Self-Healing & Prevention
Posted on Thu, Aug 14, 2014
If you made frequent trips to the doctor this past year, you may have accrued a lot of out-of-pocket costs you weren’t too happy with. As our exposure to environmental toxins and disease grows, so will our health care costs unless we take active measures to strengthen our immune health.
Here’s the good news: we can turn our bodies into disease-fighting machines for a relatively low cost, with easily accessible items.
Self-healing and prevention techniques are possible for all of us to do. And, we don't have to focus on a thousand different theories and tactics to do it, because most of our problems can be traced back to one place:
If you’ve ever had a “gut feeling” something is off with your health, chances are that feeling is actually coming from your gut, as that’s where a whopping 70 percent of your immune system lives! Taking care of your digestive system can improve a number of health issues and prevent many more from happening.
While liquid or juice cleanses lasting several days to a week are a good way to give your digestive system a quick rest, they are not enough to fully heal the issues that may be inhibiting your immune system.
If you truly want a healthy, well-functioning digestive tract that fights off diseases, you’ll need to commit to a lifestyle change. This means devoting a month or two to lots of digestion-healthy behaviors, and then moving to more of a maintenance basis once you start to feel better.
In the morning, you can:
- Take a probiotic on an empty stomach. Probiotics are capsules of friendly bacteria that help regulate the digestive system.
- Squeeze half a lemon into a small glass of purified, lukewarm water and drink it before you eat. Aside from helping flush out toxins and regulate the digestive system, lemons actually help alkalize the body’s pH levels, which is important considering diseases occur when the body’s pH is too acidic. An added bonus is that this can clear your skin and help you lose weight!
- Start your day with a gut-healing smoothie. Pineapples, papaya, and bananas all contain enzymes that help us digest throughout the day. Add raspberries, cinnamon, or fiber-rich protein powder to get an extra boost of bowel regulation.
At any time you can:
- Snack on raw pumpkin seeds. These are the green seeds inside the larger seeds we find in pumpkins. They provide a huge boost to your immune system by killing parasites and bad bacteria in your gut. You can even throw them in your favorite smoothie if you don’t like the taste.
- Drink a detox beverage. Green tea is a go-to for detoxing the liver, which is responsible for processing the toxins we consume through processed foods and air pollutants. Another high-powered detox drink involves garlic, raw apple cider vinegar, lemon, and raw honey. Recipe here: http://everydayroots.com/apple-cider-vinegar-drink
- Substitute your mid-morning snack with yogurt. Plain yogurt (without sugar added) contains lots of probiotics that help keep the gut clean and healthy. Add fruit to taste.
- Give yourself a break from gluten. Eating gluten-free is becoming easier and easier, as more people are requiring this option in their diet. Even if you aren’t allergic to gluten, your digestive system could use a break from it, since gluten tends to make it difficult for us to digest food. If you can’t give it up entirely, try cutting down your gluten intake by at least half, and consume whole grains that are rich in digestion-friendly fiber.
- Cut down on processed foods. Aside from fast food chains, you’ll find these in foods that contain preservatives. Processed foods contain chemicals and toxins that will eventually build up in the liver and impede our digestive processes. Supporting your local farmer’s market is a great way to get fresh, local produce and dairy.
Making a lifestyle change can be tough at first, but the added benefits will have you singing! Aside from cutting down on health care and prescription costs, many of these changes can help you sleep better, feel more energetic, and also lose weight.
The above ideas are simply suggestions and should not replace the information provided to you by your nutritionist, should you choose to consult one.