A kombucha a day keeps the doctor away
Cough, cough. Sniffle, sniffle. Sore throat, chills, fever - The Works. It's that time of the year where the cold and flu season can wreak havoc on productivity and balance. Unfortunately, it seems all too common that when people begin to feel the effects of sickness coming on, it's only then that they start eating right, getting rest and nourishing their bodies with vitamins and minerals needed to get better.
See the thing with health and wellness is that it's PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE. Which means using the power of foods, especially fermented ones, needs to be done on a continual basis. Don't get us wrong, definitely drink your kombucha, eat your fermented goods and fill your body with a probiotic rich diet.. But to really maximize the health of effects of lacto-fermented foods in your body, this needs to become a daily ritual. A practice that is woven into the habits of your everyday life. So how do we do this? Easy. It actually is.
Start your day with a glass of kombucha or kefir. We're not saying cut out coffee. We love our morning coffee just as much as anyone. All we're saying is that before you take a sip of your morning java, have 4-8 oz of some booch instead.
Eat the right type of yogurt. Avoid flavoured, sugar filled yogurt products. Instead, choose a grass fed, live, cultured yogurt. If it's organic great. If not, its OK. We actually prefer free range, grass fed products to organic ones.
Find a way to eat kraut or kimchi once a week. Whether it be a side dish or just a couple bites as a mid-day snack, every bite is packed full of thousands of micro-organisms that your gut just loves.
Take a probiotic. But "Why?" you may ask. "Isn't eating kimchi, kraut, yogurt and drinking kefir and kombucha all the probiotics I need?" The power of probiotics is all in the diversity of the bacterial strains in your gut. The more kinds of fermented foods and beverages you ingest the more diverse and stronger the flora in your gut will be.
Strike a balance. That's right. It's ok to indulge once in a while. And it's OK to feel OK about it. Don't hate on yourself for that piece of chocolate or pie. A balanced life requires the ability to LOVE yourself and listen to the messages your body is giving you. If you binged on a bunch of sugar, instead of feeling bad about it, perhaps ask yourself "How do I feel right now", or "What was going on in my life that made me want to eat this much *_______*?"
Rest and rejuvenate. You can be doing all of the above but if you are not giving your body the rest it needs, then you are not allowing yourself to integrate the benefits of all your hard work. We live in a society where we are conditioned to GO GO GO, to achieve our goals and to do our very best. But what's often left out of this equation is the need to balance our yang with some yin. Breathe, meditate and slow right down.
So there it is. Our secrets to freedom. Your health is your wealth and you really don't know how liberated you are by being healthy until you're not.
Peace & Love,