Let’s talk poop.
OK, only sorta kidding.
Have you guys heard of toxic buildup? We’re exposed to millions of toxins over our lifetime, many of those in our food and medicines. Our bodies are able to process and excrete some of them, but much of it remains stored up in our fat, organs and digestive systems. Many experts think now that 70-80% of our immune system is in our digestive tract, so we want to keep it in good shape! Also when our digestive tract gets clogged up, we aren’t able to get all of the nutrients from our food. All of this can lead to a huge list of diseases, but also just a tired, sluggish, headachy mama.
How many of us wonder why we feel so tired all of the time? Even right after we wake up! Do you have symptoms the doctors can’t explain, but just gave you a pill for? Maybe you’re like me and have a digestive system that just won’t function like its supposed to and you don’t know how to fix it.
I started reading Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils yesterday, and was so enthralled I stayed up until midnight to finish it. I thought it would be about emotions and essential oils, but it was so much more! It was by a woman who has used Young Living Essential Oils for years in her Functional Medicine practice to help people cleanse their bodies, and find healing for a HUGE host of illnesses.
I’ve read about cleansing, and how important it is. But I’ve never really understood how you do it. And frankly, I’ve been afraid because whenever I go off of sugars and wheat and caffeine and all the yummy things I know are bad for me, I immediately feel like I’m going to die. And I’m a total bitch. I mean a for reals, scary one.
This makes me less than inclined to start out on a cleanse when I have no idea what I’m doing or if it will do anything besides make everyone around me miserable.
But people, I was inspired last night. I think this is something we can do!
She says there is an order you should cleanse your body. First you need to start with the colon, because if your colon isn’t moving toxins out of your body, when you release them from other parts of the body they’ll get trapped and stored up here and make you potentially very sick. So, first step- we need to become pooping super stars.
Side story- when I was really sick and they couldn’t figure out why, I had a colonoscopy. I had all the oscopies, but I digress. They told me I had a lot of build up in my colon and I needed to get rid of it. Then sent me on my way. Umm, ok, but how??? I just had diarrhea for a day straight to have this awful scope stuck up my butt- and that didn’t clear it out?! I had absolutely no idea how, so I just kinda moved on. But now I feel like I have the tools to tackle this!
I’m going to get into great detail (possibly too much..) on the how in my next post, so hang with me! In a nutshell you drink lots of water, take some supplements that not only get you pooping, they gently scour the walls of your colon to break down and flush out the years of buildup. Getting your body moving is also a great help. I was actually surprised by how simple her regimen was. It really feels doable!
So first we become colon cleansed super poopers. Next she recommends doing a yeast cleanse if you need it. We all have bacteria in our gut and there is meant to be a balance between the good and bad bacteria, with the good bacteria being in charge. Most of us because of our western diet and use of antibiotics have a gut where the bad bacteria are the Dictators. They call the yeast overgrowth in our gut Candida. There is a lot of great info out there on this. I was able to get tested at my naturopath for candida, and you guessed it, I have it going on. The list of possible symptoms for Candida is huge- IBS, chronic infections, brain fog, fatigue, depression, hormone imbalance, fungal growth on skin, headaches, allergies, compromised immune function are the short list. The bad bacteria feed off of sugars and simple carbs, so the gist of this cleanse is to feed the good guys with Probiotics, and starve the bad guys through a clean diet with no sugars. I’ll go into more detail when I get to that phase.
Next is the kidney cleanse (if you need it). She shows how to flush the kidneys using essential oils, a lot of water and extra supplements if needed.
Then she does the Master Cleanse. This reminds me of a juice cleanse. You are basically giving your body a rest for 10 days and helping it eliminate and flush out a ton of toxins from all over the body. I’m not going to get into the details of how right now. Basically you drink a spicy lemonade drink for 10 days and let your body do its thing.
NOW you’re ready to cleanse that amazing organ, the liver. I 100% know my liver does not function properly, and I’m the kind of soul who like to jump ahead to the juicy part. But she convinced me to do it in the proper order. If the colon and kidneys aren’t functioning properly you could make yourself pretty sick trying to cleanse the liver too soon when the toxins have no way out.
The liver is ugly as hell, but its a truly amazing organ. It handles over 50,000 chemical functions in the body. It cleanse and filters the blood; metabolizes fats, sugars and proteins; breaks down and clears out toxins; produces enzymes and bile to digest food; and helps regulate hormone productions and cholesterol. The best way to cleanse the liver is to fast. But since none of us probably want to fast for 40 days, she gives some other options. First, the Master Cleanse helps get things started. She recommends next doing a juice fast, or eating raw fruits and veggies that are easy to digest, along with some essential fatty acids like cold pressed oils (she gives you a list). She also has an awesome and very detailed protocol of essential oils and supplements that will help make the process go smoother and more efficient.
I feel like this is the right time for me to do this! I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I want to get all this crap out of me (do you see what I did there? 😉 ). It’s not a million dollars, and it sounds like something I can do. At least the colon cleanse. I feel like if I just take it one step at a time, I just might actually do this! Colon cleanse first. I can take some supplements and drink my water. I already have gotten myself actually exercising the last two weeks.
What do you say friends? Who else is ready to decide its time to take back their bodies and their health with me? We totally got this!
I highly highly recommend this awesome book! It’s called Inner Transformation Using Essential Oils by Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff. Jump over to Amazon and read it for yourself, then tell me in the comments what you think! Click here for the link. And I would love to know who thinks they’re up for this. I’m all about doing things in community and supporting each other on our journeys. Together, we got this!