REBOOTING YOUR HEALTH : Revive Your Body’s Amazing Abilities

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Holistic health strategies, like lifestyle medicine address the root causes of disease and symptoms. The human body came equipped with efficient innate abilities that when working properly, will not only protect you from pathogens and environmental threats, but also fight disease.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, Greek Physician (460BC-377BC)

Like a computer, for optimum operation, the body and brain require ongoing undisrupted surveillance and communication to effectively detect and respond to threats. When your computer stops functioning optimally you can do a ‘reboot’ or ‘system restore’. Holistic health strategies help your body to naturally reboot and system restore; allowing your body to return to functioning as intended in God’s pre-programmed factory default settings.

reboot definition:

  • to start up again after closing or shutting down to boot up again waiting for a computer/program to reboot
  • to start (something) anew to refresh (something) by making a new start or creating a new version 
  • to start anew to make a fresh start 
Daily exposure to toxins in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat and the products we absorb through our skin, hair and nails results in an ongoing circulation of these disrupting forces as our body attempts to detoxify them. Even if your body has efficient detoxification pathways, this ongoing flood of toxins can disrupt normal communication, surveillance and responses while your body is working hard to detox them. This is an even more of a health challenge for little ones and pregnant moms. The human body was not designed to function with an ongoing level of toxic, disrupting body pollution. Think about how a virus affects the normal operation of your computer.  You need to eliminate the virus for the disruptions to stop and normal computer function to resume.  A steady wash of toxins in your body also causes ongoing disruptions and compromised functioning. Ongoing effective detoxification like that provided with the two step detoxification strategy below allows all of the body’s normal productions (internal pharmacy), functions (immunoresponse) and other amazing abilities to work as originally designed.

 

I recommend a two step detoxification process to limit the ongoing internal disruption caused by toxins, a crucial step to ‘reboot’ your body’s natural, amazing abilities:

 

Step #1 – Stop adding to the body’s detoxification load and body pollution. This can be accomplished by ‘greening’ your environments, diet, personal care products, symptom relief options and cleaning products.

Step #2 – Eliminate your present body/mind pollution by promoting the body’s natural detoxification pathways effectiveness using a variety of body detoxification strategies and aids.

Regardless of what your health challenges are, this two step process if the place to start for health recovery and reboot.  Get started today using holistic health strategies which will naturally reboot your body’s naturally functioning and amazing abilities.  You can find more holistic health strategies and expanded detoxification aids and recipes, including botanical spa therapy in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation. 

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Wishing you restored health and healthy longevity so that you can fully focus on living your life and the pursuit of meaningful goals!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour.

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Although the holiday season may not be the most receptive time for discussions on a healthy liver – there are merits to not waiting till a new year or ‘end of vacation’  to heed some liver protection advice. It is a no brainer that regular indulging in happy hour can challenge normal liver function and health. There are many additional factors that are capable of compromising your liver and your health, and there are strategies you can implement for protection.

Your liver is the your most important organ in your pursuit for disease prevention and fighting; especially cancer. A healthy, properly functioning liver is crucial to vitality and healthy longevity. The liver works pretty hard on a daily basis. Maintaining a happy liver that operates efficiently can be a challenge. According to research, just living on this planet is sufficient to cause liver damage in one of every three people.[1]

The liver is involved in the digestion of food and removes harmful substances from the body. It converts nutrients from the food you eat into essential blood components, stores vitamins and minerals and produces proteins and enzymes to maintain hormone balances in your body. The livers helps your immune system to fight infections, removes bacteria from the blood and makes bile which is necessary for digestion.

Symptoms of possible liver inefficiency, malfunction or pathology:

  • abdominal bloating, tenderness or pain
  • weight gain, especially in the abdominal area
  • unexplained fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • indigestion, nausea, acid reflux, vomiting
  • spider-shaped blood vessels on the upper part of the body
  • jaundice (a yellow coloring of the eyes and skin)
  • vomiting of blood
  • urine changes, dark urine or pale
  • bloody or tar-looking stool
  • fluid retention
  • prolonged itching of the skin
  • skin changes/conditions (rashes, acne)
  • food sensitivities and intolerances
  • hormone irregularities
  • unexplained symptoms

The above symptoms, although associated with possible liver inefficiency or pathology, may also be associated with other conditions. To determine your liver status you may want to ask your doctor for a liver enzyme test. Alanine aminotransferases (ALT) is a liver enzyme that is released when the liver is injured. Research has shown that the more lead, mercury and organochlorine pesticides found in a person’s blood or urine, the greater risk of abnormal ALT.[2] Compromised liver detoxification pathways pay not be reflected in liver enzyme testing. Indications of compromised liver detoxification pathways may present with specific symptoms. A compromised liver can raise the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, allergies and many other ailments.

Natural detoxification is achieved through a series of naturally occurring processes in your body.  The Phase l and phase ll detoxification pathways converts toxic chemicals into less harmful chemicals through various chemical reactions (such as oxidation, reduction and hydrolysis). Excessive levels of free radicals, which are produced by these processes, can damage the liver cells. Adequate stores of antioxidants reduce free radical damage.  Periods of high or chronic toxin exposure can deplete your body’s antioxidant stores making toxic chemical exposures more dangerous and compromised liver function and damage more likely. Antioxidant stores can become depleted in about three days without replenishing. There are many natural strategies to help promote your body’s natural detoxification.

Aging, as well as lack of physical activity poor nutrition, toxins and drugs, are responsible for decreased phase l detoxification. After my many past health challenges and recovery, I am very protective of my health and liver. Use of ‘anti’ type of medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-psychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or anti-hypertensives)  have been associated with memory loss issues; another reason I avoid them – my mother suffers from dementia and I am doing everything I can to prevent ending up the same way.  You can read about the 20 ‘anti’ drugs that have been found to cause memory loss at http://realfarmacy.com/beware-20-medications-cause-memory-loss/. As a holistic wellness practitioner I use neuromuscular biofeedback to assess organ weakness to various factors including food, personal care products, supplements and drugs. Toxins in personal care products all have to be detoxified by the liver, as do toxins (food additives, pesticides) in food. People are always surprised at what items have the biggest impact, creating distress to their liver. My recommendation is always to green their diets, personal care, laundry, cleaning and medicine cabinets.  Reassessment after clients have made these changes always reveals improved liver strength.

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Pathological detoxifiers are people who have an imbalance between the phase l and phase ll detoxification pathways leading to a buildup of reactive intermediate metabolites and subsequent tissue damage and liver disease.[3] Click on the image for better resolution.

Phase l and ll Liver Detoxification

The chart below provides you with information on factors that compromise liver function (FOE) and factors that improve liver function (FRIEND). View chart as pdf MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY

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With the information in the chart above you will be better equipped to protect and support your liver in the midst of toxins, distress and happy hour – promoting healthy longevity.

Enjoy the holidays, every day living and your vacation time prepared.

Sometimes the liver and your body need extra help in the form of detoxification aids.  For information on these visit my web page www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/detox.htm and read my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION: Utilizing the ‘doctor within’ in combination with self-help therapies and tools for optimum health, available at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/what_people_are_saying.htm.

Be prepared with healthy symptom relief options that will keep your liver healthy and happy. Essential oils paired with meridian points can promote meridian flow, improving ealth. Visit My Green Medicine Cabinet for natural symptom relief strategies and to get started using essential oils for health support. Your liver will thank you!

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

Holistic Wellness Practitioner

Health by Design

www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

 

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Image: By permission Kailash Narayanhttp://www.bestofhealth.com/np/Previous/July00/liver.html

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1 Updates on toxins harming the liver, Nicole Cutler L.Ac., http://www.liversupport.com/wordpress/2010/04/update-on-toxins-harming-the-liver/

[2] Updates on toxins harming the liver, Nicole Cutler L.Ac., http://www.liversupport.com/wordpress/2010/04/update-on-toxins-harming-the-liver/

[3] Nutritional Approaches to Liver Detoxification, Helen Kimber, http://www.positivehealth.com/article/detoxification/nutritional-approaches-to-liver-detoxification

Liver protection GB34 –  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4087655/

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DETOXIFICATION: A Natural Body Process That May Need Some Help

“GOD made the earth yield healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect”.

Ecclesiastes 38:4

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Detoxification is a naturally occurring process that takes place in the body automatically on an ongoing basis. So why is everyone considering detox strategies?  Should you? The finely tuned orchestra of detection, identification, communication and responding that are critical for optimum and effective detoxification can become compromised.  Interference, malfunction or damage resulting from multiple sources, including stressors, can seriously hamper natural detoxification.

There are many self-help strategies that you can implement to promote natural detoxification. I list these in my book, THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION. Adding herbs to your diet is one way to encourage detoxification of toxins and heavy metals from your body.

  • Horsetail binds with lead
  • Bladderwrack and turmeric bind with aluminum
  • Cilantro, chlorella and turmeric bind with mercury

Additional herbs bind with developmental toxins, hormone disruptors and carcinogenic chemicals. My research and study of herbs have provided me with insights into the right mix of herbs to synergistically remove body pollution common to your environments. With this information I have formulated BOTANICAL SPA THERAPY HERBAL BATH TEAS recipe; which use the body’s largest organ the skin, to promote detoxification through binding of harmful, foreign toxics. The bath tea approach can be more effective than taking internal supplements and cleanses. If the body’s detoxification systems, including the liver are compromised, the herbal bath tea method is the better choice.   Make your own herbal bath tea bags using the recipe in my book. Learn more about detoxification by visiting my webpage www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/detox.htm.

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Make your own herbal bath teas using the recipe in:

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Consult your regular healthcare provider before using herbs therapeutically. It is important to be supervised by someone knowledgeable about body pollution as you transition through assisted detoxification. There may be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors. Do not stop taken prescribed medication.

ENJOY better health today!

Thank you!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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