The Benefits of Chi Living for a Mesothelioma Patient

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This is a guest post by Jackie Clark, who blogs for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance's blog. Jackie has a personal blog, Jackie's Arc, that shares health and fitness tips. After her grandfathers passing 12 years ago, Jackie decided to get healthy and help others get into shape. Feel free to contact Jackie with any questions @ jclarkmca@gmail.com.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you will feel that your body and mind are under attack, as the physical aspects of the disease and the treatment will challenge all of your internal and external resources. However, the Chi Living teachings can help you create an integrated mind/body connection that will promote healing. Chi Living is a holistic approach to life, and as such, it becomes absolutely essential to gaining and maintaining health after a cancer diagnosis. Staying active while remaining injury-free and providing your body with clean, balanced food will fuel your recovery. As you teach your mind and body to communicate, you will get to know your body intimately, learn how to effectively respond to its needs, and remain centered as your whole being works to regain its health.



Regular exercise improves cardiovascular function, benefits your immune function and improves your mental health. When you have been diagnosed with a cancer such as mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs, it becomes even more imperative that you maintain a regular exercise regimen. The pain-free and injury free Chi Walking technique and Chi Running technique are unique methods of movement that focus on proper form, injury prevention, and efficient breathing. Practicing these gentle fitness techniques can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle after your diagnosis, and will improve the functioning of your body as it works to fight the disease. Chi Walking and Chi Running focus on correct posture, a relaxed cadence and mindfulness of your body as you exercise. The concentrations on every aspect of your body as you walk or run is what sets this method of exercise apart.



Health and nutrition are also key components in your arsenal against cancer. The treatment (find out more at www.mesothelioma.com/treatment) for mesothelioma can rob your body of essential vitamins and nutrients. The tools for healthful nutrition include eating high-chi foods, which are natural and not processed. This nutritional approach focuses on organic fruits and vegetables, as well as legumes and lean meats. Eating foods that are pure and natural eliminates the preservatives and additives found in many food items in stores. When you eat unnecessary substances that your system can’t convert into energy, your body has to work hard to rid itself of them. By eliminating these substances from your diet, your body can function at its optimal capacity with little added effort.



Living mindfully is an aspect of Chi Living that is crucial to you after a diagnosis of cancer. It is easy to fall into despair and fear at this time and yet, the more centered you become, the more you are able to face this disease. The practice of living in the present and creating balance will help you to realize that although cancer hugely impacts your life, it is not who you are.





 

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