11 Natural Ways to Eliminate a Flu in 24 Hours

11 Natural Ways to Eliminate a Flu in 24 Hours

Most of us spend flu days staring at the TV, eating snacks, and taking medicines to lessen our symptoms. Unfortunately, this is not a good recipe for getting well again. Yes, it’s great to get the day off, but if you are really sick with the flu and feeling awful, all you want is to feel better. And fast.

11 Natural Ways to Eliminate a Flu in 24 Hours

Last month I came down with the worst flu I’ve had in 10 years. Chills, fever, mind fog, extreme fatigue, muscle and joint aches, headache…the works. Yes, it was December and I could have blamed it on the ‘flu season’ and felt sorry for myself. But I know better than that.

I know that the only time that we get colds and flu is when our immune system is depressed and can’t fight off the usual bugs that are always around us. And there are plenty of factors that depress the immune system in the ‘flu seasons’: over-scheduling; over-planning; family stress; party anxieties; holiday junk food; alcohol; decreased sleep, minimal rest and extreme temperatures.

If and when you do get sick, understand that it was your choices and your current lifestyle that caused it. Don’t be hard on yourself, just take responsibility and recognise that your health is in your own hands. Then you will also realise that YOU are the one who can get yourself well again.

Yes, it takes a little more effort than staring at the TV, but it’s not hard. Getting well is mostly quite enjoyable, actually. And you’ll be feeling back to your healthy self tomorrow. Here are 11 natural ways to get rid of a flu in 24 hours or less.

These first few are easy because you don’t actually have to do anything. Your body already knows what to do; you just have to let it!

Run a Fever

A fever is your body’s natural response for fighting an infection (whether bacterial or viral). The fever is actually a good sign, as it shows that your immune system is doing its job of warding off the illness to get you well again.

Therefore, taking medications to decrease your fever is actually working against your own body! This is often what prolongs illness and makes it so hard to get well quickly. So put down those pills and let the fever run its course. A fever might be uncomfortable and hot, with intermittent chills, but it’s crucial to fighting your flu, so let it do it’s thing.

If your fever is extremely high, or you are concerned about a child’s fever, learn more about when medical care is needed.

Sleep

Once again, your body knows what it needs to get well. That’s why you feel so tired when you have the flu, because your body wants you to go to sleep! Sleep time is when our body grows, repairs and heals. If you have the flu, you need lots of healing and repairing, hence you need lots of sleep.

If you stare at the TV or computer all day, you will thwart your body’s efforts to drift into restorative sleep. So get away from screens as much as possible, keep the lights low, stay in bed and provide a restful sleep environment throughout the day and night. What an enjoyable way to get well!

Be Idle

In between sleeping, do as little as possible. I know it’s really hard for most of us to do “nothing”, but that’s often one of the reasons we get sick in the first place! Both your mind and your body must rest, rest, rest.

Watching television doesn’t allow your mind much rest, so again, don’t lie in front of the TV all day. Space out, daydream, watch your family from a distance, give yourself a face massage or arm tickle. Lie down outside and stare at the trees and clouds.

Meditate

Even if you’re lying down all day, if your mind is still running amuck, your body can’t fully relax. One way to help with this is meditation, which is not only relaxing, but also extremely healing.

Even if you’ve never meditated before, you can do it now. Brad can guide you through a meditative session in his video, ‘Meditation Made Simple‘, and if you’re well enough to stand, try his ‘Qi Gong and Tai Chi’ video. I also love these free guided meditations, which I listened to when I was sick.

Drink

No, not the sort of drinking you did last weekend that contributed to your flu. I’m talking about drinking that liquid gold stuff that you maybe didn’t have enough of lately. Water! Drink it like it’s the best thing you ever tasted and you can’t get enough of it.

Keep a giant jug (pitcher) of water and a glass beside you and drink more water than you thought you could handle. Think of it as your medicine, because it is.

Nourish

Your other main medicine is food. I mean real, whole, organic, nutritious food. I know you have the flu and you’re tired, but when you eventually reach for something to eat, make it incredibly nutritious.

Avoid packaged snacks, processed foods and sugar like they are the plague.They will only depress your immune system further and make your flu worse.

Fresh fruit and raw vegetables require the least preparation and plenty of nourishment. When you get enough energy, make yourself some eggs or quickly pan-fry some chicken or fish. Better yet, get someone to cook a nourishing meal for you.

Use nourishing foods to eliminate flu
Add these to your nourishing meals to eliminate flu

Eat Less, Then More

I hear ya. Sometimes when the flu is really bad, the last thing you want to do is eat. And that’s your wise body again, telling you that it needs a rest from digesting, which is hard work. So listen to your body and eat less or not much for awhile.

Then, when you start to feel better, you may want to eat more than usual, to replenish your body with vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients that will keep that flu from hanging around.

Increase Bacteria

In addition to your nourishing foods, a healthy dose of good bacteria will really power up the leader of your immune system – your gut. When you have plenty of good bugs in your system, they stand strong against the bad bugs taking over. Like that nasty flu you’ve got.

You can drink kombucha or kefir, or eat unpasteurised fermented foods. But if you haven’t made these or know where to buy them, a good quality probiotic supplement will do. We use and highly recommend InLiven, but if you need something right away, ask for a recommendation at your local health food shop. (affiliate link for InLiven helps keep Primal Health running)

Sun Bake

Yes, you heard me right. Once you are well enough to get out of bed, go sit or lie in the sun for about 30 minutes (depending on your skin colour). If it’s warm enough, let your skin be exposed to the sun as much as possible, and don’t wear sunglasses or sunscreen. This is so you can get as much Vitamin D as possible, from the best source of it, the sun.

Vitamin D is responsible for an amazing number of functions in our body. The lack of it we have today from living and working indoors, and other diet and lifestyle factors, is one key factor in our huge rates of illness. If you want to get rid of your flu fast, this is an important part of the formula.

When I had the flu, I took a blanket and pillow outside and laid in a sunny spot on the grass, feeling the wind and the sun’s warmth and looking up at the clouds and trees. It was healing in so many ways.

Oil Up

No, I don’t mean suntan oil while you are getting your sun. I’m referring to essential oils, an often overlooked yet very effective healing modality. When our daughter Kaiya is sick, essential oils get her feeling better quick, and they are easy and pleasant for all of us to use.

Essential oils will help with your flu symptoms and also act as anti-virals and anti-microbials to fight the illness. Put three drops of eucalyptus, oregano, peppermint or lavender oil into one tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil, then rub the oil mixture onto your chest, neck and/or bottom of your feet every 4-6 hours or so.

Laughter & Love

I’m serious about this. Stop being so serious! Whoever said laughter was the best medicine was onto something. Thoughts are #1 of the Primal 6 to optimal health, so if you want to get over the flu, get your mind feeling relaxed, loved and happy.

Once you’ve gotten plenty of rest and sleep, watch one short funny show or movie. Read a funny book. Tell jokes or make funny faces with your family. Call the people you love and tell them you love them. And get lots of hugs and touching from those you are closest to.

Different tools for different flus

Every single body is different, and every illness is different, so there is no one magic formula for getting over the flu. But there are plenty of primal tools that we can use to assist our body is eliminating the flu and gaining strong immunity again, and these 11 things are what worked for me when I had a terrible flu last month.

I also gargled with very warm salt water several times a day, as my throat was so inflamed, I felt like I was swallowing razor blades. My intense flu symptoms started the afternoon of Christmas Day, and by early evening the next day, I was feeling very well again, had no sore throat, and was ready to go to work (at my relaxing bookstore job) the following day. That’s because I spent those 24 hours taking care of myself with these 11 natural remedies.

I hope you feel better soon!

 

Did you get rid of your flu quickly? Which of these remedies did you use?

How to Keep Your Resolutions All Year

How to Keep Your Resolutions All Year

How many times have you resolved at any time of the year to eat right, exercise, lose weight, save money, read more, get fit, or work out more…then felt lazy, unmotivated, unsuccessful or a failure because you didn’t follow through on your resolutions?

How to Keep Your Resolutions All Year

Well, the bad news is that it’s possible you really are just too lazy, unmotivated, not ready or don’t want it bad enough. But the good news is that it’s much more likely, especially since you’re reading this article, that the real problem is not you, it’s your resolutions. With a tiny bit of tweaking and a few simple strategies, you can not only keep your resolutions this year, but you can slowly turn those resolutions into positive life choices that stick with you forever.

Make SMART Resolutions

First and foremost, your resolutions need to be SMART. This acronym, used widely by business coaches and goal-setters, stands for (with some variations): Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Achievable/Actionable, Realistic/Relevant, and Timely/Time-oriented. Make sure each of your resolutions is stated with these in mind.

For example, let’s take a common resolution like ‘exercise more’ and make it SMART.

Be more Specific: What kind of exercise? Where will you exercise? Who with?
Make it Measurable: How many exercises session will you do each week? How long will you exercise for each time?
Make sure it’s Achievable and think how to Action it: Will you join a gym, buy equipment, get a coach, schedule time in your day?
Make it Relevant to your life and preferences: What type of exercise do you like? Which is most likely to work with your schedule and budget?
Lastly, put some time frame around it: How about an 8-week exercise class? Or a commitment to run through the spring season?

Are your health goals SMART?

Write everything down

Write down your SMART resolutions, list any action steps needed for each resolution, and continually jot down any ideas, worries, challenges, small successes, and affirmations that come in your mind.

You can keep a food diary, an exercise log, a calendar, a daily diary, a happiness journal – whatever it takes to help you achieve your resolutions.

Writing accesses the subconscious part of your brain, so you will get to know some of the ‘hidden’ thoughts and emotions behind your desire for change and be able to address any that are keeping you from making those changes.

Work on a few changes at a time

Though you may have 6-10 resolutions in mind, it may be easier for you to focus on only 2-3 of those at a time. You could focus on 3 of your resolutions in February, and once those are becoming part of your normal routine, you could add 2 more new resolutions in March. Give those a month to become habitual, then add 2 more in April, and so on.

When making health resolutions, it’s best to work on Thought and Food resolutions first, as then you will be in the right mind-set and have enough energy and nutrients to dedicate yourself to your other resolutions.

Find a support system

Often the first place we look for support is in our home, but our family members and close friends are not always on the same page as us or have differing lifestyles that make our resolutions hard to follow.

Instead of trying to change your family members, just keep focusing on you, and find other like-minded people for inspiration, motivation and encouragement. Facebook pages and internet forums are great for this, as are local community groups, health gyms, studios and classes.

Visualise yourself already achieving your resolution

When you’re sitting in traffic, daydreaming at lunch or lying in bed at night, picture yourself doing the actions you set in your resolutions. Picture the same thing over and over, and imagine yourself as the best you can be at it.

Visualise yourself doing the toughest yoga poses, bounding up the 3 flights of stairs to your office without getting winded, savouring a deliciously cooked nutritious dinner, or responding to your angry boss or child with serenity and understanding. If you truly desire the things you have resolved to do, these images will make you smile and your thoughts will in time become your reality.

Sometimes a resolution has a goal at the end, such as running 4 km 3 times a week in order to run a marathon next season. But often, a resolution, such as running 4 km 3 times a week, is the goal itself. This makes resolutions very flexible and achievable not only once, but many times!

It also means that every day is a fresh start. Just because you didn’t follow your resolution yesterday doesn’t mean it’s over. Start fresh tomorrow! When you keep going back to your resolutions, you will achieve them more and more often until the new action becomes a permanent part of your life.

Keep your SMART resolutions somewhere where you can read them often to remind yourself of what you want to achieve and who you want to be, and every day is another chance to make those positive life changes for good.

Make vague resolutions into SMART life choices
Make vague resolutions into SMART life choices

Some Resources & Inspiration

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This book is a fabulous read for anyone wanting to make some positive life changes, as the author models a very organised and inspiring way of making and following resolutions. There is now a second book, Happiness at Home, and a website full of tools for keeping resolutions.

13 Food Resolutions for the New Year – Great ideas for specific resolutions that will ensure you ‘eat healthier’ all year long.

My Best New Year’s Resolution Diet from Jane’s Healthy Kitchen. You can download the blank form at the end of the article and write in your own foods!

 

What are your health resolutions this year?

My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash is Making Me a Better Person

My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash is Making Me A Better Person

I’ve always been confident about my looks, my health, and my ability to get what I want. Then I got The Face Rash. For over a year now, I have had this splotchy red rashy thing across the inside of my cheeks, my nose, forehead and chin. And I’m so grateful. Here’s why…

What I learned from My Face Rash

We’ve all heard the phrase “learn from your mistakes”. Our adversities in life can be our biggest teachers – whether they are mistakes, unexpected hardships, ill-fortune, loss or disease. However, it’s up to us to look for the lessons in these things, after we are done with the crying and cursing and self-pitying, of course. 🙂

Well, that exactly how it is with The Face Rash. For months it stressed me to no end – not knowing where it came from or what was wrong with my health, hating the way I looked, not being able to get rid of it, and feeling a failure as a health coach. But gradually I started to notice the lessons. And now, wow, what life-changing lessons they have been!

Here’s what The Face Rash has taught me:

Let go of control and go with the flow

You may be surprised about this lesson, but it’s probably the most important one for me and has changed my life the most.

As usual, whenever I have symptoms of ill health, I immediately look to my Primal 6, and #1 is thoughts. So the first person I went to see about my rash was my intuitive healer. Yes, I have an intuitive healer! This wonderful woman has taught me so much about the power of our thoughts on our health, so I went to her for a session.

I noticed a definite theme in what she said. “Left brain is controlling/dominating; the right brain is screaming to be heard…” “masculine side is taking over; you are weighed down by feeling you have to be strong for everyone else” “lack of trust in the universe, the system, etc. – feel like you have to control it”.

Around the same time, Kaiya (then 3), started having uncharacteristic angry outbursts and constant power struggles with me. My faithful parenting book suggested that children who engage in power struggles learn to battle for control from having a controlling parent. Umm, that would be me.

Then the clincher was a friend telling me that in a Louise Hay’s book she was reading, she learned that skin problems have to do with trying to control everything in your life too much. Ok, ok, I got it.

I started meditating, envisioning that every breath out of me was “letting go of control” and every breath in was “going with the flow”. I wrote the word FLOW everywhere. I made an effort to stop micro-managing my household and my family; to ask more for other’s ideas and input; to admit that I didn’t have all the answers; to accept flaws in my family; to stop over-scheduling life.

Kaiya’s power struggles disappeared as she didn’t have anyone to struggle against. Brad and I communicated better. Even my relationship with my mum flourished. I became more relaxed. And things always seemed to work out better when I didn’t try so hard to make it what I thought I wanted.

Did the rash go away? No.

Did my relationships, my family, my attitude and my life improve? Yes!

Thanks Face Rash.

Letting go of some vanity is so freeing

My whole life people have complimented me on my skin, and I have never worn makeup (except mascara and occasional lipstick). As The Rash got redder and flaky and bumpy, even people I didn’t know asked me, “What’s that on your face?”

I pretended like it didn’t bother me, telling myself, “Well at least I’m not single and don’t go out socialising much.” But normally I would be excited for the occasional party, and instead I started dreading them because of my face rash. Instead of jumping into pictures, I always offered to be the picture taker. I stared at my rash in the bathroom mirror several times a day. And I stared too long at everyone else’s clear, beautiful skin.

But then I remembered how freeing it was as a backpacker to wear frumpy clothes, no mascara and never style my hair. I reflected on the times when bad hair days, extra body weight, fashion and pimples stressed me out unnecessarily. Vanity is really just a mind-set, so I decided to change mine.

I decided to stop the chore of plucking my unruly eyebrows, and even stopped washing my hair for about 4 months (but that’s another story, coming soon). I got more comfortable with just being me, unvarnished, rash and all.

I also realised that as long as I was with friends that I was really comfortable with, I never thought about the rash, so why not spend more time with those people, than with people I felt I had to impress?

Did the rash go away? No.

Did I learn to let go of some of my lifetime of vanity programming? Yes!

Thanks Face Rash.

Health is a journey, not a destination

A chronic rash was especially surprising to me and those who know me, because I’m a health coach and health is my passion. I have  “figured out” all the secrets to optimum health and therefore should be in perfect health for the rest of my life. Right? Nope.

After 6 years of living Primally and feeling and looking the best I have in my life, here comes The Rash. Ok, I must be slacking on one or two of my Primal 6. So I work on them all year and still have the rash. Hmm, I think…

How can I be a role model for good health when I can’t figure out my own health?

However, over time, I realise that health is not something we arrive it. It is a fluid, ever-changing part of our lives that is so complex and holistic in nature, that to aim to “achieve” it is like aiming for perfection. What a revelation! In life, the goal is not to be perfect, but to be constantly growing and evolving. And so it is with health.

My health journey over the year also taught me so much about all the amazing health practitioners there are out there. I’ve consulted an iridologist, a homeopath, an intuitive healer, an applied kinesiologist and chiropractor, a nutritionist, a naturopath, a food intolerance test, a colonic hydrotherapist, a general practice doctor, and a functional medicine doctor. I learned from books, videos and articles all about fungus, gluten, digestion, gut disorders, food intolerances, parasites, rashes, automimmune diseases, and diagnostic testing.

Has the rash gone away? No.

Have I been on an informative and enlightening health journey that will also help me be a better health coach? Yes.

Thanks Face Rash.

Some hurts take years to heal

This last lesson is one that I had already been learning through my sessions with the aforementioned amazing intuitive healer. It’s incredible to learn how emotional pain can stay in the subconscious mind for decades, causing physical pain and illness long after your conscious mind has forgotten the experience.

Well, I’m now learning more about how physical damage can take years to heal, too.  Does time heal all wounds? Maybe not on it’s own, but it’s definitely a key component of the healing process.

If I had been in a rush to clear up this rash, I would have gone to a dermatologist and just put some cream on it. I would have covered it with make up.

And then I would have never found out that I have a very leaky gut (READ: damaged small intestine wall), a dientamoeba parasite the lab finally found, and a high intolerance to gluten.

I am treating the parasite now, but my poor gut still has a lot of healing to do. And it’s going to take time. But what’s another year of nurturing and learning about my body and myself?

Is the rash gone yet? No.

Have I learned the sources of my body’s imbalances and how to begin healing the damage? Yes.

Thanks Face Rash.

Rash UPDATE End of December 2013:

After taking antibiotics for the parasite, not only did I test negative for the parasite, but my ugly rosacea face rash completely cleared up from my whole face. Almostly instantly! Was the parasite the cause of my rash? Or does Rosacea just respond well to antibiotics? Hmmm…

I could look back and say it would have been nice to have just tested for parasites in the beginning, but then I wouldn’t have learned all I did. And after so long with that rash, I can’t stop marveling at how nice I look without it. I’d forgotten what I’d looked like before, and now I really appreciate my nice skin.

I’m now working on healing the damage to my intestines. Here’s how I’m healing my leaky gut and how you can heal yourself of most anything.

Rash UPDATE December 2014:

We have been traveling around the world for 7 months, and my gut healing protocol got left somewhere along the way, as I delved into all the amazing foods of the world. It wasn’t until the 5th month, after 4 weeks in Mexico eating lots of corn (one of my gut irritants), that The Rash came back. Boo! Its looking pretty red and inflamed.

My first thought was that the parasite must be back. I started looking into parasites again and learned so much more! I realised that parasites are always present within us, and it’s only when our guts are out of balance that they start to flourish and cause problems. Instead of eliminating parasites, my aim should be to keep my gut, health and body in balance!

I’ve decided to wear a little light make up to cover The Rash, which helps me feel way less stressed about, as I know stress contributes to my digestive issues! And I’m turning my focus to balancing, rather than curing.

Rash UPDATE January 2017:

I’ve written a second article about what’s happened with The Rash over the last 2 years. You won’t want to miss it, as there’s been Big changes and Big learnings! And wait til you see my face pictures. Hope it may help you with your own Rash.

My Ugly Rosacea Face Rash – Learnings Part 2

 

Please feel free to comment below with any questions! I do this to help others and that includes you. xo

If Your Sex Drive is Low, You Better Read This! (or send it to your partner)

If You Have a Low Sex Drive, You Better Read This!

Do you need more motivation to have sex, to masturbate or to encourage your partner to have sex with you? It feels so good and it’s an instinctual, primal desire. So why aren’t we all wanting more of it?

Low sex drive is a symptom of hormonal imbalance
Low sex drive is a symptom of imbalance

The simple answer is that the stressors of modern life are taking its toll on our hormones, increasing sexual dysfunction and lowering our sex drives. On the comprehensive client questionnaire we give to clients for initial assessment, one of the questions asks about low sex drive. Yes, a low sex drive can actually be a symptom of imbalance in your body!

Why do I have a low sex drive?

As with all symptoms, there are often numerous causes and factors. A low sex drive can be caused by many different diet and lifestyle factors including overwork, financial pressure, processed foods, sugar, caffeine, inadequate sleep, and too many toxins. What do all these things have in common that makes your sex drive plummet? They stress your body!

When your body is stressed by these kind of diet and lifestyle factors, it produces more cortisol, as a “fight-or-flight” response. Your body feels the stress as danger, and the cortisol prepares you to fight the danger or run fast away from it. It’s our body’s smart survival technique. Usually the danger quickly passes and the cortisol subsides. However, when you are constantly stressed by all these non-primal assaults on your body, the cortisol doesn’t subside.

Too much cortisol means hormonal havoc, among other things. When your body is constantly releasing catabolic (break-down) hormones like cortisol, it cannot also release anabolic (build up, grow, repair) hormones such as sex hormones. Low sex hormones, low sex drive.

In women, there are other natural factors which cause sex hormones to fluctuate, such as menstruation and pregnancy. It is natural for women feel a stronger drive for sex at certain times of the month, and a weaker drive for sex (low libido) after giving birth. However, if the urge for sexual activity, even with yourself, doesn’t return, then it’s time to look at your stress levels and Primal 6 and get your body back in balance.

How do I increase my sex drive?

Now knowing that your sex drive is a symptom of imbalance and too many stressors on your body, look at your Primal 6: Thoughts, Breath, Water, Food, Movement and Sleep – and get back in balance! Manage your work and financial stress, do what makes you happy, take time to rest, breathe properly, move your body, eat real food, eliminate processed foods and toxins, and get on a primal sleep schedule. Identify your main stressors and work on them to better your health. Your sex drive will increase as a result!

If you pop a pill or find an aphrodisiac to increase your sex drive, you are only using a short term solution. You haven’t addressed the actual cause of your low sex drive and thus will continue to need the quick fix every time.

Increase your sex drive by having sex

Having said that, you can also increase your sex drive by having more sex. Sounds funny, but sometimes you have to “fake it until you make it”. In this case, I mean fake the desire for sex and/or masturbation, not the orgasm. 🙂 Having sex will actually boost your libido to have more of it! Sex, including masturbation, provides numerous health benefits that will get your body and your hormones back in balance.

10 Health Benefits of Regular Sex

To learn more about how sex provides these health benefits, you can read this article. Or you can just take my word for it that I’ve done the research and instead of reading the article, you can get to bed early with your partner or with yourself! Sex – what an enjoyable way to stay healthy!

 

A Look Into Iridology: Are Your Eyes a Window to Your Health?

A Look Into Iridology: Are the Eyes a Window to Your Health?

Some say the eyes are the window to the soul, and after my recent experience with an intuitive naturopathic iridologist, I would say that the eyes are a window to the body as well.

Iridology looks to the eyes to tell what is happening inside the body
Iridology looks to the eyes to tell what is happening inside the body

Juggling motherhood with my new business (this amazing website) has it’s challenges, as both are new ventures for me and to meet both their needs at the same time takes fine balancing. My body seemed to be feeling the stress: constant knots in my shoulders leading to occasional headaches, digestive dysfunction like bloating and less regular bowel movements, and some PMS symptoms which I don’t normally experience.

Finally on a holiday visiting family, I was still finding it hard to relax. My mother-in-law was raving about her Bowen Therapist, Christine, who also happened to be an intuitive naturopath and iridologist. Being a big believer in following my intuition, as it serves me well on my life journey, I felt a strong pull to see this woman, so I made an appointment.

Within a minute of sitting down in Christine’s office, my chin was resting on the special machine so I could look through the binocular-like lenses while she took one picture of each eye. In the second minute, the giant photo of my eye covered the entire laptop screen where Christine now looked knowingly into the window of my body, mind and soul. She suggested I take notes with the paper and pen that were already sitting on the desk in front of me, and for the next 10 minutes, she told me about me.

I wrote fast while she talked, “Worrier, can be private, sensitive. Self-esteem fluctuates. Rarely sick. Low hormone levels – progesterone, which causes mood changes and some cravings at different times in menstrual cycle. It takes you a long time to get cranky. Your water consumption is fluctuating too much. Your neck and lower back are out; you’re probably carrying your daughter on same hip all the time. You don’t sweat much, only face, armpits, under breasts, so your body gets acidic – can’t get toxins out well through sweat. There’s a little mucus on top of the lungs, and you’re a bit low in iron, magnesium, zinc, folic acid, B12, B6. Liver and pancreatic enzymes low.”

When she seemed finished, I jumped right in with questions and comments, fascinated by what she had seen in my eye and through her intuition. Christine had a wonderful energy about her and we talked intimately and personally before I left.

An example iridology chart for the left eye
An example iridology chart for the left eye,
which corresponds to the right side of the body.

I left Christine’s office with some nutritional advice, a bottle of digestive enzyme pills and an emotional feeling of release from having someone else, a total stranger, look into my ‘window’ like that. The session had brought up more questions in my head about diet and nutrition, and had also resolved some issues that had lingered in the back of my mind for too long. Though I am eating plenty of nutritious food, I’m not absorbing all of the nutrients, and some of the healthy foods I am eating may not be working for my system, so these were things that I could investigate further and improve.

One thing that Christine told me several times throughout the session was that I was very healthy, with a robust system, and that what I was doing for my health was clearly working. This affirmation from a professional, who knew nothing about me before I walked in, was just what I had needed to continue supporting my health without stressing over it. So despite my symptoms, I still ate some of mum’s homemade desserts on my holiday. 🙂

I also found beautiful organic meat and produce at the farmer’s markets to enjoy with the family. I took lots of walks, sat in the sun, read a novel, and played with and talked to my loved ones. The ‘working holiday’ became more just a big serve of holiday, with only a small side of working. I was so happy that I had gone to see Christine in the beginning of my holiday, to help me get out of my mind and into my life. I guess sometimes we just need someone to look deep into our eyes and remind us to nourish our body and soul.

 

Curious to know more about this alternative medicine technique? Here’s more information on iridology.

What are your thoughts on iridology? Have you or anyone you know been to an iridologist? Please share your experiences!

Colon Cleansing Q & A During a Colonic Session

Colon Cleansing Colonics Enemas Laxatives

Note: This is a loose transcription of the video ‘Colon Cleansing – Colonics, Enemas, Laxatives’.

Brad: Hello Primal People, it’s Brad from Primal Health here.  Today, this video should enlighten you, literally, with regards to information about Colon Hydrotherapy. I’m here today at North Side Colon Hydrotherapy with Janice Osmond, super Colon Hydrotherapist, and a lady that I’ve been referring clients to for several years and coming to myself, for several reasons. But also, just to give you a bit of information, Janice is a former nurse and she basically became a devout Colon Hydrotherapist after it dramatically changed her life.

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Basically, as we know it’s pretty impossible to live Primal 100% of the time. You just can’t do it, and even if you have been doing it for several years, there’s plenty of other years where you haven’t been eating and doing all things that we’ve been teaching you.

So, we look at having a Colon Hydrotherapy session as being like cleaning your teeth. Because essentially the plaque that builds up on your teeth is essentially a window of what’s going on with your digestive system. And the large intestine is the area that’s being cleaned out here with a session with someone like Janice. So, there are plenty of people that I see that have a heap of problems with regards to things to like fungus and parasites and a lot of lower back and hip problems. A lot of that stems from what’s going on in the gut because the muscles that surround the digestive system actually tend to be a mirror of what’s going on underneath it.

So, this is a pretty important thing that a lot of you can do to dramatically improve your health and Janice is going to be the one to give you a whole heap of information about it. So, what we are going to do now…I am going to the toilet and you know, to get myself all ready to go. You don’t have to follow me in there, but then we’ll get back on the table and we’re going to get Janice to start answering some questions.

Okay, so I’ve just been into the toilet and I’m going to give you a full run down of how this all works. I’ve got undressed from the waist down. I’ve got this little towel here and it’s open to the back. Don’t worry you’re not going to see everything but you’re going to see a little bit of poo and that’s the whole point of this whole thing. So essentially, what do I now do, Janice?

Janice: You lie down on here on your back.

Colon Cleansing Colonics Enemas Laxatives
Brad and Janice talking ‘shit’ 🙂

Janice: And then lie on your side, face the window and bring your knees up really high. Bring your knees up, touch my hand, perfect.

Brad:  This isn’t the best part. Tell the guys what you actually do.

Janice: They are all sterilised units. They are all one-off, then thrown away. So then what we do now, is just put some lubricant on there. Everything is sterilised.

Brad: So, what’s that particular thing called there?

Janice: This is the speculum, which only goes in that far. This helps me to glide it in. Now what you do is get your knees up as high as you can and take some big deep breaths. Rest your head down, so that your body is relaxed. Big deep breaths. The more big breaths you take the better.

Brad: I’ve had this done many times, but this still feels really quite bizarre.

Janice: So now I’m going to do what is called the release. So what that does is it helps to bring down all the gas that lies around the sigmoid colon. So, it helps to give a better feel and if there’s any cramping, often it’s just to do with the gas.

Brad: Yup, gotcha.

Janice: So, we take that down for a minute or two.

Brad: So would you say that most people tend to have a lot of gas and a lot of build-up around that sigmoid colon because so many people, especially us westerners, don’t get into a full squat when we do a number 2?

Janice: And we eat too fast.

Brad: And we eat too fast, and not chew our food. Yeah, exactly. Alright, guys we’re into it now. Janice, what are you doing with your hands then?

Janice: Well, I’m just trying to loosen off the rubbish and just trying see where there is some really some hard spots in the bowel that I might need to concentrate on more. I’m helping the water to come around so I’m massaging it up the opposite way.

Brad: Okay, so which direction does the water usually tend to go, for people that don’t know about the large intestine. Where’s the water going to come up first? Up this side there?

Janice: Yeah, yes, going up the left and then go across. So I’m doing that the way the water is going out and helping to move it around, and helping to loosen up the bowel in any hard spots where the water can’t get through. Actually, the water is pushing its way through at the moment. It’s not going through all that easy. It’s just struggling at the moment to go through, and that can be because there’s some hard matter or there’s some big pockets of gas.

Brad: Yeah, we’re not perfect guys, my gut’s not perfect either. So, that’s why I’m here. Now, actually I have a list of questions to ask because lying in this position here really isn’t the best place to remember my lines and all of that sort of stuff. So here’s some of the key things that we always hear people ask about colonics.

Colonics FAQ

Brad: How does Colonic Hydrotherapy detoxify?

Janice: Well, what we’re doing; the water is going in and softening the rubbish and so we’re helping to draw it out. So we’re helping to draw out the old rubbish that’s been there for a long time and all the toxins there.

Brad: So, the mucosal plaque lining the gut wall; all that sort of rubbish.

Brad: So does it hurt? I’m the one that’s in the position at the moment so, well it can hurt, especially on your first time, based on how blocked up you are and how much stuff you got going on with your digestive system. The last time I came in here was the first time I’ve had one in a couple of years, as I’ve been a bit lazy and yeah it was a bit uncomfortable but it’s worth going through that pain. Just like you go to the gym and have a workout– feel a little bit of pain; a little bit of pain for a little bit of gain.

Brad: Is it hygienic and will I leak or make a mess?

Janice: Most cases, no. But there are cases that, if the bowel’s really full and the bowel is just not well, then yes we can get some leakage. Not often, very very few times. But if it does happen, it’s no problem. That’s ok.

Brad: Yeah, gotcha. And as far as being hygienic here is concerned, tell us more about the water that you’re using.

Janice: It goes through three filters and a fluoro light that kills any bugs as well.

Brad: So it eliminates chlorine. Does it get rid of fluoride ?

Janice: Yes, yes, yes.

Brad: It does as well, that’s good to know.

Janice: The water is completely and utterly pure.

Brad: How are colonics different from an enema?

Janice: Well, an enema is where you can only clean the sigmoid colon, but not a lot more. Where with colonics we have the chance of cleaning really the whole large bowel.

Brad:  Gotcha, it’s just the first part (of the bowel); the descending colon.

Janice: That’s still good to use (enemas), like in between colonics, but they are in no way going to all the work of bringing down all the mucous and all the rubbish.

Brad: How does someone know if they need a colonic or what are the common reasons for having a colonic?

Janice: Generally people feel tired, fatigued, migraines, skin irritations like Cirrhosis, pimples. Anxiety and depression is virtually so high of having a toxic bowel.

Brad: Why not just take laxatives? How is it better than taking laxatives?

Janice: Well, laxatives are generally, on the whole a poison. And what they do, they go into the bowel and they irritate the bowel that much that the bowel has to get rid of it. And it generally only just cleans out the last little bit, maybe even just a little bit more than the sigmoid colon. So it will just blurt about, and that’s the poison. The body has to get rid of it. It’s like when you’ve got diarrhea; the body has to get rid of the poison.

Brad: Won’t it flush out the good bacteria, too? One of the biggest questions I always get.

Janice: Most common question asked. No, it doesn’t. Most of the good bacteria is kept in the small bowel and we only clean out the large (bowel). But we live in a fairly toxic world, and so we should take the good bacteria any way. Colonics do not get rid of any good bacteria.

Brad: As we were talking about before, but most people never make the association with it…is that it’s very common that most of you all have had, or will be taking some sort of antibiotic and/or you’re drinking tap water with chlorine in it and they’re two main things that kill bacteria, whether it’s good or bad. So, essentially most people are always doing it (killing good bacteria) without even knowing it. This is just basically trying to give you a fresh clean start for your whole gut. Whether it gets rid of any sort of good bacteria in your large intestine or not. As Janice said, most of it is all in the small intestine anyway.

Last question, we’ve got here: Can the colon become dependent on it and stop functioning on its own?

Janice: No, it actually stimulates the peristalsis. So, you can have them one a week,  for six months or something and your peristalsis is only going to kick in better. When you go to the toilet normally, you will pass more because the peristalsis has made that bowel work and bring everything down. So, no.

Brad: As you can see guys, I’ve been here for a while now and I haven’t been like, you know dying in pain or anything like that. All I’m basically feeling is like, my stomach feels like it’s just bloating up. And then every now and then it feels like, “you know what, I’m going to do a number two now”, and she can feel it with her hands through the massage, and she turns the machine off and it evacuates the stuff out. You can see that in a sec, if you want, in the machine.

Basically she just continues to do that: on, off, on, off, on, off until she feels the water is going up around my descending colon and across the transverse colon and then along the ascending one. So, it’s like this horseshoe shape that the large intestine takes. So, yeah it’s like she said, the first couple can be pretty uncomfortable for people that really really need it, but in general it’s pretty good.

Brad: Yes, when you’re looking at that what can you tell from the actual fecal matter that comes out?

Janice: We can tell if your body is dehydrated, if the rubbish that comes out is hydrated enough; it’s not hard. Also we can tell if there’s candida there. Also, we can tell if your digestive system’s working. A lot of people have a lot of undigested food.

Brad: So how often is safe enough to do this safely? Like three times a day, three times a week, or once every month?

Janice: When you start off, it’s probably a good idea to do two or three in the first couple of weeks.

Brad: Okay.

Janice: Because, we’re already working the rubbish. We’re already trying to get it down, then you can do monthly. Maintenance is really important.

Brad: So, this is a closed system, Janice.

Janice: Yeah, this is a closed system. In meaning that, the water is all enclosed in tubes. Water is going in here gently on a fill and the rubbish is coming out in the tubes. And the other system is the open system where there’s an opening underneath where you lie there and hold, and then you push, so you’re just pushing it out into like a bucket thing underneath the table.

Brad: A bucket or like a bath, or something like that. You can actually see it all and smell it all and…

Janice: You don’t actually see it all, because it’s underneath your bed. It’s a bucket just at your bottom, sort of thing and then you’re just trying to push it out.

Brad: Check that guys, ask for a closed system or find a person that uses a closed system.

Brad: Alright guys, so after 45 minutes, I’m all done. I’m going to go to the toilet, just to get rid of the extras in there (my bowel), and get changed, then voila, I’m all clean. So, I hope this sort of helps you make a more educated decision in whether or not you will go in and do this yourself but we really recommend them. Thank you very much, Janice.

Janice: That went well.

Brad:  Can’t say it was like- you know, amazing to do this or anything like that, but yeah it feels awesome after every time you do it. So, it’s good.

Janice: People feel lighter and they say their head feels clearer. You can be a little bit tired on the night, on that evening and that’s not a bad thing — that’s good. That’s just the body rejuvenating from the toxins.

Brad: Cool, alright thank you very much. See you later!

 

What are your experiences or concerns with colonics?

How to Write Your Own Prescription

How to Write Your Own Prescription

Even holistic health coaches like me encounter challenges with their health. But most of the time, instead of running to the chemist for a cure, we look to find the cause. When our body is producing symptoms – such as headaches, acne, fatigues, sore throat, colds, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, muscle/joint pain – we first look to our Primal 6. Though it’s common to first look at Food, Movement and Sleep, we must remember that Thoughts, Breath and Water are just as important as their places at the top of the list.

How to Write Your Own Prescription of The Primal 6

A Personal Story

I was never plagued by acne. Lucky, I know. I am blessed with good genetics combined with good nutritional habits. I have smooth, clear, olive skin with few blemishes and the occasional pimple. So you can imagine my surprise one week when every day, my forehead and cheeks became bumpier and redder. Being passionate about my health and vigilant about my nutritional needs, I immediately scanned my memory for something I recently ate that could have started this madness on my face. But then the rest of my body started complaining too. My hips got sore, my shoulders and neck became tight as ever, and the back of my throat started getting that scratchy feeling.

Symptoms = Body’s Cry for Help

Ok, this was clearly my body telling me that it needs some attention. I realised that I had been staying up too late working on the computer, so I started getting back to my early bedtime. I reminded myself daily to drink more water, as my intake had decreased since the start of winter. And I pushed on with my to-do-list, thinking that if I could cross some things off the list, I’d feel more relaxed.

One of the things on my list was to join the local gym for 4 months over the winter, and that new outlet for movement and ‘me time’ was bound to boost my health. I excitedly went to my first yoga class in a long time, and the class was just what I needed – relaxing, releasing and grounding. So much so, that during a very releasing stretch for the hips, I started crying. The instructor, completely unaware of my tears, told the class, “a lot of emotion gets stored up in the hips”. And then the tears really flowed. I could hardly chant my oms at the end without choking up, and my namaste nod of gratitude at the end was more heartfelt than the instructor will ever know. You see, thanks to her, I had started to discover a main cause of my body’s ills. My mind.

Everything seemed fine, what was bothering me? A thorough D&M (Deep and meaningful talk; very effective mental health test) with my husband, Brad, revealed parts of my personal, work and family life where I simply felt overwhelmed and undernourished at the moment. My thoughts, feelings and emotions, simply needed some attention, as they had gotten lost in the to-do-lists of our day-to-day life, and suppressing them contributed physical stress on my body.

Purging for The Cause

Feeling much better already from the emotional purge, I decided to continue purging. I drank some Epsom salts to purge my bowels, and then purged all that clutter out of the bottom of our closets to finally sell on or give to charity or friends. Lastly, I sat down in front of the computer and purged this letter to you.  Partly because writing makes me feel good, and partly because what I learned this time about taking care of myself could help you take care of yourself too. This also makes me feel good.

Anyway, when the Epsom salts didn’t produce much bowel purging, I realised another symptom that had gone completely unnoticed – constipation. I hadn’t had a full bowel movement in a couple days! The fact that I hadn’t noticed this was further proof that I had gotten too obsessed with my to-do list lately, and the lack of time to tackle it. I wasn’t paying attention to my body. Now everything made a lot more sense, as acne is often a symptom of a sluggish digestive system! Emotional and lifestyle stress was diverting blood flow away from my digestive system so it couldn’t function properly. The fact that I wasn’t drinking enough water just made matters in my colon worse. When bowel waste is not eliminated regularly, it putrefies in the colon and creates toxins, which often represents itself as acne, skin disorders, fatigue, joint pain and more.

I’m no doctor, yet after following my personal prescription below for one week, I was feeling back to my happy self, pooing again and the acne was nearly gone.

My prescription:

Thoughts
– Accepting and releasing past and current emotional hang-ups through Radical Forgiveness.
– Listing the things that bring me joy, then putting those things on my to-do lists.
– Taking things off my to-do list that are causing me stress and are not really pressing.
– Consciously feeling and expressing gratitude for all the wonderful moments of my days.
– Taking time to talk to my husband, rather than just in passing as we rush by each other.
– Having deeper talks with my close friends.

Breath
– Stopping to notice my breath several times a day.
– Focusing on belly-breathing, so I’m not stressing my shoulders and neck with chest breathing.
– Doing yoga once a week.

Food
– Continuing my nutritious eating habits.
– Being careful about too many heavy foods while my digestive system is under stress.
– Shutting down my busy mind at mealtime so I can focus on eating and digesting well.

Water
– Drinking at least 2 litres a day for my dehydrated colon!
– Using herbal teas to increase hydration in the winter.

Movement
– Taking exercise classes and doing strength training at the gym I just joined.
– Weekly yoga classes at the same gym.
– Walking around the neighbourhood with my daughter, instead of hiding in the house all winter.

Sleep
– Getting to bed no later than 10pm.
– No more late night computer sessions.

Learn more about the Primal 6: Thoughts, Breath, Water, Food, Movement, Sleep… and write your own prescription!

Please note: Though I have shown you an example here of how you can often use self-care to eliminate the cause of symptoms, there will still be times when infection, viruses and/or long-ignored symptoms need medical assistance. Use your intuition and common sense to distinguish when you can help yourself, and when you need to see a doctor or other qualified health professional.

How our Health Obsessions Make Us Unhealthy

I was feeling inspired by a list of great health quotes the other day. As I read down the list however, the attitude started to change from ‘health is the greatest wealth’ to ‘health is the greatest burden’. Instead of affirming my passion for prioritising good health, there were more and more quotes that seemed to ridicule me for wasting my life thinking about my health.

Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away. – Anonymous

There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.  – Josh Billings

As a people, we have become obsessed with Health.  There is something fundamentally, radically unhealthy about all this.  We do not seem to be seeking more exuberance in living as much as staving off failure, putting off dying.  We have lost all confidence in the human body.  – Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail, 1979

Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a wearisome malady.  ~François Duc de la Rochefoucauld

At first I dismissed these declarations with disdain, thinking that these people just hadn’t had the opportunity to realise the wonders of a healthy body or how they could have an influence over their own health. But their words stuck with me and as I was reading some books and articles that week about health claims in the media, new diets, dairy debates, and bacteria fears, the light bulb came on in my head and I suddenly understood the true meaning behind these quotes. As with anything in life, moderation and balance is the key. Obsession over maintaining our health can, ironically, take us straight to illness.

Health Obsession #1: Germs

The first thing I thought of as a prime example of health obsession leading to illness is with the germ theory.  Though later on denounced by the creator himself, Louis Pasteur started what would today become an obsession with eradicating germs. What started as an attempt to rid milk of deadly bacteria became a societal obsession with pasteurisation. Today we pasteurise most dairy products, juices, honey, vinegar, wine and beer, water, canned food and egg products. In obsessing over this need to eliminate any potentially harmful bacteria, we are also killing off all the beneficial bacteria, much of the nutrition and all the enzymes. Thus making the food indigestible and nutrient deficient.

Pasteurisation, however, is just the start of this germ obsession, whose associated practices are far more risky than beneficial to our health. Much of our commercial food supply is also exposed to radiation to destroy microorganisms, bacteria or insects that might be present; a process called irradiation. At home we have become more fearful of bacteria and are sterilising ourselves and our environment with bacteria-killing products made of potent chemicals. We are slowly discovering the long-term ill effects these man-made chemicals have on human health and from some viewpoints, it is a potentially much worse effect than the minimal risk of encountering the deadly germs that lie in wait. But the germ fear is deeply embedded in our psyche, so we continue to slather ourselves and our homes in anti-bacterial products. We are so fearful of germs that we keep our children from playing barefoot, and from digging in the dirt and mud where they can connect with nature.

Which is deadlier? Germs or the obsession to get rid of them?

Health Obsession #2: Dieting & Exercise

The other most obvious example of over-concern of health leading to its deterioration is dieting. Technically, trying to be thin is hardly the same as trying to be healthy, but as obesity has become such a hugely publicised symptom of ill-health, we have come to believe that thin equals healthy and that the way to become thin is strict dieting. Every next diet claims to be the best one, and we are becoming confused, stressed, and malnourished as we try one after the next. Strict dieting has deprived us of nutrients, led to eating disorders, and caused emotional stress over willpower, guilt and peer pressure. All which cause the body much more harm than a few extra pounds of body fat.

Running alongside dieting in the quest to become thin, thus healthy, is over-exercising. Gyms are open 24 hours a day so we can punish our bodies endlessly in the quest for being healthy. Clearly a contradiction in terms. The body’s need for rest and repair has been long forgotten in the race to be leaner, faster, fitter, stronger. Over-exercising is one culprit in causing today’s epidemic of adrenal stress, where our adrenal glands are so overworked from constantly producing cortisol hormones. We are in constant ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, slowly breaking our bodies down and creating vulnerability to chronic fatigue and disease.

Over-exercising and dieting is bad for your health

The Silent Killers

Present in all these forms of health obsession are the silent killers: fear, worry, paranoia, and guilt. We are paranoid about lurking viruses, worried about catching disease, and afraid of dying. We feel guilty if we eat sugar, miss a workout, or gain a pound. We stress over deciding which foods are safe, which products are toxic, which vitamins to take, and which doctor’s advice to follow. Our fear makes us vulnerable to unsubstantiated health claims from our peers and the media, and this often leads to unnecessary spending on health remedies and cures, leading to financial stress. Once again, our adrenal glands go into overdrive producing cortisol, this time from negative emotional stress. The body is flooded with catabolic hormones which break the body down.

Consequently, our good intentions to take control of our health can end up destroying it.  I think Benjamin Franklin summed it up when he stated, “Nothing is more fatal to health, than an over care of it.” Taking care of your mental and physical health should be a priority in everyone’s life, but the key is to keep things in perspective and find the right balance, so that your intentions don’t become obsessions.

 

Are you a bit obsessed with some aspect of health? How has this affected your life?

The Cure is You | The Cure is U – 2012 Documentary

The Cure Is U! - Documentary

Hey Primal People 🙂

The latest documentary I’ve just watched is called ‘The Cure is U! (The Cure is You)’. If you want to watch something that helps to scientifically validate the power of your THOUGHTS and EMOTIONS on your health, then you need to watch this video. For those of you that have been reading our work for a while, you would understand how much of an emphasis we put on this as written within our Primal 6 philosophy. Paul Chek is in it as well as Dr. Bruce Lipton and Greg Bradden. 3 people whose work I highly respect. Consider buying the video access for a friend for Christmas! Watch it first, I’m sure you will agree it’s a worthy documentary.

Paul Chek - The Cure Is U | The Cure is You - Documentary
Paul Chek speaks in ‘The Cure is U | The Cure is YOU’

Here’s the synopsis from their site that I think summarises it perfectly:

“A transformational film about how every human body is brilliantly designed for vitality and longevity. Why then is our health and life expectancy declining? Have we lost our connection to our natural way of living? Is it possible there is a powerful and effective means to address our health and disease, which can assist in tapping into our natural healing capacity of our profoundly powerful human body?

THE CURE IS YOU / THE CURE IS U unveils one of the most profound, ancient health formulas to be released in over a century. Amazing true stories, woven with testimonials from top scientists, doctors and evolutionary leaders creates a mind-blowing journey of self-discovery that will radically shift the way you look at health and disease forever.

It is time for us look beyond the band-aid approach of medicine in our Western culture and deeper into the unlimited healing capacity of the human body.”

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