Let’s Talk About Disease Prevention

“Have you had your cancer today?” This is what my pathophysiology teacher asked us when he was teaching us about cancer. He was trying to make the point that our bodies are constantly exposed to carcinogens all around us. It’s true that we are regularly exposed to toxins that cause disease. However, the empowering news is that positive physical, emotional and spiritual health changes can oftentimes prevent cancer and other diseases. You can improve your health and prevent disease with some of the ideas listed below!

  1. Pray without ceasing.
  2. Read the Bible.
  3. Call a friend when you need emotional support.
  4. Eliminate one unhealthy food from your diet.
  5. Switch to natural cleaning/personal care products.
  6. Talk to a counselor about your relationship problems.
  7. Find a work-out buddy or health accountability partner.
  8. Do CrossFit.
  9. Join a gym.
  10. Read an inspirational book.
  11. Get a massage.
  12. Make healthy smoothies.
  13. Add one healthy food to your diet.
  14. Buy grass-fed beef instead of conventional beef.
  15. Memorize encouraging Bible verses.
  16. Forgive the mistakes of yourself and others.
  17. Listen to soothing music.
  18. Buy raw, organic dairy instead of conventional dairy.
  19. Use pure essential oils to support your health.
  20. Add a multivitamin or healthy supplement to your diet.
  21. Add Epsom salts to your bath.
  22. Go for a 20-minute walk.
  23. Run in a 5k race.
  24. Run in a Warrior Dash race.
  25. Join a fun Meetup group.
  26. Open a window for at least 15 minutes everyday.
  27. Add more vegetables to your diet.
  28. Add more nuts and seeds to your diet.
  29. Drink green tea.
  30. Eat more avocados.
  31. Eliminate soda pop from your diet.
  32. Fast from social media for a week.
  33. Watch less TV.
  34. Travel to a sunny vacation spot.
  35. Do yoga.
  36. Turn off the notifications on your phone.
  37. Create a vision board to help you achieve your dreams/goals.
  38. Find one natural remedy and integrate it into your health routine.
  39. Visit a trusted integrative practitioner.
  40. Take a break from negativity and violence in the media.
  41. Start a new hobby.
  42. Tackle a new project.
  43. Join a Bible study at church.
  44. Devise a plan for financial freedom.
  45. Minimize your contact with toxic people.
  46. Adopt a pet.
  47. Volunteer your time for a worthy cause.
  48. De-clutter your bedroom and donate things you don’t need.
  49. Add kale to your diet.
  50. Make a list of enjoyable activities and do them on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis.
  51. Practice hospitality.
  52. Get your vitamin D level checked regularly and supplement as needed.
  53. Cook with organic butter and coconut oil instead of canola oil.
  54. Buy a non-toxic mattress.
  55. Buy organic pillows.
  56. Switch to safe cookware.
  57. Take a daily probiotic.
  58. Cook dinner instead of buying fast food.
  59. Stop adding extra salt to your food.
  60. Add blueberries to your smoothie.
  61. Eat desserts weekly instead of daily.
  62. See a financial advisor to help lessen stress from financial difficulties.
  63. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  64. Rejoice in the Lord.
  65. When you have a negative thought, do the following. Stop the negative thought. Reject the negative thought. Replace the negative thought with a Bible verse or with a positive thought.
  66. Drink more water.
  67. Reduce trips to fast food restaurants.
  68. Take Revive Our Hearts’ 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
  69. Switch to whole-food, non-GMO supplements.
  70. Shop at healthy grocery stores.
  71. Be generous with your time and talents.
  72. Set healthy boundaries.
  73. Trust in God.
  74. Visit a chiropractor.
  75. Cleanse your body with essential oils.
  76. Ask for help.
  77. Reject pride and be humble.
  78. Practice the Sabbath/take a day of rest.
  79. Take a nap.
  80. Learn to be content.
  81. Be kind to yourself and others.
  82. Start a gratitude journal.
  83. Spend time outdoors.
  84. Join a sports team.
  85. Be thankful.

Are you trying to improve your health? Don’t stress about making multiple changes all at once. Even the smallest change can make a positive difference!

This post was originally published on January 16, 2019; it was updated on October 18, 2019.

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Give Milk Thistle A Try

Have you ever heard of milk thistle? A few years ago, I started taking milk thistle for help with detoxification and breastfeeding. Some people believe that milk thistle is a galactagogue (it might increase the flow of breastmilk). Honestly, it’s difficult to know for certain if milk thistle has significantly helped me, but the research looks promising!

History

In 40-90 A.D., Dioscorides — a Greek surgeon that traveled with Roman emperor Nero — recommended milk thistle as a treatment for serpent bites. In the Middle Ages, milk thistle was used as medicine for liver toxicity. Among Native Americans, milk thistle is used to treat skin issues. According to the National Cancer Institute, some homeopathic practitioners use milk thistle to treat jaundice, gallstones, peritonitis, bronchitis, hemorrhage, and varicose veins.

Type 2 Diabetes

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, milk thistle may help to reduce blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Liver Issues: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Alcoholic Liver Disease, Mushroom Poisoning, and Tetrachloride Poisoning

Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant that assists with the regeneration of liver cells. It has the potential ability to stop cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse or hepatitis.

Cancer

Milk thistle can stop the growth of some cancers and might make some chemotherapy drugs more effective.

Have you ever tried milk thistle? As always, when using supplements and herbs, remember to invest in the highest quality brands. If you like this blog, consider liking the Facebook page. Lastly, enter your email address below to receive health tips in your inbox!

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References

Milk Thistle. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2130007#hn-2130007-how-it-works

Milk Thistle. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=19&contentid=MilkThistle

Milk Thistle (PDQ): Health Professional Version. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26389223/?i=2&from=milk%20thistle&filters=BooksDocs