Remember how I said that I learn well through other people's experiences? Well, my slow realization about the way your body works began when I was in high school. My mom went through some pretty significant health problems that her doctors were having a really hard time identifying. Eventually her chiropractor discovered that it was her thyroid, adrenals, food allergies and leaky gut.
I'm not over exaggerating when I say everything, either. Whenever I went to see her, I had to wash all my clothes in a dye free, fragrance free laundry detergent. No lotion. No soap with scent it in. Definitely no perfume. What she could eat had been very drastically reduced. At one point she could only eat blended beans that had been soaked overnight. BLENDED BEANS! Blech! So if I made something to eat that she couldn't have, I had to make sure to seriously wash the counter, with approved soap, after I was done. As well as all the dishes and anything else that had been in contact with said food. Why? Because if she set her hand on the counter and we hadn't wiped it, even if it was something so small you couldn't see, like a bit of flour, she would have a reaction. She couldn't even HOLD a bottle of medicine without having a reaction. Can you comprehend that? She couldn't even hold the BOTTLE. That was crazy to me! That was actually how she built up taking her thyroid medicine. She had to hold the bottle, then work up to holding the pill, then work up to taking the smallest piece she could cut off of the pill. This was of medicine that her body craved and needed, but she just couldn't process it. Can you imagine how it responded to the stuff it didn't need?
One of the medicines she took was a cream that she rubbed on her wrists. What!? Your body absorbs things, even if you don't ingest them! Through touch. Through smell. What did this mean in practical terms for me? What you put on your skin matters! If it's not safe for ingestion, it's not safe for me, period. What exactly is that ingredient in my deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, body soap, dish washing soap, laundry soap? Was it something that was going to benefit my body? What was that "fragrance" in my candles, house sprays, and home products that was making her feel sick? Even things that were "safe" to ingest came under scrutiny. Why did she develop all these food allergies? Even to things that were considered "healthy". As she started doing cleanses and detoxes, my next thought was, "I've never even THOUGHT about my liver". EVERYTHING filters through your liver. Was I doing anything to support that function?
I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything possible to support my organs and their functions. Instead of living life blind to the potential diseases I was fostering in my body, I became very interested in prevention. It's a journey, not a destination. I make new changes everyday, but it takes time. I have to wrap my brain around things, and sometimes it takes me a while to embrace something. So I don't feel bad when I talk to people that are farther along in their health journey than me. I also don't judge people that are just starting their journey. We all have our priorities, our lives, and our problems. Everyone's journey is different. Different pace, different parts, different conclusions. So my journey towards health started in 2004, but didn't really make any headway until 2011-2012. That's a story for next time. Until then,
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