5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immunity Today

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immunity Today

While much of the world had stopped doing things they needed for their overall health and immunity out of fear and uncertainty, I found a new passion. Health became more than just being healthy, strong, and lean, but also about building a stronger immune system.

This began my research and to collaborate with physicians who were like minded in empowering people over their own health and immunity. Without hesitating, I planned an Immunity and Wellness Event in Columbus, Ohio and reached out to the expert on immunity, Dr. James DiNicolantonio.

He outlines everything in his book, The Immunity Fix, which is available on Amazon.

 

The Immunity Fix

THE BEST 5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY

“Dr. James, what would you say would be the top 5 things that increase immunity?”

Expecting to hear high priced treatments, he simple said, 1. Sleep, 2. Nutrition, 3. Exercise, 4. Sunlight, 5. Supplements.

I have yet to find another text about the immune system that is as holistic as The Immunity Fix.  Dr James stated, “By the end of this book, you’ll realize how interconnected and interdependent all the body’s systems are, including the immune system, metabolism, and sleep-wakefulness cycles.”

He refers to a lifestyle I believe in, that can help improve the immune system but also one that supports vibrant metabolic health.

 

 

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BUILD YOUR HEALTH AND IMMUNITY

My passion for my very first event was to help people feel empowered over their health and immunity.

Many people have been living in fear, uncertain of what they could do,  away from vacation, away from community, and forced to be creative to exercise or for some to meet basic needs.

If I could do anything to help this world during these troubling times, it would be exactly this: to empower others over their own health and immunity. 

You can do it by strengthening your own immune system that Dr. James DiNicolantonio with co-author and researcher Siim Land have compiled thoughtfully and timely through The Immunity Fix.

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MORE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR HEALTH AND IMMUNITY

I partnered with Restore at Easton for this event, where we had many options to choose from to increase our immune systems. The options aren’t as powerful as sleep, sunshine, exercise, nutrition, and supplements, but they still help build and strengthen your immune system, and worth considering to make part of your lifestyle that you can learn in more detail in The Immunity Fix as well.

At the event, we took turns choosing from:

  • IV Therapy Drips to boost immunity and metabolism
  • compression therapy
  • cryotherapy
  • red light therapy
  • and infrared saunas

 

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While sleep, nutrition, exercise, sunlight, and supplements are Dr. James DiNicolantonio’s top 5 for increasing your immunity, pick up The Immunity Fix for a more holistic and comprehensive text to make it all part of your lifestyle.

Be empowered over your own health and immunity.  In the book, Dr. James and Siim Land go over great practices to strengthen your immune system and live a healthier life. Although Dr. James listed his top 5, he also lists his favorite supplements, and other practices as well.

Buy The Immunity Fix today and be empowered, healthier, and stronger!

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Mental Health Approach to Your Workouts

Mental Health Approach to Your Workouts

Fitness might look a little different this year.  At least it does to me.  While I have always been focused on weight training and minimal cardio in just three days a week to get optimal results, I’ve had my perspective shift.

Not a complete shift, though.

Lifting weights is still the way to go for ultimate results, but for the sake of metabolic health and increasing immunity, I am now cherishing cardio more than I ever have. I’m lifting at the gym, and having fun doing cardio with my Bowflex C6 Bike at home.

With lifting three-ish days a week and increasing a little HIIT afterwards, you can have it all. At least, that’s what I’m doing.

I’m getting the results, increasing my metabolic health, increasing my immunity, and also taking my mental health more seriously than ever before. Also leading Immunity and Wellness events, so be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already so you can join.

 

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MENTAL HEALTH APPROACH TO YOUR WORKOUTS

Be kind to yourself.  While before there may be more tension for counting calories and macros, and letting weight loss be your goal for fitness, look at it differently.

Approach with the perspective of taking care of your mental health, overall well-being, and relationships.

 

 

 

 

ADJUST YOUR DIAL FOR NUTRITION, TRAINING, AND OVERALL WELL-BEING

Hey, we aren’t always doing our best.  It’s ok to not be ok.  However, it’s not ok to feel sorry for ourselves.  I learned that one when I crushed both of my ankles and had to learn to walk again.  No matter what; do NOT feel sorry for yourself.

Look at your dial.  Maybe you can’t be at a 10, and that’s ok.  What do YOU need for YOU and YOUR mental health right now? It’s better you adjust your dial back to where you need it versus jumping off the wagon and feeling awful about yourself.

You have this dial to feel more empowered.  Take some pressure off yourself.

Thank you to Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition who gave permission to use the dials for coaching and publishing purposes. 

 

 

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SIMPLE SELF-MASTERY

 

Sometimes trying to do all the things can be overwhelming.  Instead of mastering everything, master your dials.  Get to know them well, and to adjust them for what is best for you.   Mastering the dials can be a great beginning to mastering self.

 

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WORKOUT WITH ME

With these principles. you can adjust the intensity of your training and nutrition.  If there are times you can turn up the heat, then do it! But take care of your mental health in the process.  Master your dials. Be kind to yourself.

To work out with me, you will need full access to a gym.  I’ll show you step by step how to use the equipment, how to get results, all while enjoying your life at the same time. Get your first week for $1 by clicking here.

 

WHAT’S YOUR DIAL ON?

Let me know in the comments, where you feel you need to be with your dials! You have the power to adjust them.  Where are yours?

Why You Need a Good Adventure

Why You Need a Good Adventure

Did you know that adventures, hobbies, spirituality, and self-care are also components of your overall success and performance?  I mean, think about it.

If all you do is hyper focused on just one thing like obsessed about your work, obsessed about your fitness, obsessed about your kids, etc.  Those one things are called idols. Idols are destructive to the whole picture, so if you want to perform higher in life, you just can’t if you are hyper focused on just one thing.

You need to experience and schedule adventures in for yourself! It helps to deflate that balloon of stress of yours so you can still enjoy life and live it to it’s fullest.

 

YOU NEED ADVENTURE

You need adventure. It’s important to your joy and performance.  If you say you are too busy for that, then my dear something needs to change.

I forced my husband out of the house this past weekend to go get lost in the woods. To go explore nature somewhere and unplug from technology. He’s a completely different person when relaxing by a fire, hiking in the woods, in nature basically anywhere, in the mountains, or on the beach.

But I have to force myself to do the same.

I just tried mountain biking for my very first time and had a blast! Adventure was exactly what I needed.

 

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ADVENTURE HELPS YOUR PERFORMANCE

On this blog, I write about and help people with training, nutrition, and performance. When it comes to performance, that breaks down into 10 areas that I talk about in this post.

The highest performers around the world aren’t just Olympians and billionaires.  I mean, they can be, but that’s not what makes someone a high performer.   Anyone can become one by practicing a few important habits.  And it goes beyond working obsessed hours to be rich, or training 5-6 days a week and obsessed about your macros to get there.

Yes, it does involve balance.

“Well, Bailey, balance is for the weak,” the extremists may say.

No, balance is for the wise and the strong.  

And anyone can learn it. Read more on how to do so in this post.

 

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10 AREAS OF PERFORMANCE

In those ten areas, adventures is ONE of them.  Your health is ONE of them.  Career is ONE of them.  Spirituality is ONE of them.

It’s done while maintaining, building, and deepening your well-being and relationships, not just your accomplishments.  What good is an accomplishment if you got a divorce in order to achieve it?

Maintain, build, and deepen your well-being and relationships at the same time. You don’t let them fade in order to improve your accomplishments.

 

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Speaking of relationships.  I love that my friend Sandy invited me out and taught me how.   She showed me weight distribution on the bike when ascending and descending hills and features, when to stand and move bike left and right, how to brake, and how to not die when trying new things.

It was just downright good for my soul to experience this adventure and be in nature with such great company.

 

 

 

ADVENTURES ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL

Do more things that are good for your soul.  Get out in nature. Go on adventures.  Pick up a new hobby.  Allow yourself to rest.  Deepen relationships.  These are all things that nourish our soul, renews our mind, and recharges our body.  You perform better when you do.

You need a good adventure.

It’s part of what helps you be a better person, thing clearly, enjoy life more, and deflate that balloon of yours that’s about to pop.

 

GO GET LOST

So, go do what I just made my husband do.

Go get lost.

He slept so hard that night and had so much peace to unplug like that.

I know people are afraid to travel or restricted to travel, but find something you can do that you feel safe about. Here are some ideas in this post here. 

Whether you drive two hours north to a light house and listen to waves, go wine tasting, build a fire, wander in the woods, just go.

Make it part of your recovery.  God told you to rest for a reason. Go do it, and do it regularly.

 

WHAT ADVENTURES DO YOU ENJOY?

I want to hear what kind of adventures you like or want to do!  Tell me in the comments below!

 

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The Best Nutrition Supplements

The Best Nutrition Supplements

Everyone wants results and they want them fast. The quick fix many people feed into, are relying on diet fads and supplements, without looking at the whole picture.

Let’s look at the whole picture before wasting your money and causing yourself more frustration, to get the results you want using nutrition supplements.

 

WHAT NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS DO

When pertaining to how to lose body fat, gaining overall transformation you can see and feel, gaining muscle, improving your physique, recovering better and faster, increasing energy, and performing your best; nutrition supplements enhance what you are already doing.

They are only one aspect of the whole picture.

Yes, they can help you with your goals and part of your health and fitness, but don’t just take all sorts of supplements without actually changing lifestyle and expect results.

When used correctly, they can help you:

  • lose body fat
  • get shredded
  • increase energy
  • increase cognitive function
  • increase performance
  • increase recovery
  • gain muscle
  • transform entire body
  • gain strength
  • see and feel changes
  • increase confidence
  • increase joint health
  • increase overall wellness

 

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NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS WITH HEALTHY DIET AND EXERCISE

When you include nutrition supplements with a healthy diet and exercise regime, you’ll get the results you were wanting.  Whether you want to pack on some muscle mass or lose body fat, lifestyle changes need to come with it.  If not, it’s just a waste.

When I was an inexperienced teenager, I was so determined I would never allow myself to get fat, that I took fat burners and either deprived myself of food or did some ridiculous fad diet.  I wasn’t even working out other than going for a jog every once in a while, or whatever sports I was playing at the time.

Extremely unhealthy, right?

But it’s where I started and we all start somewhere.

I was ranked one of the fastest hurdlers in the state of Ohio and had no idea what I was doing.  If only I had the knowledge I have now, to apply to when I was in high school and college, to see the kind of performance and health that would have come out of that.  I could have better and faster technique.  I could have eaten to be stronger and faster, instead of running on an empty tank.

But I didn’t, and grew from it. I didn’t get to see my full potential as a sprinter and a hurdler. But my pain and regret can help you simply understand the basics and how to enhance it with supplements and seeing the whole picture, too. 

 

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PERFORM AND RECOVER BETTER WITH NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS

Don’t run on an empty tank or chase fad diets.  Don’t count on supplements alone to get you to where you want to be but they should be one aspect of you getting to your goals.

You can perform better, think clearly, recover better, feel stronger, train better, lose body fat, gain muscle, get healthier joints, and the lean physique you want.

It’s not just aesthetic purposes either.  Yes, everyone wants to feel good and look good. But beyond that, it takes overall wellness, strength, and confidence as part of that.

 

NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS WITH LIFESTYLE CHANGE

If you are like me and don’t want to live in the gym and obsess over it, you can get the maximum results in only three hours a week when focusing on the larger muscle groups.

EXERCISE:  With only three hours a week, you get stronger, leaner, and more confident, without missing out on the more important things in life. I’ve used this method from coming back from an emergency c-section to being named in the top 20 physiques on bodybuilding.com.

So yes, you will get the best results from lifting weights.  Not saying that you absolutely have to lift weights because there are many things you can do, but that’s where you will get the best results.

DON’T FORGET TO ENJOY IT:  If you enjoy running, then run.  If you enjoy Zumba, then move those hips. If you enjoy spin class, then do it!  If you want to avoid the gym, here are ways to do home workouts instead.  But just to let you know,  lifting weights is where the magic is.  Nothing can replace the feeling of loading and unloading plates and free weights.

FOOD AND FUEL:  Combine lifting and doing activities you enjoy with improving nutrition, and nutrition supplements specific for your goal, then you will have one heck of a before and after picture.

Here’s mine when I wasn’t even counting macros or calories, but using my hand to portion out food below.

 

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NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS FOR YOUR PERSONAL GOALS

Which supplements to use will depend on your goal.  I personally and professionally trust Granite Supplements. I religiously drink their Essential Aminos while I am training, use their Joint Care for healthier joints, and use more depending on my goals. (Discount code is below.)

Lately I’ve been adding their Vasoblast to the mix of favorite supplements and drink it 30 minutes before training.  I love the feeling of a good pump and that’s exactly what it does. It’s a stimulant free pre-workout that opens up your vascular system to fuel your muscles. A key to transformation is fueling your body and muscle, not starving it.  The Vasoblast opens up blood vessels to feed your muscles.

If you want to lose fat, then eat less calories than what you burn.  If you want to stay the same, then eat the same.  If you want to gain muscle or weight, then eat more than what you burn. Simple starting point. 

 

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NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS FOR FAT LOSS

Calorie deficit, weight training, and weight management supplements are ideal.  The easiest way to calculate a calorie deficit to lose body fat is opening a free account with myfitnesspal.com.  I describe that more here.

  • Essential Aminos while training large muscle groups
  • 1-2 protein shakes per day as a snack with a thumb size of a fat with each shake (nut butter, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, fish oil)
  • ThermoBurn Fat Burner.
  • Pre-Workout
  • FUEL your body.  Each meal focused around protein.

 

NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS FOR MUSCLE GAIN

Eat more than what your burn, plus drinking carbs while you train.  Remember how I said the VasoBlast opens up the blood vessels to feed and fuel the muscles while you are training? When those vessels are open, it’s prime time to FUEL your muscles with carbs.

  • Intra-Carb plus Recovery while training large muscle groups
  • Protein Shakes with thumb size of fat as snacks
  • Pre-Workout so you can train harder and have explosive energy.

 

NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS FOR PERFORMANCE

  • Intra-Carb plus Recovery while training large muscle groups
  • Protein Shakes with thumb size of fat as snacks
  • Pre-Workout so you can train harder and have explosive energy.
  • Joint Care Supplement to make sure you are taking care of those joints!

 

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NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS FOR OVERALL WELLNESS

I personally get regular blood work done with my Functional Medicine Doctor to look at deeper levels.  I am a big believer in not only nutrition supplements for performance and recovery, but also for overall wellness.  Therefore, I use a high quality fish oil, probiotics, multi-vitamin, and anything else my doctor recommends. I also use Muscle Synthesis because from severe pregnancies, I struggle to eat the amount of protein recommended to have a lean physique, which was also recommended and made by my doctor.   I want to function optimally, and that’s why I work with physicians that understand this.

Know your food sensitivities which you can talk to your doctor, try elimination diets, or do what I did and just get blood work and work with a Functional Medicine Doctor. I miss the delicious whey and casein protein powders dearly, but due to food allergies and sensitivities, I can only have pea protein. I also can’t have any soy, hemp, or beans to get the protein. Right now I’m using Onnit Pea Protein. It’s thicker than the more delicious whey and casein proteins, but hey, sometimes you have to improvise.

 

GET A DISCOUNT ON NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS

Save some money by getting a stack and using my discount code BaileyD10 with Granite Supplements.  I do get a small commission for sharing the same products I use and believe in, but at no cost to you. 

This is not to replace any medical advice, but to always consult your physician or health care professional.

How to Live a Full Life Without Popping from Stress

How to Live a Full Life Without Popping from Stress

She picked up the red balloon and we went outside to play. We laughed as we would hit the balloon as high as we could but tried to not let it hit the ground. Kind of felt like my old volleyball days, except much slower!

We lunged closer to the grass as we chased the balloon.

The balloon hit a blade of grass and that’s all it took to pop.

My three year old was startled and cried, but thankfully I had a bag of birthday balloons. I blew up another one to keep the game going.

 

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YOUR LIFE IS LIKE A BALLOON

The more I filled the balloon, the thinner it became, and easier it was to pop.

“Wow, that balloon is so much like me right now!”

If only we didn’t feel the need to fill it as full as it could possibly be. How about deflate the balloon a little bit and get some more playtime?

Imagine if we lived life like that. Imagine living with more space in our minds, instead it being completely occupied like that bursting balloon.

 

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DON’T BE THAT BALLOON

If you are, no judgement. I get it.

I find myself there often, and am sensitive enough to reevaluate before I am the one popping! Right?

Deflate a little.  Just a little.

Get some more headspace.

Take off some pressure.

Laugh a little more.

Be a little less intense.

Practice gratitude and lower your stress levels.

 

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We don’t anticipate stress.  It hits us out of nowhere. We sign up for things all while juggling life and putting out fires all day.  We think we are in a ‘good place’ when we take some things off our plate, but immediately replace it with something else. I am soooo guilty of that!

While I am not asking you to be a beach bum with no dreams or goals, I am challenging your balloon blowing flexibility. You don’t want to pop, but you also don’t want to completely give up either and be some weak blubbery balloon flailing in the wind either.

The balloon needs to deflate just a little.  Your mind and life needs a little headspace or a little wiggle room, or else you will pop with the slightest prick.

I mainly work with people who want the most out of life, as do I!  Those kind of people aren’t interested in sitting on the couch for hours every day.  They WANT their balloon as full as possible while still enjoying it.  They want to fly high, have perspective from above, and not stress about a simple thing popping them. It’s a fine line sometimes.

I know because that’s me, too and there isn’t anything wrong with that… except the popping part.

 

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All photos from this post are by Staley.

 

HOW TO LIVE A FULL LIFE WITHOUT POPPING

I just want to say, YES YOU CAN.

I get it, you want to do all the things.  You want to be successful, happy, strong, healthy, spiritual, in love, etc, etc.

It’s a constant balancing act that can have you stressed out to the max. You can feel like that over-inflated balloon ready to pop.

It’s time to revaluate and maybe be a little less intense, and a whole lot more joy. Heck yes.

 

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KEEP STRESS LOW AND PERFORMANCE HIGH

 

When you keep piling on the stress, and seeing how far you can stretch that balloon, it’s not going to take much to pop it at all. Rest, retreats, exercise, massage, morning routines, meditation, prayer, and other self-care forms are crucial to balancing your balloon.

I recently shared in this post how I went on a simple drive to reset my mind.  Having moments like that allow your mind to heal and breathe.  It gives yourself some space to perform better.  Pushing hard without recovery time will leave you as one miserably injured athlete, one overworked business man who isn’t performing like he used to, on his way to awful health repercussions, intense personality, and weaker relationships because of it.

So if you want to get back in the game to live life to the fullest, and without popping from stress, you need a more holistic perspective.

A more holistic perspective that the highest performers from around the world have a few practices that help them become that way.

(They weren’t born like that, it didn’t just plop down on their laps, and it was not overnight success.  Only bitter and jealous hearts say that.  If that’s you, clean that toxic crap out right now before it pulls you down any further.  Read How to Deal With Toxins Here and deal with ASAP.)

 

INCREASE JOY IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE TO PERFORM HIGHER

 

What if you laid off the intensity of that balloon?  What if it wasn’t stretch too thin?

Would you enjoy life a little more? Be a little less intense? Maybe not on the verge of popping at the next thing?

Revaluate like the highest performers around the world do by checking in on your ten main areas of your life.

Coming from the fitness industry, I’ve watched people become obsessed and swallowed up by their own obsession, that their other areas dried up.  What good is a fit body if you have miserable relationships and hate your career?  What good is obsessing about your macros and calories if your marriage dissolves while your face was crammed in your phone calculating every morsel, and your kid grew up by the time you looked away from your phone.  This is why I teach and coach people how to get fit without obsessing over it.

Being a maxed out balloon really hurts… when it meets a single blade of grass and explodes.

The truth really freaking hurts sometimes, but you can always reevaluate.

 

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HOW TO REEVALUATE

 

The highest performers around the world look at ten main areas of their life.  It’s not just financial.  It’s not just fitness either.

There are TEN.

To deflate the intensity of your balloon a little, look at all ten areas.

“Now, Bailey, that stresses me out even more to think I have to reevaluate TEN areas,” you are thinking?

No, don’t think of it that way.  Don’t think of it as another thing to do, or another thing to add to your list that you just don’t have time for.  This is stuff that increases your overall wellness, health, success, performance, and JOY.

You perform higher when you do things like that.

Stress levels decrease.

Happiness increases.

All good things, right?

Your balloon can be a little less intense. You aren’t so easy to pop whether you are by yourself, with your team, wife, kids, or on social media. (Hello, keyboard cowboys, that means you!)

 

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RATE YOUR TEN AREAS OF LIFE

  1. Health
  2. Mission/Work
  3. Marriage/Intimate Partner
  4. Family
  5. Friends
  6. Finances
  7. Adventure
  8. Hobby
  9. Spirituality
  10. Emotional Intelligence

 

 

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR TEN AREAS

Author and the worlds leading high performance coach, Brendon Buchard who works with celebrities, executives, and Olympians are all challenged with these 10 areas.  You can be so focused on your work, that you’ve lost meaning in it, at least, until you look at all 10 areas again.

You have perhaps forgotten the importance of adventure or learning a new hobby. Your spirituality has maybe been dimmed a little.  Your marriage isn’t as healthy as it could be.

However, when you look at these ten areas, Buchard encourages everyone he works with, to rate their joy in each area every single Sunday. Not only rate it, but make goals in each area to increase the joy.

Do you know what joy can do?

It can help soften that intense balloon of yours so you can finally enjoy the game without life passing you by. You won’t be so easily popped.  It’s a weight off your shoulders.  It’s a feeling of lightness where that balloon can stay afloat and enjoy the ride a little more.

So before you pop, revaluate your ten areas! If it’s easier to do this in person, stay in contact for future events and retreats.

 

GO DEEPER WITH ME

For more in depth study of the high performance life, check out my master course. See what other professionals are saying. I’d love to guide you through it in more detail. You’ll get more guidance and enjoy it more. Let’s do this!

 

WHAT IS YOUR STRONGEST AREA?

So what about you? Of those ten areas, which one do you think you have the highest amount of joy in? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Get Rid of Toxins in Your Life

How to Get Rid of Toxins in Your Life

Last night I was cleaning out the bathtub and putting my two-year old’s bath toys in the basket.  She came next to me, placed her hands on the side of the tub, and watched as I squeezed the extra water from floating around inside the toys.

When we don’t do that, the mold seems to grow faster, destroys the toys, and makes for a disgusting bath time.  As she watched me squeeze, she grabbed one for herself.

By the way, when someone says a child is too young to understand what’s going on, that’s a lie.  They absolutely, positively, know, and feel it. It becomes a part of their critical development of their own childhood and who they become as an adult.  So this is all good to remember that when we are talking to people a certain way, treating animals a certain way, and especially the way we love and respect our spouse;  they see and absorb it all.

I’m far from being a perfect parent, but I at least want to example a kind and loving human being.

So she squeezed the toys with me, slowly cleaning out the tub and bath toys.  You see, when you let water stay inside, it becomes stagnant, inviting bacteria and mold.  I was totally grossed out when mold leaked from a toy during one bath time, and she was surrounded by slimy patches of gooey mold. Gross, right?

The Revelation

The same thing happens to us when we ignore stagnation or anything toxic within us.  It could be something like guilt, shame, depression, fear of failure, doubt, unforgiveness, bitterness, lust, self-hate, jealousy, envy… it’s all stuff that becomes mold.

They seem so petty and harmless, right?  But no. They grow like a cancer. We become a breeding ground for toxic growth and eat away at us from the inside out.

When we carry around unforgiveness, it will mold and destroy our insides, float around in our minds, thoughts, actions, and our physical bodies.  The mold continues to grow and destroy relationships, families, and dreams. Yet, we say it’s not that big of a deal.

If you want something as simple as happiness, this stuff still needs to be dealt with.

Just like that little bath toy that released all the slimy goo throughout the entire tub, it does the same to our lives.

Life as a Massage Therapist

As a Licensed Massage Therapist for nearly 20 years, I see and touch the bodies that have carried the guilt, pride, trauma, and other negative emotions and pressures I talked about above.  It’s not just some little part of our brain that we shush into a corner and hopes to go away, but it oozes into our thoughts, our posture, our muscle memory, and can thus create long-lasting pain and discomfort that when left untreated, causes even more damage.

We need to be regularly cleansed, purified, and renewed for the sake of our health mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, and relationally. I mean, ALL THE WAYS.

Spending most of my life in the church, it is often taken out of context what it means to live purely.  Most interpret this to keep it in your pants and to keep your legs crossed. But what people are really missing here is how deep the need for purity really is.

We need purity to thrive at our best and God wants that for us.

It isn’t just a sexual thing, don’t you see?  We are being blinded even more so to think it is. Completely blinded.

Get Rid of Your Toxin

If you want the most for this life and for what God has for you, you need a pure heart and a pure mind to get that crap out of the way.  Simple as that. It’s bacteria, mold, and cancer that destroys you from the inside out. And we are fools to think we can ignore it, compartmentalize it, or contain it, because it’s a disease that eats through all the barriers you try to put up.

We really are a breeding ground for such destruction, but even a better breeding ground for faith. It depends on what we choose.

Anyone can act like they have it all together and hide and shush the doubt, fear, lack of belief, trauma, bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, anger, lust, greed, idols….. Should I keep listing?

We all have something, just pick one and deal with it. And we each have enough to keep ourselves busy, that there is no need to point something out in another. We each have enough to work on.

So if there is anything toxic within you taking you away from the life you should have, be done with it.  Lay it down at the cross, and don’t you dare pick it back up.  Instead, be a breeding ground of faith.

Pausing to Pray and Reflect

Not going to lie.  I had already published this post and then stopped to pray and ask God to show me where there was any other mold, toxin, or cancer in my life.  And it couldn’t have been any louder to hear that my mold is that I care waayyyy to much of what people think.  So excuse me while I go work on what holds me back to live the life I know God has for me.

Hope you take some time to pray and reflect, too.  It’s good for the soul, and we could use some good souls around the world. Be one of them.

xoxo

bailey

 

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