Some of you may remember my blog on four medical tests that could do more harm than good. Today, I want to follow up by giving you four medical procedures you should get—many of which have surprising benefits for your health.
1. Getting your blood drawn: Any time you get your blood drawn, or better yet donate blood, it thins the blood. Giving blood also removes excess ferritin (iron), which can contribute to arterial toxicity and cholesterol oxidation. For the best heart health benefits, I recommend donating a unit of blood every three to four months if you’re able to.
2. Colonoscopy: Regular colonoscopies are still the best defense against colon cancer, but what many people don’t realize is that the preparation is as beneficial as the test itself. To maximize the cleansing and detox benefits, I recommend eating a steamed vegetable diet for a few days before your test. This gives you vital nutrients, minerals, and fiber and helps to cleanse your colon.
3. Exercise stress test: I recommend that any man over the age of 40 and any woman over 45 get an exercise stress test before starting an exercise program. It’s the best way to make sure your heart is in shape. What I’ve also found is that many people decide to begin an exercise program after completing a stress test, since it shows people just how good the body can feel after exercising.
4. Food rotation for food allergies. Although not a test, food rotation is a very important evaluation tool. Many of the health ills that people have, including IBS, are caused by undetected food allergies. Food rotation—meaning temporarily removing foods like gluten, corn, peanuts, and milk from your diet one at a time and then adding them back—gives your body a much-needed rest. Many people are surprised at just how much better they feel after starting a food rotation diet.
Now it’s your turn: How many of these beneficial procedures have you tried?
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