Basic Principles of Your Health
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Inflammation is an essential part of our survival package. From an evolutionary perspective, the biggest killer of Homo Sapiens has been infection, with cholera claiming a third of all deaths, ever. The body has to be alert to the possibility of any infection, to all of which it responds with inflammation.
However, inflammation is metabolically expensive and inherently destructive. It has to be, in order to kill infections by bacteria, viruses, parasites or whatever. For example, part of the immune defence involves a “scorched earth” policy – tissue immediately around an area of infection is destroyed so there is nothing for the invader to parasitise.
The mechanism by which the immune system kills these infections is by firing free radicals at it. However, if it fires too many free radicals, then this “friendly fire” will damage itself. Therefore, for inflammation to be effective it must be switched on, targeted, localised and then switched off. This entails extremely complex immune responses; clearly, there is great potential for things to go wrong.
Inflammation is also involved in the healing process. Where there is damage by trauma, there will be dead cells. Inflammation is necessary to clear away these dead cells and lay down new tissues.
Inflammation is characterised by heat and redness (heat alone is antiseptic), combined with swelling, pain and loss of function which immobilises the area being attacked by the immune system. This is necessary because physical movement will tend to massage the infection to other sites.
If one looks at life from the point of view of the immune system, it has a very difficult balancing act to manage. Too little reaction and we die from infection; too much reaction is metabolically expensive and damaging. If switched on inappropriately, the immune system has the power to kill us within seconds – an example of this being anaphylaxis.
When you have a job that requires sitting down the whole day, you know how stiff or even painful your body can feel at the end of the day. The reason is that, throughout the day, you have been ignoring the messages that your body is always giving you, “this position hurts”, “get up and stretch”, “time to quit and rest” and some more that you can probably fill out yourself.
If you ignore these messages – if you go through the day living between the top of your head and your chin, you won’t be aware of your back pain until it’s too late. The pain and other symptoms will be more severe and; therefore, it will be much harder to fix.
Follow these 2 simple tips on how you could avoid this.
- Set an alarm in your phone, computer or watch for every hour while you’re awake. For the next 15 – 30 seconds after the alarm sounds, check your body. How does every part of your body feel? Give attention to your toes, feet, legs, back (lower and upper part), stomach area, chest, shoulders, neck, arms, hands, fingers and your head. If you already are in pain, then you definitely need to make this very important “appointment” with yourself every 15 minutes! Then make sure that you move your body. Preferably walk away from you job and go to the toilet, printer, copier etc and do some small exercises and stretch. If you can’t walk away, then at least try to stand up every once in a while and stretch your body.
- Are you sitting correctly? If not, lift your breastbone. Are your shoulders up around your ears? Lower them.
If you would do this every hour, pretty soon, checking on your body throughout the day will become automatic and you won’t need the alarm anymore.
It is not always possible to protect ourselves against the influenza virus. This is because of the numerous different strains of the influenza virus. However, there are several things you can do in order to prevent a flu infection. The main thing is that you need to maintain a healthy immune system.
Follow these helpful hints to maintain a healthy immune system and reduce your chance of becoming infected with the influenza virus this season:
Wash your hands regularly
By washing your hands, you will decrease the likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose or mouth. Follow these 3 best handwashing technique.
- Use warm water
- Work up a good amount of soap all the way up to your wrists for at least 10 or 15 seconds.
- Clean all surfaces including the back of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and the often overlooked area; the fingernails.
The whole procedure should take preferably 1 ½ minute.
Don’t be tempted to use antibacterial soaps because this will be of no help. We are dealing with a virus and not a bacteria. The only thing you are likely to achieve is spreading an antibiotic resistant bacteria. Today researchers and doctors know that taking anti biotic or using anti bacteria soaps will only increase the chance that you will develop a bacterial infection.
After washing, spray some colloidal Silver on to your hands and rub this in. Use this also if you want to, safely, clean the surfaces of doorknobs, cutlery, telephones, mouse, keyboards etc.
The properties of colloidal silver have been known and documented for decades. By using this transdermally, the silver can help you in a safe way fighting of the invaders.
Get enough sleep
Make sure you get enough sleep. Regular rest will help keep you strong and help your immune system fight of any potential invaders. Your rest should be of high quality, and if you have trouble sleeping, then have a look at sleeping problems
Remember, the more rested you are, the quicker you will recover.
Exercise is an important factor in maintaining the health and well-being of your immune system. It helps to move the lymph system through the body, sheds unwanted pounds, removes toxins, improves Vitamin D production when done outside and improves blood circulation throughout the extremities.
Exercising helps your immune system to be more efficient in finding an illness before it has a chance to spread.
Decrease your stress
When you have a very stressful lifestyle (which most of us have), it is very important to decrease the amount of stress. Stress wears you emotionally and physically down. Being under too much stress or too long, will have a negative impact on your immune system. Your defences will be too weak to keep any invader out. It’s like opening your home for everybody and anybody.
Learn to manage your stress by eliminating the persons or situation which cause an increase in the stress level that you feel each day. You may believe it is impossible to remove these situations from your life, but it is much more difficult to accommodate your lifestyle to the stress related illnesses in which it can result.
You can also benefit using the following stress reducing tips:
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Deep breathing
- Exercise (swimming, dancing, team sports etc)
- Listen to or play music
- Spending time with close family or friends.
- Visualizations & Affirmations
- Take up a hobby (painting, writing, woodcraft, gardening, reading, puzzles etc)
Most importantly doing something that you like or even love doing. If you don’t have a hobby, it is really important to find one. If you type in “list of hobbies” in Google, you’ll find several interesting sites. Especially from Wikipedia They have a very good and inspirational list of all sorts of hobbies. Really worthwhile to have a look at. Even if you already have hobbies but want to start something completely different. You could also have a look at bookshops or libraries for hobby books and magazines.
By keeping a positive mindset, you will find it easier to stay relaxed and at the same time have a healthy immune system with maximized defences. This will help you minimize the risk of becoming ill and help you recover faster when you have become ill.
Get your nutrition right.
We really are what we eat, which means that our diets and the foods that we consume each day, will have a significant impact on your immune system.
Eliminate as much processed foods and sugar from your diet as possible. A teaspoon of sugar will have an immediate and negative impact on your immune system for up to six hours. It is better satisfying your taste buds with sweet organic fruit than with ice cream or chocolate.
By eating more alkaline food (large amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits) and lowering the acidic foods such as meats, dairy, sugary foods, fast foods, pastas and white food products, you will be able to support your immune system much better. How to maintain the best balance is explained the book Simple Steps to Optimum Health by Roddy MacDonald.
Research has found that vitamin C will help to boost the immune system and increase the number of white blood cells which are produced in the body in order to help fight the influenza virus. Vitamin C can be taken as supplements using the dosage as suggested on the bottle. The purest form of Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, but when ingested it can cause aggressive stomach and bowel activity. When taken transdermally the bowel and stomach are bypassed, and the product is fed straight into the bloodstream. Here you will find more info about Transdermal Vitamin C.
Be sure that you do not take vitamin C supplements or fruit with vitamin C in the evening because it will keep you awake.
Because our body needs about 64 minerals to function normally and vitamins and minerals need each other, it is important to take in mineral plant-derived supplements. In How to Avoid Mineral Depletion in Your Food it is explained why we don’t have the minerals in our food anymore and therefore the need of supplements.
Vitamin D is a potent antibiotic, increasing the body’s proteins production, called antimicrobial peptides. These proteins destroy the cell wands of bacteria, funghi and viruses, which includes the flu! This will decrease the length of any illness caused by viruses and bacteria.
Simply the best way to get vitamin D is from safe sun exposure. But this needs to be done on a daily basis with as much skin exposed to the sun.
Now this is not really appealing during the winter, even 5 minutes are a big challenge, let alone anything longer than that. So the next best thing is taking a vitamin D supplement. This should be vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). If you have liver or kidney problems, make sure that you read the section “Vitamin D supplements” in Vitamin D and Sunshine from Dr. Sarah Myhill.
Omega 3 Fats
Omega 3 fats, EPA & DHA, are essential in supporting your immune system as research has shown. They help us by providing a greater resistance to common illnesses as the flu.
Detox Your Body and Stay Hydrated
Drink as much water as possible each day to help flush out toxins and waste products. This actually helps to decrease the workload on the kidneys and improves your immune system.
Drinking a Nettle herbal tea will help you cleanse your body and blood and give some extra nutrition. Make sure you still drink extra water because Nettle has a drying effect on your body.
Check out our special Flu Prevention Packet. This packet will help your immune system keeping the flu at bay.
It is critically important for the body to maintain blood sugar levels within a narrow range. If the blood sugar level falls too low, energy supply to all tissues, particularly the brain, is impaired. However, if blood sugar levels rise too high, then this is very damaging to arteries and the long term effect of arterial disease is heart disease and strokes. This is caused by sugar sticking to proteins and fats to make AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products) which accelerate the ageing process.
Normally, the liver controls blood sugar levels. It can create the sugar from glycogen stores inside the liver and releases sugar into the blood stream minute by minute in a carefully regulated way to cope with body demands which may fluctuate from minute to minute. Excess sugar flooding into the system after a meal can be mopped up by muscles, but only so long as there is space there to act as a sponge. This occurs when we exercise Exercise – the right sort. This system of control works perfectly well until we upset it by eating the wrong thing or not exercising. Eating excessive sugar at one meal, or excessive refined carbohydrate, which is rapidly digested into sugar, can suddenly overwhelm the muscle and the liver’s normal control of blood sugar levels.
We evolved over millions of years eating a diet that was very low in sugar and had no refined carbohydrate. Control of blood sugar therefore largely occurred as a result of eating this Stone Age diet and the fact that we were exercising vigorously, so any excessive sugar in the blood was quickly burned off. Nowadays the situation is different: we eat large amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrate and do not exercise enough in order to burn off this excessive sugar. The body therefore has to cope with this excessive sugar load by other mechanisms.
When food is digested, the sugars and other digestive products go straight from the gut in the portal veins to the liver, where they should all be mopped up by the liver and processed accordingly. If excessive sugar or refined carbohydrate overwhelms the liver, the sugar spills over into the systemic circulation. If not absorbed by muscle glycogen stores, high blood sugar results, which is extremely damaging to arteries. If one were exercising hard, this would be quickly burned off. However, if one is not, then other mechanisms of control are brought into play. The key player here is insulin, a hormone excreted by the pancreas. This is very good at bringing blood sugar levels down and it does so by shunting the sugar into fat. Indeed, this includes the “bad” cholesterol LDL. There is then a rebound effect and blood sugars may well go too low. Low blood sugar is also dangerous to the body because the energy supplied to all tissues is impaired. When the blood sugar is low, this is called “hypoglycaemia”. Subconsciously, people quickly work out that eating more sugar alleviates these symptoms, but of course they invariably overdo things; the blood sugar level then goes high and one ends up on a roller coaster ride of blood sugar level going up and down throughout the day.
Ultimately, this leads to metabolic syndrome or syndrome X – a major cause of disability and death in Western societies, since it is the forerunner of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, degenerative conditions and cancer.