So let’s make a start. As mentioned in the previous post, I am not a health professional and therefore do not attempt to offer advice. But since many have asked me about the steps I took to recover my health these posts will focus on methods I tried – or considered. Not necessarily in chronological order.
The motivation to ditch the doctors and the drugs was enormous. Things had come to a crunch and I decided nothing could be worse than the situation I was in. I actually began addressing the various symptoms instead of seeing the whole thing as an illness. In itself, that was a huge step forward. To be free of the doctor’s appointments, the sitting in stuffy waiting rooms – full of virus-laden patients – was also a huge boost. What a relief! I was now completely in charge and there was no need to justify my decisions, politely phrase my questions etc etc. I still had a stockpile of medication. I did not immediately stop using that. That came later.
The question is, do you derive some kind of comfort from knowing that the ailments from which you suffer (Please never call it ‘my illness’) have a name? If you have searched for a diagnosis for a long period of time, it can certainly be a relief to discover the medical term for the disease. However, I was now happy to relinquish the title. I simply had a series of ailments to address.
I figured that anything that made life easy for my body couldn’t be so bad. Fortunately, I didn’t smoke, was too unwell to drink alcohol and had a reasonably healthy diet anyway. And luckily I was also very in tune with my body. I believe that the more you care for your health the more in tune with your body you become. So for me it is a given that vegetables and fruit (preferably organic) should be given high priority. And if your body is struggling, why make it even more difficult by abusing it with nicotine or excessive alcohol?
Strangely, many will happily waste money on any number of things but immediately question the value of quality food and water. I was serious about getting out of the situation I was in, so I didn’t hesitate to obtain what I felt was necessary. Let’s start with water. Drinking sufficient water has so many benefits. Here on the Isle of Man we have a great local supply.
Here is what Dr Mercola, a natural health expert, has to say about the benefits of drinking water:
- Supports digestion – Drinking clean water helps your digestive system break down the food you eat and enhances your rate of metabolism.
- Promotes circulation – Water makes up most of your blood, which is responsible for transporting nutrients to every cell.
- Lubricates and supports your joints – Potable water enables you to move your joints more freely and comfortably. It prevents you from having sprains and cramps.
- Maintains the health of the skin – Increasing your water intake helps condition and moisturize your skin, giving you a youthful appearance.
- Aids nutrient absorption – The presence of clean water allows for more rapid absorption of nutrients in your body.
- Sustains elimination – Drinking water helps get rid of your metabolic wastes more easily and more quickly, thus it is important for weight management. It also presents an effective way of curbing your appetite because it keeps you feeling hydrated and less hungry to binge on carbs and other fattening food.
- Regulates the temperature of your body – When you drink water, it keeps your body temperature under control and gives you more energy when doing physically demanding tasks.
- Cleanses off the toxins from your body – Detoxification is one of the benefits that you get from drinking clean water. The fluid removes harmful substances from your body.
Here he expands on the topic. How much should we drink? What kind of water? Symptoms of dehydration etc. I still make sure that I drink plenty of water on a daily basis. It’s the foundation for everything else, in my opinion. (Note the constant disclaimers etc? )