Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How To Un-Sick Yourself (My Recommendations Only)


Good evening Beautiful,

How is your week going? Is it off to a wonderfully sweaty start?? So far I’ve worked out both days this week and feel fantastic!! Yesterday was really cold here in Toronto and if you watch the weather or live near the area, you’ll know that the weather was INSANE on the weekend. On Sunday when I was driving in my car at about 2pm, the weather outside was 15 degress - NUTS! That’s like April weather!! But I’m not one to complain :).Needless to say, yesterday was not 15 degrees. It actually felt like -6 degrees with the wind chill. I had gotten myself all pumped up Monday morning because I knew Jenny and I were going for a good run together, but when I got to work I realized that I had forgotten my toque and gloves that I usually use when running in cold weather. I had planned on just running inside or maybe not at all... but at one point something inside me went “efffff that” and I walked over to Jenny’s desk, told her we were running regardless of the cold and she agreed. 

So at about 2pm (our usual workout time) we got changed and went outside. I decided to also sport my purple pashmina because I didn’t want to be frozen when I got back. We got outside and it was much colder than Jenny thought it was, thank god I wore a scarf. The wind was the worst part... it was burning my ears, my eyes were watering and my nose was running. However the scarf kept me warm and my Lulu running jacket/sweater thing has those things on the sleeves that you pull over your hands to keep them warm and they totally worked, I found myself airing out my hands a few times because they got warm.

Neither of us had really focused on running in a while, so we weren’t trying to break any records, however we did manage to bang out a solid 4.6km in 30 minutes. Not bad! It was actually a great run. It was the kind of run that didn’t feel like work. We were able to chat the whole time and at the end I felt like I could keep going. Do you ever have runs like that? I feel like when I have runs like that, it trumps all the really bad runs which is more often than not, and that’s why I continue to run. The fact that my wicked new Asics help with all the pain I used to feel running. Hmm.. maybe some longer distance running is in the near future? :) At least once, just to test them out. We’re going running tomorrow again so I’m going to convince her to go about 8km and see how we feel! I’m actually really excited! I haven’t been excited to run in a long time :).

Today’s workout was tough to get through. Both Jenny and I were sluggish and annoyed with work and yeah, it wasn’t the best. We hit up the weight room in attempts of doing a full body circuit workout, but it wasn’t intense like a circuit.... it actually wasn’t THAT intense at all, we did workout our whole bodies however. This is what it looked like...



It could have been a little more intense. I got warm during the leg exercises, but I don’t think I ever actually broke into a sweat. I knew we should have done tabata sprints. Neither of us were feeling it today so neither of us was motivating the other. Not good my friends!

Guess what?? I’m 1.5 pages of questions, and about 8 pages of reading away from my first test in my quest of becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist! I’m totally behind in my work and I’m only 1 course in, but I’ve learned SO MUCH already..! It’s unreal! If someone asks me something about food, or how to help a particular ailment they may be facing, I’m actually pretty good at recommending (note: I only do recommendations from personal experience! I never prescribe... I’m not a professional... YET!) some things that might help. I even took my own advice last week when I was feeling sick. I had woken up with a sore throat and a semi-runny nose. So I then started taking Oil of Oregano every morning with some pure cranberry juice (it was the only juice I had at the time). By the end of the week I was no longer sick, and haven’t felt any of it come back as of yet! Mind you, I was also eating extremely clean, drinking a ton of tea and water and doing light exercise... But nonetheless, my sickness is gone and I didn’t have to use medication - whoop!

I think a lot of people have the wrong idea of what medication does to a person. When you have a cold or the flu - there is NOTHING you can take that will make you any better. Cold’s and flu’s are viruses which means they can’t be treated with antibiotics (which means they are anti bacteria, which is not a virus). The best thing you can do for yourself if ensure you’re getting plenty of rest, make sure you have adequate water intake (especially if you have the flu where you may be losing water out “both ends” if you know what I mean), eat clean and perhaps take some extra vitamin and mineral supplements to help your body’s immune system get stronger in order to fight off the virus itself. Here are some supplement recommendations from myself if you have a cold or flu (be sure to check with your doctor before taking any of these for the first time)...

Aloe Vera
Polysaccharides in aloe vera juice stimulate macrophages which are the white blood cells that fight viruses. 

Echinacea
It’s been known for a long time to boost immune system function and help fight the common cold by strengthening our immune system to help fight bacteria, viruses and atypical cells which don’t belong in the body.

Garlic
The antiviral compound in garlic is called Allicin. A study found that people who took a daily supplement of allicin reduced their risk of catching a cold by 64%, the symptom duration went down by 70% and they were much less likely to develop more than 1 cold. (Source)

Shiitake Mushroom
Shiitake Mushrooms are super interesting, they are able to boost the immune system when it’s needed (ie. sickness, injury) and it’s also able to slow down immune system activity when it’s overstimulated. They stimulate macrophages in the body (these cells are responsible for identifying and disposing of cancerous cells in the body) to help keep you healthy!

If you’re suffering from the nasty bug that’s going around, give any of these a try and see how it helps! It’s a much better choice than trying to treat with over the counter drugs! Oh! And don’t forget tea :) Not only is it super comforting and delicious - it also hosts a lot of health  benefits as well which you can find here!

For those of you that are curious, this is David's Tea Green
& Fruity green tea.. one of my favs!!
Is your week off to a good start? How many workouts have you gotten in so far?? Wish me luck on my studying, I hope I’m done by the time my next post comes around! :)


16 comments:

  1. I've never thought of aloe vera for warding off illness. Thanks!

    My other tips are: Light exercise (or regular exercise, if you can handle it) to keep your blood flowing well and some time outside. Fresh air does wonders :-)

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    1. Hey!! Thanks so much, those are also great recommendations!! It's totally true... although some people say that exercise is just an added stress on your body when it's already under stress from being sick. I disagree though and have found that a little exercise always seems to help me. To each their own though, right? :)

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  2. Hi! I just started going back to the gym and as you know, with diabetes it has been a good and a crazy thing. I have had amazing blood sugars and I am so proud of myself for eating a lot healthier! I am going to keep following your blog for advice! Just a question! I saw this aloe drink at the grocery store and thought GROSS! But, do you know its effects on blood sugar? have you personally tried it? Just curious, since I have been trying new things lately... i.e spinach in shakes... :P

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    1. KAYLA!! Oh my gosh, I'm so excited you're following along with my blog!!

      Ok first up - don't buy the aloe drinks that are in with the pop's and juices and stuff, they are full of sugar!! You can buy concentrated aloe juice in the organic section at Loblaw's, or go to a health food store and ask. Always read the labels, if it's full of sugar, totally avoid it. I hope that helps!!

      I'm so happy you've been going to the gym!! It's definitely hard to get accustomed to it with diabetes (hehe) but just make sure you test, test, test. I find when I run during the afternoon, my blood sugar goes low through the night so always test before bed!! How are you liking the spinach shakes? I have a ton of low-carb recipes under "clean eats" if you want to check it out! oxoxoxoxo

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  3. I've heard a lot lately about the oregano.. I'm all about the holistic approach to things! Love that you're studying it; and may look into doing that after I get my personal trainer cert!
    It's amazing how much garbage people put in their body with medicines when so many things can be done naturally!

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    1. I think the holistic approach is so cool!! A lot of people find it odd and "hippy" like... I just think it's totally modern and neat!! Glad you agree :). You totally should, although most of my free time for the next 2 years is basically dedicated to my studies!

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  4. oh wow! i just learned a ton! especially the aloe vera thing! That really threw me off! good for you that youre moving through your program so quickly! thats awesome!! <3 keep all the good info coming!!

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    1. Hey Jenna! So glad you learned! I'm not moving through the program quickly, I'm behind and need to catch up!! :P I'm learning tons though! I plan to share more for sure!

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  5. My un-sick trick is QUERCETIN! It seriously is amazing... And you can take it when you're NOT sick to prevent getting sick :) It's what I do and I haven't been sick in about 2 years!

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    1. Wow!! Great advice, thanks Gigi!! Is it like a capsule?

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  6. I'm new to your blog and absolutely love it so far! It's always nice to find a fellow Torontonion! Great post.. I've always wanted to try Oil of Oregano!

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    1. Hey Ashley!! Thanks for stopping by!! How did you find my blog?? I'm glad your here! Oil of Oregano is expensive and tastes like ass, but it works!! :)

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  7. I never knew about the aloe or the mushrooms either - very interesting! So far I have been very lucky. Dan had a 24 hour bug before xmas and my daughter Allyson had it over the weekend. I have never heard of oil of oregano -is that a pill or straight up oil? I can't imagine it tasting good.

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    1. GO KNOCK ON WOOD RIGHT NOW!! :) Haha, I knock on wood whenever I talk about not getting sick *knock knock*.

      Oil of Oregano is oil in a little bottle with an eyedropped in it. It tastes DISGUSTING, but you only drop 4-5 drops in a glass of orange or grape juice, plug your nose and chug it. I did it every morning when I felt something coming on but if you're actually sick then I'd take it in the morning and at night!

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  8. I have recently started using ACV (apple cider vinegar with the mother) and had a cold last week. So I upped my dose from 1 Tbsp to 3 Tbsps in water. And it shortened the life of my cold. Was better in 2 days!

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    1. Hey Kristal! Thanks for the ideas!! I have some apple cider vinegar at home so maybe i'll try and convince the boyfriend to take it since he's been sick for a month (but he won't listen to me!:P)

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