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How would you feel if you knew you never have to take prescription medication again? Or that you would never get the dreaded seasonal flu every year? Is it possible?
Yes, it is! I have discovered some simple lifestyle habits that are easy to do and can completely transform your health. Since I started eating a high raw food, vegan diet, I have learned many things about how not to get sick. I have not been hospitalized for illnesses since adopting these lifestyle habits. I have not taken any form of medication or prescription drugs, nor have I been down with the flu for years! My blood tests show that I am fully mineralized and am in great health.
Do our genes decide whether or not we are prone to dis-ease or illness? Was I born with "good genes"? Quite the opposite, actually. I was born with thrush (systemic candida), yeast overgrowth, and severe digestive problems. I struggled throughout my teens and early twenties with arthritis before I discovered the power of plant-based foods, cleansing, and fasting. I have completely healed and overcome these is ailments through a swift change in my diet and lifestyle habits.
Below, I share things that have worked well for me and how I outsmart sicknesses, disease, or even a cold or flu.
1. Morning water
Keep a 32 oz. glass jar of water next to your bed and drink it as soon as you wake up. Try adding 1 tsp. of lemon juice and a pinch of salt for optimal absorption and extra alkalizing boost. Drink as much of it as you can before leaving your bedroom. This will help flush out any toxins your liver accumulated during sleep and the day before. It will also dramatically help get your bowels moving for the day and decrease sluggishness.
2. Daily Juice
Yes, it’s as simple as drinking a 16 oz. green juice every day (or most days) Make 2 or 3 days worth of celery or green juice at one time in your juicer (I like the Greenstar juicer) and store it in 16 oz. glass jars in your refrigerator. That way you can just grab one first thing in the morning before consuming food or beverages (other than water). Also works great for cleansing.
3. Sleep! At least 7-8 hours a night:
You’ve already heard this over and over, but it bears repeating. A good night's sleep is more important than any supplement you can take. Sleeping is when the most healing and reconstruction occurs. It’s the time when your body balances hormones, detoxes your liver, and re-energizes your entire system.
It is a time of rejuvenation which cannot be achieved any other way. Getting enough sleep also keeps your appetite in check. Appetite is stimulated by a certain hormone and when that hormone is out of balance because of lack of sleep, your appetite can be firing on overdrive. This leads to false hunger cues, over-eating and sugar cravings!
4. Regular Cleansing
Every change of season (4 times a year) do a 3-day juice fast, a liver flush, or an elimination cleansing to help your body flush and dump extra heavy metals, toxins and accumulated hormones, undigested proteins, and more. This is the fastest way to gain more energy, clarity, and happiness in your life, guaranteed! Do you think you are addicted to coffee or stimulants? Try a 3-day juice cleansing, and discover just how much energy you can have just from green juice!
5. Avoid grains, especially gluten and corn
Grains like wheat, rice, barley, and rye can be highly acidic to the body. The more acidic foods we eat, the more energy is being drained from the body as the body try to reverse the acidity in the food you eat. The more alkalizing foods you eat in the form of greens, fruits and veggies, the more fiber and alkaline minerals you have to nourish your body and keep the toxins moving out. Fact: Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment, so if you eat a highly alkalizing diet, you will be on the fast track to health.
6. Avoid meat and dairy
Meat and dairy (red meat, chicken, pork, milk, yogurt, and cheese) are also very acid-forming. When you consume meat and dairy, your body accumulates uric acid and excess proteins which can lead to bacteria growth and disease. Despite popular belief, science has proved over and over that consuming over 5% animal protein leads to cancer, osteoporosis, liver degeneration, and more.
7. Eat a High Alkaline Diet
Eat lots of leafy green vegetables by adding them into raw salads, smoothies or other cooked dishes. A high raw diet is beneficial for most people because raw foods are full of life-enhancing enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats which your body requires to function efficiently. It’s easy to get enough raw food daily in the form of green juices, salads, dehydrated bread, wraps and crackers, and sprouted nuts and seeds.
Make your diet 90% raw in the warm months and at least 75% raw in the cold months. It’s easy to warm your food without cooking it by placing it in your dehydrator at 118 degrees F, gently warm raw soups and sauces in a pot or put hot water in your blender with your green smoothies or raw soups. By eating mostly raw, you will be avoiding all processed and packaged foods, and your health will improve exponentially. You will also drastically reverse aging!
How? Raw foods contain all their natural enzymes, which means your body does not have to use its own enzymes to digest the food. Enzymes = Life. When your enzymes banks are used up by eating a SAD cooked, processed food diet, your life span drastically reduces.
8. Add in Superfoods
Chaga Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, tinctures, and herbs like astragalus, ashwagandha, and powders like spirulina will offer you the most immune boosting support for your health. Other adaptogenic herbs such as licorice, ginseng and he shou wu can greatly increase your nutrition while balancing your adrenals and hormones. Take some time to research all of these natural medicines and incorporate some of them into your daily routine.
I like Wild Harvest tinctures for all of their adaptogenic formulas (you can find one that is right for you). My favorite at the moment is Count to Zen to keep myself feeling grounded and harmonious in my daily interactions.
Doing regular acupuncture helps to keep your hormones balanced. It can do wonders for keeping all of your channels open, keeping you healthy. It has worked wonders for me with hormone balancing, menopause, and keeping my immune system firing during high-stress periods.
Diet and cleansing is so important when it comes to maintaining good health, but it is only half the piece to staying juicy. Believe it or not, our minds and emotions play just as big a role in keeping us from getting sick. A happy heart and soul make a healthy and energized body.
That’s why I love meditating. Meditating for 20 minutes a day can greatly improve your peace of mind and actually boost your immunity by lowering your cortisol levels. I use an app called Meditator or Insight Timer right on my phone. It’s as easy as committing to 1-5 minutes per day, especially in high-stress times during the day. Even just taking 5-10 deep breathes throughout the day will bring down stress hormones and keep you feeling balanced!