Fasting has a long history, as people have used this method for ages to purify their body and mind. It is one of the most powerful ways to facilitate the body's self-healing ability. During a fast you do not overburden your body with any foods (and with even more toxins), so the energy, which is usually used for digestion, can be redirected to immune function, cell growth, and eliminatory processes. While your digestive system is having a rest, your body can deal with other tasks: it can purge itself from toxins as well as metabolic debris and heal any parts of it that are ill.
The abstinence from food has been found very effective for treating obesity, lupus, eczema, allergies, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.
But please note: before you start fasting, always consult your doctor or health care professional! Children and people with certain medical conditions should not fast at all (such as pregnant or nursing women, people with kidney or liver problems, etc.)
Swimming is a wonderful low-impact sport offering numerous health benefits for people with osteoarthritis. It promotes cardiovascular endurance, works all your muscle groups, and stretches your body without putting pressure on your joints.
Furthermore, it even relieves joint pain and feeds your cartilage! As a matter of fact, swimming increases the amount of synovial fluid in your joints. Apart from providing the necessary lubrication, it is also the synovial fluid's task to remove waste and carry nutrients to the articular cartilage.
During joint movement, the cartilage acts like a sponge: when stress is applied to the joint, the synovial fluid is squeezed out of the cartilage oozing out some of its fluid containing wastes. When the pressure is released, the joint soaks up fresh synovial fluid full of nutrients. Therefore, swimming is especially beneficial for OA patients, since it nourishes their cartilages.
3. Hack your mind!
The new science of epigenetics has shown that your health is in fact controlled by how your mind perceives and interprets your environment. A new attitude, positive or negative, sends new messages to the cells in your body and can actually reprogram their health and behavior. Your mind is even able to change cellular structure, turning diseased cells into healthy cells or vice versa. This new science acknowledges that mind and spirit play an essential role in shaping an individual's health.
Interestingly, it is your subconscious mind which has immense power in controlling your life experiences including your health. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, former professor of medicine at Stanford University, your subconscious is "a million times more powerful than the conscious mind”, which means that if you want to influence your health in a positive way, you need to reprogram your subconscious mind.
You can start reprogramming your mind right away with this fascinating pain relief technique:
Take a pen and a sheet of paper, and answer the following questions:
1. Imagine your pain. How big is it? How much does it weigh?
2. Imagine that you try to put your pain into a container. What is the size and shape of this container?
3. What is the colour of your pain?
4. What does it smell like?
5. What does your pain taste like?
6. What does its texture resemble?
After answering all the above questions, start it all over again. You will notice that your answers will be slightly different every time you start a new round. Go through the questions as many times until your pain has subsided then fully disappeared.
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