Monday, February 8, 2016

How Not to Get Sick. Ever.

My English impact students (and loyal English impact blog reader) are probably as sick of hearing about how I never get sick as I am sick of telling them.

But what I don't often tell them is why I don't get sick. Actually, I don't know exactly why I - and other people like me - never get sick. I haven't been sick for at least three years - no fever, no cough, no runny nose (鼻水), nothing (全然).

And since there is a flu epidemic in Japan right now, let me tell you about some of the things I do on a daily basis that I think keep me so healthy. Then you can decide if you want to try them, too, to never again get sick.

1.) The first thing I drink for breakfast every morning is four teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Two of those teaspoons have a squirt of wasabi on them. I think the combination of green olive oil and wasabi works to purify my blood and make my heart stronger.

2.) I eat a lot of fermented (発酵食品) food. I eat natto, yogurt and kimchee every day. Fermented food keep my stomach healthy.

3.) I drink at least three cups of green tea every day. In fact, I usually carry around a cup of green tea with me during the day. When there is just a little left, I gargle (嗽する) it, which keep my mouth and throat free of germs (ばい菌).

4.) I don't think of "exercise" as something hard or extra to do. For me, exercise is part of my daily routine, just like eating breakfast or going to the bathroom. There are so many ways to exercise - from going for a walk to stretching for five minutes - that, "I'm too busy working to exercise," never enters into my mind.

5.) I stay positive, which includes keeping my life as stress-free as possible. Since I love teaching English and talking with my English impact students, I can honestly say I don't have any job-stress. My interests - from gardening & composting, exercising and playing with my three cats - fill any extra time during the day. A positive mind and body makes a healthy mind and body, too.

I hope you are all staying healthy and positive. If not, please try out some of my ideas. I can't guarantee that you won't get sick again, but you'll definitely feel better and enjoy your life a little more.

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