Hello Dear Reader,
As promised, here’s your checklist of easy, first-steps to Health for 2008, as we have discussed them so far. Apart from wanting a Healthy body for your own longevity and enjoyment, with mass epidemics on the horizon (like MRSA, ebola and more) and antibiotics failing, your first line of defense is your own body! How do you strengthen it to resist these scourges and any diseases that already concern you? Here’s some answers!
Catch-up on reading the first 2 parts of this series at the URLs below in the Reference Section, and place this quick check list on your refrigerator.
1. remove excess acidity thru your body’s 4 channels of elimination. Detox if you must, but this process and diet will also help you detoxify naturally. Discuss with your physician whether you can use any detox program, at all. The Master Cleanser is supposedly safe for some diabetics, but ask. Include massage and sweating (via sauna, if allowed, or by exercise) as often as you can.
2. eat 80% alkaline foods every day, every meal or snack. Keep low on the Glycemic Index of foods, as well. Be willing to spend money on quality food. You definitely are what you eat and think. In my opinion, and in my own life, when money is tight, what I have goes into quality food.
3. Become mindful. I am always aware that without Health, I have NOTHING. I make my choices accordingly. New clothes and DVDs, a great car or home is not as important, ever. Use a plant-based diet until you are well. Plants should be 75% of your diet, afterwards. It’s necessary for you, and kinder to our Mother Earth, too. Use only natural sweeteners, and only small amounts of them. Tiny amounts of blue agave nectar and (infrequently, organic maple syrup and raw honey [not for children under 3 years old] and stevia) is my suggestion. Never use artificial sweeteners! http://www.blueagavenectar.com/manufacturingblueagavenectar.html
Stay away from most fruits and all fruit juices until you are well. The best allowable fruits are lemon, lime, grapefruit (if your meds permit it), persimmon, raspberry, watermelon, pineapple, nectarine, mango, papaya, olive (in oil, not brine), tomato and avocado.
4. drink 1 liter of alkaline water per 50 pounds of weight if your doctor OKs your kidneys are healthy. Ramp up the water you drink daily to this level over about 1 month’s time. Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD, would say per every 30 pounds of weight. If you are very ill with a chronic disease (other than one with deficient kidneys or inability to reduce edema), or if you are seriously overweight, then consider adding a couple more bottles, once you are comfortable at your maximum level. If you cannot find alkaline waters like Evamor or Essentia, then use the best natural spring water and always add half a lemon’s juice to every liter. The lemon will help to alkalize the water, and it will act as a light, natural diuretic. Do NOT drink fluoridated water, and lobby to get it out of your water system.
5. Over a few weeks, wean yourself off caffeine from coffee, black teas and colas and other drinks containing it. Chocolate intake should be reduced to a tiny amount as infrequently as you can. Over time, the craving will decrease, as you get well.
6. consider checking your pH daily via test-strips – saliva, urine or both. I suggest www.feelgoodfood.com as a knowledgeable source. To be Healthy, you MUST be alkaline! If you are very acidic, it may take months of this regimen before you start to see movement toward alkalinity. Your body knows how to Heal itself IF you give it the right tools.
7. supplement with Vitamin D – you need it throughout the year in any latitudes north of Texas and Southern California (and the equivalent Southern Hemisphere latitudes), and even in those “sunny climes” during winter. Talk to your physician about taking chromium with GTF (glucose tolerance factor).
For plenty of calcium without animal dairy, eat dark green leafy veggies, sesame seeds, chia seeds and unsweetened, enriched almond milk, canned sardines with cooked bones (only a couple of times a week) or canned salmon as patè (use food processor and finish by mashing the bones well by hand) as non-dairy calcium sources. If you want animal dairy, use goat milk, goat or sheep milk cheese (less, as cheese is concentrated).
8. calm down – use warm water, warm drinks, EFT therapy, music, Bach flower essences, meditation, yoga etc whatever you choose. Notice, I didn’t say “hot”!
9. smile at yourself in the mirror several times a day, or just smile anytime at someone or in private. Just the action of smiling changes your biochemistry.
10. initiate mild, moderate aerobic exercise. Conversation-pace walking is enough. Try for 30 – 60 minutes a day, a minimum of 10,000 steps (get a pedometer); break the exercise time into sections, if you need to. Anything and everything counts. Also, do some weight-bearing, anaerobic exercise to build muscle to increase your metabolism. It can be accomplished by isometric exercise, too. You don’t need a gym.
11. be willing to change your life-style. Become a role-model as soon as you can be. You can succeed as a caring leader to show others around you HOW you are achieving your success.
12. take antioxidants – as food or naturally-sourced supplements. I suggest L-glutathione, quercetin, natural Vitamin C (camu-camu is a great source), natural Vitamin E with mixed tocopherols, alpha lipoic acid, co-Enzyme Q10 to protect your heart, selenium and zinc (except when already sick with colds, flu). If you are chronically ill, you might also add super-oxide dismutase (SOD), especially for nerve-related conditions. Discuss all this with a knowledgeable health practitioner, as anti-oxidants hold major benefit in today’s toxic world.
13. for immune-system regulation, healthy nerves and memory, take your Omega-3 oils, from cold-water fatty fish, or supplements and from hemp seed oil or flax-seed oil or chia, hemp or flax seeds. 2 tablespoons a day of Omega-3 oils is necessary. Never cook with them. Keep them refrigerated at all times. The only oils to use for cooking are monosaturated extra-virgin, organic olive oil, macadamia nut oil or avocado oil. Healthy oils are one of your most important purchases! Food-grade chia seeds are another great, less known source of Omega-3s, as is hemp seed (each is better than flax seed, which goes rancid easily); seeds should be refrigerated in well-closed containers. The other Omegas, 6 and 9, are much more easily found in normal diets; in fact, most people are getting too many 6s and need many more 3s.
14. use a whole sea salt like Celtic Sea Salt in moderation (available at Trader Joe’s, good health stores and www.celticseasalt.com Add a tiny pinch to any water that is not alkaline.
15. use chlorophyll tablets or liquid from your health store to help you build your blood, especially if you do not eat lots of dark green leafy vegetables. Ask your doctor before doing this if you are on blood-thinnners or other medications. Chlorophyll is a very concentrated food.
16. heal your gastro-intestinal system. All of your food is absorbed by your small intestine. You can be eating wonderful food and be facing malnutrition. If you have bowel issues, especially food-allergy, Crohn’s, celiac sprue disease (gluten-intolerance), diverticulitis, constipation or irritable bowel disease, you need to heal your small intestine especially. Healthy probiotic flora from kefir and yoghurt bacteria capsules (yoghurt itself doesn’t contain enough) are a good start, along with chlorophyll and an aloe vera juice that does not contain the whole leaf. Read the article at: http://www.newstarget.com/021858.html
17. Eat at regular times while you are awake: every 4 hours, max. Have a plan about how you are actually going to reclaim your health, day by day. Write it down. Hold yourself accountable. By being organized, you have more chance of success. Figure out where your road-blocks are and get others to help you strategize solutions. Make sure you include 3 meals and 2 snacks each 24 hours, and understand that breakfast is your most important meal, and lunch should be your largest meal; it’s OK to make them all equally moderate, too.
18. get enough restful sleep and relaxation time. Simplify your life, so you can concentrate on regaining your Health. Once that is done, then maintain it through “prevention and attention” (TM) . Live long and prosper. Make a positive difference in the world, now that you can plumb the depths of your wellness and have an inexhaustable supply of energy, as is your natural birthright.
I’ll flesh out these subjects and more as the year progresses, but start on this part now, especially becoming alkaline, so you have the best chance to really be healthy by December 2008.
Best to all — Em
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