What is DIY health? It's what people used to do before there was a clinic on every street corner. Our grandparents knew that certain plants healed a variety of ailments. They also knew that food was our medicine. I'm not saying that you should try to manage all your health issues with natural resources because sometimes you really need a doctor to remove an appendix. But, if you are suffering from a cold or seasonal allergies, etc... give some natural remedies a try.
DIY health also can be managed by the foods we eat and the type of exercise we get each day. I know, I know, you're thinking that Hippy Dippy Geeky Chick is going to try to convince you that tofu and yoga is the way to go. But, no! I am way too lazy to stick with anything as complex as yoga. Now, I'm not saying that yoga is bad...it just doesn't work for me. I get distracted and just don't benefit from it. Tofu....well the jury is still out on that one. I just can't bring myself to honestly try it.
I like veggies and fruit....the fresher, the better. I also am a meat eater. I come closest to being a Paleo 2.0 kind of person. But don't get me wrong, I love beer, too. My husband says I am a beer snob. I like dark beers like Milk Stout or Guiness and I like specialty beers like Shiner's craft beers. I like beer!
So, that leads me to the next important aspect of health: exercise. I shy away from exercise that requires lots of equipment or expensive membership dues. I do have a treadmill but that is because our neighborhood is not safe for walking or jogging. I tend to do mostly calisthenics and walking or jogging. Earlier this year, I attempted Crossfit training but I ended up ripping muscles in my foot so I am back now to my tried and true exercises (hopefully, my limp will improve over time).
You may appreciate my geek culture twist on DIY health or at the very least, be entertained by it. Stay tuned for my article explaining how Andrew Bunnie Huang, the famous Xbox hacker, taught me a lesson on how to treat swine flu. With flu season upon us, you can never be too prepared.
I also will have some great lists for first aid kits to keep around the house or carry with you on-the-go (and great for camping trips).