Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions. On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.
Something I’ve been eating recently? My oldest son has gotten me on a kick of eating avocado toast for breakfast. For those that are unfamiliar, this is toast with a smashed avocado on top. I will usually toast 2 pieces of high-quality gluten-free bread and press some garlic into the warm bread. Then I put a half avocado on each and smoosh them up. I put sea salt on top and sometimes will add a splash of lemon and some arugula as well. Avocados have very healthy fats in them, and I feel highly energized everytime I eat them.
A recent source of inspiration? A chiropractor friend that is my age was recently hospitalized for a heart problem. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met but hadn’t been taking the time to eat well or exercise in some time. I spoke to him last week and he is sounding and acting like a different person. He had just run for an hour straight at 11 minute per mile pace and was thrilled. What inspired me was that he began telling me that he was committed to maintaining a truly high level of health going forward and that he was excited to see what he could accomplish going forward. I love when people take something scary or negative and use it to propel themselves forward to a higher level.
A recent observation? As a heath care provider, when I go to restaurants or the grocery store, I often will inadvertently hear people talking about their health. Something I notice regularly is that when I hear people talking about being in pain or having a lot of health problems and then I look at what they’re eating, drinking or buying it’s very rarely good. It’s usually a lot of highly inflammatory and processed foods, microwavable items, soda, chips and the like. What I wish more people understood is that just like your car requires the right fuel to perform optimally, so does your body.
A natural remedy I use? When our bodies encounter foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses, our temperature increases in order to burn them off and we get a fever. Most people when they’re feeling sick try to actively stunt their fever which may feel slightly better in the short term but prevents the body from healing as quickly. I very rarely get sick but if I do feel myself coming down with something and I have a fever, I try to enhance the fever. I will literally sleep in multiple layers with a hooded sweatshirt on and then wrap myself in several blankets (this approach will not be popular with your spouse so find your own space). I will wake up after this very sweaty but every single time I’ve done this, I’ve felt better. Increasing the body’s temperature allows the body to fight off the virus or bacteria faster.
A quote I love? “Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident. Sweat, on the other hand, is for those that know it’s a choice.”
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