We all know cancer is an epidemic and is running rampant in our world. I bet we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Whether ourselves personally, our loved ones, friends, or even our connections through social media and the world at large. It used to be a scary “C” word that was rarer to hear about, but now it is very common.
We are living in a toxic world with many variables and at times it can feel overwhelming when it comes to cancer prevention and the overall betterment of our health in general, but the good news is that there are things that we can do! Here are a few ideas that are easy to incorporate into our lives. And these are things we can do whether we have cancer or we are looking to prevent cancer.
Reduce our exposure to toxic products. We live in a world full of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, toxic air fresheners, toxic cleaners, colognes, fragrances, heavy metals, toxic food, and more. The more we can sub out these types of products and threats and eliminate using them or being exposed to them the better.
2. Stay Hydrated One of the biggest health challenges is that most people are very dehydrated, all the way from young children to the elderly and in between. This is a very serious health challenge. Dehydration means that we are not moving out the toxins as easily and that we are getting thick blood. We do NOT want thick blood. No, No, No! I have written about thick blood in a prior blog post that you can read here:
There are so many reasons to increase our fruit and veggies intake and hydration is one of them. Fruits especially help to both hydrate and nourish the cells and organs as well as providing the natural sugars our livers and brains need to function. Think of your liver in particular. The fruits help it to function better and to be able to filter out toxins and get them out of the body. And don’t forget about the amazing micro-nutrients fruits and veggies provide like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more!
If you are interested in more details on the best foods and why for cancer prevention, here is a link to a detailed article by Marni Clark. Marni is a breast cancer expert and coach, and I enjoy her work immensely. Here is the link:
I really believe that there are 3 cornerstones to good health
. Eating functional and whole foods
. Exercise and
. Lowering Stress
Lowering stress means lowering the stress on the body as in toxic exposure, overwork, tiredness, abuse, as well as all of the mental stress we often refer to. Stress is much more complicated than we think of usually. When you think of stress, think of it like a rope. When too much stress is put on a rope, or the rope becomes frail and weak, it breaks!!! That is about as simple as it gets, so do whatever you can do reduce stress. I have written blogs posts on dealing with stress. You can find them here:
Try and find ways to incorporate more peace of mind in your life. This may involve things like forgiving yourself and others, letting go of the little things, releasing judgments, taking walks in nature and just anything that allows you to ‘feel’ better from moment to moment. If you need to get some help, never be afraid of stepping up to the plate when it comes to getting counseling, therapy, life coaching, or something of that nature. There are people who are there just for that purpose… to help. A great resource that I have come across is called “Life Coach Library” and it is a service online where clients and coaches can find a match for each other. Here is the link for that service if you are interested.
We all know that exercise and movement are hugely important to our health but when it comes to prevention of illnesses like cancer, exercise really helps to move the lymphatic system, which helps the body to clean up intercellular waste and remove toxins. This is very, very important, especially for prevention and in the case of a cancer patient having lymph nodes removed. It is then even more important to assist the body in moving the lymphatic fluid to encourage drainage of the intercellular waste.
At our wellness centre “Superior Shores Wellness” in Thunder Bay we offer a service to help with lymphatic drainage and movement. It is especially beneficial for those who don’t get a lot of movement for whatever reason or for those who have had lymph nodes removed as in the case of breast cancer. The service we provide is ‘Whole Body Vibration’ where the client stands on a base plate and using the vibration technology to vibrate the entire body. Wherever you live, if you can take advantage of a service like this, I highly recommend it.
Just walking also helps to move the lymphatics and helps to calm the mind as well as a host of other health benefits. A walk every day can have huge benefits!!!!
I hope you find these ideas helpful. As I write about often, when it comes to health, try not to think in terms of deprivation ie. what you can’t have or do, but turn it around to simply “What can I add in more of today that is good for my health?”. Just try to keep adding in more and more until eventually the scales themselves shift and you have naturally shifted to more good things. Keep it simple. Simple works.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, and member in good standing of the Canadian Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP). Maggie loves to help people to improve their wellness of body, mind and spirit. Simple strategies can have huge impacts. Contact Maggie below to inquire about any of her services or with any questions you may have or to sign up to her email list for her monthly newsletter. Also feel free to en-JOY Maggie’s other blogs.
Children are very prone to dehydration. We often work hard at making sure our kids eat their meals and snacks but hydration often gets overlooked.
Children are even more prone to dehydration because of their size, activity level, often lack of interest in drinking fluids, as well as dealing with sensitive taste buds.
If you notice that your child is not urinating frequently and/or their urine is of a darker color and has a strong smell, your child is probably dehydrated. Dehydration can show itself as constipation, low energy, crankiness, nausea, dry mouth, dry skin, lack of tears, skin that does not bounce back when pinched, sunken eyes, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and even headaches, to name a few!
One of the best ways to help with hydrating the body is to encourage the consumption of vegetables and fruit, especially fruit. Fruits are jam-packed with micro-nutrients and lots of water.
Easy ways to encourage fruit eating, is to:
. Lead by example! Eat fruits often and find creative ways to eat more fruits and to try new fruits
. Incorporate fruits into meals as salsas, in salads, as toppings on desserts etc.
. One of my favorite ways and it works very well. Leave cut up pieces of fruit in the reach of children. When my daughter has friends over for a sleepover for example, in the morning I knock on the bedroom door and say something fun like “Room Service” and deliver a plate of various fruits cut up. They always eat it! They may not eat the whole plate but they always eat quite a bit.
. Make fruit bowls. Take a banana and chop it up in small pieces or even mash it and then add any other chopped fruit that you like. I change it up all the time and add things like chopped apples, berries, pears, melon and whatever I feel like. I even sometimes drizzle maple syrup or honey on top for added nutrients and for more deliciousness. I have not met a person yet, child or adult, who can resist my fruit bowls. When you make them into bowls like this it is like eating something substantial and the taste is incredible!
. Make fruit smoothies and homemade fruit juices. There are tonnes of recipes if you search Pinterest or Google. I saw one the other day where you put frozen pineapple and orange juice and it looked amazing!
. And on that note, keep bags of frozen fruits in your freezer and let the kids go at it. My daughter loves to make smoothie concoctions with her friends and they have a lot of fun doing it. Frozen fruits make it really easy.
. Lemon water is a GREAT way to hydrate the body. In the morning juice a half of a lemon, add hot water and a bit of honey in a large cup or tea pot and let it sit for a minute. This is the BEST way to start the day. It wakes up and energizes the liver, provides micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals, and hydrates the body big time! It is a great source of Vitamin C too. Anytime you can add lemons or the juice of lemons to your child’s diet, it’s a big win! Squeeze lemons on salads and even vegetables and other foods. Lemon helps to kill bacteria and also enhances the flavors in food. You can’t go wrong with lemons ever!
Lemon and honey water
As a side note, as a Nutritionist who is also a forever learner and education seeker, I can say with complete confidence that I NEVER worry about the sugar in fruit, if that is something that comes to mind. The natural sugars in fruit are necessary for the brain and the liver to function properly. People are suffering out there because a lack of this natural sugar!!!! And let’s face it, it is almost impossible to have our kids overeat the healthy stuff, so I just work at ‘more’… getting in more of the good stuff.
I hope you found this post on hydration helpful and happy fruit chopping! 🙂
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and Certified Life Coach who loves being a Mom to her daughter Sivanna Roses… as a side note Sivanna is working on a presentation for school called “Healthy Eating” and her mom is quite proud of this. 🙂 Oh ya!