Kelis’ health journey got a toll.
The 43-year-old "Feed Them" singer opened out about how Mike Mora's passing and subsequent stage 4 stomach cancer diagnosis affected her as she continued to put her and her family's health first in a recent Instagram video. Mora was afflicted with cancer in 2020 and passed away in March 2022 at the age of 37.
"It's been exactly a year… that's crazy to me," Kelis shared in the post's caption. "I'm a very private person generally, especially when there is family involved. But there is no denying the impact and evolution my husband's passing has had on my life."
"I get asked all the time how I started this journey. It's a much longer conversation but in short what we were dealing with here pushed me so deep into understanding our bodies and how our minds and emotions are so interlocked you can not treat one without the other. Our thoughts and intentions are as powerful and key as our skin health and fitness," she continued. "I want to live well and this is me sharing what I know to be true."
The founder of Bounty & Full revealed in the Instagram video, which was posted in three parts, that she began her path towards wellness and farming years ago while she was pregnant.
Knight, 13, Shepherd, 7, and Galilee, a daughter born in September 2020, are the three children Kelis has. "I just wanted to eat well," she said. "When I got pregnant that's when I really started to care and think about it."
And Kelis claimed things changed even more as they looked into hyperbaric chambers and ozone therapy after her husband learned he would start fighting cancer in September 2021.
Ozone therapy was "game-changing," according to Kelis, and was frequently combined with chemotherapy in nations like Russia, Japan, and Cuba. Mora's tumour regrettably returned and "started to spread."
"We ended up meeting with this beautiful, brilliant man who actually invented the hyperbaric chamber. He gave us a recipe and a list of these mushrooms to start taking."
She added, “We don't know where to go,” adding, “We go to doctors for things that don't make any sense. Really, it's our foods. It's how we're eating, it's how we're living and breathing and putting out feet in the soil.”
Kelis claimed she started creating what she refers to as "brain food" as a result. Her spouse couldn't eat because it was too late, but she continued to emphasise the value of avoiding stress.
"Just to add to that, every doctor we saw, every specialist, every nutritionist, every human being we found that had any expertise in this whatsoever was like, stress kills," she said.
"I moved to the farm and we wanted to separate ourselves from all the silly things that had us stressed out and worried and angst and all these things that didn't really matter," she said. "So when you think about wellness and we think about health, it really is something that you can take control of with a little bit of thought. Just think a little bit more about it and always support your local farmers. Support your Black farmers. Why? Because we care."