How to Detox Holistically

Because we are connected – body, mind and spirit – what affects one part of us affects the whole. During a recent Intensive workshop at GateWay, we talked about the process of detoxing the body, the mind and the spirit.

Detox the Body – presented by Lorraine Oberholtzer, RD, LD

Numerous methods are available for a chemical and physical detox of the body, but each of us has to know what is good for our own body. The idea of a healthy and effective detox is to free the body from anything that may be causing physical stress.

The best detox involves a two-pronged approach:

  1. Remove toxins
  2. Strengthen the body’s own defense mechanism

Toxin removal may include water filters, air filters, fasting from certain foods, buying organic foods, avoiding GMOs, cooking more meals at home and avoiding food additives.

Most toxin removal begins by reducing inflammatory foods such as processed sugars, dairy and gluten products.

We can begin to detox the body by simply eating less. This lightens the load on the digestive system and the all-important gut which contains immune strengthening properties.

Other important tips include:

  • Drink more water
  • Add a good probiotic
  • Increase the omega 3s with fish oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna and trout
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Choose healthy fats such as coconut oil, nuts, avocados and extra virgin olive oil
  • Increase exercise time and fiber consumption

Detox the Mind – presented by Kiersten Adkins, LPC, MA, Exec Dir of Pathway to Hope

The way we think determines our behaviors and can also affect us spiritually and physically. The mind truly regulates the flow of energy and information we receive and pass onward.

As we become more comfortable with who we are, our mental health is underscored by fulfilling relationships, well-being, healthy energy and a more impactful life.

Our basic functions such as eating, sleeping and breathing affect the feeling parts of the brain which also determine how we think about ourselves and our lives.

So our behavior is determined by how we emotionally respond to a situation. If we continue to think about something negative and feed that negativity, we will respond negatively. This can lead to self-sabotage and additional stress – which also affects the body.

Our goal, mentally, is to reduce the chaos and stress and become a more balanced, synchronized individual. The idea of balance, aka moderation, can help keep our emotions in a more steady, healthy place rather than swinging all over the place from despair to disgust to shame to fear then back to happiness and joy.

Some of the important questions to ask ourselves include:

  • Am I mindful of myself?
  • Who am I made to be?
  • What am I going to be?
  • How will I achieve this goal?
  • When will this happen?
  • Why will I invest myself in this goal?

As we determine to be proactive with our minds, we protect ourselves from emotional bankruptcy. Then, a healthy mind leads to a healthy spirit.

Detox of the Spirit – presented by Rebecca Thesman, CLC, BSE, GateWay Program Director and Life Coach

We know we need a detox of the spirit when we are out of alignment with God. For some women, that means they will feel directionless, unable to pray and/or feel as if they have no peace.

One way to return to alignment with God is to focus more on him than on ourselves and our problems. Keeping a gratitude journal is an effective way to discipline ourselves for more thankfulness.

But we also need to detox ourselves away from harmful attitudes such as:

  • Self-doubt – based on fear and focused on the “I can’t” or the “I’ll never” statements
  • Self-sabotage – when we procrastinate or feel paralyzed with no joy
  • Stress – when our energy is drained and we no longer set healthy boundaries
  • Settling – for what we don’t truly want – for what is second best

Some practical tips to help us avoid these dangerous “S” words might include:

  • Ignore the “shoulds” – when other people or even our own minds try to “should” us into doing something we don’t want to do
  • Set healthy boundaries, especially around the things that drain our energy
  • Plan for a day of play and/or a special retreat away from everything
  • Fast from anything that takes us away from God
  • Increase more of the stress-relieving activities: coloring, singing, walking
  • Remember we are made in the image of God – body, mind and spirit
  • Pay attention to the inner nudges of the Holy Spirit
  • Realize who we really are and appreciate our true value

As we work on these issues, we can move into more balance with our bodies, our minds and our spirits. Then we will be healthier and able to use our giftings to impact the world and make a difference.

©2017 GateWay of Hope – Hope, Healing and Wholeness for Women

Once Mangled, Now Priceless

It was a hard fall.

My husband and I were walking at our favorite park, enjoying the sunny, spring day. We were on a familiar path, so I wasn’t watching my steps. A stone paver had become dislodged. I tripped and fell – hard – catching myself on the palms of my hands.

After sitting a few minutes to clear my head, I went to the restroom and washed my bleeding left arm. Thankfully, I escaped major injuries.

We drove away from the park, heading for the grocery store. About two miles away, I reached down to turn my engagement ring back toward the outside. Because my husband usually walks on my left and the ring sometimes scratches him, he had asked me to turn it to the inside when we walk. When I turned my ring around, the diamond from my engagement ring was missing and the prongs on the head of the ring were mangled.

We headed back to the park. Not expecting to ever find the diamond, we still knew we had to look. In less than 30 seconds, my husband spotted it in the mud. A solitary stone, unprotected just a few minutes before, was now safe in my husband’s hand.

The next day, we went to the jeweler. We chose a different setting – my diamond would now be surrounded by a small circle of tiny diamonds.

It has taken me some time to become accustomed to my beautiful new ring, and I love it. But what I like most are the personal meanings I have placed on it. diamond ring

The jeweler called the circle of tiny diamonds around my original diamond a “halo” – that term we so often equate with angels, purity and holiness. My diamond, once lost in the dirt, is now surrounded by a pure halo of tiny sparkling diamonds. And when I look at it, I’m reminded that I am encircled by my husband’s love, as well as God’s protection.

The meaning of my story – the diamond that was lost and found, the head that was mangled and replaced – extends beyond me to other women.

Abuse and neglect. Loss and grief. Divorce. Betrayal, rejection, abandonment and loneliness. These – and more – distort and disfigure many women. They forget their true identities. They believe they are dirty and worthless. They often feel vulnerable, unprotected and lost.

But they are not lost to God.

He knows who they are. He knows where they are. Just as my husband picked up my diamond out of the mud, God picks up hurting women out of their own muddy lives. He holds them in the palm of His hand and over time, gives them new hearts and new minds. He encircles them with His love.

And the results?

Their true identities are reclaimed.

Their beauty and value are enhanced after spending time in the mud.

They have new “sparkle” in their lives.

These “lost diamonds” are now secure in a new setting – a setting that is not only more beautiful than before but is also so secure, they can never become lost again.

2014 GateWay of Hope – The Helping Place for Hurting Women
Submitted by a GateWay Woman