Six Ways our Body Heals Itself
When we are sick, the Bible instructs us to pray for healing. This is the first thing my husband and I did after hearing those devastating words, “You have cancer.” God can supernaturally heal us in the blink of an eye. He can choose to heal our bodies over time through the self-healing mechanisms He designed. He can heal through our doctors and modern medicine. But it took an aggressive journey with cancer for me to experience my body’s innate ability to heal. Although God created our bodies to perform miracles of healing throughout our 24-hour day, our lifestyle habits can either stifle or enhance our ability to heal and regenerate.
As a cancer patient, it’s a daunting experience to examine one’s own lifestyle and determine what went wrong. What prevented my body from working as God designed? The Bible instructs us to care for our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. When we exercise discipline and common-sense care for our bodies, it’s amazing how they can thrive.
After three years of research, I have found numerous ways that our bodies heal themselves:
Water transports nutrients to every part of our body nourishing our cells and facilitating every chemical reaction of healing. This is why proper hydration is key to preventing many diseases. Every cell and every system in our body requires sufficient water to work properly and perform chemical reactions and functions that promote healing. For example, the mucus (99 % water) in our lungs that provides an important barrier against infections is empowered by water. Drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces daily is your minimum goal. Most Americans are living with compromised immune systems due to dehydration.
Our bodies heal, repair, and detox when we engage in regular, deep sleep. Your cure can be as close as your pillow—and it’s free! While you are reading this article, your body is performing miracles. But when we sleep soundly, those miracles increase in intensity. Melatonin, a cancer and disease-fighting hormone, is released during deep sleep. The average American gets six to seven hours of sleep, yet eight to nine hours is recommended. Too many Americans are sleep-deprived.
God created fruits, vegetables, and the plant world as necessary nutrients to enhance healing in our bodies. It’s amazing how He designed each fruit, vegetable, and herb with a chemical profile to enhance and heal our DNA. These foods contain antioxidants and phytochemicals which neutralize the free radicals and toxins we get exposed to daily. Unfortunately, the average American eats two to three servings from this category daily, when the USDA recommends eight to ten servings. Many Americans think that French fries are a healthy vegetable. Think again!
Our lymphatic system removes the trash in our bodies. Most of our body systems work autonomously. Our lymphatic system, which is part of our immune system, requires us to move in order to remove toxins. When we sweat from movement and exercise, our largest detox organ, the skin, secretes toxins. Exercise enhances the function of every system in our body and also increases our B cells and T cells in our immune system. The sedentary lifestyle is literally killing us.
We’ve got guts!
Seventy percent of our immune cells are located in our guts. A properly-nourished gut allows the necessary nutrients to pass through and keeps the bad germs and offenders out. If we want our immune system to increase its healing potential, our gut must be strong and healthy. If a germ enters through our mouth, many times our gut will take care of it. I protected my gut with supplements and nutrients during chemotherapy and rebuilt it afterward. Chemotherapy and antibiotics can save your life, but you must rebuild what they destroy to maintain a strong immune system that is armed and ready to battle disease. It’s best not to use these pharmaceuticals unless absolutely necessary.
Laughter, music, gratitude, love, hope, and dwelling on the “good things” all enhance our immune system. Laughing is a powerful medicine that increases blood flow and oxygenation, relieves stress, and causes the brain to release a flood of endorphins that supercharge the immune system. Research shows that laughter can possibly slow down cancer growth and increase longevity. Positive emotions are free and readily available. Anger is the emotion that has the greatest negative impact on one’s health. Sustained anger will cause the adrenal glands to pump out too much adrenalin and cortisol which over time can suppress the immune system. Many Americans have compromised immune systems due to depression, worry, fear, and unforgiveness.
The longer I live the more I realize that God’s instructions and His creation are for our good. Our bodies are unique, self-healing creations perfectly designed by our loving Father. I pinch myself every day I’m still here. I’m amazed that this body can endure surgery after surgery and chemotherapy over a long-extended time yet heal and regenerate itself to vibrant health. God does the healing whether through surgeons, medications, or supernatural healing. If you are fighting the disease of any kind, unleash the God-given healing mechanisms that you already have and start today.
Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Her book, “Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer,”was written with commentary by a practicing oncologist and medical researcher. Visit her cancer prevention blog and more info atwww.ginnybrant.com.