After The Storm: Time To Rebuild

The “storm” of Multiple Sclerosis, or some other disease, has hit our lives. Damage has been done.  Now what?  Keep doctor appointments and take the medication?  More.  While living with MS we need to  improve whatever aspects of our health that we can.  Like after any big storm to hit our homes, as soon as possible we:
1. Evaluate the damage and see what we needs fixing.  Look at our choices before MS, and see what could have been done better, and do it.  Like, we ate too much processed and refined foods and drank lots of caffeinated beverages.  After the storm we can eat more fresh, plant foods and drink more water.
2. Make plans.
3. Start to clean up, repair, and rebuild – stronger than before MS. This time using better building materials. 

For any rebuilding project tools are needed.  In health and wellness there are 8 Laws of Health, also called 8 Natural Remedies, or Nature’s 8 Doctors.  They don’t get much publicity, but they have been around a very long time, and are used by individuals and Lifestyle Centers [in U.S. and worldwide] to help prevent illness and recover health. 

These laws work together like a team  to help protect us, but should sickness occur, they are used as remedies to help us get well.  They sound simple, but are very powerful.  Use all of them every day for best results.  Today we will just take a brief look at these laws, but in upcoming Posts we will go into detail for each of them.  Here they are.

Proper Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices will be one of the most powerful tools we have to help improve our health, while living with MS.  Here is what two experts say about the importance of food choices.

” … for people who know the power of the plate … They know what we eat can promote health or fuel disease; it can undermine health or prevent, arrest, and reverse common Western killer diseases. It can shorten our life or lengthen it.”
 Reference: The Optimal Diet, THE OFFICIAL CHIP COOKBOOK, by Darlene Blaney, M.Sc., N.C.P. and Hans Diehl, DRHSc., M.P.H., F.A.C.N., Page 4 [on www.Amazon.com]

Food is fuel.  Choose well for good results.  

Water

Thoughts, hearing, bones, muscles – every part and every action, in the body, requires water.

Drink 8 glasses of water daily [slowly so it absorbs better] to keep the blood thin and flowing smoothly, and the body working properly. Take 2 glasses warm water first thing in the morning and add the juice of ½ of a lemon to each glass. This helps rinse the blood and get rid of wastes that accumulated over night. It also helps reduce the stickiness of the blood platelets [clotting cells], which happens in the mornings before breakfast. Why? Most people don’t drink at night and their blood gets dehydrated. This causes the blood to move slowly and the cells to stick together, increasing the chance of blood clots forming. This can cause heart attacks and strokes. Experts say that most heart attacks happen between the hours of 7am and 12 noon.

Don’t drink water [or other beverages] with meals, but before or after eating. Liquids with meals dilute digestive juices and slow digestion.

Regular exercise

Do what you can several days each week.  The body was designed to move.  All its organs, bones, and muscles depend on movement to help keep them strong and working well.

Rest

The body runs on cycles or rhythms.  One of them is work-then-rest. 

Go to bed by 9p or at least before 10p, and sleep 7 to 8 hours. Why? “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” There is truth to that saying. Experts say the best sleep takes place between 9p and 12a. The body runs on a natural, daily, internal clock – circadian rhythms. It takes care of certain things at the same time each day. Certain hormones are produced and released during 9p to 12a, more than at other times through the night, and they repair and rebuild the body. So, for a healthier body and stronger mind, go to bed early.

Sunshine

Don’t go out to burn, but just for short times in the morning or afternoon.  Sunshine is a powerful helper for better health.

Fresh Air

Go outside and breathe deeply of the fresh air to help purify the blood and energize mind and body.  Open windows in the home – when possible.  Or keep some green plants, which help filter out bad air.

Self-Control

Avoid things that are damaging to the body and use good thing moderately.  Too much water or exercise can hurt us. 

Trust in Divine Power

Trust God Who works through these laws/remedies to prevent illness or recover health.

To be continued …

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

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