We have heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, or invest now for the future.
The problem is that many of us don’t love ourselves enough to take the time and effort to treat our bodies with the respect it deserves and preventively take care of our bodies. Sure, taking a drug might deal with a symptom, but long term, it won’t deal with the root problems. In the same way we maintain our cars so they run and last longer, we should do the same for ourselves, or else we will find things not working as they should. As Dr. Darrell Wolfe said, “God created the body as our vehicle, but He gave us the keys.”
One of those keys is to self-love which means self-care, and that means taking care of ourselves spirit, soul and body.
With the COVID-19 going around, right now we are more focused on the body and the things that will make it strong and increase immunity.
Key #1 - Put life into your body
Juicing is one of the best ways, and here is my recipe. I use organic when possible.
2 lbs Carrots 🥕
4 stalks celery
1 🍋 lemon
1 to 2 🍎 🍏 apples
(Depending on how sweet you want it)
Thumb size ginger root
4 - 5 big pieces turmeric root
1/2 bunch kale
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch parsley
1 big beet (2 little ones)
1 peeled 🥒cucumber
(Wear gloves as the turmeric will stain your hands yellow!)
As much as I would love to juice every day, I don’t have time. The citric acid from the lemon and lime will keep this in the fridge for 3-4 days. If I know I am going to have a really busy week, I will make extra and freeze it in small jars and take out enough for each day. Freezing doesn’t kill but immobilizes, just like how we freeze our wheatgrass juice.
When I drink my juice in the morning, that is when I add my wheatgrass to it to give me an extra boost of greens.
Your greens are important as they contains chlorophyll which is amazing for your blood. Also, in the same way that green plants release oxygen, when your drink greens it will also release oxygen into your body.
Anything juiced is considered pre-digested. You get all that nutrients while the body stays in a fast mode. It gives digestion system a rest and chance for body to focus on other things. If I feel sick, I stop eating and go on a juice fast.
Key #2 - Drink your Water
It is good to aim to drink 1/2 your weight in oz.
Before bed 🛌 put one slice of ginger in a coffee thermos and pour hot water 💦 over it. I let it steep over night and drink it first thing in morning ☀️ before anything else. (My thermos holds 2 cups). Sit on the throne and wait until your bowels let down. When that happens, you don’t even have to push. It can take 5-10 minutes at first until you relax. You can train you bowels so they get used to emptying in the morning. A healthy bowel will go 2-3 times a day.
Whenever I go into a restaurant, I always ask for hot water & 🍋 lemon while I am waiting for my meal, but I avoid drinking water 💦 with meals if possible as that will dilute stomach acid.
Your body is hungry when it needs nutrients. If you are getting good nutrients, you will find you are not hungry for a long time. After I have my juice, it can be late morning before my stomach growls and what I usually have next is bone broth.
Making my broth is a labour of love to myself and family. It starts with me cooking the left over pulp from juicing as there is still lots of nutrients in it. I put the pulp in a pot and cover with water and cook it for about 1/2 hour. Once cooled I run it back through the juicer. I call this my juice broth and I use this instead of just water when I make my broth for more nutrients and flavour.
I’ve had so many people ask how I make it, that I made a video. Bone broth video. https://youtu.be/8qUnyu8Hj24
Since I made this video, I have made a few changes. I now pressure cook the bones in my Instapot, and can the broth in jars. Gramma’s chicken soup has long be prescribed for boosting the immune system, and great for the respiratory system by loosening up mucous. If you are fighting something, add extra garlic, onions, ginger and turmeric to the soup.
Key #3 - Get your rest
We tell our kids they need to sleep to help them grow, but a good night rest is critical for us us too. Numerous studies have reported the benefits of a good night’s sleep, and now researchers from Germany have found that sound sleep improves immune cells known as T cells.
“T cells are a type of… immune cells that fight against intracellular pathogens, for example virus-infected cells such as flu, HIV, herpes, and cancer cells,” Stoyan Dimitrov, PhD, a researcher at the University of Tübingen and an author of the study, told Healthline.
The study found a new mechanism through which sleep can assist the immune system.
Key #4 - Deal with stress
Stress can lead to unhealthy coping, like eating junk food, and heighten emotions. The stress hormone, corticosteroid can suppress both your immune system and digestive systems, inhibiting digestion and lowering levels of white blood cells , leaving your immune defense vulnerable. Stress is inevitable, but how you manage it may allow you to avoid getting sick.
Getting a massage releases stress. If you can’t afford one or you can’t go out, and you have a partner / spouse, practice on each other. Even if you’re not that good, it still can be fun! A good massage can both decrease cortisol levels, and increase your white blood cell count.
Key #5 - Move your body
You already know that exercise is good for your body, but did you know that exercise in almost any form is effective in dealing not only with stress, but with depression and anxiety? Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries, says the Mayo Clinic.
Good food, staying hydrated, getting your rest and exercise are the foundations of good health. While taking care of yourself may seem time consuming, it is one of the best investments you can make.