If you've started your journey with a good detox, you're on your way to a healthier you. The next step is to repair any damage that's been done and restore good habits.
The good news is that our bodies are in a constant state of renewal, and by making these lifestyle changes, it's possible to reverse many chronic diseases!
Navigating that bridge from a lifestyle of convenient, tasty, addictive foods to healthy, whole, clean foods can be tricky. The addiction is real, and although you may have reset your taste buds and cleared some of your toxic load, the challenge now is to repair any damage that's been done so you do not remain in a cycle of treating symptoms. At the same time, you will want to restore the nutrients, minerals and probiotics to restore your body to health.
The gut, also referred to as the digestive or gastrointestinal system, is a group of organs that includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. More than the body’s primary site of taking in and absorbing nutrients, this system of critical digestive organs also acts as a type of switchboard or communication center to and from the brain, and functions as one of the body’s front lines in the fight against disease. In fact, the gut is often referred to as our second brain!
Our gut plays a major role in our health and well-being. It can be the root of disease, as physicians have attested since ancient times, or the root of vibrant health, energy and longevity. When our microbiome (the good bugs) are plentiful and happy, we radiate energy. Our skin is clear, we sleep well at night and we have no digestive distress. Fortunately there are many natural remedies available to restore this complex, critical system that is foundational to our well being.
The brain is an incredibly complex organ housing somewhere between 84 to 100 billion neurons that act as the command center for our body and mind. Our brain simply rules our life. From our bodily functions to our emotions, intellectual capacity, social interactions, creativity and mood, a healthy brain can mean the difference between a happy, successful person and one who struggles through life.
What damages the brain? Consider that our brain is very soft - the consistency of butter - housed in a skull that is full of bony ridges. Accidents happen, but when they are to the head, there can be more going on inside than you'd expect!
The brain is also damaged by poor nutrition, toxins in our food and environment, preservatives, GMOs, drugs and alcohol, lack of water and exercise and poor sleep. Though our brain only accounts for 3% of our body weight, it utilizes 20% of the body's resources. The good news is that this type of damage in many instances can be reversed.
If your think of the brain as a computer, the mind is the software running it. Taking care of your brain is essential for your software to run smoothly. Now assuming your hardware is being well maintained, let's talk about this multi-level software that transcends physical boundaries.
Your mind lives both in your 'computer brain' as well as in the cloud. It operates at varying levels. Consider the awake or conscious mind, the sleeping or unconsciousness mind, the subconscious 'always on' mind, the transcendent or intuitive mind, the heart centered 'emotional' mind and the spectrum that runs between them. Who programs this software? How does it get updated? What happens when there's a virus or malicious programming?
The mind is pivotal to health and happiness. It is our mindset, our ability to remove blocks, change behaviors, replace bad habits with good ones, change patterns and actively heal from difficulties that all come from the power of our mind.