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3 Health Swaps to Fight Disease

2. Wanna eat bad foods? Make sure you sleep!

I get it. Sometimes you just REALLY want to order take-out or eat way too many cookies. Plus, who wants to constantly feel like they are being deprived? While it would be awesome if you found some healthy alternatives for your favorite guilty pleasure foods, sometimes you need to live in the moment. Don’t always feel guilty about ordering the item that’s not the best on the menu when out and about with friends — just make sure you allow for plenty of sleep. Sleep has so many amazing benefits and it helps to heal and rejuvenate the body from daily wear and tear. Although you should be getting a lot of sleep anyway, make sure you make it a top priority if you aren’t going to eat the right foods. This means possibly reevaluating your bedtime rituals and making sure you carve out a good chunk of time — around 10-12 hours — to allow your body to recover from eating greasy, salty, or sugary foods.

Related: 6 Bedtime Rituals for Better Sleep

3. Staying in and hanging out? Hydrate!

Ideally, I would go to the gym every single day — but I have to say that I prefer to spend time with my couch rather than a set of barbells. Even though there are low-impact exercises (like yoga!) that can have amazing benefits for people with autoimmune diseases, sometimes you need a lazy Sunday (or Monday… or Tuesday). What’s more fun than putting on your favorite pair of pajamas and snuggling in for a movie marathon? I say, don’t feel bad about it; just make sure you hydrate! Staying hydrated keeps your joints lubricated, removes toxins, and helps to boost your metabolism. The health benefits of drinking water are seemingly endless (from radiant skin to lessening fatigue). Hydration can promote optimal functioning within your body and that will help to off-set your choice to not move very much.

Related: Which Drinks Hydrate and Which Don’t?

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Erika Oglesby

Erika Oglesby is a freelance writer and wandering nomad currently located in Grand Rapids, MI. She is dedicated to helping people better their lives through self-knowledge and alternative therapies -- especially women of color and women diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Visit her website at


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11:59AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:07AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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3:00PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Great ideas

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2:44PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

great info thnx!

10:47AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

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8:15AM PST on Feb 2, 2012


a key way to help your body is to use your soul power to help (in addition to positive thinking, healthy nutrition, patience and enthusiasm etc)

"soul mind body medicine" book by zhi gang sha (who is called an "authentic healer" by Larry Dossey on this book) can help as it says how to use body power, mind power, sound power, soul power for preventing illness and healing over 100 illnesses - it may help a bit

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