Sometimes you're trucking along feeling great, happy with the healing your body has accomplished over the past few years… then something changes.
You wake up feeling a little off.
Life stressors start to take hold.
Your body begins to rebel.
But in fact, you know it's not truly rebelling, your body is trying to tell you something.
If nothing else, over the years of dealing with a chronic health issue, I've learned that my body is not always working against me (as I once thought) but rather alerting me to changes that need to be made.
It's warning me to stop barreling toward the cliff and turn around.
If you live with a chronic illness, you understand the reality of facing flare-ups from time to time. It's a very frustrating thing and sometimes quite anxiety-inducing, truth be told.
All that to say… this morning I woke up feeling terrible!
I hoped on the scale and realized I'd gained 8 pounds in the past three weeks. This only happens when I'm in a flare-up. I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry.
I can feel the inflammation all over my body. As soon as I'm awake, I feel it.
From head to toe.
It's not fun.
So, what's a girl to do?
First of all, I'm launching into a Broth cleanse.
Some people choose to do a broth cleanse with only broth, but the particular broth cleanse I'm planning to do includes some food (only fruits, vegetables, and meats). The reason I choose this cleanse is because having the option to eat food will lower my stress level and be easier on my body and mind.
The basic idea is to consume 40 ounces of bone broth a day, plus whole foods as needed. Foods should be good fats, pastured meats, and organic vegetables when possible.
During this broth fast avoid inflammatory foods like dairy, grains, and sugar.
Important note: It's very difficult to find decent broth at the local grocery store. Most packaged broth contains sugar and other additives. It is not gut-healing or medicinal.
You can make your own bone broth, or purchase high-quality pre-made broth online (and at some health food stores).
Osso Good Bones has wonderful frozen broth that is shipped straight to your door. You can even buy a 7-day cleanse that comes with 14 packages of broth.
I like Kettle and Fire for shelf stable broth.
You probably already know the many benefits of bone broth, but here is a quick refresher:
- aids in gut healing
- improves skin elasticity
- strengthens hair and nails
- improves digestion
- supports detoxification
- contributes to joint health
A bone broth cleanse may help:
- kickstart healing
- improve gut health
- boost weight loss
- reduce inflammation
- improve sleep
A bone broth cleanse is helpful for people like me who are dealing with an autoimmune flare up, but also great for anyone wanting to enhance their health.
Besides the broth cleanse, I'm also incorporating:
- Extra Rest
Getting enough sleep is vital to healing. I'm making an extra effort to go to bed early and sleep a little more.Besides sleep, I'm taking time to sit down and drink a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon.
- Gentle Movement
It's not the time for HITT workouts or marathon training. Daily walking, stretching, and some pilates is what's on my agenda.
- Enough Water
Water is key to the body functioning optimally. My goal is a minimum of 80ounces of water per day (that's two bottles of water in my Healthy Human Water bottle – use code ADHOME10 for 10% off).
- Therapeutic Baths
Baths are an integral part of many cleanses and healing protocols. I don't know that I can do one every day this week, but I'll certainly shoot for two or three.Need bath ideas? See: 10 Healing and Detoxifying Baths
I have high hopes of feeling better before long. I will keep you updated.
Want to join me?