At the time of my very first cancer diagnosis, aged 24, I was living in London, working as Exec Assistant to one of the Vice Presidents of Sony Playstation. I worked hard and I played hard. While I was aware that at times, I had neglected my body with too much bad food, booze and drugs, I still considered myself “pretty healthy”. Yeah, okay, I was kidding myself, like a lot of people do these days thanks to misguided information and misleading marketing! Then the cancer shitstorm hit town, I was told I had cervical cancer and that I needed urgent surgery and a course of simultaneous radiotherapy and chemo which I did.
There’s no denying it – having cancer sucks and I’ve had some really shitty times with it BUT for me, it has actually been a very crucial catalyst in my life that has catapulted me into the world of wellbeing which I absolutely LOVE. Seriously, I get excited just seeing organic kale in stock at my local farm! (For a now clean-living ex party-girl, that takes some changin’!)Does that make me odd? I don’t think so. Here’s why;
For the last eight years I have chosen to be an active participant in my recovery and healing from cancer. By this I mean that I have dedicated every day to finding ways to support my body so that I can heal and hopefully be cancer-free one day soon. Yup, I’ve tried a lot of things, some of which were beneficial, some of which were not.
When I developed a very painful and debilitating condition in my right leg called Lymphedema, I researched what I could do to help my condition. My nurses told me I’d have to live with it and there was no cure but I thought “Hell no! I’m 24 and I have the rest of my life ahead of me. This is not acceptable so I am going to do everything within my power to heal myself”. And that’s what I went on to do with my leg which you can read about here. My point is that I took the time to understand my condition and took daily consistent action to understand what my body was doing and how I could help it heal.
As I researched and furthered my education at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I learnt about the effects of inflammation which is something I feel passionate about raising awareness for. So let’s get down to it.
What is inflammation?
There are two types of inflammation and it may help to think of them like this:
Instant (acute) Inflammation – this is when an area of your body becomes inflamed in response to tissue damage. For example, when you fall over and cut your arm/leg/knee, the area becomes red and inflamed which is a positive sign that your immune system is revving up and getting ready to heal the tissue.
Chronic Inflammation – this is a result of a sickly body with a low immune system that doesn’t know how to do its job. The body is often put under a lot of stress with a poor diet, environmental pollution & chemicals. As a result, chronic inflammation manifests internally. IMPORTANT NOTE: The problem with CI is that you don’t always know that you have it.
So let’s look at what causes Chronic Inflammation:
- a pro-inflammatory lifestyle = consuming processed foods, antibiotic-riddled animal protein, too much sugar, preservatives, trans fats, drugs & alcohol
- Stress – we often overlook the effects of this on the mind, body and soul and need to look at ways of turning down the stress levels and feeling more peaceful
- Poor digestive health; candida, yeast infections
- Sedentary lifestyle
Of course, there are a number of different reasons that chronic inflammation can manifest but the main factors are those listed above. We must eat and live CONSCIOUSLY if we are to improve our health and happiness.
The effects of inflammation are quite possibly THE most important thing you need to understand if you are to reverse your conditions and stack the health odds in your favour.
Got it? Ok, great. Now, we can move on to this awesome interview I did with Dr Josh Axe. It’s important you understand inflammation as we’re talking about it a bit below. We’re talking about a lot of vital pieces of the health puzzle that you need to know about.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this interview:
- the no1 CAUSE of aging
- the 2 types of exercise most effective for burning fat
- what to look for when buying fish oils & what to avoid – V IMPORTANT!
- the 2 things to remove from your diet to reduce inflammation
- 1 very effective way to reduce sweet cravings
- what supplement to take to reduce stiffness and joint pain
- the 4 herbs powerful at reducing the effects of stress
- the 3 foods to add into your diet to prevent anti-aging
Yes, we’re covering a lot of topics and you will learn a lot. I encourage you to watch to the end because Dr Axe drops so many illuminating nuggets of wisdom, that you really won’t want to miss it. I was so pumped when I got off the call with him because I knew how awesome this content is! Check it out below.
P.S. I should probably only let you watch part 1 today and keep you waiting for part 2 so I can be sure you’ll watch Part 2 but I couldn’t do that to you. This is stuff you NEED TO KNOW FOR YOUR HEALTH.
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What did you learn from the interview that surprised you the most? Tell me in the comments below – I’d love to know!