I’m fortunate in not having to take any medications, but I do rely much on herbal supplements and fasting. So, for any teacher, who wishes to get a handle on their health, start with learning to fast.
Fasting refers to the complete abstinence from food for a short or long period of time for a specific purpose. The word is derived from the old English, ‘feastan’ which means to fast, observe, be strict.
Fasting is nature’s oldest, most effective and least expensive method of treating disease. It has been recognized as the cornerstone of natural healing.
The practice of fasting is one of the most ancient customs. It is followed in almost every religion.
The Mohammedan, the Buddhists, the Hindus and many others have their periods of strict fasting.
Many noted modern physicians have successfully employed this system of healing in the treatment of numerous diseases and that’s because the common cause of all diseases is the accumulation of waste and poisonous matter in the body which results from overeating. The majority of persons eat too much and follow sedentary occupations which do not permit sufficient and proper exercise for utilization of this large quantity of food. This surplus can overburden one’s digestion and overstresses the organs and clogs up the system with impurities or poisons. Digestion and elimination become slow and the functional activity of the whole system lacks balance. Therefore, the onset of disease is merely the process of ridding the system of these impurities.
Now, it is believed by some, that disease can be healed by only one remedy—by doing just the opposite of what causes it, that is, by reducing the food intake or fasting. And by depriving the body of food for a time, the organs of elimination such as the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs are given the opportunity to expel, unhampered, the overload of accumulated waste from the system.
Thus, fasting is merely the process of purification and an effective and quick method of cure. It assists nature in her continuous effort to expel foreign matter and disease producing waste from the body, thereby correcting the faults of improper diet and wrong living. It also leads to regeneration of the blood as well as the repair and regeneration of the various tissues of the body.
The first time I fast was more than twenty years ago. My family and I spent five days on a fast. It was certainly not easy, but we did notice our excrement as being totally-shocking! Our intestines received a good cleaning and after, I no longer experienced sinus problems. Unfortunately, before long, I went back to my old habits at school, stuffing my face with whatever was available in the vending machine and my sinus problems came back, while I continued to gain weight.
Now, if I only knew how to handle my stress. Being able to control one’s stress has much to do with one’s cortisol levels. For me, exercise wasn’t the answer. After all, I certainly didn’t feel like walking after a full day of teaching, nor did I feel like walking in the morning, before school. Keeping up with lesson plans, parent concerns, observations, evaluations, etc., did me in, and I was totally clueless about taking something to help with the primary-stress hormone, known as “cortisol.”
I can’t help but recommend a supplement to help with this primary-stress hormone, since it is one of the best things a teacher should do to help regulate stress.
Disclaimer: As with any change to do with one’s health, discuss it with your primary care manager.