Spring Means Parasite Cleansing

Spring is here and, boy, am I glad! I seriously need sunlight to feel good. Spring brings us flowers and sunshine and makes everyone think of parasite cleansing. Wait.. what? hahaha. Just kidding. #butseriouslytho

Actually, I HAVE been thinking that spring is the time to do a parasite cleanse.

After reading an article about how in Traditional Chinese Medicine each season represents one of the Five Elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. And since we mirror nature, each of these elements corresponds with an organ system in the body…

An example:
Fire = summer | the heart + small intestine
Earth = late summer | the stomach
Metal = autumn | the lungs + large intestine
Water = winter | the kidneys + bladder
Wood = spring | the liver + gallbladder

“Spring is a time of rebirth, sudden growth, and rapid expansion. We now find the will to initiate and execute projects that have been contemplated, but not yet begun. Spring is creative, volatile, and powerful and so are we as we enter this phase in our annual cycle. The organ that represents this season is the Liver, tasked in Traditional Chinese Medicine with the job of instigating movement and arousing the mind by allowing tension and pressure to build. If the liver is out of balance, we can feel angry, irritable, frustrated, and stuck.”

I realized that NOW was the perfect time to do my parasite cleanse! I’ve been meaning to do it now for awhile, but it never felt like a good time. Either I was missing parts of my cleanse ingredients or I had an event coming up that I didn’t want to have cleanse bloat for…every time I managed to talk myself out of doing the cleanse.

But for some reason ever since it has been sunny outside and spring has been in the air.. I all of a sudden want to do everything I’ve been putting off (including the dreaded parasite cleanse!).

So. Now I’m mentally ready to kick.this.thing.in.the.keister! Booya!

{I already know I have liver issues (and possibly gallbladder issues), but in keeping with the Dr. Hulda way, I will complete the parasite cleanse first before I move on to kidneys and then liver/gallbladder. So while Spring may equal liver/gallbladder..I might be doing those in the summer}

The first time I did this cleanse I didn’t finish. I found out about the cleanse for the first time from my fellow coach and friend Lindsay Stay. She herself was going through some health issues and had done a lot of research trying to get her health under control. I already knew from participating in a sugar detox group with her that we were kindred spirits (and holistic divas) so when she posted about creating a group to do the parasite cleanse with her I was ALL on board!

But unfortunately I did not properly prepare for the cleanse and did not buy enough of the tincture and ran out after just two weeks. Then life as it does, got in the way.

But what I learned from the experience (and the group) was invaluable. And I’m better prepared this time!

Things I learned:

  1. You need enough tincture to do the FULL cleanse (and possibly several rounds of the cleanse)
  2. The tincture we all bought tastes terrible!! Gag!
  3. The bentonite clay and phsyllum husks, while it may protect you from toxic buildup, is very constipating and most of the group experienced severe bloating (and complained of looking very pregnant because of it!)
  4. The first three days are extremely hard, but after day three you start to feel euphoric and have great clarity and energy!

 

This time I will do the cleanse a little differently. I decided to try TriLightHealth‘s parasite cleanse to see if it is just as beneficial as Dr. Hulda’s cleanse protocol.

I found out about TriLightHealth through the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. One of the bonuses of purchasing the bundle was to try a free 2oz. sample of one of TriLightHealth’s products. I opted to try the Liver Cleanse, LivCare, because it said something about complextion. After using the whole 2oz. I found my skin to be completely clear even during my cycle and feel the product worked great and it TASTES GREAT! Like wow! Really tastes great.

parasite cleanse kit

So I thought if their WormOut has the same ingredients needed as Dr. Hulda’s protocol, and it tastes WAY better…. Why the heck not, right! So this round will be with the parasite kit from TriLight. Which uses 10 days of Kyolic Garlic Capsules precleanse and NOW Gr8-Dophilus Probiotics. Since Dr. Hulda’s protocol calls for psyllium husks as a fiber to get the bowels moving, and I found the psyllium and bentonite clay to be very constipating. I thought I would take a fiber capsule that has a psyllium husk free fiber source. I’ll be using FiberSMART capsules (which also have probiotics in them, so, bonus).

This Is Not A Diet

not a diet but a healthy lifestyle

 

Did you know that I have lost 30lbs!

 

Actually I’ve lost WAY more than 30lbs if you count all the times I’ve lost 10lbs then gained 5lbs then lost 8lbs then gained 2lbs.. hahaha.

It is SOOO much more than just WEIGHT, I am SHAPING my MIND!

For me this is not a diet, it is not a fad or trend.
I am CONSTANTLY learning, growing, diving in deeper.. falling off the wagon.. JUMPING back in FULL FORCE.. struggling EVERY.DANG.DAY and SUCCEEDING!

It is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE for me.
I want to LEARN as much as I possibly can about being as healthy as I can. And I have changed SO much since starting my journey. I am a different person.

AND I am learning more and more how to help OTHERS get in shape and make HEALTH a lifestyle change for them too! It is no longer JUST ABOUT ME!!
I have a OBLIGATION to society to help others CHANGE THEIR LIFE and the life of their FAMILY BETTER!! <3 <3 I have researched the heck out of gut health, diabetes control, IBS, skin disorders, etc. I’ve just finished my THIRD ONLINE COLLEGE NUTRITION CLASS to help me BE BETTER!(and NO I am not interested in getting a degree or changing my profession, just picking and choosing what I want to learn FOR ME- I have no desire to change professions right now) All I want is to STAY CURIOUS! To KEEP LEARNING and continue to better the world a little everyday, one person at a time!

We should all do our part to BE HEALTHIER and help those around us to be healthier too!

Pass it on! Keep learning! Team up with a friend.

If you are stuggling with losing weight or eating healthy and would like to join my next 30 Challenge contact me and fill out this form.

I would LOVE to help YOU become SUCCESSFUL.

It isn’t about SIZE, it isn’t about numbers on a scale!! It is about YEARS OF YOUR LIFE added!!

Get More Sleep – A First Step To Better Health

New years is upon us and everywhere I look I see people talking about new years resolutions and ‘Healthy Habits’ (how to eat better or what exercises are most effective), but what I don’t see a lot of is how important sleep is and how it can affect weight loss and health!

Get More Sleep – A First Step To Better Health!

get more sleep, your first step to better health in the new year

Really when you think about it sleep affects ALL aspects of your life. Your mood, your skin and health, your energy and productivity during the day…

Sleep is often one of the first things to go when people feel pressed for time. People often overlook the potential long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep, and the impact that health problems can ultimately have on one’s time and productivity.

But it shouldn’t be that way! Although scientists have just begun to identify the connections between insufficient sleep and disease, most experts have concluded that getting enough high-quality sleep may be as important to health and well-being as nutrition and exercise. Whether YOU feel tired or not if your are getting less than 8 hours a night your body is not getting enough sleep to perform all it’s functions. And I find that when your body is sleep deprived you are more likely to eat unhealthily, find it HARDER to commit to a workout routine and quit your workout sooner.

You might be aware of how all the modern day trappings can keep you from getting good shut eye, with all the blinking lights, bright alarm clocks, buzzing phones and dinging computers, many of us struggle with getting quality sleep. They certainly keep a bedroom from being relaxing. Many reasons why people find it hard to fall asleep have a lot to do with the technology we’re viewing before bed and how it can interfere with our sleep patterns.

The circadian rhythm seems to be especially sensitive to light with short wavelengths—in particular, blue light in the 460-nanometer range of the electromagnetic spectrum. This light, which is given off by electronics like computers and cell phones, and also by
energy-efficient bulbs, has been shown to delay the release of melatonin. In other words, electronics could keep you feeling
charged past bedtime.  ~
National Sleep Foundation                     

But that might not be the only thing keeping yo from dream land! There are several things that can keep you from dosing off or staying asleep.

Here are 4 Reasons you may not be getting more sleep:

  1. LIGHTS-
    Just like the animals, who somehow know when to be awake and when to be asleep, we have an internal clock that has cycles of day and night. In an area of the brain called the hypothalamus, this timekeeper regulates many of our body’s functions, such as sleep, energy, and hunger. Sunlight detected by cells in the retina of the eye sends messages to the brain that keep us in a roughly 24-hour pattern. These light cues trigger all kinds of chemical events in the body, causing changes in our physiology and behavior. For example, as evening approaches and the light in our environment dwindles, the hormone melatonin begins to rise and body temperature falls—both of which help us to become less alert and more likely to welcome sleep. With the help of morning light, melatonin levels are low, body temperature begins to rise, and other chemical shifts, such as an uptick in the activating hormone cortisol, occur to help us feel alert and ready for the day.

    THE FIX- Turn down your lights an hour or so before bed. Use soft, soothing lighting instead of bright overhead vanity lights. Hang blackout curtains or wear a sleep mask.

     

  2. TEMPERATURE-
    The body’s core temperature decreases as we sleep. If it’s too warm in your bedroom, your body can’t cool properly, and people with a higher core body temperature are more likely to experience insomnia and sleeplessness.
    During the course of a normal day, your body temperature rises and falls slightly. This pattern is tied to your sleep cycle. As you become drowsy, your temperature goes down, reaches its lowest level around 5:00 a.m., and climbs slightly as morning begins. This is why the air in your room can affect the quality of your sleep: if it’s too hot, it may interfere with your body’s natural dip and make you more restless through the night. In fact, studies indicate that some forms of insomnia are associated with an improper regulation in body temperature. Of course each of us has a slightly different optimal temperature for sleep, so experiment with keeping your room cool and find what makes you most comfortable.THE FIX- The ideal bedroom temperature is a cool 65 degrees. As a bonus, a colder bedroom may boost your metabolism. A recent study in Diabetes Magazine found that people who sleep in cool rooms- 66 degrees- have increased energy expenditure even in their waking hours.
  3. TECHNOLOGY-
    You’ve heard that your smart phone and other devises are responsible for sleeplessness, still the National Sleep Foundation says that 95% of Americans use some type of tech gadget within an hour before going to bed. The more time you spend on those devices, the more wired your brain will be, and the more wired your brain is the harder to fall and stay asleep.THE FIX- Check you social media and emails one last time at least an hour before you go to bed. Watching TV before bed is a no-no too. (sleeping with the TV on I imagine would be even worse. Time to kick old comforting habits aside if they are affecting your quality of sleep)
    I suggest reading a book or listening to an audio book if you really need to do something before bed.
  4. STRESS-
    Unfortunately anxiety can create a cycle of sleeplessness, it can cause you to take longer to fall asleep, wakes you up early or can wake you up in the middle of the night.. lack of quality sleep then causes more anxiety.. and on it goes. Worry and anxiety keep your body and mind from relaxing and going into ‘off’ mode.THE FIX- Here are some things that might help: Listening to soothing music for 45 minutes before bed, drinking a relaxing (non-caffeinated) tea before bed, taking a warm bath, keeping a routine bedtime and having a set routine before bed. And of course, exercise. I find that adding exercise to my morning routine has helped me immensely with my quality of sleep. I know longer suffer from restless leg syndrome. I also find that I am sleepy on schedule before bed, unlike my previous night owl ways where I never felt tired, until my alarm went off, that is.

 

SO if you are thinking about making a change in your health for the better or are ready to commit to a new lifestyle… make the first step a step towards more and better quality sleep! Make your New Years resolution to have better quality sleep and see how it positively affects all your other resolutions this year!