We all know the basics of banking; you cannot withdraw money you don’t have in your account. What if we looked at our bodies as bank accounts and the healthy choices we make as money deposited into our account? Every time you exercised, ate healthy meals, slept well and had a positive mental attitude you’d receive more cash flow! But all the unhealthy choices, like smoking, excessive drinking, too much stress and lack of sleep would be withdrawals that may result in poor health, depression or injuries.
There will always be times in life when we are unexpectedly hit with a curve ball and we’ll have too much stress, miss a night of good sleep, indulge in junk food, or have one too many glasses of wine. After those occasions we feel a little less perky, more sluggish and even run-down. Our body functions at a lower vibrational frequency and if we make yet another withdrawal on the body bank account we risk becoming overdrawn. Injuries and illnesses are more likely to occur when our immune systems have been compromised. In our twenties or thirties, we may have been able to get away with a few too many drinks and lack of sleep from partying but eventually, our bodies will rebel in the form of a cold, headache or something worse.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? —Ernest Hemingway
Getting enough sleep is an important part of being healthy. Adequate sleep makes you look and feel better. It helps boost your metabolism and immune function, and helps your memory. The older I get, the more I appreciate a successful slumber. But getting good, restful sleep can often be difficult.
You probably won’t function at your best if you don’t get enough quality sleep. “Losing four hours of sleep is comparable to drinking a six-pack of beer,” says Tom Rath, Author of the New York Times bestselling book, Eat Move Sleep.
Here are some things you can do to improve your sleep:
- Try organic bedding, mattresses, and even pillows.
- Unplug any electrical appliances, including alarm clocks, and put them seven feet from your bed, or even move them to another area.
- Avoid cell phone and computer use at least two hours before bedtime.
- Stop caffeinated drinks at least eight hours before bedtime.
- Take a few minutes to meditate, relax, and stretch before you jump into bed.
- Make sure your bed and pillows are clean and comfortable.
When we don’t sleep well, we’re worthless and tired the next day. Taking prescription drugs to stay awake or go to sleep adds more chemicals to your body and can contribute to lethargy the next day. Sometimes we overthink problems causing our brain to be on a constantly repeating soundtrack. Create a bedtime routine that includes all of the things listed above and sleep well!
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. —Jim Davis
I have a confession to make: I didn’t always eat healthy. There were times when I was thirty pounds heavier than I am today. Though we had fancy dinners with crystal and china every Sunday after church, we were often served Hamburger Helper, chicken pot pies, and frozen dinners. During junior high and high school, I would frequently have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, and two Hostess cupcakes. I was involved in many sports and sometimes called “healthy” or “big-boned.” Growing up, my nickname was Shelly. Occasionally, kids called me “Shelly with the big, fat belly.” I prayed I would be as skinny as the models on magazine covers.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
After being exposed to toxic mold poisoning, I became chemically sensitive. Four types of mold infiltrated my bloodstream. With alternative remedies such as oxygen therapy, infrared sauna, vitamin IV, and eliminating chemical cleaners, I became super detoxified, which is good but also challenging. Strong chemical scents now make me physically ill. During my recovery, I couldn’t go into a mall, a grocery store, or even my son’s school.
While multiple chemical sensitivity is a controversial topic among physicians, I can tell you that it’s a very real diagnosis for my husband and me. Chemically scented candles give us headaches. That “new car” smell is actually the off-gassing of formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals used to treat materials for the carpet, dashboard, and seat covers. We use only paints with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs give us headaches and flu-like symptoms.
Please be aware of chemicals & pesticides used in your home or office. This family was on vacation and now they are fighting for their lives.
I understand all too well what that’s like.
We became chemically sensitive after our home (featured on MTV Cribs) was contaminated with toxic mold between the walls. We never saw anything. It happened because of faulty building. Sadly, we lost our home and everything in it including Ted’s rock ‘n roll memorabilia and Rocco’s baby pictures. What’s worse, we all got very sick. Ted and I had 4 different types of mold in our bloodstreams. Rocco had severe asthma. Our immune systems were destroyed. I was on oxygen and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs if my life depended on it.