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Episode 5: Recovering and Staying Moving and Active
Episode 59th September 2021 • The Artistic Method • Joel Wright
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Just getting over the virus. Sharing my experiences and what I did to try to make it through. No medical advice given, just my personal approach to staying moving and active with creative recovery.

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Hello, creative people.

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Welcome to the artistic method with me, Joel.

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Right.

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Well, I just got over the Rona and it did suck.

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It's no lie.

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It sucks for most people.

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I mean, some people are asymptomatic and don't even know that right.

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I knew very clearly that I had it.

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There was no doubt in my mind that I had the Rona and I tested

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positive and I suffered for about 10 days before I tested negative.

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And I tested negative twice and waited five extra days before

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I reintegrated with society.

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I did not want anyone to get the Rona for me or experience what I experienced.

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No one should take health advice from me because I'm going to centric artists

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type and I have no business giving anyone any type of medical advice.

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And no one should listen to me in that regard, but there are takeaways

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they'll learn from having the Rona that I'd like to share, because

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I think it could help people.

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And, um, basically what we did, my wife and I both have.

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The Corona virus together.

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And we lived our life the way we normally do.

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We decide to deep clean the house.

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So we spend a lot of time moving around, you know, sweeping, mopping, cleaning,

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doing dishes and catching up on stuff that we hadn't had time to since we

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were trapped at the house anyway.

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And we also go on walks, we go on walks as a family and we just talk and, and yeah.

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Interact with each other on these walks and it's not high impact at all, but with

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being sick, we decided to go on walks in the morning and the evening, because

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it was just too hot during the day.

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And we had fevers.

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So walking in the morning and in the evening became our ritualistic event.

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And we did that.

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The very first moment we knew we had gotten the coronavirus

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and yeah, I think it helped.

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I think it helped a lot.

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I think you want to stay moving.

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I think it might be a mistake when people lay down and try and wait for it to pass.

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And that, of course won't make it pass by any quicker.

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And there's no rules or laws saying you need to lay down because you're sick.

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We, we opted to stay moving.

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And in staying moving.

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Yeah, the body aches, or like being possessed by fricking

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demon, but I'd rather move it.

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It's like, it's the equivalent of, if you have a horrible leg day at the gym

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and you tear your legs to shreds, and then two days later you can barely move.

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So you just lay on the couch, playing video games and you try and get

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up and your legs won't work well.

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If instead of, of just being immobile and not moving on the couch, you

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went and rode your bicycle around.

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Yeah.

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It's gonna hurt.

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It's gonna hurt a lot worse than normal, but.

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You'll be working some of that soreness out.

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And that's my theory with this.

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I think that staying, moving, keeping the lungs exhaling, made a big difference.

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Now I also did a very light, but lengthy yoga session each day.

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And that's more often than I do yoga normally.

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And that really helped mitigate the pain of the body aches.

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I do believe, and it kept me centered and all of this is a physical virus, so much.

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Of getting through it or passed.

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It is mental.

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There's a serious mental game.

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It gives you this feeling of anxiety, even depression and whatever it is

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you do to stay grounded and centered.

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I would highly recommend to keep doing that.

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Now I didn't create any art.

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I had zero inspiration and I didn't have the extra energy per se to create art.

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I did watch every single YouTube video concerning art

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or artists that is available.

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I went through the entire library.

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It seems like, and I learned a lot about YouTube channels and

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artists and their approach to teaching and sharing their art.

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And I learned a lot from that.

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And you may know that for a while of wanted bone YouTube.

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But I haven't really kicked that off.

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And the podcast leads into that.

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Uh, my, my goal has been to make the podcast until YouTube videos as well, so

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that there's a visual component to it.

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And I learned, I learned like what I don't want my channel to be and what

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some of the more boring channels were.

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Uh, two dedicated to just, uh, very, um, small topics.

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I'd rather have variety and I'm just a variety person.

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So my YouTube channel will not be dedicated to just one

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subject, just one medium per se.

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And, uh, I would like to cover a more broad area of topics.

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If anyone is interested, my YouTube channel is Juul, right?

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Art.

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So you just go to YouTube and search Juul, right.

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Art and you'll find it.

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And so far I have 179 subscribers.

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So just in the beginning of the channel, although I've had the channel for quite

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some time yesterday, I kicked off my art classes that I haven't had since.

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The spring of 2019, I was restoring a church during that summer and

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fall, and I redid the stations and the statues of the Catholic church.

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And so I had canceled my art classes and then.

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At the beginning of 2019, you know, things got weird.

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So I'd never started my art classes back up until now until

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yesterday, which was September 7th.

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And I gave away free sketchbooks and it was a free art class.

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And everyone that showed up got a sketchbook and we did some drawing

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exercises in the sketchbooks.

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And my goal was is to have a YouTube video.

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Uh, of a series of exercises that you can do for the sketchbooks.

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But of course, I got sick with the Rona and I didn't have time

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to do the videos, but that's what, what I'll, I'll be working on very

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soon to create drawing exercises.

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That you can do in a sketchbook.

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They're not meant to be masterpieces it's for daily practice and it's third

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daily practice that you can really get good at something and, and really get

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the momentum turning in your favor as far as getting past creative blocks and

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coming up with new ideas for projects that you want to spend more time.

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Drawing can be a form of relaxation and therapy.

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And I talked to a student in one of the art club and they art class yesterday,

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and she was interested in using art, creativity, and expression too.

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Recover and heal from, um, what she's gone through lately.

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And I think that's a great approach to, to creativity.

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It can be therapeutic for some, some people it's, it's not nothing

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anywhere near a form of therapy.

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It's more of a form of entertainment, which I guess could in turn be a

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form of therapy, but using it to.

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Become more introspective go inward and work on blocks and,

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and, um, trauma and stress.

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And to let that out through your artwork is a great idea.

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And I'd like to focus on that a little bit daily drawing nights, your creativity

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though, and that's the most important thing it's uh, if you, if you do something

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on a regular basis, the brain picks up on the fact that, Hey, this is neat.

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This is happening often.

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And so you expand and enrich your abilities and it just opens up

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a infinite source of creativity.

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If you draw daily, I think everyone should be able to learn to draw for free.

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And that's why my drawing classes are gonna be completely free and I'll do

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everything I can to do giveaways and of art supplies and stuff like that, to make

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it possible for people to learn, to draw.

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At no cost.

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So watching every YouTube video is really helpful for me.

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And it helped me realize what I want my channel to be also.

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And that is, um, you know, some, some technical information and

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teaching, but not just that, just sharing the creativity, the creative

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process, the creative lifestyle, and my latest projects as well.

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Another thing we did for the symptoms and prevention of a severe

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case of COVID was taking vitamins.

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And that's something that we do already.

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So we just continued to do that the way we had been and the vitamins I

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take, I've been taking for years.

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I take vitamin D vitamin D is really good for, um, well, for one thing is if you

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have seasonal affective disorder, or if you get depressed, when there's not enough

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sunshine, it's like the happy vitamin.

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It's a sunshine of a pill form.

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And just about every single person, every single American probably it's

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probably widespread does not have enough vitamin D and I don't know

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what the recommended daily allowances.

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What they say you should have, but it's, you know, it's pretty

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much common knowledge that, uh, we're all deficient in vitamin D.

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And what does vitamin D do?

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It does a lot of things, but one is help prevent respiratory infection,

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which couldn't be more useful now.

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For this.

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And we, I normally take about 5,000 IUs a day, but we upped it to 10,000.

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I U and I really noticed a difference in that.

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And I may stay on the 10,000 IUs of vitamin D it's debatable,

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whether is vitamin D can increase testosterone levels.

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I'm not sure that it does that or not, but it, for sure, it gives you this feeling

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of confidence that you can accomplish something that you're motivated.

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And that you have more of an aggressive approach.

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And I don't mean like violently aggressive, but I've just mean like, um,

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you're more proactive to get things done.

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And vitamin D has an effect on the, on the mind and just, it just, uh,

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makes you feel like you can do it.

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And that helps when you're sick.

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It helps a lot.

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Because a large part of getting past that was a mental game.

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And, and I want to say that helps quite a bit.

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The other vitamins we took in minerals were like zinc, um, took the zinc

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lozenges, and, and that seems to help.

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I had a horrible sore throat and conjunction with COVID.

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And then we also take all the B vitamins, the entire array, and I'm

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not talking about multivitamins here.

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We take isolated forms of vitamins and a mega three fish wheel that thins

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the blood and reduces inflammation reportedly, and that's highly useful.

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And then vitamin C you know, obviously take vitamin C.

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And magnesium that's that's one, the, um, the, the body's usually deficient

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in and the mind now on top of that, I drink multiple cups of green tea a day.

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And I do that normally, and not didn't increase or decrease that tea

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consumption, uh, well having the virus, but I feel like green tea has an effect.

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On that a positive effect.

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Of course, there's so many health benefits of green tea that I highly

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recommend you look it up yourself because I'm not qualified to really

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list or discuss the health benefits of drinking green tea, but they're numerous.

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And that's something to really pay attention to it's drinking green tea.

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Well, that was the point I recall that we used and continued to use and

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use before and just staying, moving, taking vitamins, drinking green tea.

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Another thing on top of that though, is eating healthy and things that you

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think that are good for your body.

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And that varies from person to person, but I've been craving leafy greens, apples.

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I've been making smoothies lately and just eating overall better,

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higher quality and less bullshit.

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And that craving I'm glad has returned.

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Yeah.

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You know, it comes from the pain.

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I think pain can be the best motivator at times.

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And after going through pain, it makes you want to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

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So it's not all negative the experience.

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Anyway, it's, it's made me really want to focus on my health more, which in turn

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will, you know, it's return on investment.

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You get greater productivity.

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Greater creativity all based on how you live your life.

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if you're watching this podcast and my YouTube channel, which will be the first

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podcast to be on my YouTube channel, you'll find me painting my latest

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painting that I painted before I got sick.

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It is oil on arches oil paper.

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And it's a school with flowers growing up through the school and there's other,

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there's other blue flowers on the ground.

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And there's a Ruby throated, hummingbird approaching one of the

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morning glory flowers that grew out of the eye socket of the skull.

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