Have you or a loved one been in this place? Where you have been told there is nothing left to try? That is a scary place to be, a place where there seems to be no hope. But that is not the case, the end of conventional medicine methods is not the end.
Here are 9 things to incorporate into your daily life to help you on your journey to better health.
1. Find the Will to Live
The biggest step, and the most important thing, is to find the will to live. We have to remember that ultimately no person can determine the days we have left. A diagnosis is just someone’s opinion, it is not final. Dr. Henry Ealy put it this way, “All people who heal have at least one thing in common… the belief that they will heal. Belief may be the most essential nutrient for any healing process.”
2. Eliminate and Avoid Toxins
Most chronic illnesses stem from six key factors: environmental pollution, pharmaceuticals, food, household chemicals, metabolic toxicity, and emotional stress. We can’t rid ourselves of all these factors but there are lots of things we can do to combat them. Such as filtering our water, eating organic, removing ourselves from stress…etc.
One of the most accepted toxins of our day, however, is alcohol. Alcohol’s byproducts wreak havoc on the cells, raising the risk of heart failure, dementia, liver disease, seven types of cancer, and fetal alcohol syndrome. Current research has shown that the number of alcohol-related deaths in the US has more than doubled in the last two decades going up to 73,000 in 2017 alone.
Alcohol, junk food, cosmetics, and binge-watching are all some of the things that intoxicate your mind and body. If you want to heal, it’s time to reassess priorities.
3. Change your eating habits
Changing your eating habits is one of the simplest and yet hardest things to do. Most people don’t even realize how bad they eat. Eating all organic will reduce the amounts of chemicals and pesticides you consume. While eating more fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits and less processed food, such as crackers, cereal, cookies, canned vegetables, French fries, and chicken nuggets, will improve your health.
Food is medicine as the old adage goes but if it’s the wrong kinds of foods they can be poison. Dozens of international studies show that eating well can prevent chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
4. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration plays a key role in many chronic illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis, and keeping hydrated helps with hypertension, heart disease, stroke, gallstone disease, glaucoma, and even Broncho-pulmonary disorders such as exercise asthma.
Pure, filtered water (not caloric drinks containing water) is necessary for every cell in the body to function properly. Water helps flush toxins from the body, improves kidney function, supports healthier and younger-looking skin, lubricates joints and muscles, and helps regulate body temperature.
As a goal, you should drink half your body weight in ounces.
5. Keep a Journal
While this step may not seem as important, it is. By keeping a journal on your mood and food as you heal you will learn what foods trigger you, what helps improve your mood, and what doesn’t. Keeping a daily gratitude journal is a great way to help your mood because you can always find something to be grateful for.
There are many different apps that you can get to journal and log your health journey on, but a notebook would work just as well. The main thing is to look for patterns in your health so you can avoid anything triggering.
This isn’t the kind of mediation you’re thinking of. This is simply sitting still, in a quiet place, and relaxing. Recent studies have proved that meditation practices that elicit the relaxation response have been found to reduce blood pressure just as well as blood pressure medications.
7. Keep Moving
Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic disease. Exercising for thirty minutes at least five days a week will aid so much in your healing. Studies have also shown that adding some of your favorite music to your exercise routine can have positive psychological effects.
When recovering from a chronic illness, nine hours is the ideal amount of sleep to aim for. Going to bed around ten and not rising until seven. Sleep is crucial as it helps your body reset for the day ahead and the challenges therein.
9. Enjoying Life
Staying connected with friends and family and enjoying their company is important. Isolation is not good for anyone, as we have seen with the Pandemic, isolating people brings on loneliness that is hard to combat. Enjoy your family, laugh with them, and live with them. Humans were made for interaction and each other. We were not designed to live alone.
In the end, we have to recognize that no person is able to number our days, that is a job left only to the Lord. If you are looking for stories of hope and healing against the odds, check out Chris Wark’s website www.chrisbeatcancer.com and be inspired by the amazing stories of healing that he shares.