I will admit that I run at high speeds. I demand a lot from myself, I’m an overachiever, I beat myself up a lot and I’m a Monica from Friends. The thing is that for a good portion of my 20’s and my early 30’s I felt debilitated, emotional and completely overcome by chronic fatigue. Now I could have walked around complaining, but this buttercup would suck it up and keep going. After all, this was normal, right?
If you’re someone who struggles with chronic fatigue, you’ll be the kind of person who will turn to crutches like that chocolate sugar high or that second cup of coffee. You’ll crave just a pinch of sweet after a meal, you’ll fight through the 3pm dip and you’ll have no reserves left for anyone by the time you get home. Sex will just have to be missionary (again).
You see, what I realized was that I had an underlying damp condition. In Western Medicine, this could be loosely translated as candida and it always begins in the gut. And in practice, I see this far too often with my patients who suffer from PCOS, ovarian cysts, depression, stubborn weight gain and acne.
So what can be done? Move the stagnation that’s build up with dampness and do the following:
I know you might feel like there’s not enough hours in the day or you’re just too damn tired. I get it, but it’s the dampness that’s weighing you down physically and mentally so bad that you feel you have no reserves left. So here’s the thing: just do it. Because now, when I’m absolutely exhausted, I’ll do the following exercise circuit that helps me out a million percent:
10 jumping jacks
10 male pushups
25 crunches (to get my digestive engine fired back up to power the rest of me)
Trust me when I say I will fight every cell in my body not to do this, but the second I do, I’ll feel like a brand new woman. And why: because dampness requires exercise to move it out of the body and burn it up with exercise being the fire to do so.
Please don’t send me hate mail – because once you do this, you’ll be cursing my name. Hydrotherapy you see, pulses between extreme cold and hot to create instant circulation in the body that will also move dampness. So at the end of your shower, turn off the hot water completely, turn around and scream in the cold water if you have to for 10 seconds and then switch the water to as hot as you can stand it (without burning yourself) for 20 seconds. Repeat for 5 minutes and remember you love me, right?
Take your B-vitamins
If you have dampness, chances are you likely you’re not absorbing key vitamins and minerals. So with every meal, take a B-complex. Your B-vitamins is the catalyst to enzymatic reactions in the body and are behind the powerhouse of your metabolism.
Chances are, you’re likely dehydrated and that alone creates more dampness, stagnation and cravings for food that could be totally avoided if you just drank more water. So build yourself up to 2L a day and remember, never drink cold water because it kills your digestive fire leading to you guessed it, more dampness.
Move your bowels
Let me give it to you straight. If you are bunged up and full of shit, you will feel like shit. Plain and simple. So adding in ½ tsp of psyllium 20 minutes away from food will work wonders for getting your bowels moving. But remember drink water, otherwise you’ll just make the problem worse.
Now I could go on, but I’ll leave the rest for my free webinar on dampness I have coming up on Tuesday August 27, 2013. Whether you suffer from PCOS, ovarian cysts, bloating, fatigue, acne or depression, you won’t want to miss this talk. And if you can’t attend? No sweat! It’ll be recorded! But remember, to get access on the morning of the 27th, you’ll need to be a subscriber, so what are you waiting for?
It’s time to say hello to a brighter, more vital you and goodbye to dragging your feet and of course to missionary positions.
(Tell your partner I said, “You’re welcome”)