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Our world continues to get shocked with pandemic diseases causing the loss of thousands and even millions of people. It’s possible for your body to be affected by these diseases and infections. The most recent COVID – 19 has caused our world to take generous precautions to avoid and defeat the rampant virus. The virus also known as SARS-CoV-2 originated in Wuhan China and has made viral impressions globally over the past few weeks. Some cases are reported much more severe than others. A major risk of the virus is that some carriers show no symptoms yet it’s as contagious as those that do. Those that aren’t showing any symptoms are more likely to contribute to the person to person spread. Those with severe medical conditions are at a greater risk of picking up a serious case of COVID -19 than those without, yet people of all ages have picked up the virus. We will continue to see the virus spread over the coming months. For more information and updates on the virus please reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
This is a reality that we must all face and prepare for. Having a body that is strong and healthy enough to fight off any serious illnesses is something that comes from consistently making healthy choices. What you intake and do not intake will structure your cells accordingly. The flow of your lifestyle will also be a large influence on the makeup of your body’s DNA and molecular structure.
Choose foods and supplements that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Raw fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, and grass-fed/ pasture-raised/ wild-caught meat. Garlic, Elderberry, and Oregano Oil are healthy bacteria-fighting aids. Making healthier intake choices will eliminate harmful pathogens and fight infections.
Healthy probiotics like Kimchi can stimulate the neuro-receptors within your gut. Colostrum is a great recommendation for cultivating immunity through supplements. This will increase your mental clarity, and the well-being of your body and digestive system. Incorporating these probiotics into your lifestyle will also prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Diarrhea from infectious causes.
Physical activity promotes healthy blood and natural killer cell production. Natural Killer Cells are white blood cells that reject tumors and viral diseases. Choosing to exercise builds blood cells instead of fat cells and leads to anti-aging benefits. Exercise regulates a proactive body on the molecular level increasing healing abilities and disease prevention.
Healthy sleeping patterns as well as all the other topics we have discussed so far will reduce your risk of getting heart disease, diabetes and immunity dysfunction.
Drinking fluids will wash the virus into the stomach where it will die in the stomach acid. If you do not drink enough fluids it can move from the windpipe into the lungs. The virus cannot survive in temperatures greater than 530 degrees Celsius. That is about 133 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher the temperature the faster the virus will die. Fit a regular sauna visit into your routine and make sure you always keep a vessel full of fluids with you.
All together healthy eating, sleeping, heating, hydrating, and exercising will be your biggest weapon when preventing and defeating viruses like the COVID – 19. Take some time to learn about and appreciate the resources and design that nature provides for us to stay healthy and happy. We are all capable of monitoring our choices and our bodies. Feel better, look better, be better, and most importantly; live better. it’s not just working out, it’s building a foundation for a better life.
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I understand your pain. Growth is HARD. You’ve been carrying around this
voice that keeps telling you what you could be doing to reach your full
potential. It says you are so much more than what your lifestyle says you are.
There’s this deep groaning in your gut that is saying go HARDER.
We don’t listen to this voice often because it’s calling us to step out
into somewhere new. Humans don’t like “new places” because there
could be predators lurking about to destroy us. These predators come in all
shapes and sizes. They could look like a group of fit young students laughing
at you because you’re overweight and trying to get in shape. You decide not to
go to the gym anymore, meanwhile you paid one visit with your new membership.
It’s the physical pain of dealing with sore muscles after getting into a
workout routine. Perhaps it’s the $100,000 student debt that you’re going to
get as you pursue your dream of becoming a teacher. It’s important to recognize
these monsters that are standing in front of you and understand that you don’t
have to be afraid any longer. Take courage and begin your journey.
Who is this person that you long to be?
Why do you want to live this way?
Does he/she walk with confidence?
Do they smile everyday knowing that they have meaning in this world?
Do they know that they are loved?
Are there things in your life you don’t want anymore?
Are there things that you don’t have in your life that you know you want?
What does he/she look like today? Tomorrow? Next year? Five years from now?
Ten years from now?
Cast the vision of you in your fullest potential. Be specific. Set small
goals to achieve every day, week, month, and year that is going to get you
there. They could be as simple as reading a chapter a day, or read 12 books
this year, or go to the gym 3 times this week.
Your most powerful weapons in producing positive growth are your heart, and your mind. It’s your responsibility as a conscious human being to monitor your thoughts and self-talk and to protect and feed good dialogue within. What does your inner dialogue sound like? Are your thoughts always of shame? Doubt? Guilt? Do you hear negative put downs all day? Are you always telling yourself you are not good enough? If this is what your self-talk sounds like it’s time to set an anchor of who you truly are in your heart and mind. This is the spiritual side of war. I recommend reading books that work on your mindset, taking time to pray/meditate and find things in life to be thankful for, meditating on good thoughts like “you are loved” and surrounding yourself with people who add value to your life instead of cut you down. The main point here is to believe whole heartedly that you are deeply loved from above and were created with a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Out of this place of belief you will begin to live as so.
When the going gets tough, KEEP ON GOING. Nothing of value will ever come
easy. It’s your perspective within the little moments, tasks, and jobs, that
will decide how much joy you experience, even in the toughest of days. Remember
who you are, and why you live the way you do to get through the growing pains.
Be thankful for those reasons, be thankful that you have the courage to be
where you are because this is who you are. You are a well-reasoned, capable, and
endearing human being that has the ability to change the world if you believe
you can. This is truly who you are.
It’s time to set some goals, get spiritually healthy, and show up for the dirty work every day with a heart of faith and gratitude. You owe it to yourself and to the world; it’s who you were created to be. You are not the only one that experiences fear. You are not the only one that longs to overcome your shortcomings and live in your full potential. Take the first step forward and if you fall, laugh off the dust and try again. Give yourself grace, but not too much grace. You are an overcomer and were created to overcome the laziness, overeating, and whatever other bad habits are holding you back from living in your full potential. It’s time to silence them once and for all. Believe.
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Water is one of the most important staples toour health and fitness. If we are dehydrated, it can present a whole host of physical problems that will cost time and money to “cure,”when the remedy is as simple as “DRINK MORE WATER!”
Symptoms of Dehydration
An interesting fact, “The earth is covered with almost 70% water,andhumans are composed of about 75% water- our blood containing roughly the same salinity as the ocean water”. There are roughly 10,000 actions within your body that are performed per second, which water is essential to. Water’s chief job is to maintain a stable environment inside and around our cells,so we can be able to take in nutrition and eliminate wastes. It is also essential that your muscles, tendons, ligaments and all the fascia in our body stay hydrated. You see, our body is meant to slide and move internally, and all this sliding and moving is done on water basedsubstance. So if you are dehydrated, just moving around will cause excessive tension and friction, which will cause inflammation, dysfunction, andpain.
So where do you start? First,find out how much you are currently drinking. Use a journal or the note function on your smartphone. If your total water intake is below ½ your body weight in ounces of water, you have to start increasing your intake. So, for example if you weigh 150lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water every day. Also,note how much plain water you are having. Plain is water without ANYTHINGin it and two hours after eating.
Don’t try and increase it all at once though! Start slowly and let your body adapt. First,take the water you are currently drinking and divide it into thirds. Then also divide your day into thirds, say before 11am, 3pm, and7pm. Each third of waterwill go into those three sections. Now you are going to add a little bit of water in each third and make sure that it is all finished by the time you choose. Just keep increasing periodically every couple of weeks, andyou will be good to go in no time.
If you do enjoy lemon or lime in your water, just make sure half the water you drink is plain. This is the water that keeps your tissues hydrated.
As an added way to get more water in and start your day off awesomely, drink as much as you can first thing in the morning. Now you have started your day off hydrating yourself which get your body flowing and functioning correctly. It also gets you in the habit of drinking water in the day. And if you happen to forget to drink enough during your busy day, the water you drank in the morning “front loaded” your amount to help.
So now that you are all geared up to stay hydrated- What do you do? Go to the nearest water fountain and take a swig…Not if you love your body! Almost all municipal sources of water are contaminated with commercial agricultural runoff (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) and have chlorine and fluoride added to it. The hierarchy of the best water sources are:
The point I’m trying to get across to you is-DRINK MORE WATER! For those of you who are already thinking that this will send you to the bathroom every two seconds, consider this: As you slowly increase your water intake, your body will become more efficient at processing/using the water, and your desire to go will decrease. You can also add a small pinch of Celtic sea salt (not every time) which will help your body assimilate the water and give you a bunch of fantastic trace minerals (electrolytes) that your body needs anyway.
On a closing note- Many people mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger, and studies show that adults who drink two, 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner consumed75-90 fewer calories during each meal.
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