“Every night you can go to bed knowing you have made your cumulative load better, same or worse. The choices you make every day add to that total package. You are truly captain of your own ship.”
– Sherry Rogers, MD and author, Detoxify or Die
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 may be the big reason autoimmune disorders are becoming epidemic. Even babies are born today 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 imbalanced microbiome (gut flora). So to allow your immune system to do its job and heal you, you must heal and seal your gut. When you remove inflammatory triggers your immune system can stop overreacting too, and that’s essential for 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.
Daily Detox – Action Summary
- Remove your autoimmune trigger foods and minimize exposure to toxins in home and body care products.
- Heal and seal your gut to turn off the autoimmune cascade.
- Make detox a daily habit to ease your body burden.
What will your first step be? What have you already removed and what else can you to to reduce your body burden?
Take good care!
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