Healthy Prepping for Survival

Healthy prepping includes eating right

Healthy prepping begins with what you eat today

Are you “prepping” or are you “healthy prepping?” Your well-being can easily be taken for granted, especially when you are in good health. This can be difficult to maintain in the best of conditions, and downright impossible in bad conditions. Prepping has gotten more popular in recent years, due mainly to Hollywood. Despite the drama, it is vital to take it seriously. Prepping boils down to one basic thing: being ready to survive in any circumstance.

Poor health or poor physical fitness can render all of your prepping irrelevant. If you are ailing, it won’t really matter how much water you can disinfect or how much food you can grow. Maintaining good health is key to survival. Aside from other healthy prepping steps, the most important thing you can do is get yourself in better physical shape.

It’s no secret that healthy people live longer and are less affected by minor sicknesses and infections. Your overall physical condition affects how resilient you are to minor health concerns. Getting yourself in the best shape possible is central to good overall health. Here are four simple steps that you can follow to improve your health, your fitness, and your preparedness.

  1. Start with small steps: omit a soda or two a day and switch to water; eat more whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains; and start walking more than you are used to. Around 80% of maintaining your ideal body weight revolves around your diet. Eat cleaner to be cleaner.
  2. Maintaining a good level of physical fitness is not the only aspect to healthy prepping. No matter what shape you are in, you can still fall victim to an illness or injury. By stockpiling the supplies you need beforehand, you can put yourself ahead of the curve.
  3. Chances are, the pills you have in your medicine cabinet are useful long after their printed expiration dates.  In fact, one study reported in the LA Times found that many drugs are just fine years after they “expire.”  Medications should be stored in their original containers and kept away from heat, light, and moisture.
  4. You should also stockpile the natural options which are widely available.  Honey is one substance that every person dedicated to healthy prepping should have a supply of.  It never goes bad.  Ever.  Second, in addition to being edible, it can be used to disinfect wounds, and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  As a general rule, the darker the honey, the more effective it is. There are many other natural substances that are good to have on hand.  Witch hazel is a decent antiseptic and treatment for bug bites and stings; eucalyptus oil is a terrific decongestant and insect repellant; oregano oil has similar properties to honey. No matter what you stockpile, ensure to store it properly.  Keep your supplies in a clean and waterproof container, away from external heat sources and humidity.

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About Bret Smith

I am a long-time lover of all things outdoors. Whether hunting, shooting, fishing or just hiking and camping, I take every opportunity to enjoy nature and share it with others.

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