I will admit I’ve been kind of uninspired about writing on the blog about myself, mainly my Hashimoto’s. I wrote about my excitement about finding a functional medicine doctor, but my excitement has kind of died off as I started treatmentment because I was overwhelmed with the process and detoxing…physically and mentally.
Since my testing showed some pretty persistent bacteria and viral infections, my doctor put me on some hefty herbals, an antibiotic and nystatin. (This was a very tough choice for me but I have used MANY natural alternatives to antibiotics but they were not enough to kick the infections.)
I figured there would be some die off but I was not prepared for the physical toll it would take on me or, the mental one. I honestly was just too afraid to hope this would work.
I have some amazing friends (and a SUPER, amazing husband!) that walked me through a lot of the detox and supporting me while I was down.
I also have an amazing God to lean on. At my lowest, He sent words that reached right to my heart and pulled me up out of the pit I felt like I was in. Those words deserve a post of their own but I’m not sure I’m ready to share that but know that He will make a way for you!
Now that I can look back and think more clearly, I’d like to share a few ways on how to deal with detox.
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How to deal with Detox:
1.) Keep the drainage pathways open!
Yes, to keep the toxins flowing you need to keep their pathways out of the body open…bowels, kidney, lymph, liver, skin. There are lots of ways to do this. Herbs, supplements, water, gentle moving, skin brushing, chiropractic adjustments, castor oil packs and Epsom salts bathes were my friends during this time. (And still are as I’m still finishing this protocol!)
Yes, rest. Your body is doing a lot of work and it needs to rest. Be kind to yourself and rest during the day if you need to. (You don’t even have to sleep, but putting your feet up for a while can be enough to get you over the hump) Get to bed before 10pm. (This is a biggie for me that I’m not great at but am making strides to do it!)
3.) Keep up with your supplements and medications.
It is important to make sure you are taking your doses on time and consistently. This can be difficult when you have a lot of supplements that need to be spread out through out the day. Timers and phone apps can be your friend. (Trust me!) My brain was foggy so it helped me to have a list of all the things I need to take and the specifics about each one’s timing.
4.) Charcoal and Bentonite Clay
Charcoal and clay may very well be your best friend during this time. When the symptoms are at their peak taking these kind help bind out the toxins to help clear them from your system. Be careful to time them with your medication and supplements. Also, make sure you are drinking lots of water to help them flush your system.
5.) Eat Well
Your body need to be fed and nourished during this time. Eat foods that fulfill your bodies needs. Green smoothies and bone broth really helped keep my minerals balanced when I was struggling.
6.) Don’t keep it to yourself
Like I said before, I leaned heavily on my husband and friends during this time. I cried at the drop of a pin, I tell you. The effect of the detox just weighed me down. My husband was my rock and let me cry and talked me through many rough nights…he also said those important words of, “I’m never giving up.”
I’ll admit that this was difficult for me to write as I had to look back at the last month or so and realize how awful I felt. It it worth it to see the progress and I pray my lab redraws in a few months will also reflect improvement.
What has helped you get through detox?