“By cleansing your body on a regular basis and eliminating toxins from your environment, your body can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and become more strong and resilient than you ever thought possible!”
– Edward F. Group III, DC, NP and detox expert
By now you’ve ideally taken the first step of getting mentally prepared. You know your reasons for thriving. You have stepped into your role as CEO of your own health and wellbeing. Perhaps you’ve hired a holistic doctor too. And, hopefully you’re surrounding yourself with positive people.
The next step is to get rid of all the triggers that are causing or perpetuating your autoimmune issues or that are blocking your healing.
Grab some large trash bags and get ready to clean out your kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinets. You’ll want to toss the junk foods, recycle the plastic and paper packaging, and put any chemical-based products like medicines, household cleaners, sunscreens, etc. in a bag for a “hazardous waste” drop off location.
1. Eliminate Toxins
Toxins are the big reason autoimmune disorders are becoming epidemic. Babies are born today “pre-polluted” with an average of 287 chemicals in their umbilical cord blood!1A BENCHMARK INVESTIGATION OF INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS, POLLUTANTS AND PESTICIDES IN UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD, Environmental Working Group, July 14, 2005, http://www.ewg.org/research/body-burden-pollution-newborns We must protect ourselves proactively from the onslaught. And we’re not just talking about toxins “out there.” We also mean toxic foods, negative thoughts and people who drain your energy.
2. Heal Your Gut
Your immune system resides mostly in the lining of your small intestines – aka your “gut.” Most people with autoimmune disorders have a leaky gut and an imbalance of gut bacteria.3http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/Leaky-Gut.cfm So to allow your immune system to do its job and heal you, you must heal and seal your gut. Follow a step-by-step “5R program” to repair your gut lining, restore healthy gut flora and calm your nervous system (note that the 2nd item contains 2 Rs). When you remove inflammatory triggers your immune system can stop overreacting too, and that’s a very good step in healing.
3. Live a Detox Lifestyle
Detoxing is not a fad diet or colon cleanse you do twice a year. It’s an ongoing practice of assisting the body in clearing accumulated waste that can otherwise build up and back up into your bloodstream. When you minimize toxic triggers coming in and optimize detoxification processes, everything gets back to balance.
Remove Your Triggers – Action Summary
- Remove your autoimmune trigger foods and minimize exposure to toxins in home and body care products.
- Practice daily detoxification to ease your body burden.
- Follow the 5R program to heal and seal your gut.
What will your first step be? What have you already removed? Leave a comment here and share your experience for the benefit of others.
Take good care!
p.s. If you want my personal help uncovering your personal root causes and a custom treatment plan, and you live in the U.S., consider Functional Medicine consulting. You are welcome to a free 15 minute discovery call to discuss what’s going on with you and how we might work together. If you’re ready to take control of your health outcomes, I’d love to work with you.
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