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The Hows, Whats and Whys of Cleansing and Detoxing

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I know you’ve heard these words before.

Are you a little tempted to try it?

Do you wonder about it?

Cleansing has become very popular lately.  Popular and controversial.  There has not been a lot of research or study on colon cleansing so there is no empirical data or ironclad answer.  Some doctors say steer clear because it is unnecessary and dangerous and others prescribe it as a way to unclog your pipes and flush away the toxins.

WHY?

If you eat a lot and only eliminate once a day or worse (LESS!!!!) then you are not getting rid of all that is going in!  If we are clogged up (even with a healthy diet) then we get sick.  Our colon gets crusted over from eating meat, dairy, breads, processed foods, cakes, candy and bad fat.  It is just gross, think of all the fried foods and weight you are still carrying around with you and what is building on it.

The intestine draws in needed nutrients for the body and if your intestines are not able to get the nutrients, your food is wasted.  If food doesn’t move easily through the intestines, then it starts to build up and we become constipated, cramped, gain weight, become depressed and our immune system quits working and we ultimately become sick.

Are you depressed?  Has your doctor ever prescribed colonic treatment as a cure?  I doubt it!  Our belly has serotonin receptors, the build up and sickness in our belly can cause depression.

If you are not convinced by now that you need to clear some of the goo away, there is more.  Our stomach produces mucus to guard against acids, this is healthy.  It is when we continually eat McDonalds and Burger King that we overproduce the stuff and it all gets clogged up…ick.

Along with eliminating daily waste, our body has the job to defend itself against toxins.  The normal detoxification process is pretty amazing:

  • Toxins enter the blood.
  • Antioxidants grab them and neutralize them and move them to the liver.
  • The liver takes the toxins and gives the antioxidants back to circulate.
  • The liver neutralizes and either eliminates the toxins either through feces, sweat or urine or it turns the toxin into a more toxic compound.

It is the hormones, artificial flavoring and coloring that are added to processed foods that causes the liver to turn the toxins into bigger and badder toxins.  Eating a diet fresh and whole, along with avoiding the type of toxins we breathe in will help to eliminate #3 from happening.  By taking in all these toxins, we create a problem that our body was not designed to deal with.

So, by now you should be convinced that our bodies need help.

HOW

There are different ways to detox and cleanse your body.  Some are very natural, non controversial and extremely healthy.  Some may seem extreme and others are simple.  How you choose to cleanse is important.

Different cleansing aids:

  • Eat clean
  • Wheatgrass
  • Green Juices & Green Vegetables
  • Apples
  • Garlic
  •  Lemons, Limes and Oranges
  •  Omega 3 Oils
  •  Green Tea
  • Mung Beans
  • Take enzymes
  • Food combining
  • Probiotics
  • Enemas
  • Colon irrigation (professional)
  • Magnesium
  • Kits with powders and potions

On Enemas and Colon Cleansing

This is the controversial part.  The Mayo Clinic says “don’t do it”.  However, colon cleansing is prescribed more and more by doctors looking for a more holistic approach to wellness.

If you are planning to do an enema or colon cleanse, go to a good and well-trained colon hydro therapist.

Colon cleansing could possibly have an effect on the nervous system.  The reflexes in the bowel affect the nervous system. There is no debate that a lot of symptoms that are caused by being constipated can be relieved with colon therapy.

Colon cleansing can be achieved with processed powders and liquid potions. You take some supplements used for colon cleansing by mouth or through the rectum.  These products help the colon to expel its contents.  There is no evidence that they have any long term benefit of building immunity or repairing the body’s systems.

Colon cleansing with colon irrigation. The irrigation works like an enema. There is no odor or discomfort if you have a good hydro therapist. You lay down on a table and a low-pressure pump or a gravity-based reservoir flushes several gallons of water through a small tube inserted into your rectum.  The therapist sits with you the entire time.  After a while, the therapist might massage your belly to loosen things up a little.  This process comfortably flushes the fluid and waste through.  It usually takes about an hour.  Most colon hydro therapists suggest regular visits.  Maybe once a month for a while and then progressing to once every other month. You should always drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration after as well as taking probiotics to restore good bacteria and wheatgrass (and because I think you should have wheatgrass with everything!)

Many doctors say your digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste material and bacteria — your body doesn’t need colon cleansing to do this.

Those who like colon cleansing, think that toxins cause many health problems, like arthritis, allergies and asthma. They believe a colonic or a colonic irrigation —removes toxins and strengthens your immune system.

You are the only one who can decide whether this type of cleansing is right for you.

You should not use colonics if you have Crohn’s disease, IBS, acute diverticulitis, pregnancy, or diarrhea or if part of your colon has been removed.

Interested in doing a whole-foods, elimination diet?  We love this one!  You’ll eat real food, feel full, gain energy, lose weight and clear up skin issues!  http://www.holisticwellnessforwomen.com

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

Prayer, Thoughtfulness, Meditation

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There are a lot of people who live day to day and without a real purpose.

Are you one of those people? Ask yourself and answer honestly. No judgment, just curiosity.

We just do what we are supposed to do and want for more.

Many people just don’t see that there is something deeper and more meaningful to life.  We try to be the prettiest we can be, with a good body, nice hairstyle, the biggest television, a grand home and fancy cars.  We are always wanting more.  Instead of looking at the exterior things, we would be wise to look inside ourselves. 

 

“The accouterments of life were so rich and varied, so elaborated, that almost no place at all was left for life itself. Each and every accessory was so costly and beautiful that it had an existence above and beyond the purpose it was meant to serve – confusing the observer and absorbing attention.”
― Thomas Mann

Prayer and meditation not only bring you closer to God, they provide health benefits.  In tests, people who prayed (meditated) for a minimum of two weeks not only showed reduced stress but they also had a stronger immune system, better sleep, a better heart rate and lower blood pressure.   In addition to this, the test subjects also had better mental capacity with an improved memory and better test performance.

When you add spiritual actions like forgiveness and gratitude, your mind becomes clearer and more open to growth and prayer.

Meditation is not exclusively an Eastern spiritual tradition, like some people think.  Going back to the earliest of times, it is a Christian and Jewish tradition as well.  Meditation has something to offer all beliefs.  Instead of chanting Hindu mantras, you simply pray as you would in church, just not as a community, as a simple communication between you and God.

There are many scientific studies that show that beyond the physical and spiritual benefits of praying, there are measurable results as well.  In the tests, a group of people prayed for things like fungus not to grow.  The results showed that the fungus actually did have growth that was retarded.  There have even been tests where they measured the results of prayer on healing that showed positive results.  There have also been studies that show just the opposite.  The studies themselves are not perfect, in that they can’t cover everything.   They may be able to measure number of participants and results.  They can not measure intent, expectation or divine intervention.

Prayer needs to be an act of faith, without expectation of results.

There is a lot of power when people come together to pray.  Praying with others offers further support and a deeper sense of community.  Whether you are praying together in a church, synagogue or mosque, it is beautiful; they pray loudly, they sing loudly and they do the cute little hand gestures while they sing with their whole heart and soul.  If you ever wonder about the power of group prayer this is where you can feel it without doubt.

 

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

The Importance of Organizing Your Home and Preventing Clutter

Today we begin a series on organizing your home.  There have been many studies that show that visual complexity has an effect on our feelings.  The following diagram illustrates the results.

We as humans have a tendency to react to sensory stimulation.  Sensory information comes from sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.  Any of our five senses can be over-stimulated.  The important thing to understand in your home is our stimulation threshold.  That is how much is too much or not enough.  It is important to reach a healthy balance.

We as humans are limited to the amount of information we can process at one given time.  We can experience overload in a cluttered space.  This overload causes stress.  The tricky part is that we all have different thresholds. Under-stimulation can cause anxiety.  If we have been living in an environment with high stimulation, then we may have adapted and enjoy the arousing and pleasurable environment.  At that moment it would take a lot of stimulation to over-stimulate us.

If we are over-stimulated in our workplace, we will probably relax better in a home that has less visual complexity.  If our career has us in a very sterile environment, we may look for more complexity to offer intellectual and spiritual stimulation.

People with attention deficit disorders will not have the same threshold as a person who requires less time to understand and retain information.  There is also research and theory that an effortless attention can restore the capacity to pay attention.  The best example of this would be to draw ourselves to nature in our surroundings.

If you want to determine if you have a high threshold for visual complexity, look at the following homes.  Which one are you drawn to?

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The first has a good deal of visual stimulation.  The second blends with the environment and would offer less visual stimulation.

There are many elements that add visual stimulation to a space.  “Stuff” is one of our bigger problems. From kids’ toys, mom’s books, dad’s video games… These all add to visual complexity when left out.  Furniture, accessories, window treatments and wall hangings as well as lighting can add to visual complexity.

Now that we have looked at the importance of balance, we will offer solutions in achieving visual balance by eliminating clutter. (Stay tuned!)

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com


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