As you can probably tell from my last few posts, I'm working on getting healthier. Most of my life, growing up, I've been a very healthy person, with the exception of 2 instances when I was a kid and ended up in the hospital, once was to remove my tonsils (something that was done to a lot of kids in my generation) and a more serious incident when I had a staph infection in my hip joint, I almost lost my leg at the hip, but that old saying is so true, what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. :)
I rarely get sick, and when I do, it's typically just a shadow of what other people get, I might feel bad for a day or two, I might get a short lived cough, but as I am getting older, 46 to be exact, my body isn't what it used to be and I am starting to feel the effects of aging... I don't want to hear from the old timers who have real issues, I know these things are pretty minor, and that is the point, I'm trying to cut it off at the pass before these little issues become big issues. I want to be able to continue living my off grid life for as long as possible and to do that means I need to be as healthy and fit as possible. I am beginning to feel pain, pain from sleeping, pain from doing everyday things, it's not terrible pain, just a low lying reminder that I am not as young as I used to be.
The biggest thing I can do for myself is eating better... I love sweets, I love starches, I love fried anything, I also tend to eat once a day, these are all things that aren't good for me I know. I have been getting off the sweets over the last few years, in fact I tend to not eat sweets as much as I used to, and there is no way I'll be going to the artificial chemical sweeteners, I'll stick with the real stuff thank you very much! The only alternative sweetener I use from time to time is xylitol, and that is in major moderation. Fried foods are going away for me too, mainly because of the inconvenience of frying foods, the mess and the amount of propane it takes to get oil up to that temp., I tend to get my fried foods when I go out to eat, which isn't very often. The starches are going to be the hardest, I'll work on it. :)
Here is what I have started doing, and even though it's only been about a week since I've started this, I can already feel the difference. First off, I needed to check my PH, the more alkaline the body, the healthier, the more acidic the body, the less healthy you are. I dug out my PH test strips and sure enough, I'm on the acidic side, no surprise there. So I looked up alkalizing foods, the quickest and easiest ones for me to do are lemons and yogurt. I purchased a bag of lemons and picked up a yogurt drink. It's getting harder and harder to find things like yogurt that isn't filled with toxins like artificial sweeteners, even the ones that contain sugar are likely to also contain artificial sweeteners. I found one by Lala that is sweet but has no artificial sweeteners, so I have been drinking one or two bottles in the afternoon.
First thing in the morning, I fill a glass half full of water and squeeze half a lemon into it, I drink this straight, nothing else added. I love lemon water, it's something I often drink at restaurants instead of soft drinks or tea. The lemon water, even though it is acidic itself, it does have an alkalizing effect on the body. Yogurt is also supposed to be alkalizing, now that I know I like the yogurt drink, I'll start buying plain yogurt and making my own drink, I'll post whatever recipe I find. I suspect it will contain yogurt (of course), xylitol, agave syrup, something to flavor it, perhaps a pure juice (pineapple, orange, lemon...) or cocoa... add enough water to thin it to a drink consistency and I'll be set. Who knows, maybe I'll start making my own yogurt.
I also ordered a couple of alkalizing items from Amazon, both are liquid and easy to add to my morning lemon water. One is Body Rescue Alkalizing Booster PH Drops (1.25 oz), this is supposed to increase the alkalinity of your body, I have been looking into PH drops like this but with the many different ones available on the internet, I didn't know which one to pick, this was recommended by a lady on the DMSO Yahoo group that I frequent, with the price being as little as it is, I decided to give that one a try.
The other one I ordered is BodyBio/E-Lyte - 8 Selenium Trace Minerals 2 oz, (there is a cheaper one on Amazon, but when you add in shipping, it's no longer cheaper, this one has free shipping and is overall the least expensive), the main reason for this is it's anti-cancer, you use 3 drops a day, mixed with liquid, that will give me 200 mcg of selenium per day, it IS possible to take too much of this, but what I read it would take 400 mcg per day over a long period to become toxic. I'm probably going to add other trace minerals to my diet, but for now, this is the biggie for me.
1) It has Anti cancer properties
2) It is an immune system stimulant and has antiviral properties
3) Selenium is essential for Proper Heart Function
4) It is the precursor to the powerful antioxidant Glutathione
5) It is involved in production of thyroid hormone
6) Involved in Muscular strength
7) Required for healthy sperm function
Of course, I'm not worried about #7 LOL, but for you guys, it might be something to consider. Once I take this for a while, then I'll probably cut back to one or two drops per day, perhaps by my second bottle. There is cancer in my family, I'm trying to head that one off at the pass.
I'm still taking vitamin D3, cinnamon w/chromium, and turmeric extract every day. I'll be adding more supplements to my diet as time goes by, I do prefer adding things one or two at a time, that way I can better gauge how my body reacts. Egads, I just remembered, I must be turning into my grandparents (on my mother's side), when I was a kid, I would spend the night with them, in the mornings and in the evenings, they would both sit at the kitchen table, a plethora of bottles between them, my grandpa would divvy out the various pills between the two of them, then they would take handfuls of vitamins and supplements... I suppose I come by this naturally :)
So what do you do to stay healthy?
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