It was in the first month of 2017 that I recommended switching to a natural deodorant to start off your ‘Year of Detoxing.’ I have a story you might be interested in hearing … Last month I started to notice a hive type of red bumps in my underarm area. It was weird and irritation can be a sign of chemical sensitivity. But I doubted that since I was using a natural deodorant … however it can still happen, so I switched brands yet the bumps remained. They didn’t itch, they were the size of a pencil eraser and there were at least 20 of them. Yep, that’s a lot. So I started to look at some other potential culprits and I found a supplement I had just started taking had a form of aluminum in it. Yikes … I try to be so careful and avoid heavy metals; I immediately stopped taking that supplement. About a week later the red bumps were gone. It wasn’t a sensitivity to the deodorant, it was my body doing what it should … naturally detoxing through my skin in the underarm area. An anti-perspirant can stop your body’s natural detox reaction. I have to wonder if that’s why some women get breast cancer … because their body is being blocked from detoxing naturally under their arms and the toxins get trapped in that area?
The detox plan I’ve outlined is all about 1) supporting the body so that it isn’t overloaded with toxins and 2) so it can eliminate toxins on it’s own naturally. The body eliminates toxins through the skin (sweating) and through elimination (colon and bladder). The liver and the kidneys are two big organs that filter toxins. Did you know that some people taking certain prescription medications have to go to their doctor weekly to have a blood test to see if the medication is affecting their liver or kidney health? This is the first month I’d like you to consider whether a supplement can help support your monthly detox … have you heard of Milk Thistle? Click on the link to see all the benefits (and precautions). Milk Thistle is inexpensive and available over-the-counter. Here’s one bit of research:
Among six studies of milk thistle and chronic alcoholic liver disease, four reported significant improvement in at least one measurement of liver function (i.e., aminotransferases, albumin, and/or malondialdehyde) or histologic findings with milk thistle compared with placebo, but also reported no difference between groups for other outcome measures.
Interestingly, the research from the link above outlines some adverse reactions but also says, “For randomized trials reporting adverse effects, incidence was approximately equal in milk thistle and control groups.” (That could indicate adverse reactions might be a type of nocebo effect – a negative placebo effect.) And of course consult your doctor for possible interactions if you are on prescription medication.
In October I’ll be completing an Emotion Code group session focusing on releasing trapped emotions that may be preventing your detoxing. Learn more about that HERE.
In October consider ways to support your bodies ability to detox by helping your detox organs function at their best.
A review of month by month ideas on Living the Natural Life Through Detoxing:
January, Month One, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Deodorant without Aluminum (doTerra, Schmidts)
February, Month Two, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Shampoo, Soap, and Lotion without endocrine disruptors (doTerra, Arbonne, POSH, etc.)
March, Month Three, Living the Natural Life – Switch to Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils (doTerra’s Deep Blue Rub, a natural capsaicin cream, Peppermint for Headaches, or a Blend of Juniper Berry and Black Pepper for nerve pain)
April, Month Four, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Toothpaste and avoid the dangers of toxic fluoride
May, Month Five, Living the Natural Life – Check your cleaning products for toxins with the EWG guide and switch to all natural products and using lemon essential oil for cleaning
June, Month Six, Living the Natural Life – Decrease sugar consumption and use natural sweeteners
July, Month Seven, Living the Natural Life – Switch to essential oils as a natural insect repellent
August, Month Eight, Living the Natural Life – Drink healthy water
September, Month Nine, Living the Natural Life – Do an Emotional Detox – Don’t fear your emotions, feel them fully, process the informational message they are telling you (i.e. set your boundaries, live in the now, don’t expect perfection) and then let them go.
October, Month Ten, Living the Natural Life – Support your bodies ability to detox by helping your detox organs function at their best. Learn more about Milk Thistle and sign up for the October Emotion Code group session.