Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Other Fun Things to Play With If Your Health is Shit

Okay, this is going to be a weird post, more like a list, but maybe you'll find it helpful.  Whether your health is really shitty, or you'd like to actually feel vibrant instead of tired all the time etc. give some of this stuff a try and see what happens.

 Fermented foods/probiotics--make kombucha, kimchee,levaine breads, homemade sour kraut, pickles, natural fermented sodas!  They have the stuff yogurt has in it but so much more, store-made yogurt has just a few cultures but there are so many more cultures out there and making your own will get a wider variety.  The bacteria in our guts is getting a lot of attention lately, it may be hugely responsible for good health and vitality.  On that note:

Try not to take antibiotics if possible:
if you can battle a sinus infection on your own--do it! We are not sure if the bacteria in your gut every fully recovers from a bout of antibiotics.

Oil Pulling--this one is new to me, it's interesting, I'm unsure if I've reaped any benefits yet, but worth a try.

Herbs for the specific ailment, or all-around toning ones-- (make a tea, get a capsule maker, apply directly, make an essential oil rub, steam with essential oils, use a tincture etc.)--do your research so you know possible side effects of what you're using!

Fasting--Juice fast, water fast, Clearvite protein shake fast, even fasting from meat and/or animal products will help some

Green smoothies--try some recipies, they can be good!

Detoxing: (fasting kinda falls in this category too) using herbs or sweating, or any other number of procedures to detox, research and take your pick!

Suana--also falls into detox but deserves it's own spot, since it does so much more than detox.  Great for general aches and pains, back pain, endo pain or whatever.  Start with just a few min. and work your way up.

Cardio--you detox through  your lungs as well as your pores, with lots of other benefits too, like increased energy

 Hatha Yoga--sometimes you gotta move so you can actually relax! Plus lots of other benefits

Pranayama and bandhas--detox your lungs and tone your insides (usually a part of a yoga practice, but if your health were so bad you couldn't move at all, this is a good start!)

Kundalini yoga--more vitality and your very own, cheaper psychotherapist! Sweet! I swear, this is better than years of going to a shrink.

Acupuncture--great for stuff no one else knows how to fix while you continue to try other stuff (cause really, who can continuously afford it, since insurance won't cover it now)

Chiropractor-- ditto this for acupuncture.  Do this while you're down, then start doing exercises and stuff to keep your spine from getting a "subluxion" in the first place. 

Abayanga--self oil message followed by a shower (usually with a dosha appropriate oil--look up Auryveda online)

Message- better circulation, detox etc. plus it feels great

Auryvedic Doctor--if you've got stomach complaints, give them a try

Elimination diet--fast for a couple days, then slowly reintroduce each food one or two at a time to see if you react to something you are eating, if you find something, remove it from your diet.

Wahl's diet-- for people who react to multiple stuff like me, you may need to rotate foods in and out . You may find you can eat say, dairy, one day, but not two days in a row.

 Daily Bone Broth-- get good quality meat bones and make bone broth--look online for recipes, a crock pot is good for this.

 Digestives/bitters--also used for better digestion, if your digestion is messed up, your whole body is out of whack.  Try eating a bitter before every meal.  It can be as simple as chamomile tea, or a tincture you either make or buy, or even dandelion greens.

vitamin/mineral/fats/ proteins/hormones testing--find a natural practitioner or chiropractor in your area that does this, it can totally change your life. Expensive, but worth it once you can afford it. How can you heal if you are deficient?

Positive affirmation--hey it can't hurt! Make up a rhyme or a cute phrase and say it over and over to yourself.  Supposedly you don't want any negatives so in your phrase so you would say "I won't think about food" and instead say "I am getting healthier" etc. etc.

Prayer--ditto for positive affirmation

Ritually banish your problem--if you believe in that sort of thing, I obviously do

I'm sure there's more but that's all for now.

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