Over the past month, I did a couple of things to support my body to let go of toxins. I've had four colonic sessions in one month time, and as my body started to release toxins (which was visible as my eczema flared up), I supported my skin by increasing my pre- and probiotic intake, hydrating, alkalizing, resting, sweating, exfoliating, earthing and taking salt baths. Here's my experience.
One month ago, I had my first appointment with a colon hydrotherapist. After reading many miracle stories on the web from people whose health truly transformed after having a colonic, I finally convinced myself to take action.
Colon hydrotherapy ('darmspoeling' in Dutch) is basically a method to cleanse out the colon by letting filtered water run into the colon, which then absorbs stuck faecal matter, then letting it run out of the colon through a closed hygienic system. In this way, old waste like bacteria, mould, yeast and parasites are cleared from the colon, encouraging better blood flow, nutrient absorption and hydration through the large intestine.
It has proven to be beneficial for all kinds of digestive problems like constipation and bloating to skin diseases, headaches and even fatigue and depression. If you are thinking about having a colonic yourself and you want to know more about how it works, this website covers the procedure in a clear way.
So after deciding I was going to do a colonic, I did some research on the Internet and tried to find a colon hydrotherapist close to my hometown, Aarschot. Soon, however, I realized not many therapists can be found in Belgium, so I booked an appointment just across the border, in Susteren (NL) at Kalynda. Here I was welcomed by Jacqueline. She took her time for a thorough intake conversation and I had the feeling that she really understood where I came from.
Before we started with the session, she made me feel comfortable by briefly explaining the broad outlines of how the session was going to run. During the session, she talked about nutrition, personal development and asked questions about how I was feeling etc, which made me feel more comfortable.
Later on that day, I unexpectedly got my period. It had been three months since I had my last period and before that, I always had a very irregular period with long intervals. Jacqueline told me this was a good sign, as for a woman the womb is an important organ for detoxing. Not having your period means you are holding up toxins. Today, exactly (!) 28 days later, I got my period again. This really strikes me as it has never been so regular. It is completely unpainful and it feels very natural.
After the fourth session, which is now almost two weeks ago, my eczema (which I generally seem to have under control) flared up again. At first I panicked, but I recalled that this may be a sign that my body was releasing more toxins through my skin.
I decided to support my body through the healing process by:
- Increasing my prebiotic (with spirulina, avocado, curcuma, etc.) as well as probiotic intake (with kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut).
- Drinking lots of fresh spring water, green juices and herbal teas (especially nettle tea to support the detoxing process).
- Eating more alkaline foods like leafy greens, seaweed, sprouts and flowers.
- Proper resting, i.e. going to bed soon after dark, doing yoga and breathing exercises.
- Sweating, i.e. relaxed sweating (sauna) as well as exercise (moving, getting my heart rate up).
- Exfoliating, i.e. dry skin brushing and green clay masks (only on skin that has not been affected by eczema as the green clay can trigger itchiness).
- Earthing, i.e. connect with the earth: go outside, soak up sunlight, touch the Earth, hug a tree.
- Taking salt baths. I used organic dead sea salt.
With all these things I summed up, I am supporting my skin to heal rather than suppressing symptoms.
Symptoms like skin rashes are in fact a way of your body expressing that it can't cope any longer with the toxins that it has been accumulating over the years.
And with 'toxins' I do not only mean products found in processed foods like refined sugar, salt, and artificial additives — I also mean toxins found in the air we breathe and in the products we use, like detergents, shampoo, toothpaste, and any other industrially made product that comes in a plastic bottle.
This is something I have learned over the past few months and it has made the biggest difference to my health EVER: get to know yourself, that is, how your mind works and how it interacts with the rest of your body, how there exists a mutual influence between the two — and how the two are not separate but ONE.
Don't 'blame' your body for being sick, TAKE ACTION because the solution is within yourself. Support your body as it lets go of old stuck waste and be kind and gentle as you go along. Listen to your body. Educate yourself. It is so much worth it.
PS. Credits to my boyfriend Jeroen, who is in this post's banner picture, taken in Mount Cook National park, New Zealand, March 2014.
Your biggest friend when you're detoxing? Green juice. So simple yet powerful.