Our bodies make our own medicine

Darian Graivshark
Kerry David speaking to the Jazzercise members.

Most doctors are taught how to treat a chronic illness with medicine and not with the body.

Almost a third of Louisiana's population has Type II Diabetes. Although we could blame our yummy food for that, many of us can take preventative measures.

"Why is everyone sick, then? Well, it is because we are not doing what nature intended for our bodies," Kerry David, Jazzercise Instructor and Health Coach, said at the Our Body Makes its Own Medicine meeting on October 28.

The choices we make in our every day lives affects 64 percent of what our health becomes. A big player in our natural health is our Endothelium.

The Endothelium is the lining of our blood vessels, which is the largest organ in the human body. It creates nitric oxide, which is crucial for the cardiovascular system. Nitric oxide causes the opening and widening of the vessels, thus allowing for more oxygen and blood to travel.

"One thing that causes our nitric oxide to, in theory, go to sleep, is sitting too much. Another is too many bad foods. We can increase it with regular exercise and healthy foods," David said.

A member of the Jazzercise group, Lisa, said she joined the class because she loves the music and the relationship she has formed with her Jazzercise sisters.

"You should try to stay away from added sugars. The maximum amount of fake sugar we can have a day is around 25 grams. Natural fruits are fine, though. Also, whole foods are preferred. This means foods that do not come with instructions, or minimal instructions. Then, try to have about nine servings of vegetables per day. That may seem like a lot, but usually a salad can count as two servings, or an apple can count as one. Think of it as the size of your fist," David said.

Other ways to increase your nitric oxide includes beets, dark leafy greens, and chocolate that has 70 percent or more of cocoa in it. Naturally, sunlight always helps too. Always try to incorporate exercise, though.

It is recommended that we follow an 80/20 plan. This means 80 percent of a healthy diet, then 20 percent is your choice. So, you could have that piece of cake for your birthday if you really wanted to.

"The best times to eat are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. This way, our bodies have time to process everything between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. while also giving it time to regain energy for the day ahead," David said.

Small changes can create the biggest difference in our mood, our routines, and even our weight. Once your body adjusts to a healthy lifestyle, you will eventually crave healthy things. We can thank our nitric oxide, amongst other things, for our body's medicine!

The meeting took place at the Jazzercise, owned by Rachel McGuerty, at 17424 Airline Highway Suite 8 in Prairieville.

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