Saturday, February 16, 2008

Detoxifying the Body, Mind and Soul, Part 1

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you even look in the mirrors when you pass by them or do you avoid them at all cost? What do you want to see? Better yet, what kind of person do you want to be? I will begin a series in looking at how we can not only promote well being in our body, but also in our mind and soul. We will start with the body but before we do, take a mental overall picture of yourself. Examining the body, mind and spirit, how would you rate yourself in these areas? Are you what you consider healthy or unhealthy? Are you where you want to be in these areas?
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(Unhealthy - - - - - - - - - Healthy)

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If one perceives a need for improvement in any of these areas, you first need to identify the "unwanted" that is preventig you from being healthy. After identify those things that keep this area from being healthy, one can look to detoxify the "unwanted" in order to return to a desired healthy state. Detoxifying the body, mind and spirit can be a difficult, even painful process but it yields renewal, cleansing and strength. Detoxification is a "process of removing or transforming poison: the process of removing a toxic substance from something or counteracting its toxic effects".

Since we have these promises, dear friends,
let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit,
perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
~2 Corinthians 7:1

God has commanded it...we must act upon this! This week I will start with a few simple steps to detoxify the body.

Detoxifying the Body
There are many ways in which one can detoxify the body of the "unwanted" in an attempt to become healthier. According to author Jethro Kloss in his book 'Back to Eden', one of the most natural and simpliest forms of detoxification involves warm lemon water! Different publications recommend 6-8 onces of warm lemon water 1-2 times per day. It is recommended in most publication to start each morning with a glass of warm lemon water, even before that first cup of coffee. The lemon water should be just tart enough to ALMOST make you pucker (Hint: requires fresh/natural lemons-cut the lemon in half and then cut each half into 6 slices). It's a cleansing tonic and the benefits cannot be ignored:
  • It aids the digestive system and makes the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier. It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea from taking place by promoting smooth bowel functions.
  • It aids against, heart burn, belching, & bloating (not recommended in individuals with diagnosed gastrointestional ulcers).
  • Is a natural germ killer. It helps promote your immune system, protecting you from infections such as the common cold, cough, influenza (flu), even malaria, cholera, typhoid, and diphtheria.
  • Cleanses the mouth, controls excessive bile flow, dislodges phlegm, & rescentizes the taste buds.
  • Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face.
  • Here's an important fact: it paves the way for weight loss acting on sodium release. This means it has a diuretic component.
  • It is an antiseptic bestowed on us by Mother Nature. A slice of lemon bound over a corn overnight will greatly relieve the pain or bound over a splinter or blister [pus formation on a finger joint] will bring the pus to the surface where it can be easily removed.
  • Is an agent that prevents sepsis [the presence of pathogenic bacteria] or putrefaction [decomposition of tissue]. It is also anti-scorbutic, a term meaning a remedy which will prevent disease (studies have shown improvment in asthma, hardening of the arteries, pancreatitis, degerative bone disease (rheumatoid arthritis, etc.).
  • Its calcium builds up the bony structure and makes healthy teeth. In pregnancy, it will help to buold bone in the child.
  • Owing to its potassium content, it will nourish the brain and nerve cells.

WOW! Just a simple step each morning can promote a healthier you!! You can also detox the body through a weekly cleansing bath. What women doesn't like a good soak, right? According to Donna Partow in her book "Becoming the Women I want to Be", she states soaking in a hot bath that contains 1 cup of dead sea salts, 1 cup of epsom salt, 1 cup of regular sea salt, 1 cup of baking soda and a few drops of lavender oil will help your body release those unwanted toxins (you can substitiue these ingredients with 2 pounds of regular sea salt and 2 pounds of baking soda). You need to stay in the hot water until it cools, no longer than 30 minutes. Be sure light a few candles and play your favorite inspirational music to stimulate your heart and soul! Be careful when getting out as you may feel a bit light headed which signifies the detoxifying work has been done!

Of course, detoxifiying the body also involves healthy eating and reqular exercise. You know how to do this. While you look to remove the unwanted, be careful not to allow them back into your world by what you put into your body. This is the hard part. It will take determination and will power. If you feel weak in this-give it to God, pray about it. He can give you the stength you need. I have always taught in my community classes for CPR that moderation is the key to a healthier you. Giving up completely on sodium, caffiene and choloclate is not always realistic but cutting back and applying the moderation rule proves more beneficial and less painful.

As with all things, start out simple and build on it. Start each morning with a cup of hot lemon water. The cleansing effects will start almost immediatly! Cut back on the caffiene and sodium in your diets. Eliminate soft drinks. Drink more natural juices. Eat more steamed veggies. Limits the not-so-good sweets. Each in moderation, not until you feel "stuffed". Read those labels!! Here is to a week of simple changes.

Please be sure to share ways in which you detox your body!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Next week we will look at detoxifying the soul!! Here's a hint of whats to some...

Detoxifying the Soul

So what serves as the lemon for our soul? The answer is easy. God's Word. Proverbs 4: 20-22 instructs us to listen closely to God's words, to be near to His instructions, to keep His word in our heart because His words are health to our body, mind and soul.....

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. ~1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24


MrsProverbs31 said...

This is so awesome. I love it. I need some great detox. Thanks a million! This is great.

I'm so sorry to hear your husband is going through such a difficult time. I will pray for him. My husband was in a similar job two years ago. So, I know how hard it is, but God knows and understands. He is preparing the perfect job for your husband.

God bless you and your ministry.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for your words of wisdom on how important it is to take care of the body which Christ has given us. I am ashame to say I have not always been true to God or appreciated my temple. I am at a place now in my life where I pray its not to late but I have to do something. and your words were so encouraging.
thank you

PS Stay encouraged

Lelia Chealey said...

That is really good Pamela! Okay, does it need to be a slice of lemon or lemon juice that you can buy?
I always order water w/ lemon when we go out as I'm not a pop drinker.
Oh, I'm so excited! I'm starting this tomorrow morning.
Thanks for this awesome series you're starting. The fact you're not only a woman of God but also an RN...just makes your advice even more trustworthy! :)
Blessings & Hugs my friend,
Praying for you & yours!!!

Debbie said...

I was so captivated by what you wrote about yourself in your profile. Much of it reminded me of me. I too have lived through many heartaches and trials BUT I truly thank God for every one of them because of the ways He has taught me AND healed me through them. My blog is something God laid on my heart to do as a way for Him to use my "story" to reach those who are hurting and help bring healing to their wounded hearts.

I am inspired and encourage by your blogs that I've gone through so far and look forward to more.

Pressing in to Him!


Pat said...

I love where you are going with this and can't wait to see more. When you have time I would be ever so grateful to have you throw some of your thinking towards Pantylines!!
Still praying for you and yours,