The natural path felt right to me. It makes more sense to nourish your body, so that your body can heal itself, rather than fill it will toxins to kill what is ailing you. Especially when the ailment is caused by toxins. I am a crunchy girl at heart and always have been, so this idea just felt better to me.
Here is everything I did. Now, I didn't do all of this over night. I started small and continued to implement more natural healthy things into my life. It would have felt incredibly overwhelming to try to do all of this at once. So, if you decide to take a similar path, start small.
What all this reading and researching did was make me realize how incredibly unhealthy I was. I had always thought I was relatively healthy, I'd drink health shakes and usually kept my weight down. I gained weight occasionally, but would crash diet on Atkins or just eat protein shakes and loose it quickly. This is all healthy right? Ugh. I did not know a thing. Looking back, there were several signs when I was younger that I was extremely unhealthy, but well, you don't know what you don't know, right?
I learned there are three basic things you have to do. Detox, Alkalize, and nourish you body. On a side note disease can't live where there is oxygen.
So to elaborate a bit, I started with detoxing. I did soooooo many cleanses. Again though, start small. When I started I did not think, hmmmm I'm going to do every cleanse I can possibly find. No. Not at all. I decided to just start. That was it. Just start. So don't let this overwhelm you. Make small choices, stop eating fast food, eat organic, replace one meal a day with a salad, stop smoking, stop drinking, do a cleanse, anything you do that is unhealthy try to cut out. Anything you do in excess. It's all about baby steps. Once you get momentum you can take on more. Choose one thing at a time, it's a lot less overwhelming this way.
Again, I did MANY cleanses. I've done several colon cleanses, colon hydrotherapy several times, liver cleanse, kidney cleanse, parasite cleanse, toxic metal cleanse, blood cleanse, chelation. In total over the years I have done 23 cleanses and that number keeps growing. I still do one or two cleanses a year. The majority of those were done in the first year or two. They are NOT easy. It takes commitment, but every time I do one I think there is no way I could feel better than this, until I do the next one. I am going to elaborate on each one of these in another post soon cause it is A LOT of information, but if you want to get started now on a cleanse this is the best information, and where I get everything for my cleanses, is through Global Healing Center. They have a plethora of useful information. There is so much to learn from their sight, I feel like I have spend hours, days even on their website and always come across something new. If you have a topic you'd like to know about, put it in their search engine, it always pulls up something useful. There are questionnaires on there to see how toxic you actually are and give you everything you need to know ,step by step to help you do a cleanse. I can't say enough good things about this website and their products. This is absolutely the best place to start.
Something VERY scary that I learned and one of biggest eye openers for me was a very sweet friend of mine introduced me to the fact that while all these cleanses were great and imperative to healing, it didn't remove the most toxic thing in my body, it would all be in vain. What is that exactly? Well I had no idea, but amalgam fillings, the metal fillings in your mouth are INCREDIBLY toxic. I remember having a thermometer as a kid that was filled with mercury. It broke once and my Mom freaked!! DON'T TOUCH THAT!! You know as Mom's do, but I was confused why this stuff that I wasn't supposed to touch could make me extremely sick, how was it ok that it was in my mouth? It was confusing then and is still confusing now. It's something that was very eye opening. My Mom took a medication while pregnant, she of course had no idea at the time, but it cause me to have poor enamel on my teeth, so I had more cavities as a kid than normal. I ended up with 23 metal fillings in my mouth. Once a friend pointed out how bad this was I started putting it together. I have been getting sick since I was a kid, every time I got a new filling I would get worse. When I was diagnosed with MS, my symptoms kept getting worse. But why? I also around this time due to stress became a teeth grinder. This stuff was getting into my cells, my brain and causing serious illness. I realized in all my times of stress I would get so sick, it all started making sense.
It just became clear I had to remove them. If you decide to have yours removed make sure you find some one who specializes in removing them properly. I watched a documentary about removing them properly, a friend recommended. ( I'm trying to find the title of that one and can't. I'll update this if I find it.) I went to a random dentist after learning all of this and wanted to have them removed. I wanted to also make sure I was protected through out the removal process. I got through my insurance and they just told me not to believe everything I hear and went on to remove the filling and used no protection. I got really , really sick. I was so mad at myself for not following my gut. I then found Dr. Nina H Foley. She is amazing and took all of the precautions necessary to assure I did not have any problems throughout the removal process. It took several visits, but once I was finished I felt sooo much better. I then did a metal cleanse, but this part of the process was one of the most noticeable and impacting to me. I could almost immediately feel a difference.
The second part is Alkalize. When I skip this one I feel it!! When your bodies PH level is out of alignment you are more susceptible to illness. This is one of the easiest and best things you can do, in my opinion. There are different ways to do this. One of the easiest ways in my opinion is though Apple Cider Vinegar. It has the be the one with 'mother in it'. It's not tasty, in fact, it's pretty tough to handle. I have to mix it with something generally, especially when I first starting taking it. It's rare that I just take a shot. Hating this so much actually got me into making my own Kambucha. It is pretty tasty and has the same effect. It's fun to make and I can add different flavors. Regardless of how you do it, it;s important to do. You can actually get THIS test to check you PH level.
THIS IS MY GRANDMOTHERS TRICK. She took ACV every day of her life in a tea cup with lemon. She was the healthiest lady I'd ever known. She was 94 years old when she died and she truly just wound down. She was not on ANY medication and was as healthy as could be her whole life. I hope I am as lucky as she was, to have all your wits about you and still be living life in your 90's.
The third part is to nourish. This country is so unhealthy. I'm included in this too. We hear that all the time don't we? How unhealthy we all are. There is a reason for that. The obesity rate is incredibly high. We are taught low weight is healthy, as long as you are skinny you must be healthy. Diets are fine as long as it's, low fat, low card, low calorie. You get my point. Again, so much I didn't know either. I first mentioned how I would drink protein shakes and crash diet, well those things may not be bad if you're doing them the right way and getting the right brands and right foods, ect. For me though, I was not doing it the right way. The right way is harder. I was never eating vegetables or fruits, or just trying to be healthy. It happened occasionally, but never often enough. I was introduced to several books and documentaries. I am going to share those with you now.
The documentaries I thought were most impacting were Food Matters, Dying to Have Known, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, and Forks over Knives. They are so incredibly inspiring and will change your life. When was the last time you ate a vegetable, or some fruit, let alone several times in one day. We have so many foods that are grown right here on this planet of ours and most of us rarely eat them. They are so full of healing capabilities, I promised myself that I would eat as much of them as I could. I try to make sure I eat vegetables every day now. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love my green drinks. It is such an easy way to add a ton of green and nutrients into your day.
Another thing I was told by someone awesome was that disease can't live where there is oxygen. Wheatgrass oxygenates your cells and is an amazing blood builder and has tons of health benefits. When it oxygenates your cells disease can't grow. Disease can't thrive when there is oxygen, while I have heard of this most often with cancer, it is beneficial in so many ways. I didn't have cancer, but I learned I would always rather be preventative rather than reactive. So I implement this into my routine now too. Although I'm sure taking hte real thing is better than a substitute, the powder I use is equivalent to 13 shots, so not a bad trade off.
Here are the books I read and documentaries I watched.
Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau - I will just say that this book was really hard to read. Not because its difficult to understand, it's actually very simple, but the author has an agenda and is not afraid to talk about it. It's a slightly annoying read sometimes, but the information you need is in the book. Full of amazing information and cures. I skipped a lot of the conspiracy theories and went straight to the info I needed. Highly Recommend.
The MS recovery Diet Book by Ann Sawyer -
This book is more about food allergies and how certain food may trigger your symptoms. After reading this book I decided to have an allergy test done. I found I had a mild allergy to eggs, gluten, wheat, and barley. I decided to eliminate all of these. I continued this way for several years. I learned about how you can develop food allergies and learned a lot about leaky gut. I did a lot of research and discovered when you heal your gut you can eliminate your allergies. While I did all these cleanses I also took a shot of whole leaf aloe Vera every day along with probiotics, I continued to do this for over a year. I went back roughly two years later and all of my allergies were gone. So I do eat those things now, but I try to do it in moderation.
I also started reading as many books as I could about raw food and juicing. At the time my Mom was completely raw, this means she didn't eat ANYTHING cooked over 118°. Food that is cooked at high temperatures or overcooked looses the majority of it's nutrients. Eating raw assures you get all the nutrients you need, so I started following recipes and trying to include to get as much raw food in my diet as I can. I've never gone fully raw, I don't know if I ever will, but it is so important to eat raw fruits and vegetables every day. Juicing is an amazingly fun way to do that too, I love my green drinks, but juicing feels like such a treat. Everyone is my house loves it.
After years of making myself as healthy as I could I decided the last step in this process was to eliminate products I use with toxins. Cleaning products, deodorant, make up, anything I use regularly that has toxins. This is when I discovered Young Living. I am so grateful to this company. They provide EVERYTHING. I can use oils to heal my body, I can clean with their cleaning products and it's ALL completely toxic free. They have a whole line of products for every aspect of my life. I couldn't be happier to have discovered Young Living. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am completely obsessed. These oils are absolutely amazing!!
Oh My. I just read through all of this and it feel scary and overwhelming and exhausting!! REMEMBER, I did not do all of this over night. The majority of that was over a 2 year process, probably a bit over 2 years. I still do maintenance to assure I don't get sick again and try to have as healthy of a lifestyle as I can. It WAS SO HARD! It's totally worth it though. Completely! I would do it all again in a heart beat to be able to use my hands, my feet, to walk, to be able to do ALL the things I want to do. And now I DO THEM! I am all about living life to the fullest now. We never know when we're going to die, but we have control over how we live. I'm choosing to live as healthy as possible.