Where did I leave off? Oh yes, my immune system. It sucks. Seriously.
I used to be one of those people that never got sick. For years, I bragged about how I never needed to take sick days. If I felt a tickle in my throat or got a head cold, I’d drink some orange juice and go to bed early, and it would be gone the next day. At some point, that all changed. It might have had something to do with having two
germ factories children. Not sure, all I know is that over time, I found myself stuck in a cycle of declining health… strep throat, fatigue, digestive issues. I thought that by having my tonsils removed, eliminating the chronic strep throat, that might set me back on a path of health. And things have been pretty good since March. I haven’t had any major illnesses, but I still have trouble breathing at night, severe skin rashes, and dreadfully low energy.
This latest sickness was just what I needed to kick my butt into gear.
After being sick for a week, I went to the doctor for a strep test. Turns out that it wasn’t strep (woo hoo!), but after being sick for two weeks, I went back to the doctor to ask “WTF, why do I still feel so sick?” and she told me, in a nutshell, that I have a suppressed immune system. Ya think? I passed out on an airplane. Clearly, my body is not in tip-top shape. I’m stuck in a cycle. Suppressed immune system -> virus -> suppressed immune system -> virus -> on and on.
I really liked this doctor. She’s at my regular physician’s office, so as far as I know, she isn’t a naturopath or anything, but she told me that to get better — and STAY better — I need to boost my immune system and reduce inflammation in my body. She talked about things like ginger and turmeric and echinacea instead of DayQuil. I liked that. She said to buy teas and herbs and get more rest and inhale steam once a day.
After leaving her office, I felt invigorated. Hopeful. I stopped at Healthway Natural Foods on the way home and bought Daily Detox tea and Yogi Cold Season Sampler. I’ve been drinking two cups of tea per day plus drinking a glass of water with Airborne. In addition, I decided I need to make dietary changes to support a stronger immune system. I’m a big fan of Dr. Mark Hyman, so i went to the library to pick up his book “The UltraSimple Diet“. If you’re not familiar with Dr. Hyman, I highly recommend that you check him out. I think he’s brilliant. I’ve read a couple of his books but never had the motivation to actually put any of them into action. Until now.
The UltraSimple Diet is a 7-day diet intended to detoxify and reduce inflammation in your body. Dr. Hyman says that following this diet will lead to reduced illness, increased energy, and better sleep. My friends, I need this.
The diet itself is pretty self-explanatory. No sugar, dairy, flour, corn, peanuts, red meat, caffeine, citrus (except lemons), packaged or processed food, alcohol. Lots of water, fish, chicken, berries, veggies, vegetable broth, legumes, brown rice, nuts and seeds, flaxseeds, and lemons. Every day you drink several shakes and several cups of vegetable broth.
I’m pretty excited about it. I’d love to see if following something like this, even if only for seven days, will help me get some energy and get out of this vicious cycle of sickness. I’m going to do the actual diet beginning after Thanksgiving. Between now and then, I’m going to start to prep for it by eliminating gluten, dairy, and sugar. After the diet, I’ll be traveling again for business. Man, it would be great to be healthy and energetic on my next trip!
Is anybody out there interested in trying this with me?