This past year has been a tough one for myself and my family. The type of year that one spends a lot more time then one would like in the hospital, feeling confused about what one can do to help themselves and their family prevent chronic disease. The type of year that leaves one asking questions like “Why has this happened? Why to him? Why to us?”.
Although we’ve lost someone very dear to us in this last week, we’ve learned some very valuable lessons from him along the way. Lessons in how to be a better person, how to live a meaningful and inspiring life, and finally lessons in how to protect our health from inflammatory diseases such as cancer.
I’ve come across a few resources in this journey that I absolutely MUST share with my friends and clients. I am in no way claiming to have all the answers and I am not a doctor. Just a wellness junkie/yoga teacher who wants to share any knowledge and resources I have found along my path. I’ve learned that there are many things that we can do to help ourselves and they all revolve around a lifestyle that is saturated with wellness. First and foremost DIET is one of the most important tools we have to prevent chronic disease. There is so much research going into this right now and it’s absolutely necessary that people educate themselves and become aware of what they are putting into their bodies. Is it nourishing? Or is it actually harming you? It’s up to us to do the research. What synergy of foods, vitamins & minerals can work together to promote optimal health and fight disease? Other important aspects of our lives include becoming aware of toxic chemicals and how they become increasingly harmful when they are mixed and become a “cocktail” of toxins within the body. How many of these harmful chemicals are in products that we use every day from cleaning our homes to washing our faces? Our digestive system actually has to process everything that absorbs into our skin. How can we educate ourselves on yoga, mindfulness & meditation and how these important aspects of our life help to prevent disease? It’s up to us to take an interest in preventing chronic disease because it’s becoming increasingly clear that medications and drugs are not the answer. Preventative measures are the only way we currently know to fend off diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and most chronic illnesses.
If I could only recommend 2 resources from my personal journey over the past year, I would say that I hope that every person in the world would read the book “Anti-Cancer” – this book is a wealth of extremely important knowledge in my opinion. I could not say enough good things about what I have read in this book and how important I think it is that everyone should know these important details.
Anti Cancer “A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber explores:
◊ Why the traditional Western diet creates the conditions for disease and how to develop a science-based anticancer, anti-inflammtory diet
◊ How and why sugar and stress feed cancer and ways to achieve life balance and good nutrition to combat it
◊ Why the effects of helplessness and unhealed wounds affect our ability to restore health
◊ How to reap the benefits of exercise, yoga, and meditation
◊ How to minimize environmental toxins
◊ How to find the right blend of traditional and alternative health care
One other resource that I highly recommend is a movie (it’s on netflix!) called Food Matters. This documentary is full of extremely important information on how you can improve you and your family’s health through diet.
I could probably make this blog post go on for ever and ever because I feel quite passionate about this right now but I just wanted to recommend those 2 important resources that people can start with. Perhaps you’ll read or watch and maybe continue your own research. I am always happy to trade resources and hear about new books or movies on nutrition and preventative measures on disease. I know that I consider myself to be a wellness junkie (80% of the time) and there have been a lot of new bits of information in these resources that I never knew about before. I’m going to end this post on the point that I hope that this blog post inspires some of you to further your own awareness on how to live a well rounded healthy lifestyle and learn for yourselves what that is. No one else is going to do it for you.