We’re sick! And I don’t mean the “we’re really cool” kind of sick, just the plain old boring sick.
We feel extremely tired, stressed out, just stuck in a brain fog, having to deal with frequent headaches, indigestion, insomnia and several other “little” and “routine” problems that no over-the-counter or prescription medication seems to get a grip on.
We are all suffering from unhealthy lifestyles. Not only because of our own choices, but the choices that were made even before we were born. Just look around. The rates of cancer, auto-immune diseases, obesity, allergies, and depression are skyrocketing, breaking new records year after year. We are a sick people.
Oh … the cells (sigh)
I strongly agree with the idea presented by Raymond Francis in his book “Never Be Sick Again”. Francis argues that disease only occurs when our cells are malfunctioning. And that we need to stop being so specific about what kind of symptoms or particular diseases we have and start thinking about disease as a whole. We are either healthy or we are sick. Just as a car would begin to malfunction without (or with the wrong kind of) fuel, when we don’t give our bodies what it needs, it will not function properly.
We can nourish our bodies (and cells) in so many ways: with proper nutrition (seeking out natural, unprocessed and organic varieties of foods), with psychological support (reducing anxiety and stress, for example), with physical activity (through low impact exercise). And last but certainly not least, we must reduce our exposure to toxins and chemicals.
Ew … the toxins (ugh)
Our body is quite amazing. It has the ability to heal itself and correct anything that’s not quite right given the proper tools. We naturally cleanse through our organs that eliminate and filter toxic substances and waste. But when we overload our bodies with the crazy amount of toxicity that surrounds us, detoxifying becomes quite a difficult task. Research shows that babies are born with over 200 different man made chemicals. And this number grows to 700 by adulthood. That’s you and me right now!
There are five major sources of toxins: food, water, environment, beauty and personal care products, and stress and negative thinking. 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed and goes straight into our bloodstream. Unfortunately, children absorb 40 to 50% more than adults. The average woman wears nearly 515 chemicals a day. Now consider the sprays of cleaning products that accidentally reach our skin or the fumes and air pollution that we can’t run away from. It’s a lot!
Ah … waken
That little bleach is certainly not gonna hurt, right? Is fluoride from toothpastes really safe for everyday use? Is aluminum from deodorants really necessary? Is it really okay to take antibiotics at the first sign of illness? Should I eat something that was made to never rot? Is food supposed to have a shelf life of, say, two years? Is that boxed freezer food a really good value? Are there any possible side effects to what I am about to put in or on my body?
The good news is that we can change things. After all “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. When I first started my journey into a healthier lifestyle the more I read the more I became worried about the damage I had already caused me and my family. But if there is one thing we can all agree on is that we can’t change the past. We can only act now. All of this information is not there to make you paranoid and completely overwhelmed, we can do one thing at a time, little by little. Being awaken to what surrounds us is a good thing. Awareness is a good thing. It brings us to reflect on the choices we make. It moves us towards better decisions. And …
if I can do it, you can do it yourself!
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Sources and Resources
Never Be Sick Again: Health is a Choice, Learn How to Choose It by Raymond Francis with Kester Cotton
The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering your Health and Rebuilding your Immunity by Donna Gates and Linda Schatz
In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan