So, this is how I’m maintaining my physical health during the LA lockdown.
My daily intake:
- Calcium 1000 mg
- Vitamin D 3000 units
- Zinc 15 mg
- Aspirin 325 mg
- Old person multivitamin (age 50+); two things of special value in this: vitamins B6 and B12
Home juicer squeezed fruit juice consisting of:
- Strawberries or beets
- Lime (sometimes)
Home juicer squeezed juice consisting of:
I drink that last concoction when I’m not going to be near anyone for a bit. A friend told me that it knocks down cold/flu symptoms, but I haven’t had either one since I started drinking it … that may or may not be proof of its effectiveness.
(Disclaimer: I am not a vegetarian and have no plans to become one.)
Nighttime: big glass of water with a spoonful of food-grade diatomaceous earth. Allegedly this stuff does a lot of things, but it does one very important thing: it makes everything come out right in the morning, if you get my drift.
Recently I was diagnosed with a condition called spondylolisthesis. It is literally a pain in my butt on the right side, but that wasn’t what caused me to have it checked out. It was this: if I lay on my back for more than about a minute, my right foot starts to tingle.
It stems from an injury I received many years ago while helping someone move a heavy object. So, that diagnosis has resulted in three things.
The first is physical therapy, during which I learn how to strengthen my core, how to properly stretch and where a cute young guy gives me a back(side) massage twice a week. And, yes, they are open during the lockdown.
The second is power walking; 45-60 minutes, roughly 3 miles, 5-6 times a week. When I reach a speed that puts me under 45 minutes, I increase the distance the next day. It’s a good time to listen to audiobooks, but I don’t do it that often. I get out and walk very early and I like the sound of silence.
I’ve been doing this for about a month and I had thought about doing some jogging, but because of the spondy-blah-blah, that’s out. Good thing, too. In spite of my Kenyan heritage, I hate running.
Walking while wearing a N95 mask: I keep it on the tip of my nose unless I’m near someone. It’s more for their peace of mind than mine.
The third thing: planking. This practice has greatly increased the length of time that I’m able to lie my back before my foot starts to tingle. And it has noticeably decreased my computer hunch.
I feel really great after I finish, both physically and emotionally.
No claims on whether this regimen cures or prevents anything, but it can’t hurt.
I was taking almost all the vitamins and the home-juice long before the onset of COVID-19, so I’m not making any claims on effectiveness against that or any other virus. Mostly I began taking these things to ward off pain, anxiety and lethargy. I have only one prescription – the vitamin D – and I plan on keeping it that way for as long as possible.
And I top all this off with a big dollop of prayers for success. God rewards action.
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