I listened to a really interesting talk today about plastics. It was an audio by Daniel Vitalis on the David Wolfe’s Membership Forum. In it he describes how many of the common plastics we have in our lives contain Xenoestrogens, which he illustrates as directly affecting our hormones. It is said that these Xenoestrogens actually increase the female hormone levels in our body, resulting in the various female related conditions in women and also many prostate conditions in men. Now, these plastics are everywhere and it is inevitable that we will be consuming some level of them in our foods, drinks and daily lives as we are simply surrounded by plastics.
It then got me thinking about all the other toxins we are indirectly exposed to, perhaps without even realising it. Think about it…. air-conditioners, car pollution, the water we drink, the skin cream we might use, even just sitting in front of the television is exposing us to something! Ahhhhh scary thought! Thing is, this is reality and unless we go and live on a deserted island for the rest of our lives, we are inevitably going to be exposed to toxins. – so I am not going to stress about that one too much!
The biggest toxins we have however exposed and ingested into our bodies is, what we have been eating. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t eaten this well before ….ever! I always looked at people who ate healthy as boring and silly and hey, I was young and I could eat whatever I wanted! So, I did. I ate anything and everything, without any consideration of what those chemicals and ingredients might be doing to my body. When I was growing up, I ate what my mom presented to me on a plate and though much of it was low in fat, it certainly was far from being nutrient rich and health focused.
Things are different now. My motivation is not to be thin or to run a marathon or just to look good. My mission is to heal this body.
I know that eating healthy is helping. There is no doubt that it is as my symptoms have dramatically improved. I know that it subdues all those symptoms of pain, inflammation, headaches, nausea, poor digestion etc etc…..however it is only helping. Why?
Well, think about it this way. I have only been eating this super healthy way for about a year now. Initially, I cut back on dairy, sugar and meat. The last year I finally cut out gluten (for real!) and only recently have I actually grasped the concept of superfoods and GIVING for the body, rather than just abstaining from those “bad” foods.
Here’s the thing. Over years and years and years, I have been throwing in all these nasty toxins and nasty foods into my body. They are likely to still be there. They don’t just disappear because I am now “eating better”. Yes, I know my body is working better at flushing them out and all of that BUT…..they are still in there, creating imbalances and creating havoc. It is kinda like covering over a stain on a white tablecloth with a cup holder or tea cosy. The stain is still there and what we really need to do is take it off the table and throw the whole thing in the wash!
Why do I say this?
Firstly, the toxin intake doesn’t end. It is not like we can suddenly stop the inflow of toxins coming in. Yes, we can minimise and eat better to reduce them but inevitably they are still there, through our environment, what we eat and even how we feel. So, though the pile of work to detox for the liver might be getting less, there is still a pile of work coming in.
Secondly, I am still getting signals of toxicity in my liver. I still have allergies. I still have skin break-outs and I still have pain and most importantly…..I still have Endometriosis.
To me, it is quite simple. I need a clean start. The same way, we might feel we have a clean start by going in for a Laparoscopy, the same way I feel about cleaning out toxins in my body. They need to be cleaned out, flushed out…. in same way, so I can start fresh and really give my body a chance to catch up. Once all that yucky stuff is out, then maybe my poor liver will actually stand a chance of really healing. At the moment, the poor thing is still inundated with work from dealing with stuff in the past and of course all the stuff still coming in.
I wish I didn’t have to go down the track of doing a detox….but inevitably it is something I know I must do for the love of my body and my healing. I know this journey has taken me quite far but I feel this is a mountain I really have to climb, to really see the true direction to healing myself of Endometriosis.