Posted by: godswaytohealth | September 7, 2012

WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH

When it comes to our health, we simply cannot accept claims at their face value. We have to dig below the surface and use all the resources available to us, including our own commonsense and reason, as well as the advice of true independent experts’ and other’s experiences, to determine what medical treatment or recommendation will be best for any of us in any given situation. Ultimately, we must come to the realization that WE are responsible for our and our family’s health.

We actually have tremendous power to shape and direct our health! Our thoughts, our environmental exposures, and our food choices all directly affect our health.

For instance, the best “cancer cure” is to prevent it from taking hold in the first place. Cancer cells are circulating in everyone, all the time. The stronger your immune system is, the less likely your cellular function will go bad. Your diet is extremely important in keeping your immune system strong. One of the primary cancer-promoters is SUGAR. Cancer cells love sugar and use it to fuel their rapid proliferation. This includes ALL forms of sugar, including fructose and grains. The higher your blood glucose level, the more prolific the cancer cells will be.

Our diet is one of the best ways to either feed or prevent cancer. We need to be aware that processed foods, soft drinks, red meat, trans-fats, and any food containing or contaminated with xenoestrogens promote cancer growth.

Plant foods, particularly cruciferous vegetables and flax seeds, as well as many herbs and spices are cancer-preventive. Beneficial fats of particular importance for cancer prevention are omega-3 and omega-9, which effectively slow down tumor growth in estrogen-sensitive cancers, such as those of the breast, prostate and colon.

Generally speaking, our diet should focus on fresh, whole, unprocessed foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, and so forth) that come from healthy, sustainable, local sources, such as small organic farms. For the highest nutrient content, you will want to make raw food a significant portion of your diet.

Here are additional ways to protect yourself:

  • Breathe through your nose. The tiny hairs in your nasal passages filter the air; mouth breathing bypasses the filter.
  • Eat fermented foods. Supporting your digestive system’s friendly flora with fermented foods helps your body work properly to avoid sickness.
  • Exercise. Exercise helps reduce stress, improve sleep, promote blood flow, and helps our body eliminate waste. Exercise also improves the circulation of immune cells in our blood.
  • Reduce stress. Stress weakens the immune system and impairs digestive function. Take a break, take a walk in the sun, and just don’t get stressed out.
  • Reduce sugar. Few substances are as harmful to the immune system as sugar, even too much natural sugar. Avoid sugary snacks and fruit juices.
  • Sleep is very important. Getting proper sleep is critical, both in terms of getting enough sleep and sleeping during the right hours. The ideal sleeping hours are between 10 pm and 6 am. Modern      research has confirmed the value of this recommendation as certain hormonal fluctuations occur throughout the day and night. Working against our biology by staying awake when we should be sleeping, or vice versa, interferes with these natural hormone rhythms.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration impairs the immune system. Hydrate with purified water, vegetable juices, and raw foods.  Avoid caffeine.
  • Take vitamin D. If you’re indoors and missing the sun, you need vitamin D3 to protect your immune system.
  • Wash your hands. Many colds start when we infect ourselves by rubbing our eyes or nose with contaminated hands.

We all have to become an active participant in our care and make sure we are making decisions that correspond with our own best judgment, knowledge and experiences.

Sources: www.mercola.com

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