Recently on the forever alone filmmaking podcast we talked a bit about health tips for artists. So as a start I wrote up this little article with some health tips from my own experience. I included links to related products from vitacost.com as that’s where I started buying them now as its usually much cheaper than retail stores in my area.
The most important thing to your overall health and well being is to make sure you have a strong immune system so most of the things I’m writing about here in this post relate to that. I got my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition so I’ve always been aware/interested in eating/living healthy.
Cayenne pepper- ever since I discovered it trying to get rid of an infection which it NUKED in a few days I’ve been drinking cayenne tea (cayenne powder in hot water) taking cayenne capsules (2 a day) and adding a half a teaspoon to a health drink I have every day- you can google it to read about all the great things it does for you- when you first start taking it you can literally feel it heat up your body! It increases circulation, fights infection, lowers LDL cholesterol- its great! I’ve been taking it for about a year now and I haven’t even been close to being sick, or having a cold or anything- YES it is HOT but I love spicy stuff ^_^ If it upsets your stomach or is too hot for you to ingest try getting some of the “cool cayenne” capsules that are made for sensitive stomachs
Raw crushed garlic- this is another great immune system booster and infection killer, make sure its raw and minced or crushed- YES it makes you smell like garlic but I’d rather be HEALTHY and smell like garlic, its better than the smell of obnoxious headache causing cologne or perfume to me anyway- I only use this stuff when I feel like I need it- if you feel like you might be susceptible to a cold or you want to get rid of an infection- BTW its great when added with Cranberry juice/Concentrate capsules when trying to get rid of a urinary tract infection
Cold Showers- were once used to cure depression, they increase circulation through your organs, and boost your immune system- you never really feel awake or alive until after you’ve taken a cold shower! You can take your usual warm shower then switch it to cold and finish off with 2-5 minutes of that- its also great for your skin! They do great things BUT most people aren’t going to take cold showers because they are very uncomfortable at first. My philosophy is this: I’d rather endure a little daily voluntary discomfort in exchange for getting sick later or having bad health in the long run that will cause me prolonged involuntary discomfort.
Psyllium husks- its not exciting or glamorous BUT most people need more fiber in their diet, if you routinely use psyllium husk powder you can make sure you get enough- mix a teaspoon daily or a few times a week into a full glass of water and make sure and drink enough water throughout the day/night when using psyllium!
Water- Well like DUH?! I myself NEVER drink soft drinks or even really juice or anything other drink besides water- and I drink at least 2 liters every day- think of it as oil for your body- if you don’t have enough things start to get fucked up 0_0 and make sure its CLEAN water... no fluoride, no chlorine, no heavy metals- look into bottled water BUT not all bottled water is created equal but yeh I’ve been SHOCKED to learn that some people never drink water or are disgusted by it “It doesn’t taste like anything!” those people are already dead if they will only eat things that “taste” good. EVERY DAY the first thing I do when I wake up is to drink 3 cups of water- I heard hydration described something like our body works through tons of tiny electrical charges... when you’re not properly hydrated you have weak charges- or the body cannot properly transmit the charges- so obviously you’d want to be properly hydrated and all charged up!
Fish Oil- Omega 3 fatty acids are the building blocks of your brain- fish oil contains a high amount of Omega 3’s- want a better working brain? Want to avoid dementia? 0_o Then start taking your fish oil!
Oatmeal- I eat oatmeal everyday and I think its the perfect breakfast- its good for you, its cheap and its easy/quick to make. I add a scoop of whey protein to mine so that its got a good amount of protein, carbs and fiber
Green Tea- by drinking Japanese green tea all day you can be healthy and get yer weaboo points in ^_^ NOT all green tea’s are created equal as with all supplements and foodstuffs. I use the brand below. You can read about the health benefits for yourself- if your addicted to caffeine badly try replacing some of that coffee with green tea-
M dot’s health drink: I take this every day about an hour after breakfast
2 teaspoons “Perfect food” , “Kyo Green” or similar green drink powder
1 tablespoon fish oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder
8 ounces water
If you enjoyed this post and/or have related questions please ask them in the comments. I can also write a bit about quick/cheap workout regiments and what NOT to eat as well.
Remember your body is a vehicle for your consciousness- it needs high quality fuel and maintenance if you are to protect your greatest investment which is YOUR LIFE. I know here in the U.S. it seems people care about and are concerned more about what they put in their cars rather than in their bodies and that makes no sense to me 0_0 They'll put some fancy gas into their car then go eat junk food wtf?!