When dealing with any chronic problem or weaknesses in the body, most naturopathic minded professionals agree that the path towards true healing is 1) get rid of toxins and 2) nourish the body. Could it really be that simple? Yes! Our bodies are designed to heal themselves when given the right tools and also when the offending stumbling blocks are removed.
In our chemical age, studies find that there are on average 287 toxins found in the umbilical cord of newborns. Wow! Children are starting off with toxic systems. Is it any wonder when our bodies start to fail us so much earlier than for our grandparents or great-grandparents? In a study on tap water, 316 contaminants were found, of which 202 are unregulated and 114 have some regulations (sourced from the Environmental Working Group). Toxins are found all over American homes:
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) —— found in formaldehyde, fuel, solvents
- PFCs (Perflourinated Compounds)—— as in teflon
- Fire retardants ———————–found on furniture and some children’s clothing
- POPs (Persistant Organic Pollutants) —– as in dioxines, DDT, DDE
- Mercury and other Heavy Metals – in food, water, dental
- Chemical byproducts
- Antibiotics, pharma drugs
- Pesticides, GMOs
Gross, right? They are a very real problem. Most people have them if they aren’t on a clean lifestyle or have done a parasite cleanse. If one has had a compromised system at any time, then parasites and worms most definitely got in there. We are susceptible to these ever present pests when our bodies are weak, toxic, or mal-nourished. Having a Leaky Gut issue also compounds the issue as intruders are allowed through our natural defense system. These guys do a whole lot of damage, too. They can get in the receptor sites and cause havoc. Their toxins and die-off cause malfunctions in organs as well. If one is trying to heal from a chronic issue, doing a parasite cleanse would be a vital part of the recovery.
Negative Emotions/Spiritual Baggage
Having a positive attitude is more potent than most realize. It can truly make or break a person. Be real. Deal with conflict. Forgive the past. Pray for wisdom, forgiveness, and healing. God can heal any broken heart – we just have to be willing to give it to Him.
Nourishing the Body
In a land so full of substances that resemble food, it is almost unbelievable that our culture is so malnourished. Traditional foods that our ancestors ate were industrialized almost out of existence during the World Wars era. Thankfully, a spark is kindling all around the country as people are waking up and demanding to know more about their food. Food documentaries popping up are inspiring many to get back to real foods. Novice gardeners, urban dwellers, new homesteaders all seek to bring fresh life onto the family table. When our bodies receive the nutrients they need – healing fats, probiotic fermentations, sustaining bone broths, grassfed meats, pastured poultry, wild-caught fish, raw dairy, organic produce, and fermented grains – we can heal as we were designed to from the inside out.
Check out a good food documentary. Be inspired. Keep on that healing path. God guide each of us on our journey toward being whole in Him.