Why does detoxing make me feel so crappy?

When someone begins a detoxification program, whether it is for the first time or the tenth, they are going to feel worse before they feel better.

Why? Seems counter-intuitive, right?

Let’s go back to the basics of a detox and why we do it. Our liver has an incredible capacity to filter and remove many of these toxins through our kidneys and bowels. Over time, these organs get sluggish, overloaded and lose a great deal of their eliminatory energy.  Think of it as a complex plumbing system, which over time gets congested with sludge. The pipes become so congested that only small amounts can pass through, thus slowing everything else down.  Once one organ or gland becomes overburdened, it begins to shut down in order to preserve itself, so now another organ or gland has to step up and take on more of the load. This is when we develop chronic pains and inflammations like arthritis, as well as all kinds of assimilation and digestive problems like heartburn, colitis, and diabetes.

Hence, why our society is turning more and more to detoxing. However, no matter how simplistic the detox is, our body will respond and begin to release toxins. The more intense you go at this process, the more intense your symptoms will be. Why? Because in order to eliminate the deep held toxins, our body has to stir it up from the tissue it has been stored in and move it around to remove it. This stirring up is what you are feeling when you start, which causes you to develop headaches, nausea and various body aches.

The trick is to make sure that your body is first capable of eliminating clearly. Often we use things to stimulate our organs to dump toxins, but haven’t prepared our organs of elimination properly, so toxins get backed up causing us to literally feel crappy! Or we have asked our body to dump too quickly and we cannot handle the onslaught of toxins being released, again making us feel as bad as the toxins we are releasing.

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Start gently by doing all the simple steps I recommended on spring cleansing and detoxing. Ensure your elimination organs are prepared by using high multi-strain probiotics, getting good fiber like ground flax seeds and using a bentonite clay drink which will help your bowels. To prepare your kidneys, drink lots of warm lemon water daily, parsley, cilantro and chlorella.

Homeopathic remedies that help are: (Feel free to ask your local health food store clerk for help on the right remedies for you!)

  • Liver  – Chelidonium, Nux-Vomica, Lycopodium.
  • Kidney/Bladder –  Berberis, Benzoin Acid, Lachesis.
  • Bowels – Aloe, Sulphur, Alumina.

Last but not least, simply know that you will feel yucky initially when starting a detox. Know that this simply indicates that your body is toxic and this is a good idea. Stick with it and give yourself lots of support and rest during the first week or two. Eventually, you will begin to feel a whole lot better. Your digestion will improve, you will loose weight and gain energy physically and mentally!

Happy detoxing.

~Andrea

Hopefully you’ll feel like this litle guy after your detox! Photo from Westwrite.

 

Wholistic health care for skiers and snowboarders.

It may not be the greatest year for skiing or snowboarding in various locations around the North America. For those of you who have found the sweet spots for snow fall there are some great wholistic tips that will make your experience fuller and healthier.

As a skier and the mother of two teenagers ski racers, there are several things I would not head to the ski hill without.

1. A homotonic remedy (a remedy that is known to treat a specific trauma) to help clear and heal any kind of head or neck trauma. You can use any combination of hellaborus, Natrum sulphuricum, cimicifuga, and of course arnica the catch all for any bruising or trauma. Use at least in a 200 ch potency. Traumeel is a popular and readily available homotonic.

2. Shock or fear remedy. When you do happen to have an accident of some sort, you will be in shock after guaranteed. Aconite is the main shock remedy in homeopathy.

3. Protein bars that are healthy and nutritious. At the moment Cliff Bars are our favorite and in particular their chocolate mint! If you are on the hill and the sun is shining and the snow is just right you don’t want to stop to eat. So having something in your pocket that will allow you to spend a couple more hours on the hill instead of the chalet all the better.

4. Sunscreen and the other products to protect your skin from the sun and wind. There is nothing worse than heading home after a fabulous day on the hill only to realize that you did not protect your face from the wind, cold or sun. Clean sunscreens that I like are by Green Beaver and Mexitan. Lip balms such as Eco Lips are great and have a high enough SPF to keep you from burning, yet allow the healthy D vitamins in! If you have not protected yourself well enough and you do develop a sun or wind burn, and even frostbite, then creams with aloe, chamomile and lavender will help ease the pain. Homeopathic remedies like like Sol, Hypericum and Agaricus will help remove the damage and allow your body to repair itself fully.

How to Fix the Mid Winter Blues

Those of us experiencing winter right now in the northern hemisphere are finding it a rather unusual and grey season. We are getting snow one day, then rain a day or so later with very little sunshine in between to lighten our mood. When this happens even those of us who are not affected by SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder find it difficult to be happy!

Some tools to help us survive this dreary time of year is to find ways to bring light in to our lives.

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  1. Buy a full light spectrum light or bulb and be sure to use it for a half hour a day. You can buy full spectrum bulbs which look light blue at most home hardware stores. I generally prefer these bulbs and use them in my office and kitchen so I get this light all the time. 
  2. Make sure we are getting enough vitamin D during this time, take a minimum of 1-2000mg daily and more if you are struggling with your health. Don’t be afraid to talk to you local small health food store clerk to see and compare products on the self.
  3. Be sure to get a complete mineral source either via a liquid supplement like Rejuvinate,  Cell Food or Fulvic Acid Minerals.  You could try using Pink Himalayan Salt daily in your diet, which is a source of trace minerals and a healthier salt choice over iodized table salt.
  4. Essential fatty acids are a type of healthy oils and fats that help to make sure that we can generate energy. Good sources are high quality fish oils such as cod liver oil of krill oil, as well as flax oil for a plant source.
  5. Homeopathic remedies such as Aurum Metallicum or Sol will help bring light in to our emotional body at an energetic level keeping depression at bay!
  6. Finally be sure to get outside even in the dreariest day and take a nice brisk walk. Breath in the fresh air, feel the solid earth beneath your feet. Be aware of who you are and your place in the moment, and make the choice to enjoy that moment!
  7. If you feel you may need guidance or deeper healing this winter, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a consultation. www.wholistichealthcare.ca

In love and light,

Andrea