“How I healed my body”. An interview with Cancer conqueror Nina Santamaria

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From Nina Santamaria

“Hi Ger! 

Thank you for inviting me to tell a bit of my story.  I hope this gives others a new perspective in health and choices they make for their bodies.  I used to be shy in telling my story because I wanted to keep things totally private, especially being a girl, but after 3 years I am comfortable sharing it when I realised it could give some people hope.  So now I’m happy to answer this interview.  :-)

1. What we’re the symptoms that you were experiencing that lead to the check up? What was your doctor’s initial diagnosis of your condition and when was this?

“For several months I was experiencing lower back pain and constant discomfort in my abdominal area.   In February 2013, having some difficulty moving or walking already, I went to have myself checked by a doctor and was asked to take some tests. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 ovarian cancer. They found a malignant 19-cm tumor in my ovary and since it seemed to be an aggressive case bordering on Stage 3, I had to undergo surgery to remove it as soon as possible.”

2. What were your initial thoughts and feelings?

“First, I worried about my family especially my mom. She was devastated with the news; she lost her husband (my dad) to cancer 30 years ago. My next thought was, ‘OK so now with this diagnosis…Stage 2 doesn’t sound so bad, that’s got to be better than stage 4. So what is the next step? Let’s get this surgery going… Fortunately the surgery was successful, but all the doctors recommended chemotherapy and radiation for 6 months to clean out remaining cancer cells in my body.”

“A concerned relative told me, “You have to think hard about this. Don’t feel pressured by the doctors, they will prescribe what they have studied, but this is your body; you have the freedom to do what you want with it. Chemo is not the only option. Do your research and ask for time to think”. That struck such a strong chord in me. It was the best advice I ever received. So I asked for time and was given 2 weeks to decide.”

3. What did you do?

“I consulted with experts: I talked to 2 different, well-known oncologists, and to a homeopathic doctor who prescribes natural treatments. The more chemo was explained to me though, the more it didn’t make sense. If cancer was caused by a failure of the immune system, why would you do anything to attack it instead of help it get stronger?”

“I went online to understand what happened to me. What was cancer, what causes it, and why did it happen to certain people? I watched health videos and documentaries. I read up. The website www.healingcancernaturally.com was a big help. I would recommend it to anybody, even those who are perfectly healthy. It would be good to browse through it so you could understand how cancer develops in a healthy body: not only are there physical causes (toxicity, lack of nutrients, etc) but also emotional, spiritual, mental and energetic causes in its development.”

“I talked to people who went through chemo and those who underwent natural, homeopathic treatment. I was determined to understand. I watched health videos and compared chemo to natural treatment.”

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What was the treatment that you decided was best for you? And what gave you the confidence to trust this way? What did your family and friends make of your decision at the time?

“After listening to what my body, mind and heart was telling me; I decided to go for the natural, homeopathic treatment. I learned and believed that our bodies were “naturally engineered” to fight disease and as long as you are treating it right and feeding it the right nutrition— clean, natural, organic food that it was designed to consume— you will be able to boost your immune system and aid your body in regaining its health back.”

“The more I understood what caused the disease, the more I was confident in my decision to heal myself naturally, starting from the inside. Literally, from the mind (believing that cancer was not a death sentence, it was curable, and it was something I was to live with for a long time), to the soul (I worked on inner peace, surrendered my ordeal and challenge to God) and to the body, determined to detoxify and to learn how to use food as medicine.”

“Of course, my decision was met with frowns and worry by my family (except my mom who was behind me 200% of the way, she is my biggest cheerleader, nurse, cook, everything) because nobody in my family was familiar with holistic type of healing. I had to take a big leap of faith and just pushed forward with my decision because time was ticking, the cells could be multiplying.”

5. What are some of the major changes that you made to your diet and routine?

“I followed everything my doctor said. To detox means to rid the body of toxins that cancer cells would feed on: SUGAR and ACID, to put simply. I switched to a raw, organic diet (80% raw, 20% cooked) and had to juice specific veggies and fruits everyday. I gave up meat, fish, dairy, sugar, coffee, bread/gluten, and everything preserved, canned, bottled, and frozen. I strictly ate only what was beneficial for me and avoiding what was “poisonous”. I had to eat mindfully, knowing the function of each food I was eating. Since clean, organic food was hard to come by, we had to prepare meals at home and I had to bring it everywhere in a freezer bag in case I got hungry.”

“I had to sleep early, specifically from 9pm to 3am. The body apparently works its magic at night, replenishing and recharging organs, cells, blood, everything. If you keep busy by working, exercising, eating, watching TV or listening to music, your body’s energy is spent on keeping you awake instead of breaking down toxins or managing blood sugar levels.”

6. What other lifestyle changes did you make? 

Did you pray or meditate? If so what types of prayer and meditation would you do?

“I did healing meditation in the mornings soon as I woke up. I prayed and reflected on my situation a lot. Being Roman Catholic, I prayed the rosary constantly to keep me focused on what I wanted to achieve. The rosary is a form of meditation for me. The words “Be it done to me according to Thy word”, uttered by Mary, awes and humbles me as it teaches one to trust completely in His plans. I never questioned or felt angry at what happened to me, and I believed that in prayer and faith that I could be healed and continue living.”

Did you find a way to reduce stress? What did you do?

“I worked from home during the first few months, doing yoga 3 x a week and “hilot” massage. (Post operation) I wasn’t allowed to do anything strenuous for 12 months but I travelled a bit. I went to Bali with my friends to watch a surf competition and meet our surf idols; I went to Paris to see a design fair and to visit museums and parks. I went to the beach a lot, swam in the ocean, did stand-up paddle and just hung out with friends. I was grateful for the life I still had. As my doctor advised, I was finding my balance again, because my body was thrown in disharmony after years of stress and toxicity.”

7. What were the results 6 months later, 1 year later and 2 years later?

“The results have never been better, beyond my initial expectations. My cancer immediately fell into remission after the first 3 months, dropping to almost-zero levels.”

Although Nina chose the natural way of healing, it is important to note that she still continued getting CA (cancer antigen) 125 tests every 3 months to monitor her results. A score would be between 0-35 is the healthy range.

“Pre-surgery I rated 795+++ which was indicative of a strong chance of Stage 2 Ovarian CA. After the surgery, I rated 33+ which was within 35 range but still high. After 3 months of detox, I scored around 5.  After some more months of detox I scored a 3.  It’s been playing around a score of 3 to 6 for the past 3.5 years. I only hit 6 once, (and that was the time I was sleeping late again) and it scared me, so I went back to a stricter diet and was able to bring it down to 4 again.  So I’d like to believe just eating and sleeping right actually regulates my health test performance.  I take it every 3 months and the last time I took it was June 2016.”

“I’m now on my 42nd month (3.5 years) after diagnosis, and I’ve never felt better. I get checked regularly and my good health remains. I have never even had a fever or a bad cold since then. I surf regularly and work out 2x a week. I still eat mindfully and as organically as possible. I now know when to say no (like working on weekends, staying up late at the office, being around negative people), and when to rest when I think my body needs rest. We never know what our future holds, but we can try to make the present meaningful. If you throw out good energy from within, you’ll get that back too.”

What would you say to anyone who is going through something similar?

“Choosing to take the natural, holistic treatment is no easy path. My body suffered shock and sleepless nights the first few weeks due to the drastic change in lifestyle and the deprivation of all I was used to consuming. I would be anxious sometimes because there would be no conventional ways to measure how I was doing. But in time, you will learn that going back to how nature intended your bodies to eat and recuperate is the only way to go. The modern world has diminished our faith in our bodies’ internal capabilities to heal, but fortunately more and more people are getting to see the logic in doing otherwise.”

“If you are diagnosed with something, one way to remove fear is to accept and understand your predicament. Information is readily available for you to know your treatment options. Just remember that while you are treating your physical body, do not neglect nurturing your mind and spirit as well.”

“Simply put, in my case I just really believed I would get better. I treated it as sort of a science problem: this is the problem, what’s the objective, what was the solution, what was the desired result?”

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Toxicity Quiz

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Do you find it extremely hard to lose weight? Suffer from any chronic health issues such as fatigue, lethargy, head aches, skin problems, allergies, digestive problems or auto immune disease? Your body may be in need of a system reboot and that’s exactly what our detox diet does. It helps restore the body back to optimum function by eliminating toxins from your diet and providing the nutritional support to assist your body in cleansing itself from the inside-out.

Always remember, it is natural for your body to feel good, it is not normal to be constantly dealing with sickness or bodily problems. Get your pen out and try this toxicity test.

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0 = Never or almost never have the symptom
1 = Occasionally have it, effect is not severe
2 = Occasionally have it, effect is severe
3 = Frequently have it, effect is not severe
4 = Frequently have it, effect is severe

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If you feel like you are in a need of a refresh, click here to learn about our detox diet.

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How to reduce belly fat.

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The one question that we get most asked is “How to lose belly fat?”. It is actually quite simple, but it takes commitment and discipline. Always keep in mind that reducing belly fat is not just about looking your best but staying healthy and disease free too.

Here are 5 simple principles that you must adopt to say goodbye to that belly fat for good:

  1. Workout the right way.

To burn visceral fat (belly fat) perform exercises that require high intensity, whole body movements and get your lungs gasping for air! Avoid isolation exercises such as bicep curls that work a single muscle, instead engage in exercises such as boxing, rowing, swimming or full body circuit training for about 30 – 40 minutes everyday and see the difference.

  1. Stay Away from Sugar / Junk

Losing weight is as much about staying away from junk as it is all of the other things. Sugar is your main enemy when it comes to trimming down your belly fat! The energy from sugar, if not immediately used, is quickly stored into fat and more often than not; it is stocked up in your belly.

If you want to avoid junk food, to be safe, eat only real food that is from this earth and avoid anything that comes in a wrapper and made in a factory. If you are a sweet tooth, satisfy your tastebuds with more natural foods, such as fruits? It has a dietary fiber which slows the release of the sugar and other benefits that we will discuss below.

  1. Increase Fiber Intake

Fiber aids in digestion, helps cleanse your digestive system, assists in regulating bowel movement, as well as helping you to feel full for longer. It helps flatten the belly by slowing the digestion of food, meaning that it is less likely to be stored as fat. Great sources of fiber are brown rice, quinoa, fruit and vegetables. We also recommend trying psyllium husk as a fiber supplement.

  1. Balance your plate – Load up on vegetables.

Getting your nutrition right is everything when it comes to weight loss. When your body is nourished it will shed body fat, much easier than when it is nutrient starved. That is why at The Healthy House we don’t just count calories, our nutritionists also balance the amount of carbohydrates, protein, essential oil, vitamins and minerals that go into each meal.

Contrary to popular belief caused by fad crash diets, it is actually very healthy and important to eat carbohydrates. You need carbohydrates for energy and without it, your body will crave for instant energy from sugar and fat. You just need to make sure that you eat the right type of carbs and make sure that your plate is balanced. Choose complex carbohydrate sources such as brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato or whole grain bread, add a portion of protein and fill the rest of your plate with fresh vegetables. Try balancing your plate using the following guide.

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  1. Do what ever it takes.

At the end of the day, your mindset on reaching your goal will greatly affect your success. Even the best of principles are worthless without approaching your goal with the right mindset. So if you are serious about improving your health, we encourage you to do all that it takes, because a half hearted approach often means failure. We have a team of nutritionists who are committed to helping each and every client achieve their goal, and we are very good at what we do. Click here to view some of our testimonials.

If you would like to speak to a professional, click below.

Wishing you health + happiness,

Stephanie Dorosan, RND
Head of Nutrition
The Healthy House
Ph: +63 917 311 4337
W: www.thehealthyhouse.ph

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Glow like a goddess by eating these foods.

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The cellular breakthrough to look and feel younger.

If you follow us on Instagram or have read through our customer testimonials, you may have noticed that so many of our clients talk about feeling like they are glowing after beginning our diet programs. So what is the secret to eating your way to a healthy glow?

“Keeping your body nourished and hydrated, not just by drinking water, but by eating the right food. Eating hydrating foods is a major key in having a healthy glow.”

Hydration is the key to supporting so many of your body’s most essential functions. It helps our body absorb nutrients, boosts cell regeneration, enhances skin elasticity, helps your body detoxify naturally and keep your joints and muscles healthy. As it turns out, drinking plenty of water is not the only thing you need to do to boost hydration, the food you eat matters equally.

The Institute of Medicine states that 20% of our daily water intake comes from food. Dr. Howard Murad has even written a whole book about this. Eating food that provides abundance of hydration and nourishment is one of the major principles of our Nutrition Programs. That is why we provide fresh and raw fruits and salads on a daily basis. Raw fruit and vegetables provide so much hydration, as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals, that you may not get from cooked food.

The next question is: What are these hydrating foods?

Here at The Healthy House, we highly recommend incorporating the following foods into your daily diet:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Watermelon
  • Melon
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Berries
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So start today, eat right and glow. Get a free consultation today and speak with our nutritionist, call 0917 311 4337

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How Fit Blend Tea works for weight loss.

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If weight loss is your goal, there is one habit that we highly recommend incorporating into your life: Drinking tea.

Teas offer a wide range of metabolic support for the body and can also help provide powerful anti-oxidants which help provide protection for your vital cells. They can also help reduce inflammation and bloating in the stomach, helping you better absorb nourishment with your food.

Here are four teas that we highly recommend, which do wonders for weight loss:

1. Oolong tea, the base component in Fit Blend Tea™ is proven to increase Energy Expenditure (EE) in the human body and increase fat oxidation (fat burning), resulting in a reduction in cholesterol and an increase in energy. It is also high in anti-oxidants.

2. Yerba Mate (found in Brazil and South America) is proven to have the highest anti-oxidant levels of any tea. This makes it the most effective tea for detox purposes, as it helps your body to remove harmful free radicals and toxins. It is also packed with 24 vitamins and minerals.

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3. Peppermint tea soothes the stomach and has anti-inflammatory properties, which improves the body’s ability to digest nutrients and deliver nourishment to the cells. Because of its soothing effects, it also helps reduce hunger pangs and bloating.

4. Lemon Grass, aside from providing a citrus zest https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-en-ligne/ to the flavor of this blend, also offers essential oils which helps reduce inflammation. These essential oils also help to reduce hunger pangs and bloating.

You can enjoy the benefits of all of these teas in our very own Fit Blend Tea™. Fit Blend is designed by our nutritionists to help the body:

  • Burn Fat
  • Boost Energy
  • Detoxify
  • Reduce Bloating

If you would like to try Fit Blend Tea™, go now and shop online. We offer free shipping nationwide. Just click the image below.

Weight Loss Fundamentals

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People always ask us for the best weight loss tips and secrets, and the best secret that we can give is that there is no secret. Stop looking for short cuts and start focusing on the basics. It is always the best place to start and always the best place to revisit when you hit a plateau.

Here are the 6 fundamentals of weight loss:

  1. Know your healthy weight and write it down

Your healthy weight depends on your height and body type. Once you know your healthy weight, write it down so you will always be reminded to stay within that range or for you to know what a healthy goal is. Here is a great ideal weight calculator.

  1. Correct your eating habits

Do you eat junk food too regularly? Miss breakfast too often? Or, eat late at night? Try avoiding these bad eating habits and take the time to learn about healthy eating for yourself. It is purely YOUR responsibility to give your body what it needs to be healthy and keep yourself away from the doctors office.
Always try to prepare your own meals at home or if you can use a meal plan from The Healthy House.

  1. Increase fruits, vegetables, water, sleep.

Nourishment is everything when it comes to building a healthy body. Most people do not eat enough fruit and vegetables to give the body the nourishment that it needs. Fruits and vegetables also provide fiber which is great for keeping a healthy stomach.

Our body also needs plenty of water and sleep to function optimally, which will help make achieving weight loss much easier.

  1. Exercise regularly

This is no secret, exercise is such an important part of decreasing your body fat percentage and developing lean muscle mass. Set at least 30 minutes each day for your workouts and focus more on high intensity training over weight training. Start looking at your workouts as an expression of your health and not an obligation, and you will begin to enjoy the feeling that you get when you workout.

Side note: The best time to workout is whenever you actually will. Never workout 2 to 3 hours before going to bed as it may disrupt the quality of your sleep.

  1. Monitor your progress

The simple act of recording progress on a weekly basis, improves the likelihood of achieving weight loss. We don’t recommend being obsessed with what you see on the scales but it is always a good thing to be self aware.

A weight loss rate of 1 to 2 lbs a week is considered healthy.

  1. Maintain, don’t gain.

It is always easier to maintain weight than it is to lose weight. So don’t waste your efforts, once you’ve achieved your goal, maintain it.

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