6 Simple Tips to Unwind When Your Body Is Stressed

6 Simple Tips to Unwind When Your Body Is Stressed

Christmas, New Years, and now Valentine’s Day… Days that are surrounded by more food and drink than you would usually indulge in on any given day. In addition, there’s the stress of meeting expectations, falling short, and running around… And we haven’t even touched on the pressure we put on ourselves to keep our, sometimes outrageous, New Year’s resolutions (or intentions).

It’s time to cleanse ourselves of all that stress and sugar.

Before we get into what to do about that stress, why do we need to reduce it in the first place?

What Stress Does to Your Body

Stress does a number on your body. And especially when it goes unchecked, it can cause a number of health implications such as…

  • Heightening of stress hormones (i.e. cortisol) – did you read my blog on how hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on your body’s systems?
  • Holding onto weight and eventually storing unwanted fat cells
  • Experiencing headaches or migraines that lead to lost productivity when they strike
  • Weakening of your immune system because you, as a business owner, a spouse, or a parent cannot afford to be sick
  • Fertility problems (i.e. missed periods, erectile dysfunction)
  • Insomnia resulting a never-ending cycle of exhaustion

If you do not manage your stress and regularly unwind when your body is stressed, your body will begin to break down. High stress is not sustainable.

6 Simple Tips to Unwind When Your Body is Stressed

You may find that yours are a little bit different than mine, but I think we could all use a few ideas to help us think outside the box a little. Here are some of my favorite tips to unwind when your body is stressed.

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1. Practice Yoga or Stretch Your Muscles

Yoga not only helps the physical body, but it can also improve mental health as well. Studies have shown that yoga may be effective in treating depression and anxiety. According to American Family Physician, “yoga is a therapeutic option for depression, and it also has positive effects on anxiety disorders.”

When you practice yoga or stretch your muscles, it promotes relaxation, improves your mood, and reduces your stress response – allowing you to be more productive and effective in all areas of your life.

2. Get Moving

There’s also great evidence that exercise has been linked to greater self-esteem and a sense of well-being. This happens because it actually causes a chemical change to take place in the brain. The best part is it doesn’t require us to spend hours in the gym. You can do some sort of exercise for even 15 to 30 minutes per day and see improvement.

What is the best exercise? Well, it’s the one you actually are going to enjoy doing. My suggestion is just to get moving by:

  • Riding a stationary bike for 15 minutes
  • Setting an alarm every hour to take 5 minutes to do deep squats, lunges, and even push ups
  • Creating more opportunities to walk longer distances (i.e. parking far away from the doors, taking the longer route to get to a destination, etc.)

3. Connect With Other Humans

When was the last time you really connected with another human without technology present? We live in a technologically advanced world that sometimes requires us to have our phones in hand and our eyeballs staring into a computer screen all day. Unfortunately, this doesn’t do much for human connection. Did you know that the more you give, the happier you feel? Think about things you can do to give back to and serve the community around you.

Don’t have time to get involved? Then grab a cup of coffee with a friend.

You could also combine this tip with the previous tip and invite a friend to take a walk with you in your favorite park.

Even the smallest act of kindness can count. Something as simple as smiling or saying thank you goes a long way in our disconnected world.


In March, I’m starting my popular Seasonal Cleanse Challenge where my community starts implementing these tips to live a happy-healthy-whole life. Learn how to start here.

4. Catch Up On Your Z’s

Sleep is so underrated these days. I hear many people (especially entrepreneurs and business owners) say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “sleep is very overrated”.

Many people feel like sleep is an inconvenience.

But the truth is, when we have disrupted sleep patterns or we are not nurturing ourselves when it comes to sleep, it leads to illness.

Sleep is a time when our bodies actively recover.

While the average person sleeps less than 7 hours a night, it’s critical that you give your body the best opportunity it has to recover. Try to be in bed by 10pm and sleep until at least 4am – 6 hours at the minimum.

The goal is to have enough sleep, but also to make sure you have quality sleep. With all my clients, we work to create a bedtime routine that helps facilitate quality sleep. I wrote a little more about what that looks like here.

5. Laugh a Little More

Laughter truly is a good medicine. One of my other tips to unwind when your body is stressed is to laugh a little more.

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

– Proverbs 17:22

And not only is it biblical to be cheerful, joyful, and able to laugh, but there is science behind why laughing is so good for us. Research has actually shown that humor not only lowers our stress, improves our hormones, but it also improves our memory and can protect us against the damaging effects of stress. Good enough reasons to start laughing a little more!

6. Take a Little Journey into the Outdoors

If you ask me what my favorite stress reliever is, it has to get outside in nature. I believe we were created for nature. It is where creativity comes alive, where freedom lives, and where we can connect with the world on a deeper level. It reminds me that I’m a part of this great big universe, and it feels so good to be surrounded by life. There is something so powerful and freeing about that to me.

Next time you have an opportunity, take it outdoors. You could:

  • Drink your coffee outside on a patio
  • Eat your lunch in an outdoor eating area
  • Take walking meetings outside the office – break down barriers between manager and subordinate, remove distractions, and be more productive in the meeting
  • Play with your kids outside

Let me know what some of your favorite ways to de-stress are in the comments below.

Join My Next Cleanse Challenge

When was the last time you cleaned yourself out? I mean… Really cleaned? We’re not talking about spring cleaning here.

We’re talking about cleaning up what’s inside.

Only twice per year, I launch my popular Seasonal Cleanse Challenge to help individuals like you:

  • Increase your energy naturally without needing caffeine
  • Lose weight and get rid of belly bloat for good
  • Reduce or get rid of allergy symptoms
  • Boost your immune system to protect yourself against infection
  • Get rid of your aches and pains by reducing inflammation

You can learn more about how you can join this Seasonal Cleanse Challenge here. It’ll be the best investment you can make for yourself and your business this season.

Tune In To Your Body’s Signals

Tune In To Your Body’s Signals

Thomas Edison – the inventor of the light bulb and – once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” 

Edison had a good point – prevention is the best medicine. But there’s an issue with his statement. Many don’t think anything is wrong with them until they feel unwell. As a health and wellness practitioner, I see more people that are feeling less than their best and less people who want to prevent disease. When they come to me, they are too far in their disease to bypass some sort of preventive medicine or natural intervention. 

It’s time to tune in to your body’s signals.

As someone who believes that God provided everything on this earth for our wellness, my methods include course correction and working with natural substances (or supplements), which in my experience, gives individuals a whole new life.

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Using Medicine for Healing

I desire to see others thriving and well – not just managing their symptoms. When I was studying to become a nurse, I never realized I would learn so much about what I didn’t like about conventional medicine. Let’s take a look at how to use conventional medicine and God’s medicine for healing.

Conventional Medicine

I realized my patients were just like me – suffering with no end in sight without some medication to mask the symptoms, surgery to explore a little further, or remove an organ that had failed. 

I knew from the very beginning this type of treatment didn’t resonate with me. 

What I didn’t realize at the beginning is that I had a choice, and so do you. 

It was when I became sick that I started looking for treatments outside of conventional medicine.

Before I go any further, please hear me loud and clear… I believe there is a time and place for conventional medicine. But I also believe that the “pill for the ill” world we live in has us in a heap of trouble. 

Did you know (at the time of this writing) the 3rd leading cause of death is medical error? That’s shocking to say the least!

God’s Medicine

Why do we continue to trust in man’s medicine over God’s medicine? Everything we need to heal our bodies has been placed on this earth in nature. The medicines we need are found on the earth, and their leaves are to be used for healing (Ezekiel 47:12). 

“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

I see this type of medicine work every day of my life

I watch people with chronic illness transform before my very eyes – people who have been on prescription medications for 20 years suddenly heal their bodies naturally. Plus, they don’t need their prescriptions anymore. 

I’ve watched countless clients be released from their doctors care, not because I told them to, but because the numbers on their lab tests literally reversed after implementing natural healing methodologies. 

What a miracle!


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Tune In To Your Body’s Signals

Think of your body as a very intelligent machine. There are many times we should simply allow it to do its job – so tune in to your body’s signals. It’s telling you everything you need to know. 

Hear me closely… If you need to see a doctor, go see one. Don’t procrastinate. I’m not telling you to stay home and avoid conventional medicine. Emergencies happen! 

What I am saying is that when we give the body what it needs and steward it well, then we can build an immune system that will fight for us. 

Every sniffle does not require an antibiotic.

In this wired and connected world, we’ve become increasingly impatient. As a result, we no longer listen to our body. 

When we have a symptom, our body is speaking to us. I encourage you to begin to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. 

Steps To Tune In To Your Body’s Signals

So, how do you tune in to your body’s signals? 

Follow these 5 steps:

1. Practice Deep Breathing or Meditation

If you are consuming foods that make you feel groggy and sleepy afterward, then begin to investigate the culprit. Maybe you’re choosing the wrong foods, or even the wrong combination of foods.

Avoid these common mistakes when removing inflammatory foods.

2. Rest to Recuperate From High-Stress Events

If you’ve been stressed recently (a divorce, a big move, an illness, or a loss), it can negatively impact your adrenal health. It’s time to slow down and rest a little to recuperate. Listen to your body. There are herbal mixtures that can bring healing to your adrenals and rescue you during those high stress times. One of my favorites is a simple amino acid called l-theanine.

3. Adjust Length of Workouts If You’re Exhausted

Exhausted after your workouts? Complete exhaustion after a workout is your body’s signal that you’re doing too much and pushing yourself too hard. 

This is especially common in individuals workout out for over an hour a day. Adjust the lengths of your workouts to shorter increments until you feel more energized.

Not everyone is in a place physically that they should push to the max on a daily basis. Learn to rest when your body is telling you it’s exhausted.

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4. Create a Bedtime Routine

If you feel wired before bed and feel like you can’t fall asleep easily, it’s time to pay attention to your bedtime routine. 

We enforce bedtime wind-down with our children, but we quickly dismiss bedtime routines as adults. Turn off technology an hour before bed, take a warm bath, read a relaxing book, and prep a healthy lunch for work for the next day. 

Do something to chill out.

5. Take a Breather

Stressed at work? Maybe you need to walk away and take a breather. Literally, walk away and do some deep breathing. I call this “box breathing.” 

Breathe in 4 counts, hold 4 counts, breathe out 4 counts, hold 4 counts. 

Repeat this for at least 1 minute and work your way up to longer periods over time. 

Work to fill your belly, not your chest, with air. This will calm your nervous system. If you do this on a regular basis, you will find that you’re naturally more calm during stressful times. 

These are a few ways you can tune in to your body to give it what it needs throughout the day. 

Stress is a driver of disease. 

As a nation, we are chronically stressed. Stress is not only emotional, but it is chemical, physical, and even goes on inside our bodies. It can be a fight with our partner, a bad work relationship, traffic jams on our commutes, eating inflammatory foods, and even illness in our bodies. 

Think about the things you come in contact with on a daily basis that your body perceives as stress. I encourage you to slow down on a regular basis.

Helpful Tips To Prevent Disease And Reclaim Your Health

Here’s some of my favorite tips to prevent disease

  • Start your day with meditation
  • Take breaks from the computer throughout the day and get blue light blocking glasses
  • Do some deep breathing exercises (remember “box breathing”)
  • Replace intense workouts with yoga a couple times per week 
  • Get in the sauna for a little detox session
  • Take an epsom salt and baking soda bath
  • Go for a nature walk (nature heals)
  • Get a massage
  • Take a barefoot walk in your backyard (earthing)

All these things are healing to both your body and mind. 

Are you good at giving your body what it asks for? 

What are you doing to nurture you? 

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Tips on Staying Healthy During The Holidays | Non-Food Related Tips

Tips on Staying Healthy During The Holidays | Non-Food Related Tips

Many health and wellness blogs this time of year focus solely on food – how to avoid it and what to eat. We know food is a central part of this season. Families gather around the table for a full feast. We attend back-to-back Christmas parties which, of course, have tons of food. Then don’t get me started on all the sugar that’s around this time of year! But this year, I want to give you 7 tips on staying healthy during the holidays that aren’t about food.

7 Tips on Staying Healthy During the Holidays

This wouldn’t be a Chelsie Ward Wellness blog if we didn’t talk about looking at health from a holistic approach. These 7 tips on staying healthy during the holidays focus on the whole body – mind, body, and spirit. Our goal is to coach you to honor your body during this Christmas season.

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep To Better Handle Stress

There’s no doubt that with all the Christmas parties, errands, and family gatherings that the holiday season is exhausting. To add to that exhaustion, you are exposed to unhealthy foods, family stressors, and eating too much sugar. All of that impacts your energy levels. If staying healthy during the holidays is a priority of yours, then you need to get a good night’s sleep to better handle the stress.

While this tip is a short-term solution for the holiday season, getting sufficient sleep directly correlates to your health in the long run. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, insufficient sleep has links to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and decreased immune function.

2. Take a Walk Early In The Morning

Even if exercise is on the backburner during this season, your body still needs to move. Take a walk early in the morning before you travel or spend time with family. You’ll be less likely to indulge because your body has already been energized by the activity. You won’t be reaching for that extra piece of peppermint bark or the next cup of coffee to keep your energy levels high.

3. Focus On Low Intensity Exercise

If you want to continue your exercise regimen through the holidays, focus on low intensity exercise. High intensity exercise can actually add to the stress and cause more weight gain during the holidays.

4. Add Appropriate Supplements Into Your Diet

The holiday season can cause ruin on the body, especially with the average sugar intake spiking. We’re consuming foods that are causing imbalance in our gut. Supplement appropriately to suit your body’s needs.

There are a couple options to add appropriate supplements into your diet. First, you can take a full spore based probiotic and multi-vitamins to round out your diet and give your liver extra support for the toxic burden that holiday festivities may bring.

There’s no time to be sick! Boost your immune system by taking Ganoderma spores.

If you have any questions about getting started with these supplements, schedule a complimentary session with me to see what supplements would optimize your health and wellness.

5. Practice Deep Breathing or Meditation

Deep breathing and meditation is often overlooked because mental health often isn’t valued as much as physical health. But this practice can help you destress, stop anger or rage from turning into something you’ll regret, and ultimately make you happier.

Let’s practice right now!

Breathe in 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Hold 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Breathe out 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Hold 4 counts. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Do this for a couple minutes. Feel free to stop reading right now and set a timer.

Feel better? You can do this for a couple minutes at a time and then work your way up to longer periods of times. This practice will help shift your nervous system into a relaxed state.

When can you do this? Just about anytime. To start, I suggest you practice deep breathing when you wake up, feel stressed, and/or before meals to help digest your food.

6. Spend Your Valuable Time With Positive Relationships

There’s a direct correlation between relationships and your health. When we’re surrounded by toxic people, we start thinking toxic thoughts. Toxic thoughts become actual toxins and impact us physically. We resort to coping mechanisms such as emotional eating or avoidance of supporting people.

Pick a few people that energize you and give you joy. Stick close to those people, especially when you’re going to be around those toxic people. If you need to step away for a few moments to practice your breathing, do so.

7. Declutter as You’re Cleaning

Christmas is now over, and you’re taking down all the decorations. This is a perfect time to declutter as you’re cleaning and repacking those Christmas decorations. Throw out anything broken or not serving a purpose anymore. When putting back your living space to the way it was before, evaluate if the way you had before stressed you out or brought you peace and comfort. As you bring in the new and put away the old, Marie Kondo your home. Get rid of things that no longer serve you or give you joy.

When we declutter our lives, we declutter our minds.

It’s Your Choice To Be Healthy

In conclusion, you have a choice to make. Are you going to settle into old, unhealthy habits over this holiday season? Or are you going to work towards staying healthy? It’s your choice.

Whether you are working full-time and responsible for your business, ministering to the lost, or raising your children, people are counting on you to be your best. It’s time to start focusing on your health – mind, body, and spirit. Take back control of your health so you can live your best life. Click here to schedule a complimentary session with me where I’ll reveal your biggest healing opportunities with you.

Stay happy, healthy, whole!

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How to Prevent Breast Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

How to Prevent Breast Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most powerful tools when it comes to breast cancer is PREVENTION. Two keys to prevention are micronutrients, and open detoxification pathways. We can prevent tumors by providing the body with appropriate micronutrients, and we can repair cellular damage by daily detoxification.

You may have heard the term “estrogen dominance.” It’s one of the common hormone imbalances people experience today. It’s a common cause of PMS, fibroids, infertility, and symptoms of menopause that we assume are a normal part of life. We also see problems with estrogen in men that can lead to prostate cancer, weight gain, and low libido. Thousands are struggling with this today and don’t even know it. There are many symptoms associated with estrogen dominance, but breast cancer is one of those. It is often caused by the body’s inability to detoxify estrogen appropriately.

Estrogen is essential in the body. It’s important for reproductive health, skin, bones, and even contributes to us psychologically. When it’s in the body in excess, it can be converted into dangerous metabolites that cause DNA damage or drive specific cancers in the body.

Estrogen dominance is a problem today because we’re exposed to xenoestrogens and many other chemical estrogens in our environment. These cause disruptions in our endocrine system which lead to excess hormones in the body.

How are we exposed to this toxic estrogen?

  • Cosmetics and personal care products are a big source. Things like shampoo and conditioner, makeup, body lotions, and perfumes have endocrine disruptors. This is not only true for estrogens, but also progesterone. Many of those lip plumpers or wrinkle reducers have hormone disruptors in them. I use an app called Think Dirty and it allows me to scan my personal care products to get rid of the ones that have known endocrine disruptors.
  • Household cleaning products, air fresheners, candles, and other fragrances we use in our homes can also disrupt our hormones. You can use the EWG app and begin to switch some of your toxic cleaning products with non-toxic versions.
  • Plastics are another big source. There was a big movement to remove plastics from our home that contain BPA. The problem is that BPA is not the only plastic hardener out there that disrupts our hormones. So be careful purchasing bpa-free products because that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safe. Many of these products have been replaced with other plastic hardeners such as BPS, which is even more toxic than BPA. Work toward removing plastics from your home and use glass drinking bottles and pyrex containers, especially when using them to heat foods or beverages.
  • Xenoestrogens can also be found in our food. The best way to avoid these endocrine disruptors is to eat organic foods that are free from pesticides and herbicides. Also, purchase grass-fed or pasture-raised meat that is not fed hormones or antibiotics. Consuming cleaner, organic, and local foods increases your vitamins and nutrients, which is another way to prevent cancer and other diseases.

Doing small things every day that help limit your exposure to hormone disruptors can make a huge difference in the prevention of cancer and disease. Another way you can keep estrogen metabolism working for you and your body is to make sure that you have key micronutrients on board. Things like magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin A, and cysteine are key nutrients for hormonal health. Lacking proper nutrition sets the stage for more serious illness like cancer to invade the body.

One of the tests I love to run is a micronutrient panel, which gives me guidance around whether or not I need to take steps to correct imbalance. Another great test for determining excess estrogen or an imbalance in hormones is the DUTCH test. This test can give insight into whether or not a person is estrogen dominant, or if a person is preferring a detox pathway that opens them up for DNA damage or a greater potential for cancer. These are great tests that allow us to take a peek inside the body and make corrections before a disease process begins.

Having the right building blocks is a key component.

Every person is unique, inside and out. And there are many things that affect our own personal nutritional needs, including age, lifestyle, metabolism, prescription drug use, illnesses, and whether or not a person is even absorbing nutrients. Cleaning up the body and repairing cellular damage is a great way to prevent hormonal imbalance that can lead to things like breast cancer and other disease processes.

Breast cancer health is so much more than a mammogram.

Speaking of mammograms, thermography is actually a safer, painless, and more accurate alternative. Thermal imaging is a diagnostic technique that allows for early detection. While detection is an important part, the key is that we know how to reduce toxins from our environment that are contributing to breast cancer and other diseases.

We talked about some of the ways you can reduce your exposure to cancer. These are great tools to help you reduce the risk factors so you can decrease your chances of ever getting cancer.

Cancer doesn’t happen overnight. We talked about some of the risk factors like heavy or painful periods, fibroids, weight gain, and infertility. Other things to consider are, ovarian cysts, adult acne, chronic fatigue, or autoimmune conditions. If you’re suffering from any of these things or have a history of breast cancer in your family, or a history of a diet high in processed foods, something like the DUTCH hormone test could be beneficial when it comes to prevention.

The awesome thing is, even if you have a genetic predisposition, you don’t have to be another statistic. You have a choice to take your health into your own hands.

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Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

Our intestinal lining is made up of a layer of cells that helps us absorb nutrients, but it also acting as a barrier to things that have the potential of being harmful to our digestive system – like toxins, pathogens, or other microorganisms. When the gut is exposed to certain environmental triggers, it can lead to a condition known as intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome.

This is something I suffered from for many years. I had severe gastrointestinal symptoms from the time I was a child all the way through adulthood. Diarrhea, constipation, stomach aches, constant nausea, gas, bloating, pain, irritable bowel… You name it, and I had it.

I was overweight, underweight, had a gallbladder that was barely functioning, I would go weeks without having a bowel movement and then all the sudden the bottom would fall out. I hope you don’t know what I mean. But if you who do, you know it’s no fun.

I want to give you overview of what leaky gut syndrome looks like, the signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, associated health conditions, as well as an overview of the four R’s, which is a therapeutic approach to Healing your leaky gut.

What is leaky gut syndrome?

The intestinal barrier is made up of a single layer of epithelial cells which are separated by tight junctions that act as a physical barrier. If the gut is healthy, tight junctions in the intestinal lining are selectively permeable, which means they will do their job to absorb of certain nutrients, water, and electrolytes. But these tight junctions also provide a protective barrier, preventing the absorption of the harmful molecules such as the toxins, pathogens, and other antigens mentioned previously.

How does leaky gut happen?

There is a protein called Zonulin that is secreted by the intestinal tract that is associated with leaky gut syndrome. Environmental factors may stimulate the release of zonulin, which has been shown to down-regulate these tight junctions. When the gut becomes imbalanced in its microbes, this is known as dysbiosis, and it plays a role in the development of leaky gut. This can be reversed by removing environmental triggers and cleaning up the gut.

What are the causes and risk factors?

  • Antibiotic use
  • Environmental toxins
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Infections
  • Poor gut health
  • Gluten consumption
  • Certain medications like NSAIDs, immunosuppressants
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet
  • Chronic or excessive stress

Related health conditions

The latest research tells us that increased intestinal permeability may be associated with a number of health conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and type 1 diabetes.

What can you do about it?

This is where the 4 R’s come in.

  • Remove the pathogens and inflammatory triggers. This can be done with elimination diets, that remove inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, peanuts. Food sensitivity tests can also be helpful in determining foods that are causing inflammation in individuals. Stool testing helps determine pathogens present and is another way to look at zonulin markers.
  • Replace essential nutrients that are supportive for healthy microbiome like fiber rich foods, prebiotics, and anti-inflammatory foods.
  • Reinoculate with probiotics and introduce fermented foods when the timing is appropriate.
  • Repair with certain nutrients that promote health of the gut lining, like immunoglobulins, L-glutamine, zinc, and Ganoderma.

There is a systematic approach that promotes healing of the gut when intestinal permeability creeps in. This Protocol can take as little as 60 to 90 days when the appropriate steps are taken to correct it. I encourage you to work with your functional wellness practitioner who can recommend specific testing and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.

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My mission is to give you the tools you need to get to the root of your nagging symptoms so you can live your best life!

Your Toxic Mind is Making You Sick

Your Toxic Mind is Making You Sick

Did you know your thoughts can impact your physical health?

What you should know about the Mind-Body Connection…

I love to cleanse the body at least a couple times per year to do a little reboot. During this time, I implement different strategies that bring me what I need to clean up debris from old toxic patterns that I’ve allowed to creep in over the previous season.

Today I want to focus on cleansing from a mind-body perspective. I believe the way we get the most bang for our buck (if you will) is to see them as one.

THE PROCESS

It takes preparation when we decide to cleanse or detoxify the body. I’ve found that it’s super important, especially in this day because our environment has become a dumping ground for toxic waste. As a matter of fact, detoxification was a complete game-changer for me during my health journey, to the point that it’s something I use with every one of my clients today. After experiencing health symptoms that I just couldn’t get rid of, like foggy thinking, headaches, gas, bloating, indigestion, joint pain, waking up tired in the mornings, and inability to sleep through the night, I worked to develop a seasonal cleansing protocol based on the knowledge and experience I gained from many of my mentors. In working with others, I also found that sometimes all it takes for them to see a complete turnaround in their health is to give them the same tools to implement these detoxification strategies on a regular basis.

Cleansing has been a part of my life from the beginning, since embarking on my journey to health. Along the way, I learned that cleansing and detoxifying can be quite different. In short, we can cleanse the body by eliminating certain foods and allowing the body to rest or reboot. You’ve probably seen juice cleanses, and heard of people implementing certain types of fasts, and even teas and other potions that are supposed to cleanse the body. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you are attempting to completely detoxify the body, and clean up the cells, there needs to be certain components in place for that to happen.

I come across many teachings that focus on detoxifying the body but there are 2 things I want to focus on today that I feel are many times missed in these discussions.   

#1 the importance of the liver

#2 the importance of cleansing toxic thoughts

I know… these may seem super random, but I believe we cannot cleanse a toxic body and leave a toxic mind alone. This is what I like to refer to as the mind-body connection for cleansing and detoxification.

If the body goes through this detoxification process, but we are still in a pattern of addiction and self-destruction due to traumatic events that we have not processed, then we never move into a place of freedom.

PHYSICAL DETOX

I mentioned that cleansing and detox are quite different. The process of physical detox actually requires a 3-step process. This is known as the 3 phases of detoxification. For detoxification to take place in the body, there must be certain vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients on board. The body then goes through a systematic process to do the clean-up work.

Our liver is our major detoxification organ – so learn to love your liver.

What happens in the 3 phases?

  • In phase 1, the liver uses enzymes and oxygen to break up the toxins.
  • In phase 2, the toxins are packaged up into a water-soluble package
  • In phase 3, the liver, kidneys, and intestines work to excrete the toxins

There are many things that can get in the way of detoxification taking place in the body, but some of these include things like:

  • Overgrowth of pathogenic microbes (parasites, bacteria, fungus) in the digestive tract
  • Lack of fiber
  • Magnesium deficiencies
  • Food intolerance

Signs that you need to detox are:

  • Belly bloat
  • Abdominal fat – also known as “the spare tire effect”
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Acid reflux/heart burn
  • Dark spots on your skin and dark circles under the eyes
  • Excessive sweating or stinky sweat
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual Irregularities

MENTAL / EMOTIONAL DETOX

So now that you have a better understanding about what it takes to do a physical detox, let’s talk about the mental/emotional aspect. This is one topic I rarely see approached when there is a discussion around detoxification. I imagine it is one of the most toxic things in our environment though.

Thinking back to my own healing journey, this was one of the most important for me. It’s actually where my journey began.

I remember when I wasn’t the most positive person. Growing up, I wasn’t necessarily negative, but my self-talk wasn’t very good. I imagine it’s something we could all work on. Most of us probably tend to be a little harsh on ourselves compared to how we are with others we love.

We pick this up from those around us many times. And we also have false notions of what’s really important in life because we watch things go on around us and feel like we have to live up to the worlds ideas instead of creating our own.

Conforming to those around us and the things of this world can be very toxic to our mind and emotional state.

In my time of working through my own issues and helping others do the same, I’ve found that our mind has the ability to control us and bring us into negative thought patterns if we allow it.

We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, on a daily – and even moment-by-moment basis. This means we have a choice in where we end up emotionally. We can either become victim to our emotions, sickness, or other circumstances, or we can go THROUGH them and find strength to endure.

We detox our thoughts and mind by casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. That means casting down negative thought patterns like fear, anxiety, worry, depression, and doubt. We are to process our experiences and go through them. If we don’t bring our thoughts into captivity and choose to process them, then they will hold us captive and we will assume the position of being a victim to our very own thoughts.

MIND-BODY CONNECTION

Toxic thoughts become toxic to us physically. When we believe we are sick, overweight, broke, ugly, then we become those things, because whatever we focus on, we bring about.

I work with people on a daily basis who believe these things. I work with them to shift these thought patterns so they believe what is true, instead of believing a lie. The things we worry about are things that we dream up in our subconscious. They are many times things that don’t even matter. Other times these are thoughts that arise because we’ve been through a traumatic event. But if we fail to process these thoughts, then we will become their slaves.

In the physical body, there’s a shift in our cellular makeup that actually can create physical matter. Dr. Caroline Leaf is one of the greatest researchers in this area. She says that disease is created first as a negative thought.

Whatever you meditate on and think about it in your heart, you will become. This world was created by a thought that was verbalized, when God said, “let there be light.” And there was light. So that thought became a physical reality. That’s exactly how your thoughts and language and body work together.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?

As you can see from above, there are things that need to be in place for you to physically clean up your cells appropriately. I encourage you to work with a qualified professional if you are feeling any of the symptoms mentioned. You want to make sure you have the right things in place, including nutrients as well as make sure you are eliminating properly before implementing any detoxification program.

My desire is that you understand this information in a way that allows you to implement it on a regular basis – not only that, but learn the tools you need so you can one day do it on your own.

If you’re ready for a different take on losing weight, getting rid of depression and anxiety, and ridding things like digestive upset, headaches, pain and inflammation, swollen legs and feet… if you want to learn how to live in health in your mind and body so you can live your best life, then join me and the others who have already made the decision to invest in themselves for my seasonal cleanse challenge.

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