The first time I heard of people detoxing, and it wasn't from quitting heroin (I did live in Baltimore a very long time), I didn't get it. Detoxing from what? What could be such a big deal that stopping it would really take any visible toll on someone's body?
forward ten years, and here I am. No alcohol. No cigarettes. No dairy.
No chemicals. No processed sugar. No over-processed soy. Less gluten.
Hardly any coffee. No hair dye. Minimal make-up. No artificial scents.
No allergy medication or medicated skin cream. Fewer synthetic fabrics.
What have I learned from it all? There are build-ups in my body that
have desperately been trying to leave. Don't believe it? Let me guide
you from some of my before and after.
Firstly, let me
state that this is not about getting some super skinny, bikini-ready
body. This is not about starving myself. In fact, I feel more full than
ever incorporating tons of raw fruits and veggies into my diet. You know
when you eat at Burger King or Taco Bell and are hungry 5 minutes
later? Well, that is because your body is craving nutrients, which you
aren't getting with fast food. Before my detoxification process I had
cystic acne. This doesn't come from not washing your face, although
several ignorant people thought so. I could wash my face 14 times a day
and it wouldn't help, because the issue was much deeper and came from
inside my body, not on the surface. The cystic acne did not only appear
on my face, but around my bikini line, along my upper thighs, and in the
form of boils in my armpit. I consulted my doctor on the boils, as I
was getting them so severely that I would get prescribed antibiotics
every few months and twice had to have them surgically lanced. The
doctor claimed it was because I was using a dirty razor to shave my
armpits, but I continued to get boils even when I switched razors every
two days. I also had severe abdominal cramping, which would leave me
hunched over in crippling pain at the end of a work day. I became puffy
under my chin and at the sides of my jawline.
eating deep-fried bacon everyday? No, I have been vegetarian since I was
8. So then wasn't I already healthy? I was consuming exactly what the
average American in their twenties did, that was all. That means, I
drank a lot of alcohol. I ate a lot of bread and cheese. I ate processed
fake soy "meat" products. I dyed my hair until it was dry and brittle
and the roots were an oily greasy mess. All of this was having a terrible
impact on my lymphatic system.
you notice in the diagram above, many of my problem areas of cystic
drainage (armpits, bikini zone, sides of the neck) are directly
connected to the lymphatic system. Now that I have made these changes I
will go through periods of clear skin, healthy hair, and have had no
abdominal cramping or boils. But about once a month I am still
experiencing drainage. Not in the same way of build-up overflow oozing
out, but fluid which has been deep inside my body for a long time,
trying to expel itself.
This has been a struggle and a
journey. I haven't seen much written by women about going through the
detoxing process personally, so I thought my experiences might help
others feel that they are on the right path, even if it isn't easy.
Overall I feel much healthier and I know I am only going to improve and
eliminate the outside vices that have plagued my body. And I will do
this with a stomach full of all of the best nature has to provide.