DETOX DAY 8: Stress

In a perfect world…our food supply would all be organic and natural. In a perfect world…no reason would exist to remember all the horrific tragedies that have occurred. In a perfect world …stress would be non-existent. That perfect world hasn’t arrived yet…but it will soon! So we trudge through the minefield of our food supply, we deal with tragedies, and we put up with the stress only to make it through to tomorrow. We live in a stress filled world, but how we handle all that stress says much about the character we’ve built.

While I’ve been detoxing, I’ve had my fair share of stress that I’ve had to deal with. Some of the stress weighs heavily on my mind and heart. But I know that it will all work out in the end. Going through a detox has it’s own stress associated with it. Having to deal with the healing crisis my body is going through is stressful enough but when you pile on deadlines, tests, and just the normal stress of living in this anxiety filled world the process is as fun as getting your teeth pulled.

This whole situation reminded me of a book I had to read for one of my college classes on stress. “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”by Robert Sapolsky. In going through the book and my assignments for my Stress class I found an assignment that really helped me and is continuing to help me today get through the stress that I’m experiencing both from the detox and from life itself.

The assignment had six sections that all deal with how I can be an eraser of my own stress. Today I am only focusing on one tip in one section that still stands out in my life, even as I write this. In this assignment that I did three years ago, I wrote down how I love to color in a children’s coloring book, and how peaceful it made me feel because it took me back to simpler times. So yesterday I bought a new box of crayons (who doesn’t love that smell of a new box of crayons) and a coloring book and I colored a picture. While coloring I was remember how I used to color with my grandfather, and how I used to get so mad at him for coloring each leg of a horse a different color. I know he did this on purpose to teach me a really big life lesson, but when you’re eight you just know there’s no such things as rainbow horses. I also remembered how I used to come home from school as a teenager and if I had a bad day at school I would go in my bedroom and take out my secret stash of coloring books and crayons that I hid under my bed and color away my stress. Then after an hour of coloring I was calm and could talk about the feelings I had inside about what happened that day.

crayons

The simple act of coloring helps me remember happy times, times of abundance, times of simplicity when it didn’t matter how much money you had, or how many trinkets you accumulated. What mattered was that you were connecting with the people in your life, and making happy memories. Why not grab a coloring book and a new box of crayons, sit on the floor for 15 minutes and color away your stress. Remember the good times you had.

Color your stress away!

DETOX DAY 7: Sleep

What is the most important aspect of going through a detox or cleanse? You might think it’s eliminating the toxins, or replenishing your body with good, nutritious food and clean, distilled water. While those two things are equally important I feel the most important aspect of cleansing the body is sleep. When we sleep our cells get a chance to rejuvenate and we are better able to handle the stresses of life. That is another aspect of cleansing that I will discuss tomorrow: Stress. But for right now sleep and rest is the best way to get through a detox with my mind intact.

Our bodies need sleep just as much as they need water. But the right amount of sleep is different for each person based on their nutritional needs. For me the right amount is a good 7 hours. 7 hours helps my body remain in the holding pattern of homeostasis or balance, and while I’m detoxing these 7 hours are more important than ever before. One reason is that my body is dumping many toxins out and while I’m eliminating the toxins my body needs every chance it can to get back to a holding pattern where it can regroup and be stronger than it was yesterday.

Interesting facts about our health when we sleep.

Interesting facts about our health when we sleep.

Here’s what sleep can do for you even when you’re not detoxing.

  1. It keeps your heart healthy by lowering your blood pressure.
  2. It may prevent cancer. (detect, repair & replace, this is how our cells prevent disease)
  3. It reduces stress. (Yes I know that sometimes it’s the stress that prevents you from sleeping).
  4. Sleep reduces inflammation, but only if you sleep in the prone position. (sleeping in a chair does the exact opposite.)
  5. Sleep makes you more alert. (You’ll do better on tests if you have a good night’s rest instead of cramming all night.)
  6. Sleep makes your memory better. (You’ll remember the facts for that test and you’ll also remember where you put your car keys at.)
  7. Sleep also helps with weight loss  (Because when you sleep you don’t crave carbs as much.)
  8. Sleep is also associated with reduced risk of depression.
  9. Every cell in your body repairs when you sleep.
  10. Sleep helps you look youthful longer.

References

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/10/22/cancer-sleep.aspx

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleep-deprivation/AN01344

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/tips-reduce-stress

http://www.greatschools.org/parenting/health-nutrition/620-sleep-the-secret-weapon-for-school-success.gs

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/learning-memory

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/lose-weight-while-sleeping

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/brain_basics/understanding_sleep.htm

http://www.oasisadvancedwellness.com/learning/sleep-skin-care.html

DETOX DAYS 4, 5, & 6: Headaches, Dizziness, & Chills

It’s always important to listen to people who have gone through detoxes and cleanses, they are a wealth of first-hand information. The healing crisis that my body is going through right now is something I’ve experienced before but not to this extent, and I’m wondering why. In the detoxes I’ve done before I was just happy to get through them and not concern myself with the whys. This detox is different because I want to know why, “Why am I having the headache behind my ears, or the back of my head?” “Why am I so dizzy all of a sudden?” and “Why am I getting the chills again?” These are just three questions that I’ll address today, but this detox is proving to me that the longer I stay on it the more questions I will have and the healthier I will become.

chamomile tea

Calming

Day 4

Question #1: Why am I having headaches behind my head and in the back of my head? These headaches are caused by giving up caffeine. Caffeine affects the vascular and nervous systems. My body is trying to compensate for the lack of this poison by rebooting itself to function without that poison. Another sign of my headaches is where they are occurring. When I blow my nose in the morning I hear mucus breaking up around my ears. This is probably another reason why I have the headaches. I’m allergic to dairy, especially milk, but I will occasionally have a piece of cheese without any problem. But we all know that if we eat something we are allergic to, the poisons build up in our bodies and manifest themselves as colds, sniffles, runny noses, and coughs.

Day 5

Question #2: Why am I so dizzy?  The dizziness is caused by the fact that the Lemonlic Aide and my herbs such as Milk Thistle are helping my liver to detoxify. It is also caused by the fact that I’m only eating 900 to 1000 calories a day and trying to work out at the same time. I am only walking 3 miles a day. The dizziness is just one of the symptoms that my body is returning to a balanced state once again.

fenugreek seed tea

Gets rid of mucus

Day 6

Questions #3: Why am I getting the chills again? The chills are associated with getting all the poisons out of my body. Just like a drug addict that hasn’t had their drug of choice  goes through similar symptoms as going through a cleanse. In this detox I’ve eliminated caffeine, sugar, beef, all grains. While I’ve been without them before, this is the first time I’ve done this all at the same time. I look at it this way, these chills are just my body’s way of getting used to it’s new programming material.

Nothing in the programming has changed except I added a couple more cups of herbal tea. This time it’s chamomile and fenugreek seed tea 

DETOX DAY 2

Today I woke up with a headache and a stuffy nose, something I am used to when going through a detox. The cleansing effect of the detox drink and limited calories has made me understand that the poisons are coming out one way or another. Yesterday I drank the 60 ounces of the detox aide,  40 ounces of herb tea, and 60 ounces of water. The importance of hydration when detoxing cannot be stressed enough. Water helps the poisons break free from your body.

Today’s detox is the same as yesterday, Starting my day off with 2 ounces of ASEA, following between 900 and 1000 calories a day, and drinking the Spicy Lemonlic Aide. Exercising is the same as well.

The only addition today is that I’m adding a ginger, turmeric, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper tea instead of the herbal tea. Each one of these spices carry an abundance of nutrients which when combined with the detox I think it will help my body regain a more balanced atmosphere. Plus, I love these spices when mixed together and sweetened with some stevia. The black pepper enhances the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric.

Spice Usage

Black Spice Tea

  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, turmeric, clove, and cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place in a paper tea filter. Pour boiling water over tea filter in large mug. Cover and let steep for 4 minutes. Enjoy with a drop or two of liquid stevia (plain is great, too).  It has a warming sensation, and also soothes away sore throats. It took care of my stuffy nose instantly.

Until Tomorrow!!

IT’S DETOX CLEANSING MONTH!

With every passing season I find myself doing a detox cleanse that helps clean out my body and gets me revved up for the next season. So for the next 14 days I will be posting a detox cleansing drink or technique that is helping me to clean out the old and make way for the new.

Today’s detox drink is:

Spicy Lemonlic Aide

Simple ingredients

Simple ingredients

I followed the recipe in the link above but I substituted a 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper for the cinnamon bark. I’ve also added Vitamin B Complex drops (3 dropper fulls)  I’m drinking 60 ounces of this today.

I’m also a sparse diet today, nothing over 900 calories. Since the calorie restriction is in full swing, my food choices are extremely important. My food choices are good organic proteins: poultry and fish, and organic veggies and fruits. Lot’s of salads and fresh fruits. My drinking choices are as follows: Tea, water, and Spicy Lemonic Aide. This calorie restriction is only for today and tomorrow, to help jump start the detox. Trust me I know you’re all thinking that severe calorie restriction isn’t healthy. But it is healthy if it’s short term for a couple of days not weeks on end. I wouldn’t do anything dangerous for my body since I only have one kidney.

Today’s menu:

Before Breakfast: 2 ounces ASEA

Breakfast

  • 1 egg (cooked anyway without oil or dairy)
  • 1 apple
  • 20 ounces of tea sweetened with stevia
  • 20 ounces Spicy Lemonic Aide

Lunch:

  • 1 cup berries
  • 3 ounces cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax meal
  • 20 ounces tea with stevia
  • 20 ounces Spicy Lemonlic Aide

Dinner:

  • 3 ounce turkey burger
  • 1/2 sauteed green beans with 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • spinach salad with no oil lime vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup black berries
  • 20 ounces of Spicy Lemonlic Aide

For my snacks today: WATER, WATER, WATER.

My workout routine is as follows.

  • 1 hour of cardio
  • 45 minutes of weights

Until tomorrow!

FOUNTAIN OF HEALTH

When we look at the word health we all have our own perceptions of what the word means that are all relative to our individual lives.  It’s no secret that I love words. I love their history, their definitions and their life-changing powers. So when I began a word study into t “Health”, I found information that quite frankly changed my view of what health really means and why we should pursue to have it in our lives. I think the explorers weren’t really looking for the fountain of youth as they were the fountain of health.

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary health is defined several ways. It is the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; freedom from physical disease or pain.  A medical definition of health is the condition of an organism or one of its parts in which it performs its vital functions normally or properly. The Old English definition of health means wholeness, sound, and well (hale, whole). It also means holy and sacred.  While these are concise in what the word means health still means so much more than we think it does. Just ask someone in poor health what health is and you will get an answer that is much deeper than the definitions in a dictionary. 

Where does our health begin? 

Health begins at the cellular level, if our cells are whole and functioning properly we have good health. It’s easy to understand then that diseased cells produce diseased organs and poor health. Without getting too technical good health begins with healthy cells. Our cells are in a constant state of balancing work.

Deep within our cells we have the workers that are either functioning correctly and in order with the right kind of nutrition they’re given or they’re in chaos because they’ve been given garbage instead of nutrition.

Our body is a healing machine. It is largely made of bacteria, in a delicate balance. Every cell needs to be clear (beginning within the womb) at all times about its identity and purpose. When a cell doesn’t remember its purpose, it acts like a cancerous cell, replicating itself “mindlessly”. Signaling molecules are essential messengers signaling what needs to happen on a cellular level – on an ongoing basis and especially when damage occurs.  (Radha Bonnie McChristy)

Communication Highway

It’s important to note that we have our own instant messaging system going on right inside everyone of our cells working constantly sending messages back and forth, sharing information, and alerting us when there is a back up or a pot hole on the communication highway. The problem is that that as we age we lose our capability to produce these messenger molecules (Redox Signaling molecules) at the rate of 1% every year. So when we reach the age of 50 we’ve lost 50% of those messenger molecules. So instead of instant messaging we’ve reverted back to the pony express.

Our cells have many components that make up that communication highway and the one component that is drastically effected by the aging process is our mitochondria. That rate of 1% we lose every year, is this baby right here, that one component we need so desperately. We can’t get our mitochondria back once it’s gone. But we can replenish the Redox Signaling molecules that the mitochondria makes.

Human clinical studies on ASEA showed it increased mitochondrial density by 30% in one week, essentially replenishing a 30 year loss. Since mitochondria produce redox signaling molecules, this increased population reestablishes intelligent cellular function and communication. So our body can begin to better perform the miraculous work it is programmed to do; defend itself intelligently, repair damage effectively and advance life. (Radha Bonnie McChristy)

If you’re looking for that fountain of health, click here.

Sleep: The Newest Nutrient

These health issues can be made worse with lack of sleep.

Sleep should be the newest nutrient in anyone’s health plan because it is through sleep that the other nutrients are allowed to do their work. Without sleep we are hungrier for carbohydrates, our heart rates are elevated, our blood pressure is elevated, our brains do not work as well as they should. Every time we are sleep deprived we put ourselves into grave danger. Yes, I said grave danger because we will be closer to the grave than if we had slept. Now I am not saying you should run to the cheapest sleep aid. Each of us has different issues that are prohibiting our sleeping. When we look to fixing those issues we will begin to sleep again. Our bodies need uninterrupted sleep for our cells to rejuvenate, and our bodies to get back the homeostasis it needs so we can live. Without this uninterrupted sleep our bodies begin the break down process and instead of maintaining homeostasis it opens the doors to disease.

Interesting facts about our health when we sleep.

To learn more about combating sleep deprivation click here. 

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1690