Sa­man­tha Har­ris

Can­cer led TV host Sa­man­tha Har­ris to seek an­swers and im­prove her health. Now she wants to help you im­prove your well-be­ing, too

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Chris Mann

A can­cer di­ag­no­sis led the TV host to seek an­swers and im­prove her health. Now she wants to help you im­prove your well-be­ing.

In2014, fit-at-40 for­mer En­ter­tain­ment Tonight co­host Sa­man­tha Har­ris was the im­age of health. And then the Em­my­win­ning jour­nal­ist and mom of two sud­denly went from re­port­ing mostly up­beat news to re­ceiv­ing some of life’s worst: a stage 1 breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

A dou­ble mas­tec­tomy led doc­tors to de­clare her can­cer­free. But the jour­ney to to­tal well-be­ing had only just be­gun. “When I was blind­sided by the can­cer di­ag­no­sis hav­ing no ge­netic link to it, I needed to know why,” Har­ris, 44, says. “So I did as much re­search as I could to find out. And what I came up with was what I was putting in, on, and around my body that led to my di­ag­no­sis.”

Her rev­e­la­tions led to ad­di­tional re­search about other can­cers and chronic dis­eases, in­clud­ing Type II di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, and au­toim­mune dis­or­ders. “I learned that the (same) changes that I wanted to make in my daily life for rid­ding my­self of tox­ins as much as pos­si­ble also will pos­i­tively af­fect pre­ven­tion for other chronic dis­eases.”

The re­sult: Har­ris’s new book, Your Health­i­est Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Con­trol, Help Pre­vent and Fight Can­cer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Hap­pier Life.

What is “your health­i­est healthy”? It’s unique to each in­di­vid­ual. It is what you can change in your life to make your­self one step ahead along the path to a healthy life­style. So that means mi­nor tweaks so that you’re not over­whelmed. I know for my­self, the changes that I’ve made over the course of about two and a half years, those things couldn’t have hap­pened overnight. And any changes that are done with a 180 in a fast pace are not go­ing to stay with you for the long term. We re­ally are talk­ing about bet­ter­ment of your over­all health and well-be­ing for longevity.

How has your nu­tri­tion changed post-can­cer di­ag­no­sis? One of the first things I did was purge my pantry. I went through ev­ery pack­aged item in my pantry, read the in­gre­di­ents la­bels, and any­thing that had high-fruc­tose corn syrup I kicked to the curb. I started to con­sume healthy fats in a pretty de­cent amount on a daily ba­sis, whether it was eat­ing a half or a full av­o­cado a day, adding flaxseeds and chia seeds to my diet, or eat­ing a cou­ple of hand­fuls of cashews or raw al­monds dur­ing the day. And I started to eat more of a veg­gieheavy base. I pack my morn­ing smooth­ies with veg­gies ev­ery day. And I make a big chopped salad. I chop it up at the start of the week and then I add fresh toma­toes, fresh av­o­cado, lentils, and gar­banzo beans. I can’t be­lieve how en­er­gized I feel.

What other healthy in­gre­di­ents do you add to your smoothie? I use ginger, wheat grass pow­der, and a scoop of su­per­foods greens pow­der—that’s all or­ganic green veg­eta­bles that have been juiced and then turned into a pow­der. And I add a tea­spoon of matcha green tea pow­der. It has great an­ti­cancer prop­er­ties. Also, I add bee pollen. Like turmeric, it has so many an­tiox­i­dants in it and other pow­er­ful abil­i­ties to help your over­all health.

Your book lists “Mother Na­ture’s Skin Savers.” Which are your top picks? Co­conut oil is my go-to. I use it to take off my make-up and mois­tur­ize my cu­ti­cles. It has an­timi­cro­bial and an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties, so if there is a boo-boo on the kids, I slather some co­conut oil on that. I also love av­o­cado face masks. And though it’s bit messier, I use olive oil in the hair. It is a great way to hy­drate it.

What’s your go-to tip for tran­si­tion­ing to cleaner hy­giene prod­ucts? Get the alu­minum out of your de­odor­ant. It has no func­tion ex­cept to stop sweat—but stop­ping sweat is not what your body nat­u­rally wants to do. Alu­minum has been shown to be con­nected to breast can­cer be­cause it’s in the arm pit where all the lymph nodes are so close to the breast tis­sue. I like Crys­tal Essence be­cause it goes on clear and dries pretty quickly. It has a nice nat­u­ral fra­grance and es­sen­tial-oils aro­mas. I’m grate­ful that as my kids are get­ting closer to an age where they’re go­ing to need it, I can with con­fi­dence hand that over to them.

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