Illness - What Can We Do About It?

By: Ingela Berger

Illness concerns everyone. How can we approach it? And what is the reason behind illness? Whether you need to stay well or get well, lifestyle changes are essential to help you win the fight against illness.

The reason behind illness

There is a reason behind illness. Sometimes the reason is virus or bacteria, sometimes there is a psychological or social reason. Many times it is difficult to see any reason, but often we can find the reason in our lifestyle and daily habits.

How can we stay well?

Our body has an inherent ability to heal itself. It's important to remember that, whatever treatment we choose when we get ill. By making changes in our lifestyle we are able to strengthen the self healing ability and minimize the reason for illness.

Lifestyle changes can be made in four areas:

  • Food and drink area

  • Exercise area

  • Sleep area

  • Mental, social and spiritual area

The fourth area includes stress, which has become a big problem in modern society. We could, of course, go beyond these areas and ask ourselves what kind of society we would need in order to stay healthy.

How can we get well?

When we are ill we need to help the body cure itself. If it's only a cold we've got, maybe it's enough just keeping warm, relaxing and drinking hot water with a spoon of honey. Most of the time that would do it. The body will heal itself in a few days. But when we get something more serious our body needs more help to fight against illness. Should we choose conventional or alternative treatment? To make the right decision concerning treatment we need knowledge. It's important to study the basics of a few possible alternative treatments, contact people who offer treatments and people who have been treated by them, ask questions, build a basis on which to make a decision. We should also ask our conventional doctor exactly what treatment he/she has in mind, what it does to the body, and what the secondary effects are.

Whatever treatment we choose, the results will improve when we add lifestyle changes to the agenda. Lifestyle changes are essential for an optimal result of any treatment. Whatever illness we suffer from, lifestyle changes will improve the chances of recovery.

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