(c) 2006, Kathy Fannon
- aluminum, arsenic (from pesticides and commercially grown chicken), aspartame/artificial sweeteners, brominated vegetable oil, cadmium, copper, iron, lead, MSG (includes anything autolyzed or hydrolyzed), mercury, nickel, soy protein isolate, yellow #5 (which is banned in some European countries!). (We do need some level of copper and iron, but be sure not to overdo it or it will become toxic.)
- Diet Change: Look at the way you eat. Eliminate chemical-laden foods or foods that are high in sugar or highly processed. Eat more foods that contain magnesium (leafy greens, almonds and cashews), and foods with rich pigments (like celery, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, oranges) which are high in bioflavanoids. Be sure you're getting enough whole-grain fiber as well, such as brown rice or quinoa.
- Relieve Stress: Easier said than done, right? Find ways to relax during the day: take a few deep breaths with your eyes closed, get a massage or take a hot bath. Or maybe you need some serious stress relief in the form of a new job. The more I learn about stress and its adverse affects on the body, the stronger I urge clients to eliminate it as much as possible.
- Rest: Be sure you're getting 7 - 8 hours of quality sleep each night. It's also helpful to go to bed at night and get up in the morning at the same times each day, establishing a consistent routine.
- Drugs: Check your prescriptions or over-the-counter products. Drugs can eliminate the gut flora or block the nourishment you take in. If any nourishment gets blocked then almost any illness can happen: fibromyalgia, asthma, migraine headaches, arthritis or skin issues, etc is really digestive in nature. Be sure to get a good quality probiotic to take along with any drugs you may need to use. (Ask at your local health food store for probiotic suggestions.) Adding some Greek yogurt will also help with the gut flora.
- Water: This is by far not the least! Many times we are dehydrated because of poor lifestyle choices. Too often we reach for pain-relief medication when we should be reaching for a big glass of water. A good rule to follow is half of your body weight in ounces every day. If you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Remember, your body is made up of mostly water. If you're not rehydrating it, you'll feel tired, sluggish, and will get a headache! (It also helps to fuel your metabolism!)
- Bonus: Find a fabulous chiropractor! It could be that your neck is out of whack and a good adjustment will be just the thing you need for relief. But use in conjunction with the above suggestions.
*Some of this information was taken from Dr. Elizabeth Lipski from her appearance on Dr. Richard Becker's show, "Your Health" on The Family Network. Be sure to check out Dr. Lipski's excellent book, "Digestive Wellness". Check your listings for "Your Health" if you're interested in holistic health from a Christian perspective.