First I just want to say that none of this is a marketing ploy of any kind. I'm not selling any remedies, programs, or books. I'm not an expert in the field of healing, where credentials are concerned. Holistic well-being is of great interest to me, and I've invested decades in researching many facets of it, from aboriginal, and ancient healing to modern healing protocols, to spiritual health.....actually way too much to ever fit into this particular blog, but I will be touching on some interesting and useful ideas. Some new, some very old. I'll be writing it all in a very casual manner, with limited time....so forgive me for that. It is what it is. Sharing. I'm way open to any great things I've missed or left out! Interested in others that are in the process of healing, changing to a healthier lifestyle, have questions, or concerns.....or testimonies of things that have worked for them!
Going to try and keep this page updated and current. Hopefully adding new videos, and articles, and websites that I find useful. I'll be keeping a running account (journal) of my cleansing and detoxing, and all the trials and tribulations along the way. So check back now and then.
Everyone needs detoxing on some level, even those that consider themselves in top physical shape have decades of accumulated toxins built up in their system. People that take a lot of vitamins & supplements, are subject to the build up of heavy metals, and preservatives. Same for people that put a lot into their personal hygiene regime. Soaps, creams, lotions, makeup, hair-care and self-tanning products are loaded with harmful chemicals that seep into the skin and build up over time. Work related toxins are also a problem, from people that work in office buildings and are bombarded by artificial lighting, and electro-magnetic pollution, to those that work with toxic materials on a daily basis....think, plumbers, construction workers, even nurses. Even cashiers are subject to BPA build up from handling paper money, and receipt tape all day, everyday.
On another level...it's impossible to avoid the normal build up our bodies produce in trying to deal with these environmental toxins. Muscus, cholesterol, plaque, stones, cysts, etc....these are all attempts our bodies make to isolate and protect us, from shit like MSG, BPAs, Nitrates, and Fluoride that the FDA allows to be knowingly dumped into the system. We need to start taking our health into our own hands, and educating others around us on the same. We need to give our systems a vacation once in a while from all the toxins, and help our bodies flush out the overload. These protocols are referred to as CLEANSING, DETOXING, FLUSHING, and FASTING, and there is an endless list of ways to go about it.
Your health has to be something you're interested in. I know a lot of people that insist....they're here for a good time, not a long time, and that's up to the individual. There's a lot of research, and a lot of wading through opinions, and techniques, etc. It can be very overwhelming when starting out. Some protocols are incredibly expensive, some are free and simple (like urine therapy). Herbs and plant medicines abound from all over the world, and one can easily throw up their hands to it all being too much to process. There are some simple places to start. Any step towards holistic well-being is going to get you closer to optimal health.
TRUST IN YOUR SELF: Baby steps will get you there. It's all about your INTENTION for good health. Hold that energy, pray, meditate, or similar...and what you need will make itself known! Create a browser folder called "HEALTH" and bookmark pages/sites/products/articles that catch your attention. I have sub-folders to help organize it better: DIET, HERBS, SCIENCE, ANCIENT, SPIRITUAL, FAVORITES, etc. You'll be surprised how fast those folders fill up.
CHANGE TO DISTILLED WATER: Stop drinking filtered bottle, spring, and tap water. If you're going to start someplace....start by researching the benefits of distilled water. It posses the ability to leach unwanted mineral build up from our bodies. To add nourishment to this empty water....mix in a bit of fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and black strap molasses, and consider it a health tonic.
BENTONITE CLAY: Everyone should have some of this in their medicine cabinet. Its ability to absorb toxins in truly amazing. Mix into a paste/poultice to apply on burns, infections, and cuts. Pack around an abscessed tooth, on poison ivy outbreaks, for acne, or any oozing sore. It's a safe, simple, affordable clay that goes a long way. Great for use on babies and pets too. It can also be mixed into a drink, and taken internally....sucks a great load of toxins from the digestive system. See P&B shake protocol here. Absorbs 300 times in weight in water. WARNING: You want to drink LOTS of extra water when drinking bentonite clay, otherwise it can dehydrate you, and severally clog you up! Detoxes and cleanse inside and out!
A NEW KIND OF "CLEAN": We're conditioned to believe that clean clothes smell like "fresh rain", that our bodies should wreak of perfume when we step from the shower, our breath should be "minty" fresh, and we should be hit in the face with "crisp linen", or " tropical breeze" scent, when we walk in the door of our home. Scent is an incredible marketing tool used to no-end. Sure...it can work for enlightening our senses, and lifting our spirits, but...it's typically masking a horrifying list of toxic ingredients! Make some measures to rid your life of these products! Seriously! Start in your bathroom, move on to the kitchen, and laundry room...depending on how motivated you are for good health......you might not have anything left when you're done! It all depends on what's more important to you. I'm not going to list it all here. It's insanely too much! Cloth diapers from disposable, replace baby talcum powder with corn starch. Toss out baby lotions, and switch to a natural laundry soap. I know it's hard, but throw away the fabric softener too. Get rid of plug-in fragrances, and replace with beeswax & essential oils. Get rid of the bulk of home cleaning products, and buy a steam cleaner. Every bit helps, and gets you closer to a real, true CLEAN.
DIETARY CHANGES: This doesn't need to explained.........more raw fruits and vegetables...less processed/prepared food. This falls into the category above....cleaning out your pantry, fridge, cabinets should be part of the process. Unless you live alone...you might have to be more subtle then tossing out everything in sight that's unhealthy. It doesn't have to be overnight. For instance, soup is something that should NEVER come out of a can! Stop buying it. Change on items that no one will notice at first. Cold crack-cereal and milk are two things that no one in your family is benefiting from, but you might start a war if the changes are too radical. Where can unnoticed changes be made? I know bcuz I live with someone that absolutely refuses to change her diet. White bread is best, crack-cereal is where it's at, milk is healthy, and every meal must be followed by some sort of store-bought dessert. It's not my place to change her diet. She's an adult, and a friend. Those choices are hers, and she buys her own food. Water is not a beverage for her, and raw fruits and vegetables make her sick most of the time. I think it's terrible when children get to this same point....and it happens easily. It sets them up for a lifetime of addiction to unhealthy stuff, and making excuses for it. If you have kids that are already caught up in processed foods, it's worth being the villain and making the changes now! Whole grain breads, granola, almond milk, homemade meals, and WATER to drink.
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY: That might sound crazy for some people. I know myself that I don't accomplish that. Sometimes two or three days will go by, where I don't step foot outside. Not much to say here, except...........get outside as much as possible, whenever possible!!!!
The Master Cleanse is pretty popular nowadays. Many celebrities like Beyonce tout it's amazing benefits. It's a simple fast, consisting of fresh squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, mixed in distilled water. Buy the original book, or search online for details. It's a safe, effective cleanse....you can mix it pretty much to your own taste. Think of it as a nice, diluted lemonade with a kick. Mixture doesn't have to be exact. Drink plenty of it throughout the day (8 - 10 glasses). Sip it....enjoy it! Use along with gentle, natural laxative, like psyllium husks, or Metamucil to make sure you're FLUSHING all the toxins out of your body. You don't want them sitting inside your body!!!
Electrolyte Lemonade: MIX IN BLENDER, with distilled water. The mixture should be smooth and delicious!
Green Drink: Try this excellent, basic green drink in the blender. Add water, apple cider or fresh green coconut juice. Experiment!
Life Soup: MIX in a High Powered Blender:
Mix to your taste. For great flavorings try, Bragg's liquid, raw unpasteurized miso paste, cayenne pepper, any hot sauce, or garlic- just be creative and, most importantly, make it taste delicious to you!
Cinnamon-Apple Prune Juice: Great when enjoyed 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
There's no end to what healthy concotions you can create in your blender. No need to purchase an expensive juicer. Most foods should be consumed whole, fresh, raw...it's always preferrible to eat an apple, or orange, or any fruit/vegetable, rather then juice it. Unless someone gifts you a juicer, or you find one at a yard sale, etc. Don't waste your money. A blender actually works better, bcuz it doesn't separate out the fiber, which is most important. Plus, blenders can be used for creating hot, cold, and iced drinks. Albeit, the healthiest temp for consuming all foods is body temperature.
The hardest part of a cleanse or fast is vigilance and self-discipline. There's no secret science to what's being consumed. Of course....we're not speaking a Milkshake Cleanse! Be logical, and LISTEN to what your body wants. When you go to the market......take your time. Your body will draw your attention to what it wants/needs. You might be surprised that it's not potato chips, and ice cream. Also what's in season? What colors are you attracted to most? Maybe it'll be cucumbers and green apples, or all purple, or orange. Pay your body some respect by blending up exactly what it's seeking. You'll be surprised what works, and tastes good. Note: It doesn't always have to taste good to be good for you, but.....it helps you stick with it.
This really deserves it's own post, bcuz if you only do one thing for yourself this year.....or ever.......it would be muscle testing, otherwise known as Kinesiology. It's absolutely the easiest, bestest practice you can adopt. There's an endless list of variations, but the videos below sum it up pretty well. You can use it for EVERYTHING....not just buying food. It's your own magic 8-ball!!!! And you carry it around with you everywhere! You'll never lose it, misplace it, forget it. You don't to pack it. And it's available 24/7 for diving YOUR TRUTH! It cuts it down to yes and no answers, so ask appropriately.
Use it for asking simple questions, like...."Is it okay to drink this cup of coffee?", or "Should I turn off the television now?" Or, more serious dilemmas, such as...."Should I be friends with this person?" "Should I give this person my phone number?" "Should I move to this area?" No? Then...."How about this area?" It can be utilized on the down-low, while in discussion with someone, and they won't even know you're doing it. It can be done with your hand in your pocket, if you're concerned about what other think. Personally, I think it should be done out in the open. Someone asks you to do something, you test, and ah............"Um, my higher self says no". :Happy-Grin: Of course....that doesn't mean you have to follow it strictly. Like....if a close friend asks you for help moving, and you don't want to, and your testing says no....you might still want to go ahead and help.
Anyway.......it's perfect when grocery shopping, or any shopping for that matter. Simply ask if you need it or not, or if it's healthy for you. Super simple! Use it while cleaning up the house. "Should I get rid of this?", or "Is this useful to me in anyway?" Should I do this cleanse or that flush? Should I stop doing this cleanse now? Should I take this vitamin? Should I fast today? You can move through a myriad of psychological questions as well....as your own self-therapy. Anything you can think of. Get to know SUBCONSCIOUS! The more you practice muscle testing the easier it becomes to read the answers. At first it might be awkward, but keep it up. It's your BEST FRIEND!
This is exactly what it sounds like......fruit, fruit, fruit. Best to research yourself, and listen to this videocast.
Basically avoiding anything that didn't exist back in the stone ages. Fairly similar to the Atkin's diet...saturated fats are acceptable: coconut, and nut oils, animal fats, and tallow, duck fat, etc. Meat is not off limits, although no processed meats of any kind are allowed, and effort should be made to consume only grass-fed, free-range. Wild-caught fish is fine. Eggs are fine in moderation. Cavemen ate eggs, but.........no diary. Berries and root vegetables, mushrooms, seeds, and nuts. NO GRAINS! I tend to dispute this idea a little, and think that limiting, specialty grains....like quinoa, amaranth, millet, etc....would have been part of a paleodiet, as well as some beans, and seeds that would probably be best to SPROUT first! Making them richer in nutrients, and easier to digest.
The thing I like about the Paleodiet is the simplicity of it, and the elimination of all processed foods, sugars, processed grains, leavening agents, and yeast. Flavorings, preservatives, dyes, etc. As basic and simple as it gets, which is what I think our body needs. Thirsty? Drink (distilled) water. Period. Hungry...forage! 😉 It also doesn't hurt to go hungry once in a while, and this is where some nice fasting can come into play.
A few other thoughts come into play here, and it's up to each individual to follow their own intuition when it comes to diet, but other factors for diet are "climate", and "seasonal". Some believe that if you live in a tropical region, you should not be consuming a lot of meat, mostly fruits, nuts, and fish. If you live in a northern climate...the opposite is true....mostly meats, fats, berries, and occasional tubers. The argument here is that all of mankind originated in a tropical environment. It's about what feels healthiest to you. But, choosing to eat foods that are in season is always a god choice! You know it's at its freshest, and most affordable. Growing your own food, of course is the ideal.
It's really hard to find links to information where the sites are soley plugging a book or product. I've tried. If you have better links, please post/comment!
Castor oil pack therapy remains an effective source of relief for a number of maladies. It is used for everything: general aches and pains, colds, flu, sciatica, eye infections, c-section healing, mastitis, arthritis, ulcers, and to decrease soreness/irritation/inflammation of almost any body organ - breasts, nipples, fingers, throats, abdomen, uterine cramping, etc. Castor oil pack therapy has been used to increase milk production among lactating women, and it is occasionally used to quickly and effectively heal the umbilicus of newborns, and is regularly used to stop hormone-related hair loss.
All detoxification begins and ends with a clean, happily functioning liver! If your liver is overloaded with toxins...it can keep the rest of your body clean. Most people know that the liver is the body's (spongy) filter, but they don't always understand like with any filter....it can get clogged up and dirty, making it's job much harder, and slower. One begins to feel sluggish, tired, and overall ill feeling. There are warnings for people that are having severe pain on their right side, &/or gallbladder attacks. Doing a flush...loosens grit and stones from the liver and gallbladder, and works to eliminate them from the system. If these organs are already inflamed, and causing problems....a flush may exacerbate things, if not bring on an attack. If there's concern, seek a professional opinion before starting.
There are many protocols for the liver/gallbladder flush. You should research and follow which on 'feels' best for you. There are two basic approaches though. One slow, and quick. These two are from liverdoctor.com (check out the link for more details).
Some people who do this flush may find that they feel very nauseated (bilious), and/or vomit several times. Abdominal cramps and diarrhea may accompany this, before the stones are passed.
Certain people such as pregnant women, young children, very elderly and frail people, insulin-dependent diabetics or those with severe liver disease or an acutely inflamed gallbladder, should not try the liver/ gallbladder flush and should discuss it with their own doctor.
Ideally a qualified health practitioner should supervise your gallbladder flush. At the very least, never do the flush alone, so that if you do dislodge a large stone and get severe pain, your companion can take you to medical care.
Always check with your own doctor before doing the liver/gall bladder flush.