Thursday, May 28, 2015

How Not To Get Sick-Ever

     I don't get sick.  Even with others around me coughing, sneezing, hacking, and sputtering, I don't get sick.  My friends often say, "Don't come near me, you don't want to catch what I have."  That's when I tell them that I don't ever get sick.  Now, normally I never say never because that is a recipe for disaster.  But I have been saying that phrase for seven years now and I have had only a couple slight colds that lasted a couple of days with the worst of it being a a slight sniffle.  So when I was recently asked how I never get sick I said, "simple, let me teach you how!"

     First, I am not a hypochondriac.  There is genuinely something to fulfilling your own prophecies.  There is somebody I know who recently quit their job because they have uvulitis (or inflammation of the uvula); supposedly chronic uvulitis is life threatening and incurable.  If you slapped your forehead, just know that I did too.  This person also has thirty other syndromes, diseases, and ailments ranging from the obscure to "roll your eyes,"  all needing medication to treat the phantom symptoms.   It is also good to know that your tax dollars are supporting this person and other people like this, but I digress.  Although difficult to diagnose, it is estimated that hypochondria affects about nine percent of the American population.  In other words, about 1 in every 10 to 11 of your friends are hypochondriacs.  These are the friends and acquaintances who need prescription medication for everything and often come up with the strangest symptoms or excuses at random times.  Many hypochondriacs are in denial, often changing doctors multiple times if the results they get from a medical examination doesn't meet their desired outcome of diagnosis. The best way to figure out if you are the hypochondriac  is to examine how many medications you are taking on a daily basis and how many you need to take for the rest of your life.  If you answered 1) several and 2) all of them because there is no way you can live without them, then you're probably causing a cyclic pattern of fulfilling your own disease-ridden prophecies.

     Why?  The mind and the body are connected in a very interesting way; taking sugar pills have cured people of diseases in what is known as a placebo effect.  The opposite of placebo effect is called the nocebo effect.  It is where a person can convince themselves they are sick due to an external stimuli which induces thought patterns (radio commercials for prescription drugs for example).  The most classic example is feeling pain in the groin after watching someone getting smacked in their groin by a ball.  Another example is carrying a fake, plastic hand in your sleeve for 20 minutes then slamming it in the door and actually feeling the pain.  This is a sympathetic association response to stimuli. Once a person thinks they are sick, more than likely they become sick because of the same mechanisms in action. 

     Now that I probably pissed many readers off, I will go into the second step of how not to get sick.  I have a supplement regimen.  I take a quality multivitamin from a company I can trust.  I also take a lot of other supplements which I will list below.  Not only am I very healthy, but I am disease free.  It was a different story just a decade ago when I was diagnosed with hypertension, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and several other diseases and syndromes.  My weight was over the top and every part of my body hurt.  I was told I would have to be on medication for life.  Well, that comment was an eye-opening statement!  That is what started me on my natural health voyage and if I can cure my own body, I know anyone else can.
     My regimen starts out at eight in the morning when I stretch and lightly exercise.  The body movements stretch and constrict the muscles which activate and move fluids from the lymphatic system to my blood stream.  The lymphatic system is the key system to keeping you disease and sickness free.  In Chinese Medicine, natural movement of the body activates Wei Qi, the natural guardian energy that keeps the body disease free.  In Ayurvedic  medicine, movements help tone and balance the Prana essential to achieving balanced health.  
     Throughout the day, I drink water, tea, coffee, and occasionally fruit smoothies for extra fiber.  Fiber is necessary for a healthy digestive system, along with probiotics and prebiotics.  Probiotics maintain healthy bacteria in the intestine which helps to break down nutrients.  Prebiotics are non-digestible organic matter which helps sustain healthy microflora growth.  Studies have shown that probiotics and prebiotics help reduce tumor growth in the colon and large intestine.  A healthy balance of gut flora also helps reduce bloating, gas, and decreases the smell of bowel movements.
     I exercise regularly.  Exercising helps to reduce stress, increase muscle mass, thicken bones, and improve sleep.  Sleep is paramount for cellular repair and strengthening the immune system.  Just a couple hours of normal movement a day can count as exercise.  Climbing stairs, parking further away from buildings, gardening, walking the dogs, and even cleaning house all counts as moderate exercise.  But you also want to strengthen your core by doing core exercises, like planking or burpees, at least three times a week.  I partake in challenges quite often and reward myself with spa days for successfully completing body challenges.  Find them on Facebook, Pinterest, or even start your own.
   Lastly, I find my zen every day.  The real definition of zen stems from the Buddhist religion in which one becomes enlightened through meditation, where one observes the inner consciousness of the whole.  My definition of zen is much simpler, it is that moment where nothing else matters but the fact that you are alive, doing well, and have much more to offer the world.  It is achieved in that moment of quietness and tranquility.  Some simpler forms of this can be watching fish in a fish tank, relaxing in a hammock, or going on a nature walk.  I find my zen before work each day, even if it seems impossible.
   These are the list of supplements I take every day:
  • Cell Wise:         Cellular Function 
  • Florify:              Probiotics
  • NutriView:        Eye Health
  • Oligo Calcium:  Calcium
  • Oligo Vitamin:   Multivitamin
  • Omega-3:         Brain Health
  • Phytomega:      Cholesterol Support
  • Recover AI:     Inflammatory Support
  • Replenex:         Joint Health
 I just recently incorporated a new supplement into my regimen called NutraTherm which increases metabolism.  I am not sure how it will effect me and my health so I am leaving this one out for now.