Avoiding Summertime Colds – Part 2 of 2
Last time, we discussed how “catching a cold” really has nothing to do with “catching” anything.
Instead, it has everything to do with our own actions that reduce our body’s ability to fight off a relatively weak intruder — the common cold.
I’m guilty of this myself! But here’s what I did to rectify the situation once I realized what I had done wrong.
If you’re feeling under the weather (or trying to avoid it altogether) first and foremost, reduce your stress. If you have chronic stress, you need to change your life situation, period.
But if you’re just dealing with an elevated level of short term stress, there are some things you can do to ramp up your wellness efforts.
Increase (or start) juicing, for example.
If you juice on a daily basis, have at least one 8 oz glass of freshly extracted vegetable juice (fruit juice doesn’t count – it’s loaded with sugar that suppresses your immune system).
When you feel a cold coming on, increase that to 2 or 3 glasses or more, spread throughout the day and always taken on an empty stomach; that is, at least 1/2 hour before eating, or 2 hours after eating.
In fact, the the last time I felt a cold coming on, I went on a juice fast. I drank an 8 oz juice every waking hour for 3 days, nothing else. It knocked that cold like nothing!
Why? Because digesting food, especially cooked or processed food, gets your immune system involved.
Think about it… If your immune system is preoccupied with digesting food while it’s trying to fight off a virus or bacterial infection, it’s not going to be able to keep your from succumbing to illness!
Juicing is a great way to give your immune system a boost because it removes the fiber from the food, concentrating all of the nutrients into the juice.
For example, an 8 oz glass of carrot juice takes about 1 pound of carrots to make in a juicer. Thus, all the nutrition from that whole pound of carrots is concentrated into an 8 oz glass of juice.
Why separate the juice from the fiber?
All nutrition that your body can absorb to repair and create new cells is in the juice of a vegetable, fruit, or grass (i.e. wheatgrass or barleygrass).
The fiber, which cannot be absorbed for nutrition by the body, simply holds it all together and helps your body get rid of waste.
Of course, your body still needs fiber at mealtime, but in between meals, fiber-less juice goes straight to the bloodstream like a super vitamin loaded with all-natural nutrition.
And by the way, a blender is NOT a juicer; juicers separate the juice from the fiber, blenders do not, which defeats the purpose of isolating the juice from the fiber.
You need to stay on track with your exercise, too. If you don’t have time for exercise… make time.
Taking just 15 minutes to do some form of exercise could be the most valuable 15 minutes of your day when it comes to staying well.
Well, there you have it! Staying healthy takes a good diet and exercise.
… and you thought this was going to be difficult! 🙂