Why Do We Get Sick?

We all get sick, some worse or more often than others. Why is that?

In my Aromacraft class on Saturday I was speaking to several women about their health and what they do to maintain it. One woman brought up how she went through menopause like it was nothing but her daughters are having horrible side effects and symptoms like many of us do now.

This is so much like those times when a family will all eat at the same restaurant and only one will end up with the stomach flu. Or the time your kid brought home strep throat and you had to get it even though you’ve had it before. Or even the one time you use the public bathroom and you catch the flu.

What about mental illness? Why are there more people with depression now? Why are there more suffering from anxiety every year? Why are we combining antidepressants just to feel good? Why is it so hard to feel good and have energy?

Why? What is going on? Well it’s because of what we expose ourselves to. First of all we have to consider our environments – air, water, food, sleep, chemicals, pets, and etc. Everything around us that we interact with and everything we put in our bodies have a direct effect, good or bad, on our physical and mental health. This includes what we think and feel.

The first thing I always talk about in Wellness Education classes is sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep or ‘good’ sleep our systems and functions slow. The longer we go without adequate rest the more dysfunction, mental and physical, we develop. Sleep should be your first consideration when making change to improve your health. Making time for at least seven hours is best and practicing bed time rituals or sleep ‘hygiene’ like stretching or meditation can ensure you sleep ‘good’ through the night. Even a little lavender on the feet or chest can help without causing a groggy morning or sleep walking like some sleep medications.

Once you’ve developed good sleeping habits then you may want to consider what you are breathing in.

Did you know that artificial fragrances, air fresheners, perfumes, cleaners, and sprays like lysol and febreeze have multiple harmful chemicals that cross the blood brain barrier and directly affect our brain chemistry and hormone production? Some of the effects become permanent over time. Ever wonder why more people have hypo- or hyperthyroidism, depression, diabetes, or infertility?

DrAxe.com – Some of the worst toxic ingredients used in lotions, shampoos, laundry detergents, cleaning products and so much more include synthetic scents, often listed as on labels as the elusive “fragrance.” And many on the list are known or suspected endocrine disruptors, compounds that tinker with hormonal health that can trigger weight gain and even set you up for diseases decades down the line.

Care2.com – Some of the most common chemicals in perfumes are ethanol, acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, a-pinene, acetone, benzyl alcohol, ethyl acetate, linalool, a-terpinene, methylene chloride, styrene oxide, dimenthyl sulphate, a-terpineol, camphor, and limonene.  Some of these chemicals cause irritability, mental vagueness, memory loss, muscle pain, asthma, bloating, joint aches, sinus pain, fatigue, sore throat, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, laryngitis, headaches, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, spikes in blood pressure, coughing, and burning or itching skin irritations.

This is why Mother Gaia’s makes all-natural sprays, lotions, oils, cleaners, candles, etc. Never anything man-made or artificial in any products only what we can extract from nature by water, steam, or oil.

After we cut out all those unnecessary chemicals we find great improvement in our mental and physical health. So simple.

Next we must consider out nutrition. Another cause of mental and physical health dysfunction is a lack of nutrients. We’ve been convinced that if we take a multivitamin we will get all the nutrition we need. It’s just not true.

Five, Not Six Groups of Essential Nutrients – nutrientsreview.com

Five groups of essential nutrients include 1. water, 2. all vitamins, 3. some minerals, 4. some amino acids (from proteins) and 5. some fatty acids (from fats). Carbohydrates, frequently listed as an essential group of nutrients, are NOT essential. Your body can synthesize all carbohydrates it needs, including glucose, from proteins and fats. Essential nutrients along with carbohydrates are often named basic or key nutrients, though. Several research groups currently recommend getting 55-65% of calories from carbohydrates. This means, even if carbohydrates are not essential, they may be a healthy nutrient choice.

Chart 1. Essential Nutrients

  1.  Water
  1. Vitamin A (retinol)
  2. Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
  3. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  4. Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  5. Vitamin B5 (panthotenic acid)
  6. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxin)
  7. Vitamin B7 (biotin)
  8. Vitamin B9 (folic acid, folate)
  9. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
  10. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  11. Vitamin D (vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol, and vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol)
  12. Vitamin E (tocopherol)
  13. Vitamin K (naphthoquinones)
  14. Choline (vitamin Bp) [1,2,3]
  1. Calcium
  2. Chloride
  3. Chromium
  4. Copper
  5. Iodine
  6. Iron
  7. Magnesium
  8. Manganese
  9. Molybdenum
  10. Phosphorus
  11. Potassium
  12. Selenium
  13. Sodium
  14. Zinc
Amino acids
  1. Isoleucine
  2. Histidine
  3. Leucine
  4. Lysine
  5. Methionine
  6. Phenylalanine
  7. Taurine
  8. Tryptophan
  9. Threonine
  10. Valine
Fatty acids
  1. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
  2. Linoleic acid

Of these 41 nutrients listed, how many are in your multivitamin? Maybe 20 if you’re reading labels.

Top 5 Vitamin K Benefits and the Best Sources

Top 5 Vitamin K Benefits and the Best Sources

Then we aren’t considering phytonutrients that are also beneficial to healthy function. Phytonutrients aren’t essential for keeping you alive, unlike the vitamins and minerals that plant foods contain. But when you eat or drink phytonutrients, they may help prevent disease and keep your body working properly. More than 25,000 phytonutrients are found in plant foods. WebMD takes a look at these six important phytonutrients:

  • Carotenoids
  • Ellagic acid
  • Flavonoids
  • Resveratrol
  • Glucosinolates
  • Phytoestrogens

This is why Mother Gaia’s provides quality herbal teas, one cup full of phytonutrients ready to be absorbed.

As you can see there is much more to feeding our body than popping a pill. We need fresh, whole foods to be healthy and thrive. The better we eat the less we need any kind of chemical support. This includes our digestive health, joint and bone health, mental health, and our immune function.

We will not get the stomach flu or food poisoning if we have healthy gut bacteria. We get healthy gut bacteria from eating whole, raw, unprocessed, and uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. We have less memory loss, anxiety, irritability, and anger when we get enough fatty acids from lean meats and vitamin D carrying oils in nuts and seeds.  We won’t catch the flu in a public bathroom if our bodies are healthy and strong with good nutrition.