The Road to Illness
By Dr. Mary Starr Carter
In late August I was really pushing myself with little sleep and eating more breads and what I call dead food. One particular weekend I pushed really hard to fit 5 days of activities into one and at the end of the day I ate a super sugary dessert.
Within 7 days I had a cold. 🙁 But since I know how to get well quick that is exactly what I did heal quickly. 8 days later I was flying in an airplane (germ tube) to California where I ate very clean (fresh foods, no sugar, no dairy, not a lot of bread) and I felt great. I flew home and a day later on only 3 hrs sleep left for Florida. For 5 days we lived in a whirlwind of conferences and go go go mode but again we ate fairly good.
Then while on my resting vacation I slowly stopped taking my nutritional supplements daily, ate maybe one raw fruit or veggie a day, and although I had gone weeks without it I started eating sugar again. Treats at the movies, a candy bar when I starving, desserts you couldn’t resist. That was it once my body has a taste of sugar it wanted more, so I would eat gross packaged cookies that I normally wouldn’t just to get the sugar in. No one forced me to do these things I made these choices and I eventually suffered the consequences. A day after we flew back home from vacation I got sick again.
The Road to Illness
#1 Sugar will lower your immune system
In the book “Get The Sugar Out” by Ann Louise Gittleman she states, “No matter what form it takes, sugar paralyzes the immune system in a variety of ways:
Sugar has been proven to destroy the germ-killing ability of white blood cells for up to five hours after ingestion.
It reduces the production of antibodies, proteins that combine with and inactivate foreign invaders in the body.
It interferes with the transport of vitamin C, one of the most important nutrients for all facets of immune function.
It causes mineral imbalances and sometimes allergic reactions, both of which weaken the immune system.
It neutralizes the action of essential fatty acids, thus making cells more permeable to invasion by allergens and microorganisms.”
And don’t be fooled Sugar is many things you may not be aware of and other things that turn to sugar in the body like : Ketchup, Breads, Salad Dressing, Popcorn, Potatoes, and the list goes on.
Researchers are even showing that CANCER grows significantly faster on a daily diet including sugar.
YIKES that would make anyone stop sugar …. unless you are sugar sensitive. Sugar sensitive people like me are literally addicts. Once we get a taste of it we want more. Sugar has been classified as a drug causing a physiological change in our brains and behavior. We all need to treat sugar more like a drug than a that.
#2 Lack of sleep will lower your immune system
Sleep is a necessity for wellness. I have discussed sleep a lot in my newsletters and also have our FREE sleep ebook. But recently worked with a Sleep Technician who enlightened me about Sleep disorders. If you would like to hear more about that you are welcome to listen to our recorded Teleclass at http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=22985013
When you are sick or getting run down you need to cancel appointments, get a sitter, delegate and get some rest. R-E-S-T don’t want to hear your excuses…. get some rest. .
#3 Stress causes DIS-EASE
Don’t think STRESS has anything to do with your cold or illness, think again. Continuous stress on the body leads to illness. And stress comes in different forms. The body can experience stress from our environment, our thoughts, other people, electrical equipment, and even airplanes. Flying at certain altitudes stresses the thyroid gland. A very important gland for you total wellness. I discuss more about the role of the Thyroid in our online class 5-20lbs.
#4 Lack of Exercise
Exercise helps to keep you healthy. Both Cardio Vascular and Strength exercises help maintain and strengthen your immune system. Plus you get a great dose of happy hormones.
You could seen how my two week vacation of exercising only 3 times led to a few poor moods and a lowered immune system. So let’s add it up.
SUGAR + Lack of SLEEP + STRESS + Lack of Exercise = DIS- EASE
In addition all these things also Stress and Thyroid which I know contributed to my Cold. I am ready to take control of the Wheel again and get back to WellNESS how about you?
Next blog we will talk about how to recover from Illness and Cold quickly.
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Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.
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