We’ve got a bad flu season still hanging around, weird weather triggering off various colds (in all your coworkers—who continue to come to work) and of course the coronavirus.

Here’s a primer on how you can adjust a few things in your life to better resist disease and increase your peace of mind.

FIRST:

You have a lot of control over whether you get sick. Maintaining your health isn’t a game of craps. Do the steps I’m outlining, and your chances of getting sick are going to reduce.

The problem is your friends, family, and coworkers have bought into the “heath as a game of craps” theory. They are very unlikely to do much to improve their health, and so they can get sick and may become additional health obstacles that you have to overcome.

So you’ll have to deal with their possible contagion as part of your plan. But you can also talk to your potential germ-carrier friends and see if they’ll wake up and take some action. Heck, you could forward them this article!

DIET:

I just wrote an article on an immune-boosting diet last week. Diet is one of the simplest and most effective actions you can take to fight disease.

A short version of the Simple Immune-Boosting Diet that You Can Do:

  • Don’t raise your blood sugar (avoid cake, candy, cookies, soda, beer and wine). (For more information on why this works, read Boost Your Immune System).
  • Avoid: Milk, cream, sour cream and cream cheese.
  • Avoid: Fast food and cheap restaurant food.
  • Eat protein with each meal and snack.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Don’t eat large and regular servings of refined carbs (breads, pasta, rice).

I wrote an article with all the reasons why these steps work. Just read Simple Immune-Boosting Diet that You Can Do.

MOTION:

I’m not calling this “exercise” because you don’t have to do anything as strenuous as exercise to get a significant immune benefit.

Motion has the effect of:

  • Moving your body’s garbage out of your lymph system.
  • Improving your circulation and oxygenating your tissues.
  • Gently stressing your body systems and getting them more fully back online.
  • De-stressing you emotionally, which (see later) is itself an immune booster.

SLEEP:

Sleep is critical to a healthy body, active immune system and to reduce mental stress. My experience is that most people who don’t sleep enough are doing it to themselves: They burn the candle at both ends, stay up late and get up early. I recommend that you take a good, objective look at your efficiency. Is an extra couple hours of work making up for feeling tired and groggy? Probably not!

If you have a sleep problem: can’t get to sleep, wake in the night and can’t get back to sleep or don’t feel rested in the morning, see HEALTH later in this article for a solution.

ENVIRONMENT:

Reducing stress is a big part of staying healthy. It’s also a big part of staying happy. Do whatever works for you: walking, yoga, reading, visiting friends and family, gardening, fishing—things that make your life happy and more fulfilled.

The most significant environmental stress you can avoid to stay well is Toxic Personalities.

These seem to come in two flavors:

In-your-face nasty people. These will make less of everything you do, threaten you, tell others how awful you are, etc. But the good news is that you are aware of what they’re doing.

Stab-you-in-the-back-while-smiling nasty people. These cowards won’t attack you openly; they undermine you while you aren’t looking.  Often they’ll attempt to destroy your self-confidence or happiness “for your own good.” Anyone in your life who is trying to get you to abandon your ambitions or do less, or who is critical of your actions or intentions is suspect. Social personalities hate to pass along bad news, can’t wait to encourage you in any positive endeavor and would never rip up your reputation behind your back.

I often give this toxic personality advice to patients, and my patients often act on it. The results can be astonishing! Nice people (such as yourself) are just that: nice. You can’t fathom the idea that someone wants to make your life a living hell. I think sometimes people need permission to jettison the nasties from their lives.

I hereby give you permission!

Other Environmental Considerations:

Stay away from sick people as much as possible.

Wash your hands a lot. You’re always touching surfaces that could be contaminated. Your fingers are the big offenders here. Think: you touch door handles, surfaces, etc. Then you touch your phone. Your phone is now contaminated, and you keep touching and touching and touching it (even after you wash your hands). Clean off your phone!

HEALTH:

The medical authority’s official belief is that there’s no direct way to improve the immune system. Without taking issue with this, I will point out that reducing the stress on your body would automatically enhance your immune system.

Being in good health without immune stress makes it much less likely that you’ll get sick. And if you do get sick, you’re almost certainly going to have less severe symptoms and get well quicker.

About 60 percent of the US adult population is “permanently ill” with a chronic illness: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, fatigue, depression, etc. If you’ve got something like this going on, there will be stress to specific organs associated with it. Finding out what organs are stressed and doing something effective to reduce that stress could make you much less susceptible to illness (and a lot happier).

Many people with chronic illnesses haven’t considered that their disease makes them more likely to get sick.

Would you like to find out what’s stressed in your body and how to improve this? Your medical doctor is going to be useless. You’ll need a holistic practitioner or functional medicine doctor.

Recovering from a chronic health condition can take some time and quite a bit of effort on your part, but the results can be life-changing. Plus, you’re much less likely to become ill.

If you think that this might be a pretty good idea, go to this link and follow the instructions—you’ll be on your way!

THE SOLUTION TO CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS is to assist the body so that it continues to heal and become healthier and more resilient, finally achieving a good quality of life and stable health with labs showing normal ranges.

Find Out More

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (practical information that shows how your body works and how to start recovering your health for the rest of your life).

 

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.