Your body can't heal if it's constantly fighting to remove the toxins it's burdened with each day. This is article shares how a detox can help you to finally heal! Read on for all the details.
When we suffer from chronic illness and autoimmunity it can be really easy to forget that our bodies want to be healthy. And I get it. When you wake up every day with pain, brain fog, or crippling fatigue, it can be hard to believe, and it can become pretty easy to convince yourself that you are your own body's mortal enemy.
As I've talked about on my podcast, in order to heal it's important to 1. change your mindset to one of gratitude for all of the things your body is doing right, and 2. start using variety of tools and techniques to support that healing. If this is resonating with you, it’s likely your body has come out of balance, and your goal with healing should be to bring that balance back.
Where detoxing comes in…
Your body can't heal if it's constantly fighting to remove the toxins it's been burdened with since you were born. These toxins come from the food you eat, the air you breathe, the water you drink, the soap you use to wash dishes… You get the picture.
Think about it like this. Your body is like a city with many departments, and the city has a budget. There's a river running through it that has been polluted for years or even decades. The gunk from the river is seeping into the soil and the drinking water. How can the people in the city expect to be healthy? The water supply needs to be cleaned (aka needs to detox), and then the budget can be used for things like paving roads and fixing parks (aka healing).
OK, detoxification is important. What's next?
Chances are, you've already started making changes to what you put in your body. You should be proud of yourself for taking that step. Giving up the pizza is hard at first. But I hate to break it to you: giving up the pizza is only the beginning. It's like telling the factories that they have to stop dumping waste in the river.
The next step is to start cleaning up the river. If you've read my blog before, you know that when I talk about detoxification I am not referring to 14-day liquid diets, water fasts, or anything like the detox programs you see promoted all over Instagram. Your body knows how to detoxify on its own, and your organs work hard to do it.
So, when you give it a little help with removing toxins, you free up your body’s “budget” so it can start working through the inflammatory processes that are causing your symptoms.
Remember, detox and healing is a process.
Lucky for you, I already have a bunch of approachable resources with easy ways to clean up your diet, shift to safer personal care products, and support your body's natural detoxification pathways. I also have a detoxification program that is set to launch in January 2019! (Click here to get more details on that.) For easy ways to start detoxing your home, check out Wellness Mama’s resources here.
Like I said before, there are no quick fixes here. If you’re serious about healing, detox should become as much a part of your routine as brushing your teeth. This isn’t about obsessing over every last ingredient or potentially toxic molecule you encounter in the world. This is about loving yourself, and giving yourself a little extra support to live the life you deserve.