It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Mahatma Gandhi
Sound familiar? Well, in our defense, there is a reason we tend to eat more during the winter months. It goes back to our ancestors, in order to survive, they had to eat lots of food, especially fats, to keep the body temperature warm. And, we, like them, tend to hibernate during cold weather.
Now we are coming into Spring. Panic sets in about how we look, and feel! Sluggish, overweight, no energy, health symptoms from our winter life style!
I have a suggestion! For most it might seem crazy! For those that know me, not really!
March means Spring is in the air! I remember as a child, Spring meant Spring cleaning. Curtains and drapes were cleaned; chairs and sofas were vacuumed thoroughly; furniture polished; bed spreads washed; windows washed; etc. You get the idea! Everything had to be cleaned for the ‘new’ season.
As a young adult, I became interested and aware of health and wellness, I began questioning and learning about the body. We concentrate so much on cleaning everything ‘outside’ of us; but what about ‘inside’ the body?
We brush our teeth, take showers and do other functions on a daily basis for cleanliness, hygiene, and, of course, because we are taught these are important to maintain good health.
But, inside the body! Come on! This does seem crazy!
Well, let’s think about it. When the body’s organs of elimination or detoxification are under unusual stress (liver, gall bladder, kidneys, GI tract, lungs, skin, thyroid) the unprocessed metabolic waste accumulates in the blood and circulates throughout the body.
If left too long in this state, symptoms show up in several areas: headaches, bloating, indigestion, fatigue, depression, allergies, colds and flu; all giving rise to a lowered immune state.
This is like ‘smoke pouring out the windows of a burning building, and we cannot be sure exactly where the fire is because the smoke spreads everywhere!’
Like the smoke, toxicity can camouflage the cause of health symptoms. Treating the symptoms alone is like trying to blow out the smoke while the fire still burns. Long term, the immune system suffers as it responds to accumulated metabolic waste using the body’s natural ‘sanitation department’, which consists of bacteria and viruses, that attack the waste.
Remember: flies, maggots and rats do not cause garbage! They are there because of the garbage, and are actually nature’s way to clean it up!
Problems occur when we are not taking steps to internally cleanse our body. This causes the immune system to work over time until it ‘burns out’ trying to respond to the toxicity. This makes the person susceptible to colds or flu, since the immune system is over- burdened trying to relieve the stress that has built up.
SO, WHAT IS DETOX
The body fights the virus by creating a fever in order to flush it out. Other symptoms of detoxification like, diarrhea, vomiting, sweats, chills, mucus, are the body’s way to flush out the cause of illness.
Some people get several colds a year, and ‘catch’ (which really means ‘are vulnerable to’) whatever is going around. This is a sign the immune system is compromised, trying to detoxify, defending itself against dis-ease.
As a nutritionist, I am interested in what nature has to offer to help our immune system deal with bacteria and viruses. But it’s also important to understand that getting the flu isn’t always a bad thing. It can be an opportunity to revitalize; to release stored toxins through mucus and fever, and detox naturally.
This is why we often feel hot when we’re ill, as heat is generated to enable the movement and elimination of toxins. Medication to suppress this can work against the body’s natural attempt at detoxification.
Remember: Rats do not create garbage any more than germs create dis-ease. They are there because of it.
Clean up the garbage and rats will not be attracted! Detoxify and nourish the body and bacteria and viruses will not thrive!