So often the focus turns towards mending the ills that have been bestowed to us. I would like to take a close look on how living a healthy “rooted life” can offer a greater sense of well-being and prevention of disease.
The stats on cancer are as follows: according to the American Cancer society, 50% of men and 33% of women will get some form of cancer in their lifetime.
What can you do about these staggering statistics? Know the facts and take action with your personal choices. The causes of cancer vary greatly and the research continues to provide great insight into this powerful disease.
Here are the basics on how cancer is fueled physically, emotionally and spiritually. Cancer thrives on sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods, depression, stress, genetic predisposition and an acidic environment in the body.
What you can choose to do about it:
1) Eat live food! Avoid eating packaged, processed and frozen foods as much as possible. Your body operates on a cellular level. You must feed these cells with live nourishing enzymes in order to keep them happy and well fed. One easy way to get in these foods is to shop on the outer perimeter of the store. Avoid the center of the store as much as possible. See if you can get all or most of your goods on the perimeter.
2) Consume Super Foods: Some examples include: blueberries, kale, walnuts, apples, strawberries, broccoli, spinach, wild caught salmon, and green tea.
3) Exercise Regularly: 30-45 minutes each day gets your endorphins going which has an effect on your happiness and your ability to let go of negative emotions and body toxins
4) Take a daily multivitamin: Get one, which is a “plant-based whole food multivitamin”. A couple of recommends: “MegaFood Women’s Daily” or "New Chapter".
5) Detox your mind, body and spirit:
~Give your body a break from caffeine, alcohol, sugary treats and other items that may disrupt the natural flow of your system. Just one less sip or bite will help! Further, you can give your digestive system a rest by having an all-liquid day. It takes a lot of energy and effort for your body to continuously digest solid food.
~Give you mind a rest: Try meditating for a few minutes. Find a quiet space to rest and let your tasks go. At any point in the day, you can stop, take a deep breath and imagine space between your thoughts.
~Give your spirit a boost: Connect with your spirit, soul, and life force! Feed your soul by doing those things that make you feel absolutely joyful and alive. Try out Tai Chi or Qigong to get your life force moving!
6) Heal old wounds: Each emotional trauma causes damage to our bodies on a cellular body. Take time to repair these old wounds. Do some journaling, call a friend, get support and see a therapist or wellness coach.
7) Relax and Rejuvenate: Take some time to relax each day, even for a few minutes. Enjoy a good book, bath, massage, connect with nature, lay in the grass, play in the water, listen to some soothing music, etc. Help your body to feel calm for a bit. Take a load off!
8) Ask for Help: Let others step in and support you! Remember that you do not have to be superman or superwoman. Let others have a chance to give a helping hand. Reaching out is just as important as reaching in.
9) Sleep More: 7-8 hours a night is recommended
10) Avoid Parabens and phthalates in your products: Be careful what you put on your skin and your scalp. Check your products to ensure they are “paraben and phthalates free”. Keep in mind your skin is the largest organ you have!
11) Know Your Family Medical History & Get Tested Early: Knowing your family history can aide in taking preventive testing measures. It can help yourself, your doctors and other medical staff to get a fuller understanding of your prognosis and risk factors.
12) Keep your inner environment Alkaline: Keeping your body PH towards the alkaline side will aide your system greatly in being able to fight off infection and disease. Check out this great alkaline food chart resource: http://www.alkalinesisters.com/alkaline-food-chart/
13) Think Positive: Negative emotions and feelings add an extra layer of stress. Sometimes life can throw you around and get you down. When this happens, take some time to reach out for support. Write down at least 10 things you can be grateful for today. Being "in gratitude" can give your mind and body a much needed happy energy shift!
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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