The following is an excerpt from Dr. Geo's new book "Thrive Don't Only Survive".
What exactly causes prostate cancer? There is no one specific thing, but rather a multitude of causes. Yes, your genes may have played a role, but how you live, what you eat, and how your body rids environmental toxins can contribute to your current and future health.
Remember, while you may have the prostate cancer gene your environment can express those genes or keep them asleep. In other words, the cancer gene is either turned on or turned off depending on your exposure to environmental carcinogenic chemicals.
So, the first step in following the CaPLESS Method ("CM") highlighted in my book is a 21-Day Reset Plan to jump-start your body into a new way of life. It is the quickest way to reboot your body, develop health habits, and overcome any food addictions. And don’t fool yourself. We all have food addictions of one kind or another.
The 21-Day Reset Plan may seem daunting at first, but it is fairly simple once you get the hang of it. For three weeks, you will follow a special CaPLESS eating plan and specific routines that will get you going in your new health path. The plan will also contain specific nutrients that science has shown can strengthen your natural detoxification system. This type of new eating will take planning, I know, but you want to begin feeding your body and mind only the best foods and thoughts to live your best life forward.
You may be asking, “What if I am cancer-‐free after treatment? Do I need to do this?” No one is 100 percent cancer-free. I am not either. We all have cancer cells harboring somewhere in our bodies, all the time. The holistic view of prostate cancer is that if there are cancer cells in your prostate, you have to assume they reside elsewhere as well. In other words, your whole body is “cancering,” not just your prostate.
So, let’s roll up our sleeves, man up, and get to work.
Finally, during these 21 days, you also follow practices to help cleanse your body of built-up toxins and help you adopt and adjust to CM principles so they become a natural part of your new lifestyle. They are easy to do, and you will feel the effects of them almost immediately. But before you begin your 21-Day Reset, let’s examine the habits and rituals you should engage in daily.
DAILY HABITS AND RITUALS
Every day during the next three weeks you will adopt various lifestyle habits and rituals. They are designed to help you detoxify the main organs of your body’s detoxification system: skin, liver, elimination, and lungs. This is done through steady eating of specific 4s and 5s foods, daily exercise, and hygiene practices. They don’t take much effort, but you will be amazed at how effective they work and how they can change how you feel. I am confident that you will probably want to continue them even after the 21-Day Reset has finished as yet another means live your best life going forward.
Skin (Brushing, Sweating, and Hydrotherapy)
Besides being your largest organ, your skin is your first protection against toxins and chemicals. Many toxins are released through your sweat and skin, and brushing helps rid toxins from your skin and prevent them from going back into your system. Follow this brushing routine:
- Dry brush your entire body (except your face) for three minutes before bathing, gently but thoroughly, three times a week
- The recommended approach is right before showering
- Use a loofah sponge, dry brush, or dry towel
- Brush in one-stroke movements. Do not brush too hard—your skin should not redden too much.
- Brush from the outermost part of your body (hands and feet) toward your abdomen and chest.
After brushing, take a regular shower and end it with a series of hot and cold water contrasts known as hydrotherapy. This jump-starts your circulation and increases the production of glutathione (GSH), an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals and inflammation. First, make the water as hot as you can tolerate without scalding yourself and let it pour over your entire body for three minutes. Then turn the water to cold (as cold as you can tolerate) for 30 seconds. One hot/cold contrast equals one cycle. Do three cycles every morning and always finish with cold to stimulate all your systems and contain core body heat. Finally, switch your antiperspirant for an herbal or natural ingredient deodorant. You do not want to inhibit sweating, as it’s a natural process and an important avenue of body detoxification.
LIVER AND DETOXIFICATION
Virtually all chemical toxins, environmental and the ones your body creates, are fat-soluble, which means they dissolve only in fatty or oily solutions and not in water.
This is where your liver comes into play. It works hard to covert fat-soluble substances to water soluble ones so they then can be more easily eliminated. You can help your liver by eliminating substances that are especially burdensome to its function, such as alcohol and caffeine, and preservatives and dyes found in processed foods. And as part of the 21-Day Reset diet plan you will consume foods that specifically help to nourish and strengthen the liver, such as beets, artichokes, and their fresh juices. Botanical herbs and nutrients also help liver function and improve detoxification. These include: milk thistle, NAC, and schisandra berry extract.
COLON HEALTH AND ELIMINATION
For detoxification to be successful, you need to move out the toxins and chemicals from your body. Your elimination system—colon function and bowel movement—is the final stage of detoxification. You need to keep your colon healthy to encourage regular and thorough elimination.
Many 4s and 5s foods you will consume, such as raw vegetables, fruits, and cooked grains like brown rice, oats, barley, millet, and quinoa, contain high amounts of fiber to help soften stools, promote regular bowel movement, and keep your gut clean and running smoothly. Adopting regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, as outlined in Chapter 4, “CaPLESS Movement,” also can help promote positive bowel function.
LUNGS (DEEP BREATHING)
Practice relaxed deep breathing twice a day for 10 minutes—in the morning before you begin your day and at night before bedtime. This kind of breathing exercise calms your sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system, which will help you manage your stress. It also increases oxygen delivery to your cells, which cancer cells hate as they thrive in oxygen-free environments. It also promotes circulation of your lymphatic system and work as the sewage system of your body to take out the junk.
- Find a quiet and comfortable place free from distractions
- Sit straight with your belly and chest relaxed
- Take a deep breath, inhaling to a four count then holding for a four count and slowly exhaling to a four count
- Inhale through your nose and expand your belly outward (not your chest)
- Repeat up to 10 times
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