Today, I’ve got some exciting health secrets to share with you…
Yesterday, as I was taking my morning walk before heading to the office, which is something I consider to be a vital part of my “staying healthy” routine, I started wondering…
How many doctors have their own personal health secrets that they don’t share with patients?
As you probably noticed, I share all the tips I can, but there’s some that even I take for granted – mainly because they’ve become second nature to me.
And it’s probably the same for other medical practitioners as well.
So, I decided to reach out to my doctor friends and pick their brains. After sending out an email to doctors across the country, I was absolutely floored by the responses and how many took time out of their day to give me helpful tips I can pass on to you.
And some of them are extremely illuminating…
Things I bet you’ve never even considered, but which make perfect sense.
Today, I’m going to take a back seat and let 3 doctors share their health secrets with you directly…
First up is a natural medicine specialist with a practice in Seattle and his recommendation has to do with your meals…
Exposed Health Secrets #1: Balance Your Meals!
“If you want to know what I think had the biggest impact on my health, then I’ve gotta tell you about my meal eating strategy. I’ve been using this system since I was 19 (over 40 years now!) and for the life of me, I don’t know why I haven’t shared it with patients.
Ok, so what you want to do is balance your meals.
And I’m not talking about remembering to have a salad with dinner (although I almost always do that)…
Nope. What’s important is the quantity and types of foods you eat at every meal.
I start out with a hearty breakfast. I’m talking the full works – eggs, salmon, sourdough bread, a tomato and cucumber salad, some fruit (banana, pear, grapefruit, whatever), and a cup of coffee.
Now, why should you do this?
Because your days are long and you gotta have enough fuel to make it through. A big breakfast gives you that fuel without slowing you down.
And you don’t have to worry about calories – you’re gonna burn off whatever you eat at breakfast just from moving around during the day.
Lunch is my another solid meal. Because I’m at work and I have a great diner close by, I usually go there for a “meat and three” lunch special. That means some form of meat and three vegetables (I always choose at least 1 raw veggie).
It gives you the energy you need to finish out the day strong.
But dinner is where you’ll probably be surprised.
Instead of something heavy, I usually eat light at dinner – nothing more than a salad and soup. And almost always… no meat for dinner.
That’s because you want your body to process dinner quickly. It’s not intermittent fasting, but it has the same idea – to give your body a chance to reset over the night while you sleep.
The end result of all this is that you’ll have tons of energy all day, every day.
And that’ll make you feel better, get more done, and stay in better health!”
This next tip comes from an ER doctor in Rochester, Michigan. We may differ in opinion on mainstream medicine, but I consider him a close personal friend and whenever he has something to say, I listen closely…
Exposed Health Secrets #2: Stress Is A Killer. Neutralize It!
“You know what scares me more than anything?
I’ve seen so many people whose bodies (and lives) are ravaged by stress. They arrive looking 20 years older than they are, in terrible shape, and with health conditions that run the gamut from depressive disorders to physical disease.
There’s no doubt in my mind that stress is a killer.
And working in the ER, I deal with insanely high levels of stress all the time…
So I’ve had to devise my own methods for staying on top of it and to get rid of the tension effectively and frequently.
And what I want to share with you is my standard de-stress breathing exercise.
- Find a quiet place free from distractions or other people.
- Slowly take a deep breath through your nose and hold it for 7-8 seconds. You can count at first, but you’ll quickly find your natural rhythm.
- Leave your mouth open (about the size of 1 finger) in a relaxed state (again, you know it because it’ll feel normal) and breathe out loudly – it’ll make a whooshing sound like the wind. Draw your belly inwards to breathe out as completely as you can.
- Repeat steps 2&3 about 5-10 more times or until you can feel the stress in your body clearing.
I do this every single day.
Usually more than once at work and anytime when I have a particularly stressful experience. And first thing in the morning and last thing at night as well.
Maybe I’m going a bit overboard, but I know the damage stress can do and I don’t want to end up like that.
Try it out and tell me what you think. Am I crazy or does it work?”
I have to say – I did try it and he is anything but crazy.
His breathing routine gave me a calm, relaxed attitude and I know that I’ll start incorporating it more into my daily practice…
Another thing I’ll be incorporating is another doctor’s approach to dealing with common colds and getting sick…
Exposed Health Secrets #3: Don’t Wait For Your Cold To Get Better!
“Thanks so much for the message – it’s a great idea and YES, there is something I do that I haven’t really mentioned to my patients…
Whenever I start to feel sick, I stop and deal with it IMMEDIATELY!
And by that, I mean that I take a day off work and go into full-on immunity mode. You never know just how bad a viral or bacterial infection can be, so it’s better to play it safe and knock it out before it gets worse.
First stop is the grocery store to load up on the right ingredients if you don’t have them at home…
And it’s not only citrus.
Here’s what’s usually in my shopping cart:
- Citrus – I like lemons for Vitamin C and grapefruits for their cleansing properties, but kiwis and oranges are some other good options.
- Greens – Broccoli, spinach, kale, and other greens are tremendous immunity boosters.
- Onions & Garlic – These aromatics are also incredible for immunity.
- A Whole Chicken – There’s something to be said for a freshly-cooked chicken when you’re sick.
- Ginseng & Ginger – I use ginger and ginseng to make a cold-busting tea with lemon slices.
And I’m going to tell you right now to ignore what your grandmother told you about feeding a cold and starving a fever.
It’s simply not true.
When you start getting sick, you want as many infection-fighting nutrients in your body as possible. My first meal when I notice signs of a cold is always a roast chicken with onions and garlic gravy and a side of steamed broccoli.
Followed by an herbal tea and plenty of water and rest.
And so far, it’s worked like a charm.
Usually, I’m able to return to work the very next day.”
From my natural medicine experience, every single one of the ingredients in this “get well” meal is a proven immunity winner…
And while I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you don’t get sick, keep her advice in mind if you do start developing cold symptoms.