So I love healthy food. And I think we can take our diet a great big step beyond boxed dinners and make a mix packages. That for our own health, and that of our families we need to take the time to prepare low HI foods. Jason Vale (aka the Juicemaster) from England speak of HI foods. Standing for Human Intervention. We want foods that have been fussed with the least. Honey for example, straight from the hive, vs honey that is pasteurized (boiled to condense) and re-flavoured. Oh, it's out there. Think low HI when shopping and you'll be amazed at what can't go in your cart.
Try not to choose anything white. Go for Whole Wheat (non enriched!) flour over white. Go for sprouted brown rice, over white. Go for a low glycemic Coconut sugar, over white. The list goes on. If anyone would like to know how to find things like whole red wheat and wheat grinders to make your own flour in two seconds flat, let me know and I can post links.
You'd be amazed how whole ground red flour wheat tastes over something you buy in a bag at the store. And that's the other thing, lol, whole wheat flour? Organic? The price is crazy. You can make your own for pennies comparatively. And fresh. So fresh the germ is still intact in the flour and the enzymes are still living. Whole wheat flour should always be stored in the fridge and used cold. It keeps it alive for later use if it can't be all used at once.
This all said. I also love a company called doTERRA. I have three kiddies, all boys, and I use essential oils in my home daily. I also ingest them, diffuse them, apply them and yes---cook with them! Absolutely in love with what such good quality---pureeeeeeee----essential oils. Amazing what they can do.
I have a recipe I've made to treat my scars with the EOs. eeek! SUPER excited about it since I've had amazing results with smaller scars! More on that later. :D
In my readings I've come across some great ideas on how to start a pre-surgery bliz for health. It's something we can all do....and continue on to make better choices afterwards too.
Most of us are thousands in on surgery. Wouldn't a healthier approach to life afterward help in keeping and maintaining that investment?
Without further ado:
Start with a healthy liver:
In the case of operations involving a general anaesthetic, the liver is the organ that takes the hardest knock from the drugs used. A good form of preparation for an operation would therefore involve restoring the liver to optimum health prior to undergoing surgery. Avoid alcohol and saturated fats. Wake up to a cup of hot water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into it. Eat grapefruit with your breakfast and plenty of fresh fruit with lemon juice squeezed over it. Eat lots of fresh, raw or lightly steamed vegetables, especially the colourful varieties. Drink plenty of juiced carrots, beetroot or any other vegetable juices you can tolerate. These will very effectively detoxify your liver.
Remember to drink drink drink! Water with Pink grapefruit essential oil by doTERRA is especially helpful in helping flush the body of excess water and bloating.
Sulphur containing foods best:
To prevent the after-effects of anaesthetics, such as hepatitis, eat foods rich in the sulphur-containing amino acid, methionine, such as free-range eggs, brazil nuts, fish and meat. St Mary’s thistle which contains the active ingredient, silymarin, is excellent in protecting the liver against anaesthetics and so is dandelion root. These also help to regenerate liver cells if there is damage.
Plenty of anti-oxidants are needed to neutralize the free-radicals which result from all the chemicals in anaesthetics and other drugs that may be prescribed. Mopping up of these free-radicals depends upon your levels of beta carotene, vitamin A, C and E as well as zinc, manganese and copper levels. Microplex MVp is also an amazing multi vitamin I can't be without.
Your surgeon may insist you stop all vitamin supplements just prior to and immediately after the surgery until your mega-pain killers are flushed away. This is good advice due to reactions with the chemicals being used: but do try to get back onto them as soon as possible to give your body a fighting chance against infection. Prior to surgery eat plenty of pawpaw, beetroot, carrots, broccoli, apricots, kale, spinach, all citrus (unless otherwise directed by your doctor) even the pith, and green, yellow and red peppers.
Afterward, drinking swollen Chia seeds will literally suck the toxins from your intestines that your liver disposes there. To make a Chia drink: mix 1 TBPS black chia with an 8 oz glass of water. Let sit for 10 minutes until the seeds have their jelly coating on them. This coating is what mops up the junk---and as an added bonus will help you go #2 post surgery as well. :D Add in a few drops of your favourite EO (being certain it's safe for ingestion, many are not but the ones I use from doTERRA are. I like the Lime or Wild orange.) Give a good stir and chug chug.
Preventing blood clots
For at least a month before your operation take an amazing grade fish oil capsule called xeOMega (there is also a vega option!! Which is hard to find) as well by doTERRA. It's one of the most incredible fish oils you will every feed your heart and brain. And one of the only ones I've ever noticed a difference in my body while taking. Do take them daily to keep your blood thin and prevent clotting after surgery. You will need to tell your surgeon you are taking these as he may wish to put you on a blood-thinning drug such as Warfarin and the two should not be taken together as this may cause excessive bleeding during surgery. Continue with your fish oil capsules as soon after surgery as possible.
Healing of wounds
Build up your liver stocks of beta carotene a week prior to surgery with carrot and beetroot juice which will also detox the liver. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in your body and will improve wound tensile strength, thus preventing possible tearing. Eat lots of apricots and watermelon if in season. Vitamin E promotes healing of ulcerated tissue and helps prevent hard scar formation. Use it mainly as an ointment rubbed on the scar after the wound has closed but the vitamin E in your plant-based multivitamin supplement will also be of great benefit.
I will be using a recipe I made from incredible EO's stay tuned for before and after pics of wound care.
Vitamin C promotes elastogen and collagen formation and prevents pressure sores. Mouth ulcers, common after surgery or chemotherapy, heal faster with 250 g vitamin C at meals and 500 mg at bedtime!!! Eat broccoli, pawpaw, kiwi fruit and oranges pre- and post surgery.
Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, reduces oedema and inflammation. Either eat lots of pineapple or take bromelain in supplement form. With plastic surgery, minimize bruising by using Vitamin C, bioflavonoids and zinc before surgery and bromelain after.
Arnica is also amazing for bruising and promotion of wound healing. Be sure to use before and after!
In general our diets pre and post surgery should include fish especially wild salmon, good organic red meat, oysters, brazil nuts, eggs, pawpaw, apricots, kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, all citrus including pith, pineapple, carrots, beetroot, brussel sprouts, broccoli and capsicum (the pepper family).
Then, because I'm talking about anything natural, I have to add this: Disclaimer. All information here is for educational purposes only and is not meant to cure, heal, diagnose nor treat. This information must not be used as a replacement for medical advice, please listen to your doctor's advice in all things.