Self-Care, Self-love, and Changing our Mindset- why these are crucial for healing

Self-Care, Self-love, and Changing our Mindset- Why these are crucial for healing

Self-care is a term that is growing in popularity lately and honestly there is good reason for it.  As people start healing from chronic illnesses, they are starting to realize the importance of actually caring for oneself properly in the process.  We start to realize that we have not been kind to ourselves, physically or mentally.  We’ve never been taught that it is ok to love oneself, nor how to actually do this.  I’ve put this post together because I think self-care, self-love, and changing our mindset are all incredibly important and these 3 things are all related.

Self-Care

Self-care comes in many forms.  It doesn’t have to be something time consuming or selfish.  It could be something you schedule for 5 minutes a day, or something that lasts for much longer just once a week. It could be something as simple as quiet time in a bath, or as complex as going on a trip.

Some ways to practice self-care:

  • Legs on the wall yoga pose (5-15 minutes)
  • Listening to music, dancing, watching a show that makes you happy, or reading a book
  • Write! If you love writing, start a blog, write a book, or just journal to get your feelings and thoughts out
  • Take a trip to a spa (there are a lot more out there that are committing to being organic/all-natural now!), or go for a hair cut, mani/pedi, hair dye (again, lots of options for natural dyes now)
  • A relaxing bath with either Epsom salts, dead sea salts, and/or unrefined sea salt
  • Find a healing protocol to start and stick with- HTMA is always my favorite to start with. And honestly, this isn’t just plug because we offer these. I truly feel like getting on a solid plan with someone that will help you along the way is one of the best self-care techniques you can use. We all need someone else to guide us and give us a plan on where to start.
  • Changing situations like a toxic job or a toxic person in your life
  • Walk in nature, even if it is only for 5-10 minutes. Or just do grounding- walk on the grass with your bare feet
  • Join groups of like-minded people to chat with, especially if you don’t have anyone in your life to speak with about what you are going through
  • Or the other end of the spectrum- start leaving groups if you are a part of too many. Many groups are full of drama, false information, or just add stress to your timeline if the info isn’t relevant to you anymore
  • Do yoga, Butekyo breathing, and other stress relieving activities
  • Find a hobby- this is something that tends to get pushed aside when we get sick.  Find something that you LOVE to do and try to do it daily, even if it is just 5 minutes. Painting, reading, learning instruments, learning languages, swimming, etc. The list is endless here. If you enjoy it, find a way to add it in.
  • Create goals for the future, both short and long term. Or make a list of reasons why you are healing yourself and things you would like to achieve once you are feeling up to it
  • Limit your social media exposure, or unfollow pages that stress you out!
  • Be silly! Laugh! Look at funny videos on YouTube, play with your kids, watch a funny movie you like- laughing truly is a medicine.
  • Say no if you need to. If you are not up to going out or keeping an engagement that you have made, you can say no. Don’t push yourself for others unless absolutely necessary
  • Check out my friend Lindsey’s post on her tips for Rest-Ober too for more self-care ideas.

Self-Love

I feel like this is different from self-care in many ways.  Self-care is the actual action of doing things that you know you need to do in order to heal and take care of yourself.  Self-love is accepting that you are worth the time and energy you’re putting into yourself.  You DESERVE self-care.  In a world where we are bombarded with messages that people are not thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, etc- it’s time to start realizing that WE are in control of how we view ourselves and outside opinions are not needed.  The moment we stop caring about how other people view us is the moment we can start appreciating ourselves for how we are.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t work on improving ourselves in various ways if you want to! If you want to lose weight, get more muscular, dye your hair, do your nails, learn a new language, go back to school, etc then go for it! But do it because it makes you happy and because you truly want to do it, not because others are telling you that you should. Be in control of yourself- mind, body, and soul.

Recently, this message has become even more near and dear to me thanks to a band I have found that has this same message.  Their last few albums have literally followed a timeline of how we can learn to love ourselves and how we can learn to speak for ourselves.  Over the last few months, I have really been focusing on my own self-love and healing from the emotional trauma I’ve dealt with in my life.  Finding this group has been an absolute blessing- I love music to begin with and it incredibly healing for me, so finding music with meaning that is created by a band that actually cares about their fans has been life changing to say the least.  If you want to check them out, this is their Youtube channel (and yes it is BTS- I’m sure many of you are starting to learn about them since they’ve actually been on many of our mainstream TV shows lately!).

I hope everyone has the strength to start loving themselves <3

Changing our Mindset

It can be hard to be positive when you are dealing with any sort of chronic illness. Trust me, I really understand.  Saying things like you’ll never heal, nothing ever works for you, you hate your body, you give up, etc aren’t helpful. The more you say these things, the more your body will believe them and the harder it can be to heal. If you need to release emotions as you heal, that is one thing.  That should be short lived and you should feel better afterwards.  It is the negativity 24/7, 365 that needs to be re-evaluated and changed.

I find that many people don’t even realize they are in a negative mindset until someone else points it out to them too.  So think about it- how do you speak to yourself? Are you constantly putting yourself down?  Angry that your body won’t cooperate? Taking your emotions out on others because of how frustrated you are?  Observe the way you think and act for a few days and start to make note about how you can change.

Instead of saying, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!” (something I used to say myself!) tell yourself, “I hear what my body is saying and I will try to do better to rest more when I can.”

Instead of, “I hate the way my body looks.”, say, “I understand I am going through a hard time right now. I will work on nourishing myself so and giving my body what it needs so that it can heal.”

Instead of focusing on the foods or supplements you cannot tolerate, focus on what you can tolerate.  Remind yourself that your body will heal and eventually you will be able to get rid of many intolerances.

Just observe your thoughts, words, and actions and see what you can do to start making them more positive. This is not an overnight change at all.  This change can take lots of patience and practice to put into effect. But the effort is well worth it as you retrain your mind to be more positive.

Remind yourself that this is temporary!

This is an especially important one to remember. It takes years, decades, or generations to build up these chronic illnesses. Throw in years of the SAD lifestyle, chronic stress, heavy metals, birth control pills, vaccines, etc and it is no wonder why so many people are dealing with adrenal exhaustion these days. It will take time for you to fully heal! The general rule of thumb is one month of healing for every year you have been sick. Just stay strong! You can allow yourself some time to experience the frustration, anger, and sadness but remember to pick yourself back up and keep on pushing!

A Breakdown on the Common Herbal Infusions

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A Breakdown on the Most Common Infusions:

Nettle Leaf:
Whole body tonic
Blood purifier and overall detox supporter (helps the kidneys, liver, lymph, etc)
Blood sugar regulator
Adrenal healer
Fixes the root issues that cause anemia
Balances calcium levels as it has the other main co-factors: mag, potassium, silica, etc
Most nutrient dense infusion overall
Anti-histamine
Can help significantly with detoxing estrogen
Only nutrient it is low in is sodium- so if it is needed, you can add a pinch of sea salt or some sole water

Chickweed:
Helps with dissolving things: cysts, tumors, fat cells, thickened mucus, and even bacteria.
Usually if one cannot tolerate nettles, they can do better with chickweed
Helps with healing exhaustion and can be helpful when recovering from surgery
Helps with absorbing minerals better
Helps with bladder issues, especially cystitis
Very nutrient dense: minerals- calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and potassium; and these vitamins: C, A (from carotenes), and B’s such as folate, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine.

Oatstraw:
Most magnesium rich infusion
Best for fast oxidizers that need more mag, or those that can actually tolerate magnesium
One of the most silica rich herbs (silica is helpful in heavy metal removal as well as hair, skin, and nail health)
Great for nervous system issues due to the content of mag and zinc
Helps with liver detox and supports the pancreas
Helps the cardiovascular system
Can also help those trying to wean off of nicotine and other addictions
well-known aphrodisiac

Red Raspberry Leaf:
Best herb for women (but can be used by anyone)
Helps with balancing hormones, especially related to copper imbalances
One of the best herbs for pregnant and nursing mothers
Can help to heal from fevers and diarrhea when ill
Uterine tonic, helps increase breast milk supply, balances menstruation (whether too heavy or too light)

Others:
~Comfrey Leaf (never the root!): called Bone-Knit because it helps to heal bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments; has zinc, B12, protein, beta carotene, tannins, trace minerals and more.
~Linden flowers- for the immune system; can help with colds and flus, and helps lungs and digestion
~Mullein leaf- good for lungs!
~Hawthorn berries, leaves, and flowers for heart health!

Making Infusions:
Steep one ounce (one cup) of dried herb in a quart of hot water for at least 4 hours- leaving it overnight is perfect. Strain the herbs and store the liquid in the fridge. Some reuse the herbs to make another quart or 2. Mason jars are perfect for making these infusions. Infusions will generally last about 2-4 days in the fridge after making them. If you find yours has gone a little bad, you can use it for any plants you might have or even a hair rinse after you wash your hair!

***Need the low and slow method for introducing nettles (or any other infusion) to your day? Start with just 1/4 cup of the dried herb in a quart of water instead of a full cup, and start with drinking just a 1/2 cup of that mix a day. Slowly work up to the full amount of nettles as you feel more comfortable with it!

I Personally use Frontier herbs for my infusions.  You can find most of them on Amazon.  Mountain Rose Herbs is another great source for herbs.  Nettles, Oatstraw, Chickweed, Red Raspberry Leaf

Read more about these infusions here.

The BEST Herbal Courses are at Herbal Academy

Herbal Academy Courses

Herbal Academy Courses are the best!

I have been in the natural health world for over 6 years now and I have pretty much been obsessed with herbs since the beginning. They have played a huge role in my own healing journey and they are so much stronger than we have ever been told to believe!  However, there are may horrible sources out there spewing out bad information on herbal remedies.  I prefer to learn from actual herbalists with years and decades of experience, which is why I chose to go with Herbal Academy to gain more knowledge.

Why Herbs?

Archaeological evidence apparently exists showing that medicinal plants have been used close to 60,000 years. Within the last 100 or so years, the FDA has claimed that herbs are unsafe and basically useless. I think it’s time to start using our heads and make decisions for ourselves on what is healthy and what is not.  In an age of chronic illness, gut and liver dysfunction, and super-bugs (thanks to overuse of antibiotics!), herbs are becoming a more popular option to treat health issues. Many people are going back to ancestral knowledge when it comes to health, nutrition, and even lifestyles.

Herbal Courses To Choose From

There are MANY courses to choose from on Herbal Academy. There are paths to chose for those that want to become a Clinical Herbalist or even to just gain enough knowledge to be able to safely use herbal remedies for your own family. There are courses for Wildcrafting and even an herbal self care course!

Right now, there is a back to school sale going on too so you can save up to 25% on most courses! Check those out here!

Learn all about Gut Healing with Sassy Holistics

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Gut healing the Sassy Holistics Way

So you’ve heard about leaky gut and you know that you want to start addressing this- but you’re not sure where to start.  I put together this course to cover ALL of the factors in gut health that I focus on for my own clients.

Without a healthy gut, we cannot heal from anything- period. It is the FIRST thing to look at with any chronic illness, and even kids these days are needing quite a bit of focus on the gut.

Until the end of August, you can get this course for only $75 with the coupon code GUTHEALTH at checkout.  You will get almost 2 hours of video content as well my notes on each topic for further research and reading.

If you really want to learn how to heal your gut the truly natural way, check it out! Learn at your own pace too! You can check out the curriculum info right on this page here, or you can check out my other course- learning HTMA with Sassy Holistics.

Happy gut healing!

Gut Bacteria Balancing- How being a Non-Secretor Can Impact your Health

How being a “Non-Secretor” Can Impact your Health

The truth about the microbiome and how it influences our overall health is a very huge topic these days.  There are SO many new products out there that claim to heal leaky gut and help with digestive health, but there can be a lot more to this issue than just taking a supplement. The gut/brain connection is HUGE as well- our gut speaks 9 times more to our brain than the brain speaks to the gut. That is a MASSIVE thing to keep in mind when we say that gut-brain connection is critical.

One of the biggest roadblocks is if if you are something called a “non-secretor”. In very basic terms, this means that if you have this gene you can potentially lack the ability to make a prebiotic called 2’FL which is needed to feed the good bacteria in our guts.

You can find out if you are a non-secretor with tests like 23&Me or Ancestry.com (although at this point, there is a lot of controversy about this type of testing since 23&me recently teamed up with pharma company Glaxo to use DNA to create new drugs. You can read about this here. At the end of the day, everyone just needs to make their own choices when it comes to stuff like this!).  These tests both show many different genes, and they show whether you have these genes or not.  The gene for the “non-secretor” is called FUT2.

From this site which has a lot of awesome info on this issue: “Research shows that 20% of the population is +/+ or homozygous for the FUT2 “non-secretor” gene.

 

****Remember though- just because we HAVE this, it does not mean that we are definitely dealing with the issues or that it has to be a lifelong problem.  Our environment is what triggers these genes to turn on and off-our genes are NOT our destiny and we should not be treating our genes Most people likely have issues with holding onto good bacteria whether or not they have the FUT2 gene, especially because of the overuse of antibiotics over the last several decades. *************

With that in mind, these days I am trying to do more for helping the good bacteria stick better instead of just adding them in.  I think probiotics have their place when needed, but in reality they can be more of a crutch as most of them do not really help the good stuff to stick better.   I try to do things that help heal the body more in the long term so that we don’t get dependent on taking supplements forever.

Fixing this Issue

1) Clean up your diet– this is the first step hands down.  Eat as clean as you can and avoiding glyphosate should be the most important aspect.  There is not *one* perfect diet for everyone, but I do have general diet recommendations for everyone.  Also, not everything needs to be organic, but I have tips on the things I would really recommend trying to buy organic here.

2) Heal your gut in entirety– This means not just focusing on the bacteria side of things- we need to work on stomach acid, bile flow, gut lining, and more. The colon itself will be very important– if you have a lot of old gunk built up, then there is no way for the good bacteria to truly proliferate. Get that whole GI tract in order. Check out my main gut healing post here for ideas.

3) Work on the bacteria- I use supplements like Restore and the gut healers from Bioray (Cytoflora (strongest), Belly Mend (for sensitive adults and teens), and Belly Balance{for kids}).  Fermented foods are best if tolerated- small amounts is all that is needed too:  Only 1-2 Tablespoons of sauerkraut or other veggies, one serving of kefir or kombucha, etc. We don’t need excessive amounts.  If fermented foods aren’t tolerated, then probiotics might be the best option until tolerance is up.  Prescript Assist, Just Thrive, and Garden of Life are among the most popular among my clients.

The biggest takeaway is that fixing this issue isn’t much different then what we all should be doing anyway: eating clean, healing our gut, and working on the good gut bacteria.   But it can be something that explains why regular gut healing plans might not be working for you. 

 

Resources and more reading:

FUT Genes and Leaky Gut

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0020113

 

Buying a New House? Three Tests You NEED to Do First By Denise Brusveen, MS

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Buying a New House? Three Tests You NEED to Do First: Guest Post By Denise Brusveen, MS

Buying a new house can be so exciting! Maybe you’re getting that little slice of heaven in the country or a bigger house that you can spread out in or you’re moving to a more convenient location or moving for a job change. No matter what the reason, sometimes it can be easy to get swept up in the excitement once you think you’ve found your dream home, and you just HAVE to have it at all costs. Don’t let that excitement cloud your judgement though, or you could be paying for it in big ways down the road – with your health.

When buying a house, almost all lenders require an inspection, and that’s a good thing! Even if yours doesn’t, GET AN INSPECTION ANYWAY. Those inspectors can find the tiniest faults that you might laugh at for how miniscule they are. But they can also find big flaws too, which can allow you to back out of the deal or require the seller to pay to fix in order to move forward. You don’t want to figure out these problems down the road when they’ve caused your health to suffer and the entire cost to fix them falls squarely on you.

These are the tests you NEED to do before purchasing your home. Your inspector may offer a package where they’re included. But if not, get them on your own:

Radon

I see so many clients with high uranium on their HTMA. This is a sign that there is radon exposure. The top two sources of exposure are in the home through cracks in the foundation, up through the sump pump, etc. or through the drinking water. You can get radon test kits like this one for pretty cheap. If it comes back high, you’ll want to have that fixed. Typically this involves sealing all cracks in the foundation, covering the sump pump if there is one, and installing a PVC pipe either from the sump pump or a hole cut into the foundation that vents out the side or the roof of the house.

Doesn’t sound cheap does it? It’s not. In my area, the cost is around $750. So being able to require the seller to install that before moving in is ideal.

Water (if on a private well)

The water has the potential to contain heavy metals, bacteria, pesticides,and more. If anything comes back at a concerning level, then you’ll be able to ask the sellers to install an acceptable water filtration system or credit you some money so that you can put it toward installing one of your own. You’d want a whole house filter because I have worked with clients who know that they have high levels of certain heavy metals in their water and have a filter on their kitchen faucet. That’s not always enough though because you bathe and shower in that same water source. And with your skin being your body’s largest organ, you can imagine how much of that nasty stuff your skin can absorb.

If you’ve got children under two years old or are pregnant, some states offer free water testing. Even if you have to pay for it though, it’s still going to be cheaper in the long run to be proactive rather than dealing with the negative consequences to your health down the road plus paying for the cost of the filter at that time.

Mold

This is something many people assume you can see or that only affects older homes, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are MANY different types of mold and they couldn’t care less about the age of your home! Some thrive in damp environments while other types are found in perfectly dry air. Not only that, but mold can lurk in places that would be impossible to see by walking through the house. A home builder local to me recently explained that most homes are built in such a way that allows rain to seep behind the plastic wrap that is put on houses, which causes mold to grow underneath windows, between the drywall and outside of the house. One of the most common places IN the actual house is behind and/or under showers or bathtubs. There is no way to see this without ripping those things out.

So what’s the big deal if it’s not out in the open? Well, it doesn’t really matter if it’s out in the open. It can still be in your air. And about 25% of the population is genetically susceptible to mold illness. Even people who aren’t genetically susceptible can suffer health consequences. This can not only be devastating on their health, but depending on where the mold is in the house, it could be devastating financially as well if it’s in a place that’s impossible or very difficult to remediate. Some people are forced to leave their moldy home behind even. A test called an ERMI test prior to purchasing could save you not only your health but a lot of money and headaches down the road if you detect mold and can back out before it’s too late. This is one example of a great company for testing.

Putting these contingencies in your offer is a smart move to protect your wallet and your health. Spending that $500-1000 now could save you tens of thousands of dollars and your health down the road. What’s the worst that’s going to happen? You’ll be out $1000, and they don’t find anything wrong? The many clients I work with who have moved or are in the process of remediating their homes now due to these issues would agree that this would have been a far smaller price to pay up front.

Don’t let the excitement of the prospect of that new house get the best of you. Don’t skip these tests.

Brain Fog Helpers- Give me my brain back!

Where did my brain go?! Why Brain Fog is so common these days so what we can do about it?

Brain fog! Ugh. I hate it. (Yes I know we shouldn’t say “hate” but if I had to pick the worst symptom I’ve ever dealt with, brain fog is definitely at the top of the list). There are sooo many reasons why we deal with brain fog so I’m just going to go over the most common reasons, especially according to what I’ve observed in my own clientele through the last few years.

Adrenal Exhaustion

“Adrenal fatigue” is a trendy term these days. In reality, the adrenals are a part of the HPA axis so we should be saying “HPA axis dysfunction”. You can read my entire post on this here for the full story. Basically, this really IS something that many people are dealing with these days.  It’s much more complex than just taking a supplement though- it involves many nutrients and many systems of the body to heal. This is why we have a whole body approach here at Sassy Holistics– nothing is ever in isolation in the body! When it comes to brain fog, it can be a symptom of adrenal issues because the body is so stressed just trying to function and we lose a lot of physical and mental energy overall.

Infections

Chronic infections are on the rise.  People are starting to realize that their decades of chronic illness have been caused by infections such as Lyme, EBV, or even parasites.  During the last Lyme Summit that was done, one of the speakers mentioned that having a chronic infection has the same effect on the body as constantly running a marathon- there is NO rest until you can start working on calming things down.  So this takes a toll on the body itself and can cause an increase in brain fog.  Also, the toxins that these infections can emit (especially when dying off) can make this issue so much worse.

Gut Issues

It’s often said that the gut is the second brain.  Our gut is usually the biggest thing to put a focus on when you are starting on your healing journey. Most people are dealing with low stomach acid, poor nutrient utilization, a leaky gut lining, sometimes even gut inflammation, and an imbalance in gut bacteria.  There are many aspects to gut healing and they are all crucial to keep in mind.

Sluggish Detoxification

When we think “detox” we really need to stop thinking of those 3 day cleanses at the health food store. We are always in a constant state of detox, and a lot of energy goes into proper detoxification.  If we are overloaded with toxins, we cannot get them out, period!  They can recirculated in the body and the brain is often a victim when this is going on. Work on liver, lymph, kidneys, gut, colon, and skin as a whole detox focus- they are ALL important.

Sleeping Issues

I feel like this one is a no-brainer (haha, pun intended! Not funny? OK sorry 😉 ). No sleep= no overall energy.  Sleep can be messed up because of any of the above issues. Healing these issues can help to get sleep back on the right track. Here is my main post on fixing circadian rhythm, and my post on 25+ sleep crutches.

How to heal brain fog naturally

We are huge proponents for biochemical individuality. Everyone is different so there is not “one” supplement that will help with one specific symptom, even if they are advertised for that symptom/health issue. These are some of the main things we have seen that has helped with people to get their brain function back though!

  • Belly Mend (or Cytoflora)- this is one of our favorite gut healers, but it does have a pretty amazing effect on healing that gut/brain connection.
  • MCT Oil– We all know about how amazing coconut oil is, but MCT oil tends to be easier to utilize and can have a pretty quick effect on physcial and mental energy levels. I LOVE Perfect Supplements’ MCT oil– 100% organic (and sustainable) coconut MCT oil (they let us use the SASSY code for 10% off your whole order too!!). Fats are essential for brain health, and MCT oil is one the best ways to get some easy to utilize fats.
  • Gut Healing–what more can I say on this one? We need our gut to be working in order to heal from anything, so this is often the best first step to consider.
  • Working on Infections- this is definitely a complex statement because there is no one approach to these infections.  It depends on the pathogen, the strength of your whole body, your budget, etc. Lots of variables. This is my main post on how I would approach an infection (and it is what I am currently doing to address the underlying infections I have found).  Binders can be a huge helper too, especially if you are throwing something like mold exposure into the mix. Activated charcoal, Cellcore’s Bioxtoxin Binder, and this Takesumi are among the most helpful binders out there.
  • HTMA– We try to tailor our plans to your personal needs as much as we can. As the whole body heals, all symptoms can start to heal. Brain fog tends to get better as adrenal strength improves and as detoxification ability is restored.

 

 

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New from Bioray: Good to Go and Get Sleepy!

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New BIORAY products!?!?

Most of you know how much I love Bioray, so I’m always excited when they do something new. They recently dropped 2 new products that I just wanted to mention! Good to Go and Get Sleepy!

For those that aren’t familiar with Bioray, here is a little background:

BioRay is one of my absolute favorite herbal companies. BioRay has been around for about 25 years. They use a mixture of ancient Chinese medicine and modern science to formulate their products. They make their products in small batches and use only organic ingredients.

I’ve been using and recommending Bioray products for about 3 years now,  and I did have the chance to become an affiliate a year ago when they started their program. I see such huge changes with Bioray products for my clients and with my own family- I truly believe in them and I appreciate a company that can supply the science behind their products.  They work well in tandem with our HTMA protocols as well.

So what are these new products?

We’re got Good to Go, which is basically the stronger version of the NDF Pooper that already exists for kids. Get Sleepy is the stronger version of the NDF Sleepy.

Good to Go and Get Sleepy are for adults and teens- they are part of the “Daily Line” which are basically double the strength of the kids’ version.

Both of these are recommended more for an “as needed” basis.  If these are needed for more than 7-10 days, then it is recommended to look into the liver support tinctures offered (Calm, Liver Lover, or Liver Life). Chronic constipation and sleep issues can both be linked to a dysfunctional liver.  Liver healing can take quite a while so as it heals we sometimes need extra support for symptoms like constipation or insomnia.

These specific issues are definitely common during the healing process, and even more so when we detox.  When detox is struggling, the last thing we need is a colon that is backed up!  I do have some general ideas here for making sure that your colon is moving effectively, but I’m glad to have another nice and easy option (and effective! I’ve actually tried it myself already!).

Sleep is often one of the hardest things to fix too so we often need sleep crutches as our minerals rebalance so that we can start getting the rest we need to really heal.

So there you have it! A breakdown on the new Bioray tinctures- and don’t forget that you can use the code SASSY at checkout for 10% off! : )

Other Bioray products I love:

Belly Mend, Liver Life, CALM, Belly Balance, Mind Zeal, and more. You can read about these here!

Healing Chronic Underlying Infections- Why You can’t just ATTACK!

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Healing Chronic Underlying Infections

Infections are a hot topic these days.  And for good reason- they ARE incredibly common. Nearly every one of my clients has something going on underlying- Lyme, EBV, parasites, and yeast overgrowth are among the most common.  Once we realize that these problems can be playing a huge role in our health issues, it is only natural to want to “fight” them and start working on the offensive to get rid of them. However, this is NOT always the best idea.

How we get these infections

So why exactly are these chronic forms of infections so common?  There are so many reasons! The most obvious ones are that we grow up in a toxic environment with a really crappy diet, lots of stress, and we have been taught such a backwards way to look at health thanks to conventional medicine.  We can also inherit these issues while in the womb which is probably the most troubling of all!

Candida:  Overuse of antibiotics, birth control use, and imbalanced diets can all be causes of Candida overgrowth.  The most common culprit that is blamed is excessive sugar intake with CAN be a contributor- but this doesn’t meant that going sugar free will heal you from Candida.  I’ve known many people that stayed on sugar-free diets for YEARS just to keep symptoms at bay- and that is literally all it does. It keeps symptoms at bay without solving any of the underlying issues.

Candida is especially related to a copper imbalance, just like a majority of the things we’re talking about in this post. You can read more about Candida specifically here.

EBV: Epstein-Barr virus is one of the most common chronic infections we come across.  A large majority of the population has been exposed to it and for generally healthy people it can stay dormant in the body.  But for many, EBV can be reactivated for various reasons- relentless stress going on in life, a major traumatic event, pregnancy, etc.  If you have had strep throat or mono in your life, then that would be the biggest indication that you are a carrier of EBV but many people with EBV didn’t have these specific occurrences. EBV can also be passed on in the womb like the other infections we’re talking about in this post. You can read my full post on EBV here.

Lyme and Co: Lyme tends to have many components to it as its rarely alone.  Lyme is mostly known for its association with tick bites but in reality you can contract Lyme from ticks, spiders, mosquitoes, fleas, and any other biting insect. I know- it’s a bit overwhelming to think that Lyme or its common co-infections can come from anywhere.  I have my whole Lyme post here for those that want to read more.

Parasites:  Parasites are a lot more common than you would think.  Most people are told that they are very rare in first world countries, but in reality we have become the perfect host for things like this thanks to our terrible lifestyles.  Parasites also tend to be just one part of the picture- they are rarely alone in the body so they are very common to find with any of the above infections as well. You can read all about parasites here.

Parasites, viruses, bacteria, and heavy metals all love to stay together in the body- this is one of the biggest reasons why I believe we need to work on healing the HOST first, not so much the individual issues!

Where to Start your Healing

If you have any or all of the above infections, please keep this important information in mind: healing the terrain is MORE important than directly attacking the infection, especially at first. We have to work on getting strength up in the body before it can physically handle detoxing pathogens of any kind.  I have seen some practitioners say they won’t even touch detox until at least a year of basic healing- and I am apt to agree with them.  Even if we’re starting to feel better and then decide to go on the “attack” it might not be time yet and you can bring yourself right back to square one.  I have seen countless times that once the body is ready to start working on heavy stuff it will just start without any massive prodding.

This means basic foundational care:

  • Clean up your diet– Get rid of the junk! Processed foods, soda, coffee (at least switch over to organic, low-mold brands if you don’t want to give it up completely), and refined carbs.  Not everything has to be organic, but I really encourage everyone to just do their best.  Meats, dairy, and any grains that are consumed are best organic.  This post outlines a bit of what I think is most important to get organic and why.
  • Assess your Minerals– The most common pattern I am seeing lately with a chronic infection is a higher calcium level with a potassium level that just will not budge (or tanks often). Minerals are at the absolutely base of our foundation- without them, we cannot function. As you get your minerals balanced, it will be easier for your body to handle the pathogens as well.  A copper imbalance is one of the MOST important aspects to address when there is any kind of infection. Bioavailable copper helps with keeping viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites under control. When it goes rogue then we can really have a giant issue with these infections!
  • Heal your gut– Without sufficient stomach acid and bile flow, we cannot utilize our nutrients.  Our gut is also an incredibly important part of the immune system. In fact, when we have “leaky gut”, the toxins that are going through that gut lining actually make their way into the lymph system! This is just another huge reason why we need to respect our bodies as wholes- everything is connected.
  • Work on your detox pathways– Liver, Lymph, Colon, Kidneys, Skin- we try to assess the most important things to start with once we see a person’s HTMA. Sometimes we need more adrenal healing before even thinking about detox support.
  • Start supporting your adrenals– Again, I love HTMA as it can tell us the exact state of your adrenals.  This is one of the most important parts of foundational care.  If your adrenals are stressed out or completely exhausted then there should be more of a focus on healing them first before even thinking about detoxing anything.
  • Clean up your environment– This can be a rough one because there is only so much that we can control.  Just do your best in your home!  Deodorant, makeup, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, etc are just some examples of things that tend to be big offenders for toxins that can mess with our liver function, and they can have very negative impacts on our endocrine function. Learn more here!
  • Work on emotional trauma- This is something I have had to learn the hard way myself.  Emotional trauma from past abuse is something that can stick with us until we’re ready to deal with it.  This can become a constant stress on the body which can suppress the immune system.  If the immune system is suppressed, it will be impossible to heal from any chronic infection, period.  Things like homeopathy, acupuncture, EMDR, Reiki, and EFT are among the most popular methods to use to start healing from emotional trauma. My big list of ideas is here.

 

So as you can see, there is a LOT that should be set up in place before attacking infections.

I can’t even believe the amount of “natural” docs and practitioners that actually advise their clients to start on a major detox protocol right off the bat.  This might work for some people, but many people will CRASH with this method.  When we give the body the tools it needs, it can start to work on things in its own time.  I have seen this countless times with my own clients. Start with the foundation, and regain your strength first.  Work with someone that makes sense to you as well- if you don’t feel good with an attack protocol, then listen to your body and find a different method!