There is a lot of health information available, yet sometimes it is conflicting, leaving people who are eager to make lifestyle changes feel confused and hopeless. Dr. Colby Kash understands that feeling because he has been there. Diagnosed with autoimmune diseases, despite being a young person who ate healthily and exercised regularly, he became determined to figure out how to regain sovereignty over his body and life. “Good health is the foundation of optimal performance,” says Kash, “and I am committed to making this world a place whereby people can reach their full potential through improving the quality of health for all.” While Kash’s new book “The Autoimmune Plague” is geared towards those with autoimmune diseases, the research, studies and advice throughout the book can benefit everyone.
Dr. Kash shared with Authority Magazine “five non-intuitive lifestyle tweaks that can dramatically improve one’s wellbeing.” As the benefits are plentiful, he urges people to implement each into their lives. “I know change is hard, so if you are someone who needs to start slowly, do that. Begin with one and when you see the results, you will want to add another,” says Kash.
Get Right with the Light
“Most people have artificial lighting in their homes and do not realize that it can be shifting hormonal signaling and the circadian rhythm (the natural, internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle) in our bodies,” says Kash. This can increase evening cortisol and decrease melatonin and human growth hormone production. Dr. Kash recommends, if possible, to install dimming lights throughout your home and to dim the lights two hours before bed. For the bedroom, swap regular bulbs for red light bulbs, not simply light bulbs that are tinted red but light that emits red light wavelengths.
Fast“ing” Won’t Make You Furious
The word “hangry” was coined to describe anger when you are hungry. But it is okay to be hungry. Fasting is something that humans have practiced throughout history, which is usually referred to as the “feast and famine” pattern, when discussing how our ancestors ate. “I am a believer in fasting as it has many health benefits. Fasting has been around for thousands of years as a therapy for healing illnesses,” says Kash. “The most basic form of fasting is intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating.” Dr. Kash recommends starting with a 12-hour break from eating (8PM-8AM) and then, the fasting window can be increased to 14, 16, 18, or 24 hours. “The hunger will disappear. In my book I provide readers with ways to help the hunger pass.”
C-oldie But a Goodie
Cryotherapy (cold therapy) has been a wellness trend for years, but many people don’t realize that you don’t have to go to a fancy place and spend a lot of money to reap its health benefits. Dr. Kash recommends taking a cold shower or filling up a bathtub with a mix of water and ice. “This practice releases endorphins to help with associated pain; releases endogenous antioxidants to stimulate detoxification pathways; and decreases inflammatory markers,” says Kash. “Water temperature should be between 40–60 °F and try to do 2–4 sessions a week of 1–5 minutes of cold immersions.” He does note that if you have any pre-existing cardiovascular conditions, that you need to consult your personal healthcare professional before taking the plunge.
Getting exposure to sunlight in the morning can help you sleep at night because it may reset your body’s inner “sleep clock” according to Verywell Health. “It is important to try and get at least 30 minutes of sun exposure every day, starting within the first hour of waking up,” says Kash. “If you need to set your alarm to wake up five minutes earlier to go outside and get this done, it will be worth it.”
Get it Write
According to Healthline, journaling offers an array of benefits — from easing stress to sparking self-discovery. “Thoughts are bundled as neural networks in the brain. Every time you think, nerves fire in your brain and produce chemical signals as a result. Negative thoughts produce chemicals/hormones that turn on gene expression for disease and positive thoughts do just the opposite,” says Kash. “Journaling every morning is an effective way to remind yourself which thought loops you want to eliminate and which thoughts to replace them with.”
If you are interested in hearing more from Dr. Kash, check out “The Autoimmune Plague” where he covers many more topics including conventional medicine, elimination diet, microbiome, stress, sleep, fasting, environmental toxins, exercise, healing modalities, professional therapies, and supplements.
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