Life af­ter can­cer: what to do to re­main healthy

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, Nutri­tional Health Coach and Vega Al­lergy Tester based at The Nat­u­ral Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wex­ford. 053 9121613 clairm1@eir­

HAVE you sur­vived can­cer? Have you been through the scary di­ag­no­sis, the of­ten dif­fi­cult and dis­rup­tive treat­ments? Is all this be­hind you now and you are mov­ing on with the next phase of your life?

Af­ter treat­ment there can be prob­lems with hair con­di­tion–per­haps it’s not as healthy as it once was. Some peo­ple have skin prob­lems, in­clud­ing dry, tired look­ing skin. Nails too can be brit­tle, and di­ges­tive prob­lems are com­mon. En­ergy lev­els can be slow to re­turn. De­pres­sion can set in if re­cov­ery isn’t as fast as ex­pected. Lack of con­fi­dence can be an is­sue.

You want to live a healthy life as best you can but you may be un­cer­tain about what to eat and what not to eat to re­main healthy. Body­care prod­ucts can con­tain in­gre­di­ents that are best avoided. Brands I trust are Nia which is an Ir­ish com­pany. Their prod­ucts con­tain only nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. Tril­ogy, Dr.Bron­ner, and Benecos cos­met­ics are other brands I use. Nat­ura­gin hair colour has the least amount of chem­i­cals, and Weleda de­odor­ants are alu­minium free.

Di­ges­tive en­zymes and pro­bi­otics will help im­prove di­ges­tion. Bio-Strath Elixir is an ex­cel­lent tonic to help with vi­tal­ity and en­ergy. Terra Nova Beauty Com­plex is a great rem­edy to help im­prove the con­di­tion of your hair, skin and nails. Many peo­ple like to take Vi­ta­min D as it’s good for mood, bones, and im­mu­nity. Udo’s Choice Ul­ti­mate oil blend can help with mood, skin, joint health and en­ergy lev­els. Jan De Vries Con­fi­dence Essence will help give you a boost of con­fi­dence.

Man­ual Lymph Drainage Mas­sage may help to clear tox­ins, sup­port the lym­phatic system, and im­prove your en­ergy.

Eat a good whole­some diet. Aim to avoid as much pro­cessed foods as you can as well as all sources of white sugar. Keep your meals as close to na­ture as pos­si­ble. If you can cook your meals, at least you’ll know what you’re eat­ing.

We were re­cently asked at the shop if we could run an in­for­ma­tion day to in­form can­cer sur­vivors about how to deal with th­ese is­sues; to ex­plain what foods to eat, what sup­ple­ments to take, and which body­care prod­ucts are best to use. So you never know, there may be an event like this near you. Check out your lo­cal health store.

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