Most of you know me as someone who writes a lot about the wonders of homeopathy. But homeopathy isn't just about using remedies to heal -- it's also about staying healthy in the first place. As Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (the developer of homeopathy in the 1800s) said, one must remove "maintaining causes" -- eating and living habits that lead to ill-health. There are also a variety of natural means for restoring health that don't involve the use of remedies. These can be handy if you are on a good constitutional remedy and don't want to interrupt its action with the use of a different remedy when you come down with a cold or other minor ailment. Don't forget, in most situations, your body does know how to heal itself!
The following is an important list of health tips that I follow in my own life:
If you haven't yet done so, remove all sodas from your house. This one American staple is probably most responsible for the obesity epidemic and a variety of health problems. (Yes -- diet sodas also lead to obesity, and are also filled with toxins!) Another good drink is tea, especially green tea. Try not to add sugar; it actually tastes better that way! If you simply must have a sweet drink sometimes, add a little 100% fruit juice to your water or tea.
2. Real food
Cook at home! One reason why Europeans generally have better health than Americans is that the American food supply has become adulterated by preservatives, GMOs, and pesticides. Make it your habit to avoid processed food as much as possible and eat organic food if you can. Eat like your grandparents did -- cook real food at home! I guarantee -- you will lose weight and feel better. As much as possible, stick to lots of vegetables, legumes, and fruits (visit your local farmer's market), meat, chicken, fish and dairy (if you can tolerate it), unsalted nuts, and organic whole grain products. If you have an urge for a cookie, try a combination of nuts and dried fruit instead.
3. Vitamins D3 and C
While I try to avoid taking supplements, two vitamins I couldn't do without are D3 and C. Almost everyone knows about the virtues of vitamin C. I like to use it in powdered form (which I dissolve in hot water) because it's easier on the stomach. In the winter months, I take 1000mg of Vitamin C each day. (Try to find organic vitamin C; I recently found out that a lot of vitamin C on the market it made from GMO corn.)
More and more studies are now coming out that also show the importance of Vitamin D3. In fact, a lot of America's ill health -- even in children -- is due to dangerously low levels of D3, the vitamin we get from sunshine. All the warnings about the dangers of the sun and admonishments to use sunscreen (most are toxic by the way), along with our indoor sedentary lifestyle, have taken their toll. We need sunshine. Get some everyday! The sun is safe as long as you don't burn. Vitamin D3 is protective from many cancers (including skin cancer and breast cancer) and a host of other diseases. My whole family now takes 2000 IU each day and I rarely get sick. (Some advise getting your D3 level tested first and taking even more if necessary.) And if you feel a cold coming on, take a bit more C and D3 -- you may nip it in the bud.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a wonder tonic for the digestive system and is even supposed to help with weight loss. I take a tablespoon each morning with some water. Read around about it online -- there are many virtues of apple cider vinegar. Soaking your feet in it will even help ward off athlete's foot! Make sure you buy organic apple cider vinegar that is a bit murky -- with "the Mother". Beware of the major brands that are simply white vinegar with caramel color added.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Another wonder substance! Put it on cuts and wounds (it doesn't sting), gargle with a diluted mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water when you feel a sore throat coming on (but don't swallow!), or put some in your ears for a few minutes when you feel a cold coming on. The bubbling action is hydrogen peroxide doing its job. Google it online.
Apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are also great cleaning agents. If I was on a deserted island and could only take a few helpful substances with me (besides homeopathic remedies!), I would take: hydrogen peroxide, apple cider vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and soap.
by Amy L. Lansky, PhD
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ABOUT AMY LANSKY:
Amy L. Lansky, PhD was a Silicon Valley computer scientist when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son's autism. In April 2003 she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, now one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide (www.impossiblecure.com). Amy speaks and writes internationally about homeopathy, hosts a monthly radio show on Autism One Radio (autismone.org), and was an executive board member of the National Center for Homeopathy from 2004-2011. Her second book, on meditation and developing one's innate ability to evolve and transform the world, was published in September 2011 -- Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within (www.activeconsciousness.com).