I danced at this amazing even called the “dance co-op”. Live DJ, no talking, and fifty barefooted sweaty people dancing their hearts out for 2 hours. Before leaving the house I was totally paranoid about getting sick. Everyone and their brother is getting sick this season. Even my friends who never get sick are getting laid out by this flu going around. I refuse to be one of those people. I’m headed to Tampa, Florida this week and don’t want to miss out on the amazing mastermind I’m attending – much less miss the sun and warmth.
So I took all my precautions and had my emergency precautions handy to use if needed. Here's what I did.
- I ate kimchi and sauerkraut. I ate about 1/2 cup of kimchi before heading out the dance. Now I knew that my breath might offend, but thankfully there is no talking at the dance so there’s no way anyone would even know. Kimchi has shown to be effective against the avian flu and other influenza outbreaks. If you are new to kimchi or sauerkraut, you might want to start with just a couple forkfuls and work your way up to larger amounts over the course of a week. Otherwise you’ll experience gas and bloating.
- I took a day off. Yes, I did. It was great. The next day I was feeling pretty run down so I took the day off and laid around taking naps. I took three 45-minute naps. Listening to your body when you are tired takes practice and skill. Otherwise it’s too easy to turn to coffee or stimulants to get through the rest of the day. This is the worst idea during cold and flu season because the extra work when you really just need rest can be the straw that breaks the camels back.
- I fasted for a day. I drank only green juice for 24 hours to help my body rest up and catch up with whatever was going on inside. Sometimes I get stronger food cravings right before I get sick. There are cravings rather than my body asking nicely for something. The difference is subtle if you haven’t yet learned to listen to your body. You can learn how to do that in my upcoming group cleanse. Let’s think about what’s actually happening when you have a cold or the flu. You are snotty, runny, sore, tired, and fuzzy headed. You may have a fever. These are all ways that your body is working to not just kill off the invading bacteria or virus, but also to quickly remove toxins from the system that are building up from the microbe invasion. If you think of the cold or flu as your body forcing a cleanse then it will help you better understand how to not get sick. Snot is a toxin superhighway. Your body is eliminating acidic byproducts through mucus. Consider cleansing regularly as a way to keep your toxic load lighter. #juicefastforaday
- I take an extra probiotic right before bed. This helps boost immunity and kill off any organisms that are trying to proliferate in the gut. Say you ate tons of sugar recently and have been stressed out and maybe even drinking coffee. You are feeding the yeast and sugar-loving bacteria and they are peeing and pooping in your bloodstream. Yep. Gross. And your body will try to get that out. Give yourself a hand.
- I sleep in. Rest, rest, and more rest. I can’t say it enough. It makes a big difference whether you get sick or not. When you are resting your stress hormones decrease which is great for your immune system and intestinal bacteria.
- I sweat. Since getting the cold or flu is basically creating a toxin superhighway, you can help your body get all the excess toxins out by opening your channels of elimination. Your skin is your largest organ and when you sweat you allow certain toxins to bypass the liver altogether. (Your liver is clapping just hearing this news).
When I was suffering from low immunity years ago, I would start taking all kinds of supplements to help me not get sick. I would take echinacea, elderberry, oregano oil, probiotics, drink green juice and basically overdo it. My bioterrain was shot. There was no way to avoid getting sick when my body was a garden of bad bacteria and yeasts. I was feeding it sugar and other acid-forming foods constantly because my cravings were so strong. I was lacking in the precious nutrients that feed probiotics.
Most people are still thinking in terms of the outdated paradigm called ‘the germ theory’. This theory is based of Louis Pasteur’s idea that you catch a cold. A germ flies up your nose and you get sick. He came up with this theory sometime around 1866.
This theory has led to many pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, chemo, and even food pasteurization. Preserve food by killing all organisms in it and keep it sterile to prevent spoilage. Allow the food to sit on the shelves for eons without going bad.
This is the same theory that led to the use of hand sanitizers, which have now been proven to increase the risk of allergies in children.
The truth is, your body is a community of organisms that makeup your immune system. It is not just your white blood cells that are protecting you – it’s also the intestinal bacteria that are preventing you from getting sick. They have the ability to fight off invaders with their own natural antibiotics (called bacteriocins).
This is the theory of bioterrain. In fact, when Louis Pasteur was on his deathbed, he said, “I was wrong. The microbe is nothing. The terrain is everything.” Can you say that a little louder, please?
When it comes to your body and your desire to get happy friendly bacteria living and thriving there it has everything to do with your bioterrain.
If your bioterrain and friendly bacteria are wiped out, then what? You are more susceptible to sickness. You will catch that cold or flu going around because your protective bacterial immune system is down.
When your intestinal bacteria are wiped out, new critters have taken up residence. And they are living in your gut eating and excreting. Your body is filtering all their excretions.
And if you fall into a slump and start eating more sugar than normal or go to a party and have too much cake and drink you start feeding some of the bad bacteria. No! Guess what happens then? You end up feeling sluggish and funky the next day (maybe even depressed) as your body is inundated with the excess toxins that are being produced from within your gut. Ew.
Have you ever noticed when you feel slightly run down and you push through it or drink coffee and then the next day you start to notice that you are coming down with something? Your body was telling you it was tired for a reason. And if you ignore that and add even more work for your body to do, you are making yourself more susceptible to illness.
If you feel a cold coming on, try my tips. See how they work. And if your bioterrain is shot, you need to check out my Gut Rebuilding program to boost your immunity, digestion, and energy levels.