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The Heixheimer (Detox) Reaction- How the body heals and my personal experience with it.

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Hey guys, I hope you’re doing well and having a great week so far. This post has taken a little longer than expected once again but I’m back, feeling good and ready to write! There have been a few reasons why I’ve been away from the blog for the past 10 days or so. If you have read my two latest posts, you’ll know that I have recently finished a parasite cleanse. It was my fourth time doing this particular 30 day herbal cleanse (If you’d like to know more please see my posts titled ‘Parasite Cleansing- Why I do it and why you may like to consider it’ and ‘Parasites Part II (An unexpected update)’ for more info.)

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. The information provided is just based on my opinion. I am not diagnosing or attempting to treat any health issue. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider before making any changes to your routine or trying this supplement. Especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from any medical condition.

Over the past 5 years, I’ve done a lot in order to regain my health and heal my body after taking a medication called Accutane. During this time I have explored many aspects of health and a major part of my journey has involved detoxing my system in order to repair damage that this medication has caused.

Whenever I embark on a cleanse or sometimes when I adjust my diet/ supplement routine, I experience a ‘flare up’ in symptoms. This temporary worsening in amount or severity of past symptoms is actually an indication of healing and is known as the Herxheimer or detox reaction.

As you begin working on your health naturally, by switching from a highly processed diet to one that is made up of mainly whole foods, doing a colon/ liver cleanse or adding in a supplement such as milk thistle to support the liver or an antimicrobial like olive leaf extract for example, your body cells begin to release toxins such as pathogens (bacteria, viruses etc.) and heavy metals. These toxins enter the bloodstream and are now in circulation. Organs such as the liver and large intestine,  become over burdened with this sudden release of toxins and endotoxins (the waste materials produced when bacteria die) and an inflammatory response occurs.

Before the toxins and wastes are excreted from the body, the person may have an increase in the severity of current symptoms or a ‘flare up’ of past symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue and/ or restlessness
  • Skin breakouts including boils, hives and rashes
  • Cold/ flu symptoms
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increase in joint pain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Fever/ chills
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Muscular aches/ pains
  • Frequent urination/ discharge
  • Mood disturbances such as anxiety/ irritability
  • Insomnia

 

After completing the parasite cleanse about 3 weeks ago, I was still feeling noticeable ‘detox’ effects and experiencing many symptoms. This was mainly due to two things, the first being that the herbs in the cleanse continue to work for about 30 days after finishing and the second being that I added in antimicrobial supplements. Shortly after completing Humaworm (the pasrasite cleanse) I began drinking  Chapparral leaf tea. I will speak more about this herb in a future post but to summerise, it has potent antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties. As well as this herbal tea, I added in another antimicrobial and immune boosting supplement. Therefore, I actually experienced quite a lengthy ‘healing reaction’ this time round.

To be really honest with you the past 4 to 5 weeks have been really challenging for me overall. After a few months of feeling amazing in every way i.e. physically, mentally and emotionally, I seemed to suddenly feel ‘run down’ again. Even though I was doing a lot to work on my health (as usual) and getting a good amount of rest. Since I have experienced this many times in the past few years, I knew how to deal with it all in a much better way (although it was still really challenging.)

Healing reactions also occur after a period of feeling really great or seeing a big improvement in your health. Our bodies are highly intelligent and when they have energy and good/ improved resources they will detox by releasing toxins and waste products stored in the liver and tissues and repair damaged areas leading to a higher, more vibrant state of health.

Holistic health practitioners agree that the body always heals in a certain order and this is know as Hering’s Law of Cure. It states that:

“All cure starts from within out, from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared or been suppressed.”

This basically means that toxins deep within the body will be dealt with and processed first through to the outer layer (skin.) Physiologically, the person must feel strong and be prepared mentally (the head) first in order to heal physically. The body deals with the most recent heath problem first before moving back systematically, in reverse order to work on more long standing (chronic) conditions.

Personally speaking, this time round I noticed a ‘mixed bag’ of mental, physical and emotional symptoms. Fatigue hit me really hard and I felt like I could sleep for 10- 12 hours a night or that I’d need to nap in the afternoon. Mentally, I was affected quite dramatically. My mood took a really low dip, severely for about 3 days but generally for a couple of weeks. I had days where I just wanted to give up college, this blog and bothering with anything. I couldn’t see the point in continuing working on my health and was feeling really frustrated, that despite all my efforts over the past few years I was still feeling crap. Basically, I was feeling really vulnerable, emotional and sorry for myself. Walking and resting helped my state of mind a lot, as did talking to a couple of close friends about it and feeling really ‘safe,’ loved and fully accepted doing so. Some of my physical symptoms included skin breakouts (my skin looked dull, inflamed and I came up in a rash a couple of times), muscle aches, low grade fever and chills, abdominal bloating, a small cyst on my right breast (that has now fully cleared), headaches and ‘brain fog’ and a slight sensation during urination, not quite pain but a similar sensation to the start of a urinary tract infection. I used to suffer from UTI’s a few years ago so think my body may have been re- tracing over this condition as bacteria were being killed and removed by the herbs. Those symptoms are the main ones that come to mind but there were probably a few others. When dealing with a healing reaction/ crisis, it’s good to consult a holistic health practitioner. This allows them to overlook your protocol, making sure it’s benefitting you. If symptoms persist or worsen, they may need to intervene and make adjustments or in rare cases you may need to seek medical advice . I work closely with a wonderful Kinesiologist/ Naturopath who also happens to be a close family friend so I feel very safe. If I have any questions, I always go to her and have done for the past 10 years.

There are a few things that you can do in order to make these healing reactions more bearable and shorten the duration, these include:

  • Drinking more filtered/ mineral water
  • Getting more rest
  • Taking a hot bath with magnesium flakes/ epsom salts
  • Sauna/ Steam using essential oils
  • Getting sunlight
  • Gentle exercise such as walking or yoga
  • Rebounding
  • Getting a colonic/ water or coffee enema
  • Taking activated charcoal
  • Dry skin brushing
  • The use of a castor oil pack for the liver

 

I wanted to keep tonight’s post relatively short and to the point. If any of you would like me to be more specific then please feel free to leave a comment or message me and I’ll happily write another blog post. Perhaps I’ll split this topic into sections and go into greater detail. Hopefully this post explains why I took a little longer than usual to write on the blog. Some really deep things came to the surface for me and I needed to give myself the space and time to allow myself to just ‘be.’

All of my energy needed to be reserved for healing rather than dispersing it by doing lots of other activities or by being really social. I just needed to take some time out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling well enough to attend my college lectures last weekend and spent the weekend at home sleeping lots, lying in the sun and taking some salt baths. Thankfully, I’m feeling much better than of late and am starting to look healthy and vibrant again, although it’ll probably take a few more days. The lymph nodes in my neck are also finally going down which is a great sign. Each time I go through a reaction like this, I become stronger and healthier. So over the past 5 years, my health has majorly improved. Therefore I have finally learnt to ‘trust the process.’

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Thank you for being supportive and understanding and to those of you that have messaged me recently, I really do appreciate it. When I receive messages from you guys, it lights me up and makes me remember why I started ‘Knowledge To Nourish.’ A special mention to my friend Tom, who helped me come up with the topic for today’s blog post. If any of you have any suggestions for future posts, please feel free to message me. I’d love to hear from you.

I have some cool ideas and plans up my sleeve that I’m excited to make a start on and share with you. However, I have a big college exam in 3 weeks time as well as an assignment hand-in. Due to this, my energy will be directed more towards study rather than the blog for the next couple of weeks. I will continue to post though so keep an eye out for new content- I won’t be able to resist for long!

It’s after midnight here now, I really need to go and get some rest! I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy and fun weekend.

Much love and hugs,

Becky

 

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Parasites- Part II (An unexpected update)

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Skin breakout

Hey guys, hope you’ve had a lovely Easter Sunday. So I’m back with an unexpected blog post. This one was completely unplanned so bear with me whilst I fill you in on why I’m sitting here, sipping a glass of red wine and writing to you lot.

Right, so if you’ve read my last blog post titled ‘Parasite Cleansing- Why I do it and why you may like to consider it’ you’ll know that I just finished my most recent 30 day parasite cleanse. Even though I finished the cleanse 12 days ago, the herbs are still working and I noticed that I was passing more parasites. Humaworm say that the cleanse continues to have an effect for up to 30 days after you take the last dose. In addition, I have been taking an anti- microbial essential oil type supplement and drinking Chapparal herb tea (both of which I will speak about in future blog posts.) The combination of these have definitely had an impact as I’ve been experiencing symptoms of ‘die off.’ Late Thursday evening, I noticed pretty extreme bloating. My abdomen was really distended and uncomfortable, making it difficult to sleep comfortably that night. On Friday, I woke up still bloated with a headache and felt really bad. Unfortunately, I had to ‘suck it up’ and go to work but felt pretty rubbish. This feeling lingered all day Friday. On Saturday, I woke up feeling better than Friday but looked pale and still wasn’t great. I didn’t give it too much attention as I had to go to work and just get on with jobs.

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Saturday evening came, I cooked some dinner and afterwards I sat down with a cup of tea and relaxed for a bit. Without going into detail, I went to the bathroom and knew something big had happened. To cut to the chase, I had passed a huge parasite of some sort that was broken up into pieces. It was definitely not food. I have seen many things on each cleanse and don’t get easily phased but this was the biggest and most noticeable parasite so far. All I can say is I felt an immediate feeling of relief and mental clarity. I felt way more comfortable. In my opinion, whatever it was has been in my system for a few years. I think I must have picked it up shortly after finishing Accutane (see my posts titled ‘Accutane- The Life Changer PART I and II for more info) when my immune system had been deeply damaged. The trip to South America may have been a contributing factor.

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Personally speaking, I have found the past month or so very challenging. I have done some more deep cleansing and this always stirs things up so to speak. Whenever I do an in depth cleanse, I usually experience a short term ‘acute’ flair up in current/ previous symptoms and then a big shift takes place, leaving me feeling healthier than before. So each time, I get healthier, stronger and more vital but then more issues come up and the cycle continues. It’s a little like peeling an onion- layer by layer.

Today, my stomach felt better than yesterday but I look awful. Toxins have definitely been stirred up and are probably over taxing my liver a little bit. When this happens, I’m prone to skin issues as my body tries to release toxins and wastes through my skin. My skin has broken out, I have small sores around my mouth that have been there for about 5 days and some blemishes. My skin looks dry, dull and splotchy in appearance. This reminds me of a milder version of the rash I used to get after Accutane. I believe it’s an immune response, and signs of systemic inflammation are showing on my face.

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‘Rash- like’ Detox breakout

After I finish this post, I’m going to have a magnesium bath (see my previous post titled ‘Magnesium Baths- Why they’re so amazing’ for more info on the benefits) to help my body detox and my skin heal. At times like these, I must admit I do feel vulnerable but I also know that I need to keep my focus on my long term goals. This is actually a positive reaction and my body is doing its best to excrete wastes and rebalance.

I have already gone through so much over the past few years, that although I cried this afternoon because I felt sad, vulnerable and fed up, I know deep down that I have made and am making huge progress. Thoughts like ‘I look so ugly and crap’ and ‘Why am I even bothering?’ came into my head and were very real and challenging but I made the best out of it and managed to thank myself for being so persevering and brave.

Since I want to be totally authentic with you all, I have taken photos and have added them throughout the text. These aren’t pretty photos, they don’t make me feel good but they are me, just as I was, feeling those feelings and experiencing those emotions in that moment.

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Skin inflammation- please excuse the tears

Currently, I am a quite bloated, tired and my skin is broken out. It definitely isn’t one of my finest moments. I’m sharing this post with you to say that sometimes you have to go through the shit to reap the rewards. What you see a lot of nowadays are people’s ‘highlight reels.’ There is nothing wrong with this, even I choose my Instagram photos based on which ones I think look the best, but overtime we forget that there is another aspect. Everyone is human, we all have the same basic physical and emotional needs- when we are ourselves, our true selves, we become open and create space for the most wonderful connections to happen.

Tomorrow, I will do some planning for the rest of the week. I am going to reevaluate and adjust my current diet and health regime so will keep you updated. I would also like to add a special mention to a handful of people that I’ve been in contact with since starting this blog. You guys know who you are. Thank you for all the wonderful support and for reminding me why I’m doing this. I love interacting with you all.

To anyone who’s experiencing any form of health issue at the moment, hang in there. You are strong and valuable. Things will get better, sometimes it’s a case of perseverance and finding strength that you may not have been aware of before.

Love to you all, speak soon.

Becky

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Parasite Cleansing- Why I do it and why you may like to consider it.

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Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week so far. My apologies for not getting this posted last Sunday as promised. Every evening since then I’ve been trying to work on it and I’m genuinely sorry it’s taken me until Thursday (actually now the early hours of Friday morning) to get it finished. I made a start but felt like I just couldn’t get into the ‘flow’ of writing over the past few days for various reasons. The irony is that doing the parasite cleanse has delayed the ‘parasite cleanse’ post! I’ll explain further down. Last weekend was spent with friends celebrating a 30th birthday. Although I wasn’t feeling great it was so lovely to see everyone and I enjoyed catching up with them. I’ve been close friends with these guys for a little over ten years now and love them to bits. Can’t believe where the time has gone!

Disclaimer: Please check with your doctor or healthcare provider before trying this supplement. Especially is you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from any medical condition. I’m not a qualified healthcare professional and the information provided is just based on my opinion. I am not diagnosing or attempting to treat any health issue.

As promised, I’m here to talk about the ‘not so nice’ topic of parasite cleansing. Having finished my most recent parasite cleanse 9 days ago, I thought it’s probably a good time to write about it. Having done three previous parasite cleanses, I’m no stranger to the idea. To most of you reading this, you are probably feeling similar to me when I first came across this topic and began researching the benefits.

Before becoming seriously ill from a medication called Accutane (if you haven’t already you may like to read my previous posts titled ‘Accutane- The Life Changer PART I and II’ for more info) I hadn’t even heard of parasite cleansing or given it any thought whatsoever. As I began to research more on health and alternative ways of healing my body, I discovered a couple of sites where it had been mentioned and decided to look into it more. As I rummaged through online information, I noticed that a company called ‘Humaworm’ were being mentioned multiple times in forums and people had written personal blog posts about their experience with this parasite cleanse.

Their website is basic but clear and  really informative. According to Humaworm, 90% of the population have parasites in some form. When the word parasite is mentioned, I automatically think of worms and how we deworm our pets every few months. As I did more and more research into this topic, I learnt that parasites are not a third world problem as most of us are conditioned to believe. Parasite cleansing is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and used to be carried out by our ancestors. Even our grandparents used to parasite cleanse regularly, usually deworming their families with pharmaceutical medication or using remedies such as castor oil. In our modern day, fast paced world, we seem to have forgotten this important practice. I’ll speak about my personal experience with the cleanse further down but first I’ll give a bit of an introduction to the topic.

How we get infected with parasites:

Humans become infected with parasites not by ingesting adult worms but rather by ingesting/ inhaling the microscopic eggs of parasites. You can become a hosts to parasites in any of the following ways:

Contaminated water:

Parasites primarily infect humans through water. Both contaminated drinking water and water that contaminated swimmers use as parasites are spread easily from person to person. It only takes swallowing a small amount of contaminated water to become infected.

Other humans:

The transfer of parasite eggs from human to human is incredibly easy. Since most infections come from the anal- oral route, simply things like someone not washing their hands properly after using the bathroom and then touching items that come into contact with another person’s mouth. Parasite eggs can live under human fingernails for 8 weeks! Common infections come from contact with a wide variety of daily objects as well as kissing, holding hands, sharing cutlery and sexual contact.

Animals:

Parasite eggs are passed from pets to humans very easily via hands, nose and mouth especially when petting or grooming pets or walking around barefoot where animals have defecated, especially if you can’t see the faeces but have walked where animals have previously been. When animals lick their anus then lick a person’s face, the eggs from their tongues are passed to the person, who now becomes a host.

Meats:

Undercooked meat is a common source of parasitic infections. Commercial pork products such as bacon, ham, salami and hot dogs are notorious for being a  source of infections. Also cuts of meat such as beef, lamb, chicken and fish contain parasite eggs. Sushi (raw fish) contains both the eggs and larvae of several species of parasite.

Fruits and vegetables:

Fruits and vegetables that haven’t been washed properly are also a big source of parasites. Some countries use animal manure and human faeces as soil fertiliser which greatly increases the transmission of parasites. Commercial salad bars and eating out where improper food handling has taken place increase the risk.

Travel:

With travel being so common nowadays, parasites are spread easily in a variety of ways. Airplanes are a common source of parasitic transmission as people are in a confined space with lowed immunity from lack of sleep and stress of travel etc. It is also common for people to contact a parasite from the country of travel and bring it back to their country of residence.

Types of Parasite:

Bacteria, viruses and fungus (mould, yeasts) are included in the very broad parasite category then you have the following four classifications:

1. The Protozoa (One cell parasites)

These single cell parasites can infect ANY cell in the body. They generally multiply by duplication in the same way bacteria and viruses do. They fall into sub categories including genital protozoa such as Trichomonas, nervous system protozoa such as Naegeria and blood protozoa such as E-coli.

2. The Nemetodes (Roundworms)

These worms include pinworms, hookworms, whipworms and ascaris to name a few and even though they are larger in size than the one- celled protozoa, they are round in shape and most are fairly small. They are what most people think of when parasites are mentioned and can do a lot of damage.

3. The Trematodes (Flukes)

Flukes are the most difficult parasite to remove with each adult fluke living for one year. They can remain in the human body for 10-20 years. There are liver flukes, lung flukes and blood flukes.

4. The Cestodes (Tapeworms)

Most tapeworms are only ½ inch long and are grayish white in colour, but there are some species that can grow to 33 feet long. The tapeworm head hooks onto the intestinal wall and the length of their bodies are comprised of sections that are nothing but reproductive organs and their ‘tails’ release eggs. These eggs then hatch into larvae that can migrate to other parts of the human body and can form cysts. The tapeworm regenerates solely from the head even if  other sections break off. Some tapeworms can live for over 25 years. There are Pork tapeworm, fish tapeworm and dog tapeworm (which are passed to us from pets.)

To read in more detail about the different types of parasite please go humaworm.com because it would make this blog post far too long if I wrote about each one in depth.

Symptoms of parasites:

It is the parasites job to live in a host and remain undetected so some people don’t experience any symptoms for a long time after they become infected. Symptoms caused by parasites can overlap with / mimic other conditions so many parasitic infections go undiagnosed. The following are just a few symptoms of a parasitic infection:

  • IBS symptoms such as digestive discomfort, gas and bloating, diarrhoea, constipation
  • Leaky gut
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Skin disorders and allergies including rashes, dry skin and hair, brittle hair, hair loss, itchy skin, itchy nose, itchy anus, hives, allergies
  • Mood and anxiety issues such as mood swings, unclear thinking, nervousness, anxiety, forgetfulness, slow reflexes
  • Sleep disturbances including teeth grinding, bed wetting, drooling and disturbed sleep (waking frequently)
  • Weight and appetite problems such as weight gain, the inability to gain or lose weight, uncontrollable hunger (eat a lot and still feel hungry) or loss of appetite, long- standing obesity
  • Blood disorders
  • Sexual and reproductive problems such as water retention, irregular menstrual cycles in women
  • Excessive saliva production
  • Bad breath
  • Foul smelling body odour
  • Unclear vision
  • Poor immune response
  • Respiratory problems

My personal experience with Humaworm parasite cleanse:

Now that I’ve spoken about parasites, how we contract them and the problems they can cause I’ll share my personal experience of parasite cleansing with you. I have done four cleanses to date and it’s been 10 days (just about) since I finished the most recent one.

The cleanse involves taking two herbal capsules twice a day for 30 days. The formula has been produced for many years now by the same family and it has become a large scale company based on the success of their products.

The capsules contain a mixture of herbs: Black Walnut, Wormwood, Cloves,Thyme, Garlic, Fennel, Cayenne, Ginger, Gentian, Hyssop, Milk Thistle, Marshmallow root, Pau D’arco, Burdock, Elecampane, Fenugreek, Liquorice, Barberry, Cascara, Sagrada, Senna, Sage, Psyllium, Yellow Dock, Cramp Bark, Peppermint

This herbal formula is designed to work in three ways:

  1. A specific herb combination kill parasites.
  2. Another herb combination helps to sweep toxins from the body and restore the body.
  3. Some herbs assist the digestive system to remove the waste.

You are supposed to take 2 capsules, twice per day spaced 8-12 hours apart (ideally 12 hours apart to keep the herbs at a consistent level within the bloodstream.) You must also leave 90 days between each parasite cleanse so that the parasites don’t become resistant to the herbs. Humaworm advises cleansing at least twice a year or every 90 days if you have higher ‘risk factors’ that make you more susceptible to infection such as working in the fields of healthcare or childcare or if work with animals or travel abroad frequently. One other thing to mention is the team at Humaworm freshly grind and package the herbs on the day they are shipped to ensure top quality freshness. They arrive in simple zip- lock bags and this is too keep costs down and make it affordable for most people. Please check their website for shipping details and costs. Humaworm also do certain bulk discount packages which can be useful for families or people doing multiple cleanses and they make a children’s formula which is suitable for children over the age of two.

I’ve had incredible results from each of the four Humaworm (HW) cleanses I have done but I’m going to focus on telling you about my experience with the most recent one.
In this description, I’m going to be really honest and real with you guys as I feel it is important and beneficial. This includes sharing a few ‘not so nice’ details so if you would rather pass on that then please don’t read any further. Also, I’ve included some pretty graphic photos below. If you’re sqeemish, I understand you may choose to skip the rest of this post. You’ve been warned!

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Really abdominally distended (bloated)

 

I started to take HW at about 7-8am and 7-8pm daily (sometimes this varied by an hour or two.) When you take HW it’s important to drink more water than usual to help you body to remove the toxins and parasites that will be die-ing off. I made sure to drink 2-3 litres of water daily. For the first few days, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary apart from a slight decrease in energy. Then about 8 days in, I remember feeling bloated and uncomfortable and needed to go to the toilet a little bit more. For want of a better way of putting it, I knew I was definitely passing parasites as my bowel movement (BM) was different than usual. I noticed a sense of relief after whatever it was had left my system and carried on like usual.

For the following week or so they was nothing major to report but definitely a few ‘die-off’ symptoms including a feeling of fatigue, I really felt like I could sleep for ages! There was an increased need to go to the bathroom, most people notice this, I had a headache and body aches and had a really runny nose for 48 hours that cleared up quickly. The next main marker I distinctly remember came on day 17. Oh good old day 17, how could I forget you! On the evening of day 17, I ate dinner as usual, it happened to be salmon fillet, steamed veggies and basmati rice. At about 9pm, I remember sitting at my laptop and feeling a little clammy and ‘off.’ I decided to go and run a bath for myself, thinking it would help. I had my bath but felt a little bit queasy so sipped some peppermint tea. Not long after finishing my bath, intense nausea hit me! To cut this short, I was vomiting from about 11pm to 5am pretty regularly. It was so awful, I felt so ill and kept being sick until there was absolutely nothing left in my stomach. I finally got some sleep but was wiped out for a couple of days- I just knew that the HW was killing off some kind of bacteria and my body was getting rid of it in the best way possible.

The rest of the cleanse did seem quite intense and a bit ‘never ending’ but I knew it would be worth it in the end so I persevered. I’d say a lot of what I passed was microscpic but I definitely noticed some things that were not digested food. On closer inspection, several days I found small worms (threadworms I think) and what I believe to be a kind of fluke (I think liver fluke because they look similar to rolled up tomato skins and I hadn’t eaten tomato skins in a few days.) I noticed that I felt particularly unwell before passing something and then noticeably better- it was pretty amazing. One other symptom I noticed that seem to get extremely intense some days and be generally worse in the morning was ‘brain fog.’ It literally felt like I couldn’t think straight and I felt like I was trying to function whilst stuck in treacle. It’s a strangle sensation but really apparent and irritating. Also, one day towards the end of the cleanse, I slacked on my water drinking and felt really unwell. I got a bad headache and felt sick and dizzy so learnt my lesson the hard way! Another symptom throughout this cleanse was that I got skin breakouts. My skin looked more inflamed and dull than usual and I got a few sores on my face, like a milder version of impetigo (which I’ve had before.)

The following photos show first hand that the cleanse works, lots of people see parasites but some don’t as they can be hidden in the stool and many are microscopic. Sorry for the graphic nature of the photos, it’s a bit nerve wrecking putting them online but I genuinely want to help people so I feel it’s worth it.

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I think these are threadworms
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I’m waiting to hear back from the team to find out what these are
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I’m waiting to hear back to clarify what these are- they are definitely not sunflower seeds as I didn’t eat any kind of seed for the entire cleanse

Since completing this cleanse 10 days ago, I’ve noticed that my body’s still detoxing and passing parasites. Apparantly HW continues to work after the 30 day period. I’ve been taking Chapparal leaf tea and olive leaf extract, both are antimicrobial. Since finishing, I currently still feel tired, sore and ‘run down.’ I was extremely bloated last night and today, so much so that I genuinely looked pregnant and my skin is paler than usual and I have a small breakout around my chin. This is the main reason why I’ve been delayed writing this blog post. I’ve been wanting more sleep and the lymph nodes in my neck are still swollen.

I know once this passes, I’ll take another leap forward regarding my current state of health as I had been doing super well for a consecutive few months. What I’ve learnt over the past 5 years is that true healing takes time and that your body is highly intelligent. If you give your body the correct conditions, it will heal itself and in the best order. It’s a bit like taking a few steps forward and one back (as old issues resurface and are dealt with.) Overall I am definitely getting stronger and healthier and I believe that parasite cleansing as been a great tool and help in regards to this.

After each round of HW I have done (a couple of weeks after finishing), I have noticed increased energy, vitality and clarity of thought. My digestion is better and my stomach is flat. I also notice shinier hair and more of a radiance about my skin. I’m not getting paid or sponsored in any way. This is an independent review of Humaworm but I honestly think it’s wonderful and hope that more people will try parasite cleansing because the results will probably surprise you.

Just to finish, I’d like to say that this post has been the most challenging blog post that I’ve published so far. I’m being extremely open and honest with you and I’m sure you can appreciate that it is a vulnerable position to be in and not the easiest topic to talk about due to stigma and perceived ‘norms’. At the end of the day, we are all human and I’ve decided to share this info with you in the hope that you, or another person may benefit in some way.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or just want to chat. You can reach me by filling out the form on the ‘Contact Me’ page. I love hearing from you.

Next time, I might keep the post a little shorter and more light hearted! I haven’t decided what topic I’ll be writing about next. I want to wish you all a very happy Easter and hope you have a healthy and happy bank holiday weekend.

A big hug to all of you guys!

Until next time,

Becky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deep darkness- I hit a low point.

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Hey guys, I can’t believe a week’s passed since I last posted. I hope you’re all well and looking forward to the weekend. The sun is shining here in Cornwall and everything looks beautiful, my mood on the other hand hasn’t been so great for the past few days. After spending last weekend staying in Cheltenham with my friend Stacie and attending college in Bristol, I got back to Falmouth on Monday.

Please excuse the long and emotional post that follows, I feel I can’t talk about parasite cleansing until I let you know what’s been going on for me. I’m going to post about my parasite cleanse either later tonight or Sunday.

Well, I know I’ve just finished a 30 day parasite cleanse so it’s bound to have stirred things up but for the past few days, particularly yesterday and today, I’ve been feeling really low. Yesterday afternoon, I hit my lowest point in months. I felt tired, my body felt sore and my lymph nodes are swollen (but then again they have been swollen for the past month.) It’s a good indicator that my body’s trying to fight something off. Ever since taking Accutane (please see my posts titled Accutane- The Life Changer Part I and II for more info) I’ve felt as though I have a virus in my system and every now and then (when there’s increased stress/ cleansing) it becomes active. My body is so much stronger than it was but I still work on my health every single day. I’m used to some physical symptoms coming up every now and then as my body processes things and rebalances, especially during or just after a cleanse but the mental effects I experienced yesterday and today have caught me totally off guard.

Yesterday afternoon, I was hit with a tidal wave of emotion. Emotion that I wasn’t expecting or prepared for. My body felt crappy and my mental state usually dips when my body’s not feeling good. This however was different. Thankfully for a long time now, my mood’s pretty stable and I don’t suffer from any anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, I have challenging days and experience bad moods but that’s totally normal and nothing to be worried about. In general, I’ve been my usual, social and outgoing self. Yesterday, the emotion I experienced felt beyond me and was a mixture between deep sadness, anger and utter frustration.

The floodgates opened up and I cried and cried and cried. I felt deep sadness at the situation I’ve had to deal with continuously over the past five years, all because of a drug, that I didn’t know existed before entering the dermatologist’s office. I cried over the time I’ve missed with friends, the stress I’ve caused my mum and sister, all the money that we’ve (myself and my family) have spent on health care, food and supplements, the days I spent in bed, the times I tried to explain my situation to others and they didn’t/ couldn’t understand, the times I felt so ill I wanted to die, all the fevers, the vomiting, the skin rashes and all of the excuses I made in order to appear ‘normal.’ On top of feeling a deep sense of despair, I felt a huge amount of anger bubble up. Anger that I thought I had previously dealt with. This is difficult for me to share so openly but I literally felt like I wanted to kill the dermatologist and the manufacturers of Accutane. Of course, I would never REALLY want to hurt anyone. This wouldn’t help anyone anyway, but I’m telling you when you’ve spent years of your life trying to piece together the scraps that you’ve been left with after taking a certain drug- you want to find and make someone accountable. Of course, it was my decision to take it but I was young, vulnerable and desperate. The side effects were completely dubbed down and glossed over. The idea of  ‘selling rat poison disguised as candy’ comes to mind. The marketing is excellent and the information is put forward in such a way that is in total favour of the pharmaceutical companies, in this case Roche.

So I cried and cried and felt extreme anger surge through my veins. With makeup running down my face and my hood up, I decided to take the dog out. I did this for two reasons: 1. He needed a walk and was being so good and 2. I thought I urgently needed fresh air and a quiet space to think.

I’m sure people that passed me was wondering what was up, but I didn’t really care. I walked through the park and ended up sitting under one of the blossom trees. A tree with beautiful pink blossom, all fresh and in full bloom. Sitting on the damp grass, I took a few breaths and managed to stop crying. I watched several thoughts come and go in my mind including ‘what’s the point in all of this?’ ‘I can’t be bothered’ ‘It’s been five years, give me a break’ and ‘how will people ever listen to someone like me?’

On a good day, I either don’t get these thoughts or if I do, the stronger and more positive side of me takes over and I know that really, everything is working out and that I just need to keep the faith. I remind myself how far I’ve come and treat myself kindly. However yesterday, they were pretty much all negative, self- doubt and sabotage-style thoughts.

I can’t say I felt way better leaving the park but I did feel a little calmer and OJ (my dog) was happy. Also, on top on cleansing I am due my period soon so am definitely feeling premenstrual. Maybe it’s been one big combination of things. My menstrual cycle has been on the long side (around day 43 to 47) for a few months. It tends to change depending on various factors but can lead to me feeling very emotional on the lead up.

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Today hasn’t been much easier, I haven’t felt great. I’ve rested for most of the day and have eaten lightly. I’ve been noticeably quiet on whatsapp and have blanked calls and texts from friends. I just needed some space. I’m feeling pressure because I have friends coming down for the weekend and they’re arriving tomorrow night. It’s for my friend Matt’s 30th birthday. I love them all so much and they mean the world to me but currently I’m not feeling the ‘party mood’ and wish I could be feeling differently. At the moment I’d love to just rest and have a quiet weekend. These guys are some of my best friends and I’ve known most of them for just over ten years now but I don’t talk to them much, if at all about my health issues and Accutane story. My best friend Jack (who I’ve been travelling with twice) is absolutely amazing but we have very different views on healthcare, medication, the holistic approach etc. I totally don’t mind having different opinions at all but sometimes I feel like I don’t even want to say that I’m not feeling great because it requires too much energy to explain why that is. Then when I do explain, I don’t really feel heard. I just don’t bother talking about my situation in depth with him which to be honest, makes me pretty sad. I don’t think he even realises it at times and to be fair I haven’t ever spoken really honestly and explained how I feel. He is totally exceptional and I know for a fact he cares so much about me. He’s always super supportive and we just kind of ‘get each other.’ We message almost every day and it’s even hard to articulate how much the friendship means to me. Jack has seen me at my worst, he saw me in South America when I was extremely unwell and my hair was falling out and he’s also seen me when I’m totally on form and we have the best time, conversations and adventures together. He has supported and encouraged me through everything and I have unconditional love for him as a person.

This weekend may bring some things up. If the timing’s right, I’m going to speak to him about it. I’m not even complaining as he’s done nothing wrong but I’m starting to be completely true to myself. I’m tired of ‘dubbing down’ what happened and hiding the total truth from people out of fear of being misunderstood/ judged. As a matter of fact, this is my issue and an opportunity to learn and grow. I’m just going to be honest in a kind way and see what happens.

Tomorrow, I’ll pull myself together, put some makeup on, smile and go out with my friends. It’s so easy to get caught up in everything but we all need to remember to be grateful for what we have and the people we have that love and support us. Just a few years ago, celebrating a friend’s birthday would have been out of the question so I’ve already made huge steps. It’s just my ego putting expectations on myself e.g. I need to look/ act a certain way in order to be good enough for my friends.

No. I AM GOOD ENOUGH. My friends love me just the way I am right now for being me. Life is too short to miss these special opportunities and I know that hanging out with them, even though I’ll be having a few drinks will probably do me more good than harm. I’ve had a rough few days but that’s just life. I’m still going and I’ll keep going. My perseverance is second to none and my focus to help others is what’s keeping me going through it all.

Tomorrow is a new day.

I just want to say to anyone reading this, that it’s ok not to feel great, to doubt yourself and your truth, to feel lost and to want to give up. We all feel this and have days like these- I encourage you to dig deep and find strength that you didn’t know you had until you pull it to the surface.

Be kind to yourself, be kind to others and do your best.

You are too special to hide away and dim your light!

I’ll post about parasite cleansing next- it was originally meant to be this post but I knew I needed to write to you from the heart again.

Sending you all so much love and a big hug,

Becky

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Accutane- My side effects and overview of my recovery 

Hey everybody, considering I only got around five hours sleep last night I’m feeling pretty good! Hope you’re all doing well- I’m sure most of you are looking forward to the weekend.

I’m on the train again- seem to love writing during train journeys. Currently on my way to Cheltenham for college this weekend. The reason I’ stay at Cheltenham and not Bristol (where I attend college) is because I’m staying with my friend Stacie. Stacie’s an absolutely awesome girl and in the same class so we travel in together on Saturday and Sunday. The reason I’m heading up a day early is because we have an exam on Saturday morning so we’re hitting the books together. More about lovely Stacie (and not so lovely) exams later..

Today I thought I’d chat about the side effects I personally suffered from whilst on Accutane and after I finished the course of Accutane. For anyone that doesn’t know already, Accutane is an extremely strong medication used for the treatment of Acne. I took a 5.5 month course at 40mg/ day from October 2011 to March 2012 and it changed my life.

If you’d like to know more, please read my posts titled ‘Accutane- The Life Changer PART I and II.’

Accutane creates a strong divide. There are people who believe it saved their life and gave them their confidence back and others, like myself that have had to deal with major health issues since taking this drug. My intention is not to bully people into not taking Accutane but rather encourage them to look at other options. I know there will be some of you reading this that will be like “duh, if I had other options I would try them but I tried cutting out this food and that food and I’ve tried different antibiotics and changing face products etc. and nothing has worked.” Trust me, I understand where you’re coming from and the absolute desperation you’re feeling. I genuinely get it because I myself, have been there.

All I know is, if I could have my time over I would not take Accuatane. If I knew what I knew now, I would have handled the whole situation differently. Then again, I realise everything is simple in hindsight. I have accepted that I was doing my best for what I knew in that moment at that time. I have stopped doing the “if only and what if” and have learned to focus all of my energy on the present which includes my personal recovery and desire to help other people.

In order to clarify a few things I’m going to list all the side effects that I personally suffered with from taking this medication and then give you an overall view as to how I have recovered and healed my body over the past five years.

Side effects that I experienced (mainly after I finished Accutane):

  • Dry skin, eyes and hair
  • Eczema on face
  • Rash on my hands, arms and face
  • Facial flushing and a rash like appearance
  • Joint pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Hairloss, seborrhoeic dermatitis and sores on my scalp
  • Increased sweating and night sweats
  • Temperature regulation issues (too hot or too cold)
  • Bloating, constipation and abdominal distension
  • Parlour (I looked so pale with a pink tinge to my skin
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Constantly swollen lymph nodes
  • Facial impetigo
  • Staph A infection
  • Pain in my spleen and liver area
  • Reaccuring conjunctivitis and other infections
  • Constantly feeling ‘off’, weak and really ‘under the weather.’

I just want to add that I have had blood tests done with my GP several times over the past few years. They showed different things but everything was passed off and looked at as an individual symptom. Of course, neither my  Dermatologist nor my GP was willing to listen when I told them I knew I was ill as a result of taking Accutane. My dermatologist told me that the major hairless I experienced was definitely not Acctutane related. Well excuse my language but this is bull***t! He took a scalp biopsy which showed the presence of yeast and fungus (that cause standard dandruff.) So conveniently, I was told I had a fungal infection of the scalp and was given a course of antifungal medication which I (stupidly) took.

Blood tests showed that my thyroid was showing signs of being under active (borderline hypothyroid at that stage) and I was told perhaps I had ‘post viral fatigue’ by a different GP. The moment I knew I was going to take my health in to my own hands was after a morning appointment with my GP- I remember the day well. Feeling unbelievably out of sorts and not long after returning from South America, I walked with my head low into my doctor’s office. To synopsise the situation, I was given information on Rosacea because apparently I had cured my acne but developed Rosacea instead and told to fill out a depression questionnaire (which, if you haven’t seen one of these are a bit ridiculous.)  The reason it’s ridiculous is because the questions ask you to give a number score in relation to a list of different situations or feelings that are part of being human eg. “Do you feel down sometimes?” Which most people do and it’s hard to choose a number to express the overall situation/ experience you’re having. I can’t remember the others but you get the idea. On top of all of this I was offered anti depressant medication which I politely declined.

That was a tough morning. Not only was I feeling ruined both physically and mentally but now I felt unheard. Unable to hold the emotion in anymore I burst into tears, I didn’t need the tissue that the doctor passed me as no tears were produced. Imagine that- crying but producing no tears because your eyes are so dry and your tear production has stopped. Something was going to give- I was going to break or I was going to get better. However, I now know I needed to return to my natural, holistic way of looking at health. No more pills, no more quick fixes.

I cried and cried for most of that day. Feeling horrendous, I slept loads as the fatigue was intense and the anxiety, depression and other physical side effects almost unbearable. It was around this point that I started doing my research. Bit by bit I made life changes based on my gut instinct. Obviously, I looked into things thoroughly and weighed up risks, but you need to remember at that point I didn’t have anything to lose. As I said, I will be writing specific blog posts detailing everything I did and what worked for me. It was very much a process of trial, error and lots of learning.

Today, I am SO much better. It’s pretty remarkable actually. I’m functioning normally, although I still do a lot to to keep myself balanced and healthy. I also cleanse periodically. My body is so much stronger and my mental state is fantastic- not a hint of anxiety or depression. Obviously I have bad days like everyone else and don’t always feel great but this is normal and infrequent.

I believe my success comes down to a few main factors.. Support from my mum and close friends, my own discipline and dedication to healing my body, and a multi-pronged approach to resolving interconnected issues relating to Acvutane damage. Basically, I started by working on removing the Accutane residues that remained in my body after treatment, repairing and repopulating my gut with beneficial bacteria, cleansing the liver thoroughly, supporting adrenal and thyroid function, parasite cleansing and removing heavy metals, supporting my immune system and supplementing where necessary.

An important point to make is not all of my recovery was based on physical practices. True health and vitality occur when all aspects of a person are addressed and balanced is. Mind, body and spirit (I don’t mean this in any religious sense.) I worked on my mental and emotional health with kinesiology, meditation, emotional freedom technique (EFT) and generally being with people I love and taking some time out.

At this moment in my, I’m delighted and grateful at how far I’ve come but I’m also far from done. As a matter of fact, I’m just getting started. I have so many goals and aspirations mainly relating to helping others and transforming my situation in order to do good.

My physical health is so much better than it was and I feel a true sense of vitality. Sometimes I feel run down and the lymph nodes in my neck swell but that’s usually when I’m cleansing or get a bit stressed with college work etc. I’m able to workout again which is amazing and I’m currently working on developing my physical strength, stamina, building lean muscle and losing a little fat. Being able to hit high intensity workouts again makes me feel strong and balanced. It’s both a stress reliever and confidence booster.

Also, I have plans to start a Knowledge To Nourish YouTube channel soon. The time has come to speak out in an honest and personal way. I have no intention of being pushy, I just want to get some info out there in the hope that someone can take something positive from what I’ve learned.

On that note, I’m going to wrap today’s post up and chat more next time.

Thanks for your support and hope you all have a fantastic weekend- please send me good vibes for my exam on Saturday morning!

Much love,

Becky

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Heavy Metal Detox- Zeolite

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Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and happy weekend. Spring has definitely made an arrival here in Cornwall and the sun has been shining for the past couple of days. The arrival of warmer weather means that it’s an ideal time to do some cleansing and detoxing. It’s easier and less harsh to cleanse when the weather’s warmer and the natural season for cleansing is Springtime so soon, I will do some liver cleanses over the period of a few weeks as well as focusing some of my energy on detoxing heavy metals from my body. I don’t ever overtax my body or constantly jump from product to protocol but after I got really ill from taking a medication called Accutane and developed lots of autoimmune-type symptoms (please read my posts titled Accutane-The Life Changer Part I and II if you’d like to know more) I’ve realised that I need to do more than most people in order to stay healthy and sometimes this requires me to go through phases of cleansing on a physical level.

Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. The information provided is just based on my opinion. I am not diagnosing or attempting to treat any health issue. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider before making any changes to your routine or trying this supplement. Especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from any medical condition.

This leads me nicely on to the topic of today’s post. I’m going to be talking about how I have helped my body to detox from heavy metals. Heavy metals such as Mercury, Aluminium, Cadmium and Lead accumulate in the body over time. Possible sources of heavy metals include drinking water, foods, amalgam fillings, cosmetic products, certain vaccines and medications. These heavy metals accumulate in body tissues, affecting every system of the body and can lead to health problems including neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease as well as reproductive disorders including  endometriosis and  polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to name a few. I’ll list below some symptoms of heavy metal toxicity.

Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:

  • emotional instability
  • fatigue
  • malaise
  • skin changes
  • insomnia
  • impaired motor, cognitive and language skills
  • water retention
  • joint pain
  • menstrual irregularities

There are various ways you can help to detox your body from heavy metals but one of the easiest and cheapest ways is to add Zeolite to your daily routine. Zeolites are naturally occurring microporous minerals formed mainly from the elements aluminium, silicon and oxygen (aluminosilicates.) They are of volcanic origin and they have properties that make them powerful at removing heaving metals and radiation from the body. Zeolite clinoptilolite is the type of zeolite used for these health reasons. It has a crystalline structure that is porous, this combined with its negative charge allows the zeolite to attract and trap positively charged metals. These trapped metals can then be excreted safely by the body.

Zeolite clinoptilolite comes in capsule, liquid and powdered forms with powdered zeolite being the most common. If you want to introduce zeolite into your health regimen there are two main things to take into consideration. The first being to make sure the zeolite is of food grade quality and the second being to start slowly and increase the amount as needed over time. These two things will ensure the zeolite is in its purest form without any fillers or additives and will make it less likely to overburden the body during the detoxification process. Although, detox symptoms are usually minimal as the ‘honeycomb’ structure of the zeolite traps the metals and toxins within it allowing for easy excretion without stirring up toxins and creating an immune response before they are excreted. This short term detox reaction occurs when toxins and wastes are excreted from cells and tissues at a rate or amount that overburdens the organs of elimination such as the bowls, kidneys and skin. When this ‘Herxheimer’ reaction  occurs, the individual may experience temporary discomfort and symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, headache, skin rash etc. This will pass as the body excretes these waste products but in the meantime it can be beneficial to decrease the dose of the supplement, drink plenty of water and rest.

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Powdered zeolite

Personally, I take zeolite clinoptilolite in powdered form and find it both easy and effective. Another bonus is that it’s really cost effective. The brand I use is produced by a company called ‘The Clay Cure.’ I use many of their products and find them to be of the highest quality. I love their whole ethos and encourage you to check out their website if you’d like to learn more about their products. I just want to add that I’m not being paid or sponsored to endorse their products, I’m simply a very happy customer giving credit where credit’s due. I have left the link below:

http://www.theclaycure.co.uk

In order to take the zeolite, I make a simple drink by combining it with filtered water. Each day, after taking Sole (please see my post titled ‘Why I drink salt water every day before breakfast’ for more info) I add 1/4 tsp of zeolite powder to a glass of filtered water and give it a stir. Then I drink it and I’m good to go. I start with a small dose of 1/4 tsp and work my way up slowly over the period of about a month to around 2-3 tsp daily. I find this works well with me. When my dose increases to over 1 tsp, I usually spilt the dose amount in two and drink this twice daily. If I notice any discomfort such as a headache or a skin breakout, I simply decrease my dose again. Should you decide to add zeolite to your daily routine, make sure you drink plenty of water as it can cause constipation. I haven’t noticed any side effects from taking it apart from a headache and a few spots when I increased my dose too quickly once. It is not known to create toxicity and therefore can be taken in large quantities, up to about 2 Tbs, three times a day. Although I have only ever taken up to 2 tsp daily and have found that to suit my body whilst being effective.

So, if you are interested in looking for a way to reduce heavy metal toxicity then zeolite may be worth a consideration. I find it helped me but in a gradual way over time. I go through phases of using it for a few weeks/ months then taking a break and starting once again. As a matter of fact, I haven’t taken it in a few months because I was focusing on addressing other issues but I will be implementing into my heath regimen in a couple of weeks time.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my blog. I’ll be posting again soon. I have lectures this weekend, including an exam so things are pretty busy but I will definitely post before the end of the week.

All the best,

Becky

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A little ‘check in’ with you.

Hey guys, I hope you’re enjoying your week so far. Today’s post is a little bit of a ‘check in’ with you all. I felt like writing something less informative but more personal this evening. Actually I think i’ll throw in a family photo below (I don’t know, I just feel like it.)

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“Precious moments with loved ones are priceless” Myself, my mum and my sister- September 2011.

 

Honestly speaking, I haven’t found the past couple of weeks easy. I’m being real with you. Since starting my blog, I suppose there’s a slight ‘expectation,’ real or perceived that because it’s a health blog, I need to be healthy and vibrant all of the time in order for my content to be taken seriously. In other words, ‘You should be healthy to write about health.’

This has been playing on my mind, especially over the past week to ten days. I’ve been cleansing (doing a 30 day parasite cleanse) and I’m currently on day 17. I have experience with these cleanses, having done three before. However this is the first one in about two years. It basically involves taking two tablets, twice daily. The tablets contain a mixture of potent herbs and are a broad spectrum treatment. They treat everything from viruses and bacteria to various types of worms and flukes. Before you freak out, I get it. I used to get so freaked out when I first read about parasites and the problems they can cause. For a while, I didn’t want to think about it too much but at this stage I’m so over it. After learning that nearly everyone (about 90%) of people have parasites, I’d rather be proactive and do something about it in order to strengthen my body and prevent possible health issues from occurring. Anyway, I’ll be writing a detailed post on parasite cleansing soon including what cleanse I did, my reasons for doing it, my personal experience including the negative and positive aspects and why I feel everyone can benefit from parasite cleansing.

So yes, since I’ve been cleansing again my energy levels have been notably lower than of late. My body has been processing toxins from the ‘die-off’ effect of the herbs. I’ve experienced fatigue, brain-fog, headaches, a temperature, vomiting, slight stomach cramps, swollen lymph nodes in my neck and skin breakouts. As well as these physical symptoms, I have noticed mental symptoms too such as low mood, feeling ‘off form,’ emotional and irritable.

I’ve probably put you off wanting to undertake such a cleanse but these symptoms haven’t all come at once and didn’t all last long. Even though it’s been tough, I am trusting the process. My body is currently working hard and parasites are being killed and excreted. Sometimes when this happens, you can get an increase in symptoms or a ‘flair up’ detox reaction. It is just temporary and actually show that the cleanse is working well. I’m not worried at all. This is the fourth time I have done this and after each of the last three cleanses, I noticed a significant improvement in my health. Before undertaking the cleanse, I knew I would feel worse before feeling better. However, I also knew it would be worth it.

So, here I am tonight. It’s nearly 11pm my time and I’m writing openly to you to let you know that I’m only human and I’m just doing my best. Even though I feel really healthy these days and I’m beyond grateful for that, I still face challenges.

I don’t feel great all day every day just like everyone. Sometimes I feel it’s all too easy to compare ourselves to others and feel as though we’re not as beautiful, smart, healthy, intelligent or ‘sorted’ as them. When I’m having a low time and feeling more emotional, I am guilty of this. Self- doubt creeps in to my mind and I begin to question what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, where I’m going etc. Luckily I’ve learnt to observe this pattern of thinking without getting caught up in it for long. I watch the thoughts enter my head, ask myself why I’m feeling them (and usually jot words down in a journal) then I take a few quiet moments or go for a walk and remind myself how much I have to be grateful for. This usually fills me with a sense of gratitude quite quickly which in turn changes my mental state. If I’m feeling really tired, I try to have a nap. If I don’t have time, I take 5 minutes to close my eyes and focus on my breath.

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Before the last couple of weeks, I had been feeling wonderful almost every day for over twelve weeks previous. Physically and mentally, I had been feeling the best I had ever felt, well definitely since taking Accutane (please see my posts titled Accutane-The Life Changer Part I and II). Over the past five years, I have worked on healing and rebalancing my body. It has been a journey filled with ups and downs. I would get a little better, then feel awful again, then a little better, then more symptoms would resurface. True healing happens in phases, when you’re not treating the symptom but rather finding the root cause of illness.
Even though, I haven’t had as much energy, look a little pale, have a few sore spots on my face and just feel a bit ‘blah’ really. I’m okay with this. I realise that I’m doing my best and my body is getting stronger and healthier in the long run. After having been through so much worse, I know I am strong and I trust my intuition.

I am remembering the words “This too shall pass.”

So for tonight, I’m going to make another mug of peppermint and liquorice tea and get to bed soon.

I’ll be posting again in a couple of days and have a few interesting topics lined up that i’m excited to talk about and share with you.

Sending you all a big hug, wherever you may be in the world.

Until next time,

Becky

P.S. If this post resonated with you, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to comment or message me using my ‘Contact Me’ page. Thanks!