The consumption of:
Processed/refined sugar (cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.)
Too much animal food
All pasteurized dairy products-milk,butter, cheese, ice cream, most yogurts, etc.
Carbonated drinks (alcoholic, energy drinks, soda, etc)
Fruit and Vegetable juices from concentrate
Food allergens (e.g. soy, corn, dairy, wheat, nuts, grains, etc.)
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) (corn, cotton, canola, soy products)
All types of junk food
Refined oils (vegetable oils and (partially)hydrogenated oils)
Artificial sweeteners, additives/preservatives and coloring
Baked goods-Candy-Chips-all processed foods
Poor thinking patterns
Emotional, physical, spiritual and mental stress
Toxic living environments
Chronic dehydration (nothing hydrates the body but water alone)
Prescription drug use (e.g. antibiotics)
Poor Sleeping Patterns
History of Poor Digestion
Illegal drug use
EMF’s (from cell phones, wifi, etc.)
Medical Procedures (like CT scans exposing you to large amounts of radiation)
Pollution from the air, water and soil
Odorless Gases (e.g. radon)
Recycled air in the workplace
The buffering systems we have in our bodies (totaling 7 all together) to help eliminate all this acidic waste become overworked and rundown. All of these lifestyle and environmental factors tax your body too much and the body cannot keep itself well anymore. Your cells now become acidic, have low cellular charge, toxic, oxygen deficient and nutrient deficient. As a result, your cells bathe in a soil that allow them to change forms and multiple bacteria and viruses now have the environment to cause multiple symptoms of infectious disease.
Tips on how to get well faster
- Drink water only (at least a gallon per day): Water helps to flush out acidic waste produced by the infections. All carbonated drinks and sports drinks will only increase acidity and help to proliferate unhealthy micro-forms.
- Fasting: We have been taught to feed a cold-flu but when we eat it causes our bodies to utilize lots of energy and reduces the ability of our immune cells to destroy the bacterial and viral infections. Feeding a cold-flu will only prolong your illness.
- Rest, Rest, Rest: When you rest and conserve energy, your body can use its energy attacking the infection. Since you will be drinking water and fasting, you will need to conserve as much energy as possible.
- Drinking homemade diluted vegetable juices: When you drink diluted fresh vegetable juice while being sick, you are providing the body with alkaline mineral rich ingredients that can help to neutralize the metabolic acids caused by the bacterial and viral infections. You also provide the body with vitamins and antioxidants to boost your immune system. These juices are also great for your gut and helps cleanse the liver. Assisting the gut and liver with these juices will speed up the healing process.
These four practices are a great way to assist the body with its own healing abilities. These practices can be found in Dr Bieler’s book, “Food Is Your Best Medicine.”
Now that we have spent time looking at how the body becomes breathing ground for infectious disease, let us turn towards how we get the body back into balance and prevent illness from occurring at all.
Is it possible to survive the cold and flu season without getting sick?
Is it possible that I can have a household sick and still avoid getting sick?
The answer to both questions is yes! When we get sick from the inside out and not the outside in, then it is possible.
The Cycle of Balance
Step 1 Cleanse
We hear so much about detoxing the body today and it is vital for not only resetting the body’s biochemistry but also for remaining well long-term. Here are some necessary things you must do in this first step to create a healthy internal environment. You must clean out the garbage before the body gets well. This first step is the beginning of increasing cellular charge, pH balancing the body, nourishing the body and reducing overall cellular toxicity.
1.Drinking mineral rich ionized Kangen water. Most bottled and filtered waters are acidic and void of any alkalizing/pH balancing minerals. Kangen water is filled with alkalizing minerals that help to neutralize acidic waste in the body. Minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. Wetter (a reduced surface tension), mineral rich and antioxidant rich Kangen water is a great way to neutralize cellular acidity and prevent the use of your electrolyte buffering system to do so. One of the easiest and best ways to change the water your cells bathe in is changing the liquid you drink.
2. Drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables. Just like when you are sick and want to get well, drinking organic (if possible) freshly prepared juices will increase oxygen in the blood, neutralize acidic debris in the blood and tissues, create a higher cellular charge, pull toxins out of your cells and nourish the body all at the same time. Your body needs the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and chlorophyll in these foods to clean house.
3. Saunas Using any type of sauna is a great way to cleanse the body through your skin. Working up to 30 minutes each session for 3 or more times a week would be a great help and speed up the process of eliminating toxins from the body. If you have any major medical conditions, please consult your physician before incorporating the sauna into your weekly routine. The goal is to increase your sweat time and a great way to do so besides exercise is in the sauna.
4. Exercise Aerobic exercise is a great way to rid the body of toxins because it also increases sweating just like the sauna. Anaerobic exercise is beneficial as well but make sure that you are sweating while doing any form of weight training. Burst training is another way you can increase your heart rate, build strength, increase perspiration and eliminate toxins. Whatever form your exercise takes, ensure that you are perspiring!
5. Deep Breathing When you do deep breathing exercises, you are increasing oxygen in the blood stream and exhaling toxins out of the lungs. There are numerous ways you can do deep breathing so search online until you find a technique that you like and enjoy doing. The good news about deep breathing is that it has some of the same benefits as aerobic exercise, so for those who are limited in mobility this is a safe alternative.
6. Correcting automatic negative thought patterns. A therapy called, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” will teach you how to change your negative thinking patterns that may lead to negative emotions and maladaptive behaviors. Your body is ease dropping on your thoughts and can either assist in making you sick or well. Working through your negative thinking habits and incorporating positive thinking will help to cleanse the mind and create a healthier mind and body.
7. Clean out your gut! Believe it or not, but the the first 6 on this list will help to create a better intestinal environment. The gut is vital when it comes to overall health and/or disease. We suggest taking enzymes and probiotics like our Core Health Pack or Digestive Health to help clean your intestines of undigested food, yeast/fungus and re-populate your intestines with the bacteria it needs to protect your body from harmful pathogens that may enter the bloodstream because of poor digestion. Your cells becoming chronically acidic, toxic and malnourished begins in the gut.
8. Eliminate as many environmental toxins as you can. The list of environmental toxins listed earlier is a good checklist to go by to help you clean up your living environment. While we cannot eliminate all potential hazards, do the best you can to reduce your exposure to these toxins. Our external environment does play a role in how healthy or unhealthy our cells function.
These 8 steps will do wonders for your health and get you headed in a good direction. Even though these practices are about “cleansing” the body, it is preferred that you make them a part of your new lifestyle as much as you can. Our environment and nutrition are so toxic these days, that daily practices of continual detox are imperative.
During this stage, stay away from the toxic foods and drinks as well. In the beginning you may feel worse before feeling better because of the amount of toxin being eliminated at once, so go at your own pace. Again, for those who are chronically sick already, please speak with your physician before doing any type of cleansing protocol.
Step 2 Nourish
The lifestyle practices discussed here, are all a part of how to sustain a slightly alkaline state, increase cellular charge, create a non-toxic cellular environment and a body that is adequately nourished. These practices will ensure the water your cells bathe in remains clean and healthy, in turn, your cells remain in a healthy state.
Chiropractic Care: Your central nervous system is vital for sustained bodily function and to keep your immune system strong. Any type of scoliosis or subluxation (pinching of the nerves) in the spinal area will reduce your immune function and increase atrophy of your organ function. You need optimal nerve supply to the body for optimal function and going to a chiropractor routinely is the way to do that.
Fasting: utilizing the fasting instructions in step 1 a few times a month will help you rid the body of excess cellular garbage. Use up any stored energy, clear the mind and give your digestive system and liver some rest utilizing the foods you eat for fuel.
Routine sleeping patterns: going to bed and rising in the morning at the same time is ideal for proper bodily function. Routine and restful sleep allows the body to cleanse itself over the nighttime hours. Avoid eating about 3 hours before bed to ensure your body detoxes while you sleep.
Exercise: a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises.
Relaxation techniques: doing a form of relaxation (e.g. deep breathing) to de-stress will help keep the body from over-stressing and avoid producing acidic waste in the body.
Correcting any deficiencies in the body: getting your blood work done to see if you are deficient or have too much of any nutrient is imperative. Checking your vitamin and mineral levels is an example. Many people are vitamin D and B12 deficient, so correcting deficiencies will ensure your cells are functioning at optimal levels.
Sweat! Sweat! Sweat! exercise, being outdoors, saunas are all great ways to ensure you are riding the body of toxicity and acidic waste and increasing oxygen levels in the blood.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinking water is the only liquid that can flush out acidic waste in the body. Ionized (mineral rich) and antioxidant rich Kangen water is a great way to neutralize acidic waste and give your cells a great place to swim. To learn more, click HERE.
Eliminate any food allergens: We hear so much about food allergies today. Common allergens come from wheat, peanuts, soy, dairy, corn, food dyes/coloring, food additives, etc. Eliminating these and other foods that are processed is a good place to start. You can use the pulse test re-introducing these foods after abstaining from them for at least 30 days but do so one at a time. If your normal resting pulse rate increases after 20 to 45 minutes after consuming these foods, then you know you’re having a reaction to the food. Avoiding the food is your best option.
Foods to eat!
The general list of foods below will create a balanced internal environment over time. We are not going to list alkaline and acidic foods here because it is misleading since some acidic foods alkalize the system. Just avoid many of the types of foods listed earlier in this article. The list provided here are general categories with some examples. These foods will pH balance the body, increase cellular charge and nourish your body.
Organic and Raw Leafy Green Vegetables: kale, spinach, collard greens, box choy, swiss chard, etc.
Organic raw berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, elderberry, etc.
Organic fruits: lemons, limes, avocado, unsweet grapefruit, tomatoes, cucumber, granny smith apples, etc.
Organic and Raw-Lightly Steamed Cruciferous vegetables: cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli.
Sprouts: alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, broccoli sprouts, etc.
Sprouted grains: millet, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, etc.
Wild caught fist: salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, etc.
Raw Soaked nuts and seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, etc.
Freshly ground flax seeds: eat them as soon as you grind them.
Organic berry smoothies: there are lots of recipes online.
Organic fresh vegetable juices: there are lots of recipes online.
Minimal citrus-high sugar fruits
Raw oats: soaked overnight with almond milk with added nuts, seeds, spices (cinnamon), apples, etc.
Fermented Vegetables: sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, etc. Make sure they do not contain any food additives and/or coloring. Organic is best.
Fermented Drinks: kombucha, diluted apple cider vinegar
Organic-grass fed meat: just minimize consumption to 2 or 3 times a week.
Soaked and cooked beans and lentils
Potatoes of all sorts
You will notice that this is a dominantly plant-based food guide. We consume too many acidic foods these days, so it requires a drastic shift to get your body back into balance. You can alter your ratios of what to eat over time and find out what works for you. We are all different, so just listen to your body and it will not steer you wrong. There’s FREE Recipes HERE and even more in our Book!
Now that you have the beginners guide to change your internal environment, here are some questions for you:
What are you ready to do now?
How are you going to get there?
What did you learn in this article?
What did you like best about the article?
What was confusing?
What questions do you have?
We’d love to hear your feedback!
To life, health, longevity and happiness!!
Enzyme Nutritionist & Blog Writer
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