How to Build Your Immune System after Chemotherapy
The Benefits of Good Health
After my recovery from cancer and chemotherapy, I decided to rebuild my health to have a strong immune system that is better and stronger than it ever was. Every day I discover new theories and techniques that will help improve my overall health. Attaining good health requires a conscious effort, hard work, and a lot of trial and error but is clearly worth it. Making the effort will lead to increased energy, fewer health problems, and great looking skin. Becoming healthy will always be a work in progress but once you begin you will wonder what took you so long to care about yourself and focus on your health.
What Can You do to Improve Your Immune System?
There are numerous things you can do to improve your health and quality of life. The goal should be gradual improvement rather than an all or nothing approach. Here are some easy ways to attain that goal:
- Eliminate or reduce sugar
- Eliminate or reduce processed foods
- Reduce stress
- Add more fruits and vegetables
- Drink wheatgrass juice
- Change to skincare products and cosmetics that are chemical free
- Change to chemical free cleaning products
What I Learned so Far on My Health Journey
- Changing personal-care products is a gradual process so you have to be patient. For example, chemical-free shampoo doesn't lather at all, and that safe deodorant might be completely clear of all toxins but you may find it crumbles everywhere and makes a huge mess when it is actually used. And it really can be a challenge to find safe nail polish but it definitely possible.
- It is possible to force down a green smoothie even with wheat grass juice in it, but only when you mentally prepare for a truly horrible taste. I believe in being healthy in the most efficient way - so I try to ingest as many nutrients as possible in one vile but healthy concoction. And eventually I did learn to enjoy my green smoothie.
- Eating healthy isn't compatible with a "normal" social life, but you have to try to find creative ways to make it work. On a recent vacation our friends wanted to eat only at fun steak and pasta places - but I just wanted to go to a place called "Living on the Veg" every day. My happy compromise was simply to spend time with them on the beach or going on a bike ride, and not choose to eat with them.
- Fellow hubbers provide an amazing support system!! Every comment and new fan mail lift my spirits and keep me motivated to stay on the road to good health.
- Most days I still dream of devouring a medium-rare steak, a potato covered in sour cream and butter. and a huge piece of chocolate cake along with a few glasses of wine.
- Don't make a green smoothie near the white blinds in the kitchen. I now have to find a chemical free cleaner to make my green and white blinds white again.
How often do you do something to improve your health?
- Eating healthy can motivate your children to do the same. Sometimes they even become such converts that they yell at you if you fall into the old habit of offering them something unhealthy (though unfortunately they don't resist much, so don't rely on them to motivate you!).
- It may take a while, but It can actually become exciting to research and implement new health concepts to see if they work.
- There are so many ways to enjoy life that don't revolve around food, such as laughing with your family, going for a walk with your spouse or friends, reading a good book, or going to a restaurant that has healthy options.
- It helps a lot to laugh about the crazy things you try on your road to health. Humor makes everything easier!
It helps to keep a good perspective on things, and focus on all the great things you CAN eat, rather than dwelling on what you should avoid. I have found some great recipes right here on HubPages, and am eager to try all of them. Even if you don't decide to make a drastic and dramatic lifestyle change, small gradual improvements can add up to a significant benefit. Cheers to good health!!