As always there are things, the body requires in order for you to keep yourself healthy.
And as always there are things we do to our bodies that keep it stressed out heading for illness and disease.
This season, instead of stressing yourself out going through the holidays feeling lousy look at these five simple yet important factors that can keep you healthy.
1. Wash your hands
Something so simple can keep you healthy all year long.
I’m always amazed at the amount of people that DO NOT wash their hands after they’ve gone to the bathroom.
Most widespread disease comes from not washing your hands. Causing a lot of problems not only for yourself, but for all of us that come in contact with what you’ve touched.
The single most inspirational invention that stopped the spread of rampant disease was the toilet. Affectionately referred to as the crapper.
Although Thomas Crapper was not the actual man to design the toilet, he was the man that brought it to its acclaimed fame. The flushing toilet was originally invented by John Harrington in 1596. Although, Crapper, a plumber who lived in the 1800’s, heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom. This action stopped the practice of dumping unsanitary waste into the streets. Singlehandedly solving major health epidemics.
Parasites, bacterias, and viruses all spread by touch. They’re fueled by unsanitary practices.
The need to educate people on how to wash their hands is a must, at least from what I’ve witnessed. More times than I can count I see people walk out of the bathroom without even attempting to wash their hands. Some do a half-hearted effort by turning the water on swishing their hands through. But that won’t stop the spread of disease. Most of what makes us sick is actually located underneath the fingernails. Washing your hands paying close attention to cleaning under the nail is a healthier way to wash your hands keeping you from infecting yourself and others. Washing your hands before you handle food and eating is a must.
You don’t even need to use anti-bacterial soap. There is no need to kill the germ. The immune system can do that if one sneaks by. However, there is a need to clean the germs off washing them down the drain.
2. Get the rest you’re needing
Actually the body needs more rest than what’s taken or thought necessary. Most times a body need’s between 8 and 12 hours of sleep. Children need at least 10 to 12 hours. But, few rarely get that. I’ve had a client tell me she wouldn’t be able to see her children if they were allowed to sleep that much. Living healthy is not up to whether or not you get to see your children. They, and all of us need to sleep more than is allowed.
Children should be asleep, including, and sometimes more, teenagers before 8:00 pm. Adults should be in bed asleep before 10:00.
Sleep is so important for a growing body. Sleep rejuvenates and heals all while sleeping. Especially for anyone experiencing Adrenal Fatigue.
3. Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day
One way to keep the body out of stress is to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Every couple of hours you should be replenishing. At this point, it’s not even as important as to what you eat, but more important that you eat something to keep the metabolism moving in the right direction. However, this does not give you free reign to eat just anything. Eating fresh foods especially vegetables is the most important way to do it. Vegetables are a more stable means to carbohydrates allowing the body to fuel itself. Keeping you going for much longer durations. Eliminating the need for high sugar foods or caffeine products to give you the much-needed energy.
By supplying more substantial foods more often, the body is actually under less stress even in stressful environments. Stress is the leading killer for humans these days causing all kinds of illness and disease.
4. Eliminate sugar consumption
They call it flu season for a reason. With the holiday festivities coming up, it leads to more sugar consumption than any other time of the year. This year, look at eliminating all high sugar foods from your diet. Staying at or under 6 grams of sugar per serving is superb.
Sugar is the incubating place for all bacterias, viruses, and parasites. By eliminating the consumption of sugar products or high carbohydrate foods such as pastas and pastries, you can keep yourself much healthier eliminating the need to feel as if you need to get a flu shot. All the protection you’ll need is in fewer sugar carbs.
5. Say NO when applicable
Guilt plays a huge role in making individuals sick each and every year. And the holiday season fuels guilt. Families expect you to be present whether you can or not. Whether you want to or not. Whether there are conflicts or not. It’s just not the holidays if you can’t get together with the family and friends right?? The “I wish you were here” or “we’ll miss you since you’re not able to be here” are guilt plays. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of feeling as if you need to say yes when your body and mind are screaming to say NO. Remember if you’re not healthy you cannot help others. You need to be present with yourself first offering love and tenderness to your body about what you’re feeling and thinking first. Otherwise, you’re likely to end up as a Raggedy Ann or Andy. No strength or bone structure at all. How beneficial will you be then? Say no when you’re intuition is telling you to.
As one of the rules to the Four Agreements states; a book about an Indian culture that lives well. Staying healthy is about ALWAYS DOing YOUR BEST. Meaning your best will change from moment to moment. It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret. Doing something simply for the sake of pleasing others is not necessarily the best thing to do at all times.
Enjoying the holidays does not have to be a challenge by restricting yourself. It’s about making better choices.
Enjoy the holidays but observe the five basic principals and you’ll sail through healthily.