As an advocate for whole body healing, I really hoped this virus situation would open up new discussions on how to take care of our personal health.
Have I missed something?
We are NOT a healthy country. This should be opening our eyes, but it’s not.
The U.S. spends the most on health care compared to other developed countries BUT has lower life expectancy, highest infant mortality, highest suicide rates, and highest rates of chronic disease.
We’re masking the real issue. Yes, pun intended.
The actions I take for my health actually don’t impact your health. YOU have to advocate for yourself. And you are not powerless. There is so much hope!
Here are some of my favorite tips for taking personal responsibility for your health. I hope these are as helpful for you as they have been for me.
- Deal with your past hurts, trauma, and manage your stress. Those things are inflammatory and will show up in your body and weaken your immune system. There are so many ways to do this. I have multiple episodes of my podcast and posts devoted to these topics. I won’t go into detail here. Just trust me. This is foundational.
- Get some sun and some movement. A large portion of our mitochondrial energy comes from the SUN, but few of us make it outside on a regular basis. Our mitochondria decrease as we age, but are needed to adequately respond to life stressors, so a little movement and good sun (bonus if you get both at once) go a long way to boost your cellular energy. Immune cells cannot function without healthy mitochondria.
- Eat what your body digests best. Stick to nutrient dense, whole foods as much as you can and check food labels for vegetable and seed oils that increase inflammation. Stop fearing fat and increase quality protein and organic, non genetically modified items.
- Listen to your gut. Your gut needs plenty of time to digest and clean out. Your gut has its own brain and neurons that communicate with your actual brain. Toxic thoughts (see number 1) create toxic digestion which doesn’t help the immune system. Toxic digestion, in return, doesn’t really help your brain much either. Eating in a 12 hour window is a good way to help your gut do what it needs to do. Your immune system depends on healthy balance of gut bacteria. Coincidentally, numbers 1, 2, and 3 also benefit your gut bacteria. (Are you starting to see how this is all connected?)
- Supplement. Vitamin C is step one to creating an optimal immune system. Vitamin C kills viruses. Due to many Americans being undernourished, some medical professionals suggest there may be a rise in scurvy soon. Many doctors treating Covid patients are seeing low vitamin D levels in those getting hit hardest. We just don’t get the nutrients we need from our food. While a quality multivitamin made with bioavailable sources of vitamins will work for most, some people may need more targeted supplementation of vitamins D and C.
There are so many more I could add, but these are some basic options that could help you today. Subscribe to my newsletter or podcast, available on all major podcasting platforms, for more ongoing support.
Remember, stress, anxiety, and fear are inflammatory. The more you dwell on this virus, the worse it is for your entire body. Now get off the internet and go sit in the sun!
Maybe I’ll come join you.