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A post about healthy lifestyle, diet and the little things we can do to stay healthy. By the way (my disclaimer), I do not claim to prevent, cure, treat or diagnose any disease – rather this blog is purely informational or for entertainment purposes, and it represents a non-licensed-medical-practitioner opinion. With that said however, health, diet and wellness have been my hobbies since 1999, so…
In 2002, when I had a little out-of-body, near-death-experience while on the operating table having my appendix removed, I started to realize that I was just a touch different than the average American male. It only took three or four years to make the changes which the Universe immediately began to show as being necessary (I am also very stubborn). But I began to make little tiny changes in my diet and in my lifestyle choices which were suggested to me by friends and co-workers and healing facilitators, etc. And I am still doing most of these to this day.
I think I am mostly a spiritual being having a human experience. Of course I am an ordinary human being, but the pursuit of increased consciousness is important to me. Therefore, obviously I am a touch different from the average American male. So if you feel that you might be a slightly higher frequency being (one who seeks to transform their consciousness for the better, someone who is trying to stay on a spiritual path, someone who meditates regularly, or someone who takes responsibility for mistakes, etc), male or female, then these suggestions might benefit you. With that said, you don’t have to listen to any of these items, and of course, if you do, consult your doctor before changing your lifestyle / diet.
So here are some suggestions of little changes you can make to your life which I believe will slowly improve the body / mind system. I do not believe we can really separate the body from the mind – for if the body is stressed, how can the mind relax? (Unless you are a sublime being… but for the rest of us…) And likewise, if the mind is stressed, does the body relax?
Generally it takes months and / or years to make significant changes. So please don’t beat yourself up if you do all the “no-no’s” on this list. Rather, slowly (maybe change one item every few months) make a healthier choice. Please do be gentle. We all start out at different levels and with varying degrees of discipline. So for goodness sake, don’t be harsh toward yourself just because you have limits! Rather, be kind.
The list of slight changes for a healthy body:
Rather than big name brand toothpastes, use a non-fluoride toothpaste. There are many to choose from. So you can still get your flavor, or your level of abrasiveness, etc.
While I am on this subject, if possible, filter your tap water. It seems strange that low levels of arsenic / lead / mercury, and not to mention chlorine and fluoride are allowed in to our drinking water. You want to filter out the larger chemicals while keeping in some of the minerals. For instance, drinking distilled water can rob the body of some of the necessary minerals it might need.
If you have mercury amalgam dental fillings (the silver which is actually mercury ++ in your teeth), when you have the financial ability, have those fillings replaced with less-toxic resin fillings. And only go to see a dentist who knows what they are doing around this – not all dentists are created equal. There is special equipment for the removal of mercury, which begs the question of, “how is the mercury non-toxic in my teeth, but when you go to have it removed, they must install a special mercury-catcher to prevent any from being swallowed?” Huh? [Hopefully the ADA does not flip out upon reading this… purely informational! Please seek out and ask an expert before making any changes. I’m not responsible for anyone changing their lifestyle without consulting a licensed practitioner.]
Avoid antiperspirants that contain aluminum. If unable to do so, then only use it on a really busy / hot / high-pressure day.
Use eco-friendly laundry detergent. Having used non-abrasive detergents for several years now, if a friend happens to wash something of mine and they use a major name brand detergent, or some other chemical laden cleanser, my skin itches and I can smell the chemicals out-gassing from the fabric. Yuck! (And if this happens to be something I am trying to sleep in or on… good luck sleeping that night!)
When the weather turns cooler, brewing your own Kombucha might be in order. Kombucha is warming though, so it might be best to avoid drinking it during the hot summer months when the body would rather have cooling foods / drinks. See one of my previous posts about brewing Kombucha.
Avoid partially hydrogenated oils / fats. That means avoid some commercial, big name nut butters (peanut butter that has these PH oils seem more like wax or plastic than food to me). And palm oil is not much better – if possible, go for peanuts only peanut butter, which means you will have to stir it up as the oil separates. Also true for cashew butter, almost butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.
And remember, please speak with a licensed practitioner about all these things. I am not responsible for any adverse reactions to changes made in anyone else’ lifestyle or body.
And the final suggestion for food changes – dump as many processed carb foods that you can, including cereals, big-name-brand breakfast bars, etc and especially avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup as you don’t know if that corn was genetically altered (further adding confusion to the body’s digestion) and no matter what, it will wreak havoc on your blood sugar. Best to avoid those spikes and crashes I say. Better to eat whole grains, cook your own rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, barley, whole grain pasta, etc.
Rather than using pharmaceutical drugs, whether prescription or over the counter, try using homeopathic medicine (seeing a homeopathic MD is best for this), or perhaps try flower essences / essential oils (maybe a Naturopathic Doctor would be best for these, or an alternative minded Registered Dietician). For instance, Arnica (homeopathic) is a good replacement of over the counter pain relievers and it is definitely less stressful on the liver.
There are many good herbs which help us to relax and / or go to sleep. And if we are stressed or traumatized (or near the verge of going into shock), then having Rescue Remedy around (flower essence blend) is very beneficial and it works wonders! Talk to an alternative health practitioner, and preferably one who is licensed about these.
And remember, find a quality health care practitioner who you trust, and ask them about any of these suggestions. Then go out and get a second opinion! You can also go to Dr. Mercola’s website to investigate health rumors and other dietary suggestions. That would be http://www.mercola.com
See also Terri Saunder’s website – Sunrise Herb Shoppe from my blog list on the RIGHT and you can read many of her well-researched articles on these subjects and more.
Thanks for reading.