A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Surgery
I had a question the other day about surgery, preparing for and recovering from.
Thousands of Americans face surgery every year, often with fear and doubts about whether the right step is being taken.
And not knowing what’s involved may mean putting yourself through as much grief as the procedure intends to do away with.
Whether you’re undergoing surgery for the first time or the tenth, understanding why you need it, the risks involved, available alternative treatments, and the aftereffects will help you make the right decisions and deal effectively with the outcome.
Properly preparing for surgery can help improve your outcome after an operation.
Planning ahead can help you ease anxiety, address unanswered questions, and better understand how to make sure your home is ready for when you come home.
Preparing for surgery may also help reduce complications and speed healing.
Knowing what to expect before, during, and after surgery can help ease your fears.
Knowledge can also help you take an active role in your recovery.
Being an active patient means asking questions and not agreeing to anything until you understand it and believe it’s for the best.
Taking an active role also includes finding out about the cost of your treatment.
Minor surgeries can be done in your doctor’s office or at a same-day surgery center.
These usually take less than 2 hours, and you can recover at home after the surgery.
For more major surgery or emergency surgery, you’ll probably stay in the hospital.
To deal with surgery it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins (whether thirsty or not).
*Increase life-giving, enzyme- and nutrient-rich, fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic whenever possible); consider juicing.
*Ensure optimal, quality protein intake.
*Consider a liver cleanse.
*Relax, eat slowly, chew well, appreciate your food.
*Rebalance intestinal microflora (see my post on Candida).
*Exercise, increase deep breathing and relaxation techniques.
*Research herbs, homeopathy, energy medicine, etc.
*Eliminate processed, instant, sugar-laden, chemical-laden, hydrogenated fats, trans fats, lifeless foods.
*Understand any side-effects of any medications.
*Drink Performance and take alfalfa every 1-2 hours to maintain nutrient/electrolyte levels.
*Research the concept of “grounding”; connect to Mother Earth’s energy, vibration, gridlines when arriving at your destination; consider sitting or walking barefoot on some grass or sand for 5-10 minutes, or if possible spend some time in a lake/ocean. This is a fascinating topic to research; keep an open mind.