"It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals.
If we don't look after our health, we will of course, get sick."- Bill Gates
As this pandemic seems to be trending down in our state, what have learned?
Will we change our habits from the lessons we have learned and re-prioritize our health and relationships?
People usually walk into our office due to a strong motivator, PAIN (in one form of another). Their short term goal? Be free of this pain. Upon relief, some end our relationship until the next crisis and the cycle continues. Others, begin to understand that we are part of their wellbeing TEAM; our role is to keep your nervous system and physiology optimal. And we work together continuing to support their health and wellbeing. Part of that continued support is knowing what they want AFTER the crisis is over. What are their long term goals?
Of course goals change, life circumstances change but putting our health, or "health-care" up front can mean the difference between weathering a storm versus being caught in it.
If we treat this pandemic as the mother of all crises, what is our long term goal?
The following is my recommendations and what I personally do for myself.
Two Categories of wellbeing
My recommendations for care are broken down into two simple categories:
1. What am I doing to support my physical health (that includes my brain)?
2. What am I doing to support my spiritual health (that includes my mind)?
1. My physical health
I am a very physical person. I like being active. As a by-product sometimes I have to deal with set backs and injuries. But in general my recommendations look like this:
MOVE- our bodies are designed to upright and in motion. We are an amazing evolutionary example of being stable against gravity and fluid across space. Walk, run, jump, skip. It really doesn't matter as long as you are moving. If you have a step counter, 10K steps equals 5 miles. Why 5 miles? Because the populations that have the longest living humans, on average, walk 5 miles a day.
REST- throughout the day we are breaking down our bodies. Even exercise is the process of tearing down tissue in order to build them up stronger than before. Your body has the BEST repair and renewal crew in the world, but they only work at night; peak times being between 10pm and 2am. If you are missing out on sleep, you are not renewing your body like you should.
EAT well- good nutrition is the cornerstone of staying healthy and making a better body. Remember that repair crew? Well, the building materials they use are the foods you eat. Hmmm.. something to think about. Are you making strong bricks or mushy goo? The basics are simple: on a standard plate, half that plate should be fruits and vegetables, one quarter is fat/protein and another quarter is complex carbohydrates. Drink plenty of water- 1/2 your body weight in ounces. Example: 100lbs= 50 ounces of water per day, minimum.
2. My spiritual health
My mind tends to run amuck all day long. I need practices to help quiet it down and create some sense of order. These things have helped me stay sane:
MEDITATE- I meditate daily before I go to bed. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes, sometimes it takes 45 minutes. The simplest meditation is focusing on your breath. Trying to keep your exhale just a little longer than your inhale. And try to relax deeper with every breath. It's just a way of disconnecting from my thoughts and being able to zoom out. I feel like many of us give our thoughts too much real estate in our minds and treat them as reality rather than what they really are; just passing distractions that we make up.
READ- I have found that the actual content doesn't really matter for me. Right now I am into reading spy novels. Just being able to allow my imagination to be engulfed in a good book is a wonderful luxury.
WRITE- confession time. My writing is more about my creative expression than it is about providing meaningful information for you all. I am grateful for your attention, of course, but I would write even if no one read it. In fact, I have notebooks filled with it.
Many of you know that I am a big proponent of supplements. I feel that even with very good diets, there are gaps based on soil, farming practices and scale of the food industry. Supplements help fill those gaps as well as support the repair process.
My standards, and what I recommend for eveyone's basic support, are:
Multi-vitamin- Catalyn- 2-4 per day
Vitamin D- 5000IU per day
Tuna Omega Fish Oil- 2 per evening
Probiotic- 2 per morning
Immune support- Echinacea premium- 2 per morning
Right now I am working on fitness. specifically, muscle and joint support so I have added:
Extra B-vitamins- Cataplex G
Extra vitamin C- Cataplex C
Blood vessel support- Cyruta Plus
Collagen support- Collagen C
Joint support- Glucosamine Synergy
Cellular health and repair support- RNA
Extra protein to fill gaps- Protefood
Aerobic health support- Cardio-plus
HCL support for good proper protein digestion- Zypan
Gallbladder support for proper fat digestion- AF Betafood
I know. What can I say. But I will end up having great information for you all. ;-)
Your wellbeing care model will be unique to you but hopefully this gives you some insight into how to stay "healthy" long term.
Stay healthy. Be kind. Take care of each other.