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What’s going to help me heal?

Posted Apr 25 2012 3:00am

It’s actually not all that complicated.

Here are the top 4 things you need to know to get you own your way to healing:

Sleep

Sounds simple right? Unfortunately most people do not catch enough ZZZs and end up being chronically tired and caffeinating til the cows come home.  This can mess with your circadian rhythms and natural ability to heal because you most likely won’t be able to sleep well and deep enough to let your body repair and restore.

Food

Although nutrition, in the case of MS, is a hot topic and there are many theories that I will get into separately, one thing holds true across the board: Eat a diet rich in fresh, organic vegetables, whole (non-glutenous) grains, and raw nuts and seeds to provide your body with the building blocks for optimum nerve function. That also means, avoid eating anything that comes in a box or can be found in the center aisles of your grocery store. Fresh is the key word!

Exercise

Moving your body on a regular basis is absolutely instrumental in your healing. Your body has it’s own dedicated sanitation department called the lymphatic system, which carries cell waste and debris that accumulates from normal cell function away from the cells and turns them over to the blood.  To make sure this is happening at the most efficient rate possible, you’ve got to breathe deep and increase the amount of oxygen in your blood. If exercise is a problem for you, start by walking around the block after dinner or look into gentle forms of exercise such as Tai Chi, Gentle Yoga, Qigong or the like.

Supplement

This is another hot topic: to supplement or not to supplement, that is the question. Because our soil has been depleted of a large portion of trace minerals and nutrients since the advent of industrial food production, it’s a good idea to add  high quality supplements to complete the picture and give your body what it needs to restore balance.Personally, I supplement my diet with various high quality supplements under the direction of my doctor.  Some staples are Fish Oil for the Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, a multi-vitamin formulated for neurological health, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C and E and a special Magnesium/Calcium supplement to protect my nerves. Always check with your doctor about the recommended dosage.

BONUS – Taking out the Trash

Start noticing the chemicals you load yourself down with on a daily basis, and you’ll see it’s no joke! Everything from what’s in our toothpaste, face cream and lip balm to the 2000+ FDA approved food additives in your food, the pesticides and herbicides in the atmosphere and, God forbid, the Hazardous Waste you might be exposed to if you live near one of the Superfund Sites in this country. All that stuff adds up to contribute to your immune system going off the rails, so do yourself a favor and reduce this load as much as you can.

 

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