By Melissa Blair, RHN
Imagine being in the middle of the ocean. The boat you’re in has sprung a leak. The water is deep, the shore is distant and your boat is filling up fast. You quickly start to feel afraid and desperate as you search for a bucket to bail the water out.
You think a bucket will save you, but a bucket will only do so much. Sooner or later the water will come in faster than you can bail it out. You’re about to hit rock bottom. This crisis can exhaust you if you stay fixated on the effects of the hole. Or it can make you realize that if you want to stay afloat, you need to fix the hole in your boat.
There’s something in this boat sinking analogy, because when life gets difficult, or a health crisis hits. many people get caught up trying to mask, hide or control the symptoms rather than fixing, balancing or eliminating the cause of the issue. The problem is that if you waste energy, money and time trying to bail out the “raising water line” but never fix the hole, your boat will sink.
It’s important to listen to your body’s signs and symptoms of being overstressed so that you can support your mainframe immune and nervous systems. Practicing a daily fitness program, eating a nutritious diet and incorporating adaptogens are three great ways to support your body before stress, illness or injuries occur and will help quicken recovery when a crisis does occur.
As an example, it’s not a matter of if but when someone in your world of friends has a cold or flu and you feel totally doomed that you will catch what they’ve got. The people who expect to get sick usually do. I used to actually avoid sharing air with family, friends and clients who had a cold or flu to prevent getting sick from their germs. That was before I adopted a holistic health routine. Now I no longer am afraid to get sick when others around me are sick, because I armor up my immune system daily with proper sleep, proper food nutrients and add adaptogen products such as PURICA Immune 7, Complete 360, Vitality or Prevent and Prevail with some added oil or oregano depending on the severity of the germ attack. When you build your health from the inside out, you can confidently thrive in the outside world.
So next time you feel your health ship is sinking with stress or illness attack, listen to your body, don’t try to mask the fever, headache, mood swing or lack of energy, but instead support the area that needs support from the inside out. It’s the best way to keep your boat afloat.
Melissa Blair, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. For more information, check out her website or email her. And for regular healthy eating and training tips, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook
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