I managed to get what I now know was pneumonia on Sunday night of last week which hit me instantaneously as I was driving home from a long ski trip. I pride myself in being a very healthy eater and exerciser but if I am being honest, I haven't really been for the past 6 months. Really? A health coach and trainer not being healthy? What a fake. Yes. You're right. And I'm sorry. Let me explain.
Sometimes it takes a life altering event (like not being able to breathe or a new president being elected that grabs women's pussies) for people to make a change. It takes a catastrophe for you to be sorry you didn't do something sooner to prevent this. Now I get it.
If we lived in a perfect world, kind of like the Native Americans, we would get enough Vitamin D aka sunlight, our food would always be nutritious, our relationships would be connected and we would work in conjunction with Mother Earth- things that are absolutely CRUCIAL for a healthy, happy life. Unfortunately, we are far from that. Most of us are indoors for the majority of the day leaving very little time for natural sunlight exposure which is very important for a optimal functioning immune system. Our soil is nutrient depleted due to modern agricultural methods and the addition of pesticides. So when you eat a carrot, a very healthy food, it has about 30% less vitamin C than it did 40 years ago. It is no secret that we have a hard time communicating with others and ourselves, hence therapists. And to top it off, we are completely off balance with the seasons of nature. Winter being a time of hibernation and less stress. Having your menstrual cycle, ladies, is a time of introspection and rest. Not pushing even harder to mask the fact that your body is WAY more depleted and tired than usual.
Feeling the onset of the common cold can be caused by all of these things. So we have to try harder to avoid it. You do not want to get to the point of catastrophe to make a change in any area of life. Start now. Here are some ways keep yourself from getting sick.
1. Vitamin D is the new vitamin C. Vitamin D has a HUGE impact on your immune system and many other systems of the body. "Vitamin D is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill both bacteria and viruses." Take 5000 iu's every single day. It is cheap, around $10 for a bottle of 500 at Wholefoods. Make sure it is D3 and 5000 iu's worth.
2. Organic, healthy foods. I'm sure you've heard it before but it is SO important. Our agricultural system kind of sets us up for disaster so we have to beat the system by eating foods that are organic, less processed and sugarless. Why? Because you are less likely to get sick from not just the common cold but cancer and many other life threatening diseases. It stinks that we as consumers have to pay more for food that is good to us but it is definitely cheaper and more effective than getting treated by the doctor.
3. Life, relationships and stress. There was a study done on TLC and water quality. It proved that positive energy has a direct correlation to water quality making it more alkaline and pure. Your body and anything that has matter is made up of energy and can be directly affected by other energy. "The American Medical Association (AMA) states 80 percent of all health problems are stress related, and even the conservative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that 85 percent of all diseases appear to have an emotional element." The people you are around, including coworkers, friends, and significant others, can affect your health. As much as getting sick is related to your physical state, it is a great indicator of your emotional state as well. When you are sick, maybe it is a good idea to take a look at your life and see if there are any pieces out of place causing you more stress than you need. Disease is literally dis - ease. Take a deep look.
4. Become connected with the cycles of nature. If we were more connected to nature, we would understand that winter is a time for introspection. It's cold outside and our bodies are meant to take more rest which many of us do not do. We push and push and then we wonder why we get sick. Make yourself take a break even though society says that you shouldn't. Love yourself now when you're healthy. Don't wait until you can't breathe.
Don't let it get to the point of no return. Even though sometimes it is what we need to see the light and make a change. Live your truth every single day. Be connected to it.