Scientists tell us that the Covid-19 pandemic is not likely to be the last pandemic that the world will face. Due to the ease of global travel and the increase in population, as well as more human and animal interaction through industrialization of developing nations, diseases are able to spread more quickly than they did in the past.
Are we doomed? Well, everyone is going to die someday, but there are things we can do to protect ourselves from dying early from diseases.
Thanks to public health messaging, everyone knows that we should wash our hands, keep our hands off our faces, and cover our sneezes and coughs, and avoid spending time with sick people.
But there has not been nearly enough information about how to strengthen our God-given immune systems. It’s actually much easier than you might think!
Some of the more commonly suggested ways to protect yourself from disease are to take supplements, such as Vitamin C, Zinc, and D3, and get your 15 minutes of sunshine so your body can create Vitamin D.
Also, it’s a good idea to get enough sleep at night, drink clean water, avoid too much sugar and alcohol, and implement stress-management techniques into your routine, such as exercise, yoga, or simply turning off the news.
But how do these things help? They make sure that your cells are healthy so that when an invading virus comes along, your cells can destroy it before you get very sick.
Vitamin deficiencies, dehydration, sugar, alcohol, sleep deprivation, and stress can all cause changes at the cellular level that weaken your bodies defenses.
Get started soon on these new habits and see how much better you will feel. It can take time and determination to make these changes to your routine, but it will be worth it!
BUT WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH?
Even before you succeed at changing all those things, there is ONE THING you can do right now, today.
EAT AN APPLE!
Yes, apples contain helpful microbes that your body can use to fight disease!
The old saying is true, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!“.
Studies have shown that organic apples have different microbes than non-organic apples, but they are both very good sources of microbes.
But don’t microbes like bacteria cause diseases? Well, some of them do. But there is an army of good bacteria out there that is fighting for YOU.
And this brings me to my main point.
Protect and heal your gut health. Most people these days have grown up eating a lot of processed foods, taken antibiotics, eaten a very limited range of foods, avoided all raw fruits and vegetables, and have used chemical-containing products such as toothpaste, Splenda, and antibacterial skin products.
I hate to tell you this, but you have unknowingly been destroying your immune system by these things.
Bacteria is our friend! We don’t want to kill ALL of it. Only the bad ones.
So, do the opposite of those things. Eat real food. Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, and sometimes they are. Take a probiotic with it, or eat quality yogurt. Try new foods. Don’t use white toothpaste because it contains an ingredient called Titanium dioxide that reduces good gut bacteria. Instead of antibacterial body washes, use natural liquid or bar soap.
And most importantly, eat raw fruits and vegetables as often as possible. Why? Because they contain the good microbes (and nutrients) that our guts need. Think of it as eating good dirt! But one caution: only eat fresh, non-damaged produce without mold spots. If possible, buy it from local farmers or grow it yourself. The best benefit of growing your own garden is you can make sure to use good soil and clean water.
What about E-coli? Some people are afraid to eat lettuce and other greens, because there have been cases of E-coli contaminated Romaine. But did you know that E-coli is a very prevalent bacteria and that most of us do not get sick from it most strains of it? Only some strains cause severe disease and usually only in people with weakened immune systems.
Washing your hands, especially after being around animals, and cooking your meat properly help prevent E-coli infections. And the benefits outweigh the risks. But if you are still worried, go ahead and cook your greens because the nutrients in leafy green vegetables are great for your gut!
Can’t I just eat junk food and then take a probiotic? Um, yes, take a probiotic if you are going to keep eating junk food. Probiotic supplements are helpful if they survive the journey to your gut. But don’t expect to get all the health benefits that you could get if you eat a healthy diet that you cook yourself from fresh food.
My favorite probiotic is the little bottles of Bio-Salud which is a cheaper version of Yakult. You can find it the yogurt section.
So there you have it. I hope you will eat an apple today! And also start practicing the other immune strengthening habits I mentioned. Then you will be in the best position to fight the next pandemic! I can’t promise you that some superbug developed in a lab won’t be able to overcome your cells, but at least you’ll have a better shot at surviving.Become a Patron!