Helping? or Hurting? My Thoughts and Considerations

 I wonder, if we are helping or hurting our health is some of the things we are and have been doing.  Growing up I honestly do not recall so much obsession over germs. Many actually thought it amusing to see someone acting fearful of germs and the thought of getting sick. Now, it seems to be the normal way of things. Growing up we played in the dirt, after rains, we played in the mud. We not only played in the creek, we drank from them, or the garden hose. We didn’t carry around plastic bottles of water. We played, we lived and we allowed our body to do what it was designed to do. If an invader got in, the body took care of it and it was removed-naturally. When we came inside, we washed with plain ole, regular soap. Preferably the one that was 99.9 percent pure. What have we done?

Somewhere along the line, we began to become convinced that even though for the most part we did not get sick, we were doing everything wrong. Our body, as amazing as it is, needed help. If we changed our ways, we would never get sick. Just a simple change of protocol.

 One of my brothers had allergies. Mom’s main way of combating those were to dust, vacuum and in general keep a clean house. And no cat. There wasn’t all this special soaps or cleaners or hand sanitizers. I remember when I first heard about hand sanitizers and how they were some miraculous product that would remove all germs from our hands. I refused to use any of it and only do so now when forced.

Its the same with all that antibacterial soaps:

And one for the face covering

People voice concerns over super bugs, those that are resistant to antibiotics. Why would they not be? We have taught them how. We have taken an amazing machine that our body is, and weakened it to the point that the germs have an upper hand. Our weakness is their strength.

Is it really so much easier, to use this multitude of products that claim powers of protection and prevention than it is to allow the body to do that which it is designed? If we took care of our body, it would take care of us, without the magic potions.

If we eat well and consume natural foods not the processed stuff, our body will thrive. Natural, raw vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients our body needs. The same with fish and some meats. Water is essential. A well hydrated body performs better.

Here is the dreaded word, exercise. Get up and move. You don’t have to mountain climb, swim the English Channel or participate in the Tour de France. Walk around the block, or if your block is not safe, put on some music and dance around your living space. All you need to do, is move and get that heart rate up.

Find ways to lower stress levels. Yes, I realize in this day and time that is nearly impossible but not fully. Find a way to calm and distract your mind. Take up a hobby, read, start a journal- or a blog.

Get your rest. Sleep gives the body the needed time to heal.

The important thing is to return to allowing your body to take care of itself as it was designed. It will take care of us, if we take care of it responsibly. Without the magic potions.

A small goat, to help lower stress levels as you go awwwwwwww

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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12 Responses to Helping? or Hurting? My Thoughts and Considerations

  1. Belladonna says:

    Yes I agree with you. Times have changed and that’s a hard pill to swallow. Drinking out of the water hose was the best and playing outside all-day.

  2. Re-Farmer says:

    The sad thing is, we’ve known for decades that it would hurt, not help. I believe it was around the 50’s, when commercially produce household disinfectant cleaners became easily available, and a time when “science” knew better than nature, households were expected to be as sanitized as hospitals. Houses were supposed to be spotlessly clean and disinfected, protecting everyone from those terrible bacteria and viruses. After a while, people began noticing that kids were getting sick a lot more often… but just the kids in these sanitized households. It took a few years for “science” to catch up and discover that, not only was there such a thing as healthy bacteria that was being killed off, but that our bodies needed to be exposed to all sorts of mildly annoying things in order to build strength and resistance to the more dangerous ones, and that exposure needed to happen when we were children. Eventually, parents were told they not only didn’t need to maintain insane levels of sanitation in their homes, but that their kids needed to get dirty to be healthy.

    With all the constant sanitizing and hiding indoors and staying away from other people, we already know what’s going to happen. People – especially kids – are going to get sicker. It’s going to take years to overcome the damage. Possibly generations.

    • I agree. It is one reason I am so happy to see when my niece sends her two kids outside to play and merely smiles at how dirty they can become. My mother and I got into a discussion of this also and how none of this existed in her time and no one worried as they do now. Thank you for a wonderful comment and contribution to this.

  3. Crandew says:

    Very well written. To me, it seems like everything now is a product. If you still drank from the garden hose, how could the bottled water industry survive? Good point about the soaps too. I can’t stand the antibacterial kind. I like all the old stuff better.

  4. skipread says:

    Immunity is the key 🙂 🙂

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