Healing from Cancer: After Treatment

By Deborah Allison

hair-loss-cancerWhat happens when you find yourself or a loved one at that point in the healing journey that follows cancer treatment? What is the best support at that point for being more energized and in control of your own wellness plan? Many find they are at a loss as to where to turn next. Here are some simple strategies for overall healthy living and improved wellness.

In terms of diet, you can include more nourishing foods, such as organic fresh vegetables, berries, pineapple, green apples, and fresh-pressed juices. Fresh-pressed vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are readily absorbed and reach down to a cellular level, immediately nourishing and enhancing the growth of healthy cells.

Cruciferous vegetables (including Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale), asparagus, garlic, and onions increase glutathione in the body, a potent anticarcinogen. Since stress, diet, infection, toxins, and medications deplete normal glutathione reserves, this is important to replenish after cancer treatment.

Consider adding probiotics to your diet to optimize your gut flora, reduce inflammation, and strengthen your immune system. Research suggests that probiotics might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy. Probiotics can be found in certain whole foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and any fermented foods. You can also find high-quality supplements with millions and even billions of live cultures in whole-food stores such as GreenStar.

Gentle detox methods provide important support and need not be scary. Deep Breathing cleanses stale air from the lungs. Dry skin brushing assists the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body, as does jumping on a mini trampoline for 10 minutes a day. Using an infrared sauna for 30 minutes a few times a week encourages a healing response through sweating. Researchers have found a significantly higher number of toxins leaving the body through the pores from the use of an infrared sauna over regular exercise. (Locally, Dodge City Clippers in Genoa has an infrared sauna.)

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Grow Your Own Food: Improve Your Health and Life

By Theresa Joseph

kid-plantingPlanting, growing, and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from your own home garden provides you with a myriad of amazing health advantages.

First and foremost, you can eat garden produce seconds after harvest! This supplies you with multiple nutrients, superior flavors, and maximum plant energy. A plant's nutrient value, especially for vitamin C, is highest when just harvested. Afterwards, it quickly begins to lose its potency, which continues to degrade throughout time in storage. For example, in seven days, stored at 4 degrees Celsius, green peas lose 15 percent of vitamin C, while green beans lose 77. Lesser but still notable losses in B vitamins also occur during transportation and storage.

When freshly harvested, vegetables contain their maximum flavor, greatly reducing the need for salt and seasonings, especially unhealthy ones such as fatty sauces and sweeteners. Corn, asparagus, and peas, for example, lose their sweetness within hours, depending upon the variety. You may find you eat more homegrown vegetables than store-bought ones, because they taste so much better.

The energy from plants is also highest when they're first harvested. This means that the consumer's energy and overall health increase with just-picked homegrown vegetables.

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