I’ve spent some days, weeks, and even months lying in bed waiting to feel better from various ailments. So, I know what it’s like to be sick. It sucks! What’s more, not knowing why you are sick is even worse. Doctor after doctor offer no answers, and the quest is exhausting, to say the least. Because of several of these quests, I have learned a little about what can make a woman ill. Though the following information may not now- or ever- pertain to you, I recommend that you hear me out.
The Onion Concept
Keep in mind that your health comes in layers (like an onion), and the goal is to reach the center. As you skillfully peel each problem away, you reveal the next. This process can take months and sometimes years to accomplish. Unfortunately, most don’t make it that far – like me (still working on it). But with the help of a wellness expert and lots of patience, you can find the center (your true health). In considering the following five culprits to sickness and disease, make it a lifestyle to always strive for a better you. In other words, keep peeling.
1. Too much Estrogen
Most women worry about not having enough of this needed hormone (especially those who are menopausal and beyond). Well, to the surprise of many, I forthrightly say this; you could have too much. I discovered that there are two types of estrogen in our bodies. The gentle kind that brings us children, keeps us looking feminine, and prevents hot-flashes is called hydroxyestrone. We want this stuff. And we want it now. However, on the ugly side of estrogen’s family, you have 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone (a wayward sister) that damages cells and can promote women specific cancers.
It might be difficult to determine if you have excess estrogen without a test called an Estrogen Metabolism Assessment. Ask your health care provider if they feel you need one. Once you discover where you are with both types of estrogens, you can work on getting things in balance again. With or without the test results, you can start adding these to your diet:
- Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower
Research by John Hopkins University, as reported in a recent issue of Women’s World magazine, suggests that a substance found in these foods helps convert bad estrogen to the good kind. And “eating just 1/2 a cup a day can cut your ovarian cancer risk by as much as 38%.” That’s worth eating your veggies for. I found some life-changing information in a book about the relationship between belly fat and hormones. Check out From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waist and Subtracting Years from Your Life — the Medically Proven Way to Reset Your Metabolism and Reshape Your Body.
Most everyone has heard about the dangers of certain types of mold, but have you checked your own home for this sneaky, health-stealing culprit. The problem with mold is that you may have it without knowing. It can be difficult to find and even harder to get rid of.
We used to live in a home that was in a very damp, wooded area. The extra moisture contributed to the growth of mold all over the property, including in the home’s interior. We were renting the house so to address the problems ourselves was not optional. While we were there, almost every one of us (pets included) developed asthmatic symptoms, frequent viruses, and horrible headaches. Since moving to a new home, the asthma has stopped and we all feel much better.
If you suspect a mold issue in your home or workplace, take action by hiring an environmental specialist to access the space. If you can not afford this service, home test kits are available. Remember, some molds are highly toxic and can be life-threatening. Also, try the following supplements and therapies to aid in respiratory ailments.
- Allerplex - This Standard Process product is a help for lung inflammation due to asthma and allergies. I’ve used it to help strengthen my respiratory system after the stress of a hazardous environment.
- Schizandra - This is an herbal supplement that helps ease the symptoms associated with allergies and environmental irritants.
- Neti Pot - I’ve spoke of this amazing little device before. Sinus irrigation is a wonderful way to eradicate the pain and swelling that comes with allergies and even sinus infections.
3. Dirty Air Ducts
This is something that you might easily forget about so schedule a cleaning on your calendar a year in advance. Dirty air ducts can lead to allergies, frequent viruses, and even bacterial infections if left unattended for long periods. The service is a little pricey but well worth it. Check your local ads for specials and coupons.
4. Candida (Yeast) Overgrowth
This common imbalance plagues vast numbers of people all over the world. Because of the abundance of processed sugars and flour in our diets, it is easy to see how yeast can get out of control. It can be hard to diagnose through any one test. The most efficient way to detect the presence of candida is through a symptom assessment. Your health care provider can offer you more in depth guidance on your specific case. In the meantime, try to cut down on processed foods in general. Also, adding a pro-biotic supplement like acidophiles will help keep you in balance. Also, here’s a trustworthy resource for more information…Yeast Infection No More.
5. Ancestoral Miasms
“In homeopathy, the theory of miasms originates in Hahnemann’s book ‘The Chronic Disease’ which was published in 1828. The three miasms given in that work are held to be responsible for all disease of a chronic nature and to form the foundation or basis for all disease in general.”
This might be a concept hard to grasp for some, but I encourage you to research the topic for yourself. I was first introduced to the term “miasm” while undergoing bio-feedback testing. The practitioner described it as simply a genetic weakness that is passed to us by our ancestors. There is, of course, more to it than that; for the sake of time and space, we will just touch on it here. It is the belief of some natural physicians that these weaknesses can cause an alarming number of ailments and even terminal diseases like cancer and diabetes. *** The good news, there is a way to gently care for these weaknesses through homeopathic treatment.
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