We love these 6 steps to boosting your health from our contributor, Miriam Kerins. We feel they really are the foundations for a healthy life and are excellent ways to support your body while going through or recovering from cancer. How many of them are you doing?
1. Drink more water
There is no right amount of water to drink, but generally the bigger and more active you are, the more you should drink. By increasing the amount of water you drink you can significantly reduce cravings, aches, pains, brain fog and increase your energy, focus and concentration.
2. Practice Home cooking
Vitamin H – Home cooking is a fundamental step to healthier living. By making your own meals you know what’s going into them. Meals don’t need to take hours to prepare and involve multiple ingredients. Simplify things. Just eat more real food. Consume more fresh produce that comes from a natural source and less from a carton, tin or a package. Eat foods that are ALIVE. Foods that are fresh and alive will give you energy and fuel your mind and body.
3. Increase whole grains
Trust me it’s not these types of carbohydrates that have led to the obesity epidemic, but rather the processed goods like cakes and white breads. Whole grains are some of the best sources of nutritional support and provide long-lasting energy (e.g. brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat).
4. Increase sweet vegetables
Naturally sweet vegetables are the perfect medicine for the sweet tooth. Instead of depending on processed sugar, you can add more naturally sweet flavours to your diet and dramatically reduce sweet cravings (e.g. sweet potato, beets, carrots, butternut squash).
5. Increase leafy green vegetables
These are essential for creating long-lasting health. They are packed with phytonutrients and help to alkalise the body and cleanse the blood. More specifically they help to detoxify the body and improve liver function, gallbladder and kidney function.
6. Experiment with protein
In today’s western world we tend to eat way too much protein and mostly in the form of animal meat. Try other forms like beans, lentils, pulses and leafy green vegetables. Try reduce red meat to one or twice a week, it is difficult to digest. Instead try consuming more cold water fish, as it is also very high in omega 3’s and anti-inflammatory properties.