Merry Christmas Eve! Today's post is a guest post written by my husband, Tim! Even if you don't have a case of the shingles this Christmas, he has some helpful tips on how to be a little healthier during the holidays.
Nothing says Merry Christmas like a case of the shingles. Last week, I stopped by the urgent care facility, lifted up my shirt for the doctor (don't worry, this is Tim writing), and discovered the bad news. The doctor gave me a prescription, but after reading about these medications, I decided I was going to try beating this the old fashioned way, a healthy diet and a little extra rest. I immediately turned to one of my favorite resources, Dr. Axe. He is Godly man with an all-natural approach to taking care of your body. I thought, what the heck, I'll search his website, and see if he has any articles on shingles. Sure enough, he had an entire article devoted to healing your body of this virus. Here are three things I'm doing to beat the shingles and stay healthy this Christmas:
1. The first thing I had to do was eliminate all sugars and fried foods from my diet. According to this article by Dr. Axe, sugar decreases white blood cells, which are needed to protect your body and fight off viruses. Who knew? This was pretty difficult, since Christmas is all about eating cookies, cakes, pies, candy, fudge, apple pie, pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies... huh what? What's going on? Sorry I lost my train of thought. Oh yea no sugar. Anyway, after the first 2-3 days without sugar, I wasn't really craving it any more.
2. My diet consists of mostly organic vegetables and meats, and lots of water. Vegetables provide vitamins and nutrients to help boost the immune system, and juicing is a great way to get a ton of nutrients from vegetables. So I bought kale, cucumbers, spinach, lemons, ginger, and apples, making a glass of juice every day. I also snack on broccoli, carrots, and spinach throughout the day. I always feel like a rabbit when I eat this way, and Diana tells me that I look like one.
I also bought a pack of wild-caught salmon from Costco, and I eat a serving every day.
Water helps flush your system of the virus, so I drink about 3-4 bottles of Deer Park water every day. Spring water is supposed to be the best kind of water to drink since it has minerals your body needs that other bottled waters don't have.
3. I supplement my diet with supplements. Haha get it! Vitamins are a great way to provide your body with nutrients that you might not be getting from your diet. I take Garden of Life vitamins, because they don't have the chemicals and fillers that most other brands of vitamins have in them (these are all of the weird ingredients on vitamin label). I take a mix of multi-vitamins, vitamin B, and vitamin C. All which have things that help boost your immune system.
Well, I have had the shingles for about a week, and I feel pretty good. They aren't completely gone, but I can tell the worst part is behind me. I have a ton of energy, the pain is almost gone, and the best part is that I am able to spend Christmas with my family... as long as I wear a medical mask of course. Don't want to get the kids sick.
What are some things you do when to help feel better around the holidays?