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Spring Wellness

A Journey to Better Health & Feeling Better During the Spring Season

Written by Kristen Daschke, CNHP

It is commonly said in natural health that your health begins in your gut. The health of the digestive system, or the gut, plays a big role on the health of your entire body. We talk about this topic, as well as the other foundations to better health in our Launch Into Wellness program.

If your digestive system is out of balance, it could be missing out on absorbing important nutrients that are essential for maintaining a healthy body. Also, if your digestive system is not flowing smoothly on a schedule with bowel movements, your body is likely holding onto toxins that can build up overtime.

If you tend to eat more acid-promoting foods, your body may be experiencing more mucous, which if this is out of control, one may experience conditions such as candida. 

Besides the elimination pathway of the digestive system, we have to also consider the elimination pathways of our skin, and through our lungs.

Our skin is responsible for eliminating one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day. All of the products that you place on your skin are then detoxified by your liver and your kidneys. So, think about all of those ingredients in the products you're exposed to throughout the day or week: face wash, shampoo, soap, make up, household cleaning products, etc. What could those ingredients be doing to your body over-time?

Besides the liver and kidneys helping to filter out the junk or bodies come in contact with, we have another filtration system within our tissues called Lymph. You may have heard about Lymph nodes, which we have strategically located in certain areas of our body, including under the armpits, and in the groin area. Lymph is one more system that helps to clean out the toxic ingredients we are exposed to through what we put on our skin, and along with lymph, we have a natural mechanism in our body to sweat. Sweating is a natural way for the body to release toxins not otherwise able to be detoxed through other elimination pathways of the body. Let's talk about anti-perspirants for a minute -- you know, those deodorants that have synthetic chemicals in them to make your skin do the complete opposite of what your body has been designed to do to help keep you healthy. 

"But I stink" -- I hear that all of the time. 

To be bold and honest, there's an elimination issue that needs to be addressed, and that may be needing to go through a detox. I went through it, and I'm telling you from my experience, it is worth it. I did feel like I had an odor to me for a bit through the detoxing, but I simply used my essential oils to fix that. 

Now that we've covered the different elimination pathways of the body, the conclusion I want to draw here is to be more mindful of what you're using in and on your body, as well as breathing in. 

Yep, breathing... something that we all want to be sure we're able to do without discomfort, especially through the springs months with the flowers and trees blooming. Some of us have a greater reaction to some things over others, including animals, stings, plants, and foods. This topic takes me back to gut health and touching on probiotics. Our body needs a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria. If you were to have a doctor prescribe an antibiotic and you were to take it, it is important to know that this antibiotic would not only wipe out the bad bacteria that could be causing an infection or disease, but it would also wipe out the good bacteria that is in your gut working to keep your whole body in balance. 

Anti = against

Pro = for/in support of

Biotic = life

Unfortunately, a lot of our food supply has been contaminated with antibiotics that we may end up consuming every single day. So how do we support a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in our body? Support your gut with a high-quality probiotic. I prefer Life 9 or KidScents MightyPro.
Common prescriptions or over-the-counter products on the market to stop allergy symptoms are anti-histamines. "Antihistamines reduce or block histamines, so they stop allergy symptoms...but they can't relieve every symptom. To treat nasal congestion, your doctor may recommend a decongestant." -WebMD.com
I've tried my share of antihistamines from the doctor during much of what I remember from my childhood and teenage years, and I know how they affected my body. What I concluded for myself was that they were covering up the deeper cause of why my body was reacting the way it was to natural occurrences. It wasn't until I became intentional with taking care of my body on a greater level through detoxing, feeding my body good nutrients, removing toxic cleaners from my home, switching from candles to diffusing essential oils, and overall pursuing a healthy lifestyle and staying consistent with it that I became free of the irritation my body would go through with the changing of the seasons. 
To my knowledge, there's no magic pill to keep you healthy and feeling good throughout the entire year. Like nature, your body goes through change, and it's our ability to adapt with that change that can help us to live longer, healthier lives. 
Doing a little bit each day to support our health will help to keep our bodies stronger and more resistant to the not-so-great things we may get exposed to throughout our life. 
 
The greatest investment you will ever make is in your health.

Here are a few essential oils that I make sure to have on hand during the Spring months:

Supplements I take daily that offer specific support:

Spring

Summary from Staying Healthy with the Seasons

Staying healthy through the spring season means keeping your Wood element -- your liver and gallbladder -- in the best possible shape, with new attention to your nutrition, exercise, self-awareness and self-expression. Spring is the season of beginning, creation. This is a special time to be open to the new, and the season to clear out the past which is ready to leave. 

Nutritionally, it is a good time to fast, or to do a liquid cleanse, creating a clearer harmony between your inner and outer lives. Your diet will become lighter, with more raw foods -- greens, sprouts, salads, fruits, nuts, seeds -- some grains but fewer heavier foods like meat and dairy products, avoiding fried foods, chemical foods, and alcohol and other drugs.

Mental relaxation will allow you openness and peace of mind, while developing your ability to focus and to make clear decisions. Physical activity will help to clear and open the body and mind. Developing a regular exercise program is important now.

Making contact with your creative self is vital to spring harmony. Who are you inside? What do you need to express to feel free? You are continually creating your life; be aware of this, and dance and play the tune that you are!

As you can see, a lot is going on in the springtime of life. It is important to clear out the past to create spaces for the future to come into being now. If there is no room for it, the new energy will get all clogged up in the system. When spring arrives, remember, "elimination equals illumination."

--Staying Healthy with the Seasons - 21st Century Edition by Elson M. Haas, M.D.

 

Always consult your physician before beginning any wellness program, changing or discontinuing prescriptions. See Medical Disclaimer