Spring of 2020 finds many of us “locked down” due to a global viral pandemic. Schools are closed, businesses are shutterd and we are told to practice social distancing. Television and social media are a 24/7 source of information about the challenge. With all this going on it may appear as though all is lost and we are in a hopeless situation. However, all is not hopeless because we have control over our daily routine. This article will describe how we can go about our day in a positive manner that will help us during this trying time.
Anyone having played organized football and or having watched football on television has probably heard a coach say: “The best defense is a good offense.” Perhaps we can take this advice and formulate this strategy into improving our health so as to make us more resistant to the present disease we are facing and, even to other health conditions such as premature aging, dementia, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Consider the following healthy daily routine.
Upon awakening, drink a large glass of water. Water is necessary for all the chemical reactions that take place in our body. It is also an important way we eliminate toxins and waste products from the body. It is estimated that 75% of all Americans dehydrated or are underhydrated. One third of us mistake thirst for hunger- so instead of drinking water we eat, and we know what that leads to…. Most people should drink 2 liters or half a gallon of water/day.
Have a healthy breakfast of protein, vegetables and healthy fats. For example: two eggs, a serving cup of vegetables that might include carrots, broccoli and cabbage and a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Another vegetable option is to eat a handful of sprouts. You can grow your own sprouts from seed on your kitchen countertop by using a sprout jar. Amazon has a product called “Broccoli And Friends Mix” which contains a variety of different seeds.
Now that we’ve hydrated and fueled ourselves, we can gently get warmed up. Anyone with a dog or cat knows that their animal gently stretches upon arising. We should do the same. It is important to do some slow stretching exercises and nothing too vigorous. In fact, the first hour after arising shouldn’t consist of any heavy lifting or carrying. Nor should we engage in repetitive bending at the waist or finding ourselves in an awkward position. The body responds best to gently warming up for the first hour of our day.
(the finish of this post, Part Two, will be posted tomorrow)