodies respond to our emotions
- if you're feeling harassed and anxious, it can manifest in a sore throat or a
I feel better already! Have a healthy
With inspiration from notes by Anisman-Reiner & Rawliscious