Monday, August 6, 2012

What to do When You are Sick

Being sick sucks. I am very lucky that I do not get sick very often. In the rare occasion I do, I remember why I eat the way I do to help my body stay very healthy and ward off illness. Also remember, being sick once every three years is really not all that bad. Occasionally being ill can be very good for our bodies, as much as being sick is no fun. Having our bodies fight off a bug will help our bodies to remember what to fight and how to fight. Think about our soldiers, if they did not have their war games and practices, how would they be able to go into a battle and win? They need to be practicing every day to be on top of their game. Our bodies are very similar. Yes, we do fight off many different bugs on a daily basis just from living in the toxic, sick world we live in. This will help our bodies then once they do get sick on remembering how to fight and what to fight.The other great thing about getting the occasional cold, is lowering our risk for an autoimmune disease. A big part in autoimmune diseases, is our bodies forget what to fight. So, they begin attacking themselves. This is a great way for our bodies to get ride of cells that might not be functioning well and are "sick" themselves. There are many benefits to the occasional "under the weather" bug. Even if it is once a year thing you fight a cold, it is really not that big of a deal, especially if you are healthy the rest of the time. Give your body some good rest and TLC and you are going to be healthier in the end

A few tips and tricks to help you over come your sickness quickly, should it come:
*Avoid sugar
*Sip on bone broths
*Stay hydrated with water, keferi kombucha and warm herbal teas
*Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep.
*Take some extra Vit. D
*Eat less. I know this sounds strange, but have you watched a dog? When they are sick, they stay near water and do not eat until they are feeling better and they sleep. This is true for colds and such, I am not talking about some major illness, use your noggin and common sense.
*Soak in the tub with Epsom salt. This is also a great way to get some magnesium into your body.
*DO NOT WORK OUT!!!!!! You might think I am crazy with this one, but I am not. Allow your body this time to recover and focus on healing. When you are working out, your body is going to take away from the immune system and healing the body needs to do and will instead be focused on rebuilding the muscles. By training while you are sick and the few days after for recovery, you can pro-long the illness and possibly relapse, which is worse. It is not going to be the end of the world if you do not work out. I know how hard this is to combat, I have struggled too many times with it from myself and coaches to get back to quickly. Even if it is a week or longer, you will be fine. After you begin to feel better, do not start hard works out the next day, be 100% better, give yourself a day or two and then slowly work your way back into your regular training. Again, too quickly and you can relapse, over train and do extensive damage to your body. Remember, we train for survival, not weight lose or maintenance.

I hope this helps a bit.
Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
God's many blessing,

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