Juicing, a raw food diet, alkaline ionized water, ASEA… I am my own science project. But, how do I tell what works and what doesn’t?
How do I tell if anything is working at all?
It’s not like getting an infection and taking an antibiotic. The infection goes away. Almost immediately. And that’s what we are used to these days. Instant results.
Also, an antibiotic is very specific in what it does in your body. Most of the methods I use work on the whole person. Therefore everyone will have slightly different results depending upon the different state your body is in. Your body is extremely smart. Often it will go to work where you need it the most. This is not the same for everyone.
These modalities show their healing effects much more slowly than your average pharmaceutical drug, so much so that sometimes you don’t feel an effect right away. So how then? Well, here are a few ways I have found give me an idea of what’s taking place.
1. Detox Symptoms
Juicing, a raw foods diet, alkaline ionized water and ASEA all help detoxify your body, sometimes causing “flu-like” symptoms which are your body’s way of telling you that it is getting rid of something it doesn’t want.
If this is so good for me, why do I feel so bad?
Also called a “healing crisis”, these symptoms can occur when your body is trying to expel toxins faster than they can be disposed of. You may feel a headache, brain fog, fatigue or nausea. You may even think you are getting sick, or that your detox mode isn’t working. In fact, the opposite is the case. This is a sign that whatever you are doing is working and that you are actually flushing toxins from your system. Keep going!
How long does this healing crisis last, and how strong are the symptoms going to be? That depends on what exactly you have been doing to yourself over your lifetime. What toxins have you built up? Have you made poor choices? The longer and stronger your detox, the more, shall we say, “varied” your lifestyle choices may have been.
Hydrate. Drink lots of good water during this time. This will help the flushing process to occur more rapidly. Shower often and maybe try dry brushing your skin. Your skin is a major detox organ. And lastly, get lots of rest. If it’s really uncomfortable, decrease whatever it is you are doing and build slowly back up.
Tough it out though and you will get through to the other side feeling much better!
Your energy should pick up when you are taking care of yourself and your body is firing on all cylinders. Although you may feel fatigue during a detox phase, you should notice a big energy boost as a result of juicing, a raw food diet, alkaline ionized water or ASEA.
Are your workouts all of a sudden easier? Are you getting a lot more done around the house? Is getting out of bed in the morning easier? These are all obvious signs that your energy is picking up.
If your body is working properly you should sleep like a baby. Although troubled sleep can also be a sign of stress issues, if everything is okay in that department you should fall asleep easily and wake up ready to go. And remember just how important sleep is. Your body is using all your healthy choices to heal itself while you are asleep.
As mentioned above, your skin is a huge detox organ. It’s obviously your only visible organ. You can’t tell visually if your liver is improving as a result of green juicing, for example, but you should be able to see it in your skin almost immediately.
Just think of how you can see it in your face is you are not taking care of yourself! Well, the opposite is true as well.
With any of the methods mentioned above you should see a significant improvement in your skin. It should be clear, bright and tight. Just how we all want it!
5. Mental Clarity
When you are healthy and functioning well, your brain is healthy and functioning well. You should have focus and concentration. The more toxic your system is, the more brain fog you will have, and the more easily distracted you will be.
About a week into any detox plan you should begin to feel extremely clear headed and sharp. This is a good sign that your body is cleaning up, that you are hydrated and that your brain and nervous system are getting the nutrients they need.
So there you have it. This is how I tell if my healthy efforts are working… and when I’m derailing myself as well. It’s amazing, but all these health choices contribute to great skin, mental clarity, peaceful sleep and terrific energy. Employed all together the results are absolutely incredible!
Have you ever felt detox symptoms? Have detox symptoms ever stopped you from continuing with a health regime? Tell me about your experiences in the comments below.
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Peace and love,
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