Remember how Grandma used to say, “If you have your health, you have everything”?
On the flip side, poor health can impact your life in so many negative ways; and feeling crummy can start a downward spiral. When Candida has dragged down your energy and your life, you don’t feel like exercising or eating right. Honestly, you feel like huddling on the couch with a pint of rocky road and binge-watching TV.
We get it! But we also can offer some baby steps that will help get you back on the road to feeling 100% yourself!
Here’s how to recover from Candida and get your health back 100%:
20% – Start Treating your Candida
Yes, this is the biggest number, but it will have the greatest impact. Think what your life could be like if you didn’t have fatigue, bloating and indigestion, joint and muscle pain, depression, rashes . . . need we go on? Click here to learn more about our products for battling and managing Candida symptoms.
10% – A Healthier Diet
You do not have do be on the horribly restrictive (and actually unhealthy) Candida Diet when you use our products, but we do encourage a healthy diet. If you can only take one step: add more vegetables. Try new veggies (fennel, parsnips, jicama, brussell sprouts, anyone?) and/or, try new ways of preparing them. Not a fan of mushy asparagus? Try roasting it in the oven on a cookie sheet with a little olive oil. Yum! For more diet ideas, check out this blog post.
10% – Exercise
Again, baby steps. Park the car farther from the door. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk the dog. Go for a bike ride. Take a yoga or Tai Chi or Tae Kwan Do class. Join a local gym (some franchises offer memberships for $10 a month!). Instead of getting together with a friend for a drink, get together for a walk (or run). Exercise will improve your circulation, up your metabolism, lower your blood pressure, and lighten your mood.
10% – Sleep
An astounding one in three Americans don’t get enough sleep (an average of 7-8 hours a night). Sleep deprivation has proven more dangerous to drivers than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sleep is also the time our body removes toxins and repairs itself. Not enough sleep means not enough healing.
10% – Community
You may or may not have a Significant Other, but we all need significant others, that is friends and colleagues with whom we share interests, values… and time. Being in close relationships with friends and family is a significant predictor not only of happiness, but of good health.
10% – Meditation
Or just vegetation. Meditation is an element in almost all faith traditions. But there are also secular forms of deep relaxation that have been used to relieve stress and even treat chronic illnesses, like heart disease. If meditation seems daunting, give yourself 10 to 20 minutes a day to turn off your devices, sit quietly, and zone out. Even our computers need to “re-boot” sometimes. So do we.
10% – “Forest Bathing”
Yes, it is a thing. With much the same results as meditation, the idea is to go out into nature—whether it is a mountain wilderness or a city park—and simply “take in the forest atmosphere.” The practice was developed in Japan in the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of Japanese wellness programs.
10% – Get a Pet
Dogs and cats (bunnies? ferrets?) are good for cuddling, but if you are allergic to anything with fur, even fish have been shown to lower blood pressure and calm their owners. Or set up a bird feeder outside your window and enjoy the antics of the neighborhood birds – and perhaps a naughty squirrel!
10% – Make Time to Do Something you Love
Some people are lucky enough to absolutely love their jobs. If yours is simply about getting a weekly paycheck, that’s OK, but find an outside activity that “nourishes” you. It might be mountain-biking or reading, volunteering with kids or playing pickup basketball, cooking, bowling, gardening, painting, photography or running. Make time to do something you really, really enjoy!
And that, our friends, is getting your health back 100%!