Do I need a liver detox? Signs & symptoms your liver may be screaming for help

Do I need a liver detox? Signs & symptoms your liver may be screaming for help
Let's talk about the Liver on this #wellnessWednesday

My husband is a firefighter and I am well aware of the toxins he is exposed to on the daily and so is he but it's kind of one of those things that isn't talked about much. Well, it's talked about but no one ever talks about the daily things firefighters should be doing to stay healthy. 

Even a firefighter's "protective gear" is filled with toxins which is a catch-22 because it will keep them from burning in a fire, but also guess what happens when you are wearing this heavy gear in a fire, you're sweating and therefore your pores are wide open? Those toxins in the gear can easily enter the body through the skin. We don't even have to go into the toxins they breathe in.....ya'll know that's dangerous shit. 

So, we went to a new naturopath today and she reminded me that we should be paying more attention to my husband's liver and doing liver detoxes. She said "you've got to be so squeaky clean in everything you eat and do at home because what you're exposed to on the job is not good, and that's where the benefit of aromatherapy at home is going to be great for you. Even just diffusing daily you're already ahead of the game." OK great news! But I've never thought about doing a liver detox for him, so of course I had to research it. I'm hoping this helps you too, or someone you love.

So, let's chat about what the liver is and what it does so we can better understand it.
The liver is located under the right ribs below the diaphragm and is about the size of a football. Trivia: It's the largest gland in the body! 

What does the liver do? Well basically it helps flush toxins out of your system. It also has its own immune system (COOL!) that can aid in fighting off illnesses. But if it gets super duper gunked up and sluggish in performance, it won't function the way it's supposed to. Some believe that a poorly functioning liver could be the cause in a lot of the chronic illnesses we see today.  

This organ works very hard to filter out bugs like viruses and bacteria, as well as toxic heavy metals, harmful chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. It also helps process and handle the things we eat, like fat, protein, pharmaceuticals and alcohol. Too much of any of these can weigh the liver down - even diets high in animal fat. These are just some of the things that can gunk it up, but the Medical Medium says there are hundreds of "liver troublemakers".

Ok so, what happens when the liver is not functioning properly? Metabolism will be negatively affected and there can be major hormonal imbalances in the body. This is just so interesting to me. It makes me think about the many friends who have had a hard time getting pregnant....could there be hormonal imbalances caused by a sluggish liver? What about those with migraines or chronic headaches.....? Are those things even addressed at regular doctors appointments?

Here are some other symptoms and signs you may need to (but I do believe we should be doing a cleanse twice a year):
-sensitivity to chemicals and odors
-bitter taste in mouth
-hemorrhoids or varicose veins
-consuming alcohol or recovering from alcohol abuse
-history of hepatitis
-history of drug abuse
-long term use of prescription meds or over the counter meds
-pain under the right rib cage
-aspartame consumption
-hormonal imbalances
-sugar imbalances (low or high)
-allergies

So what do we do? Well there are many resources available (I've found) that address Liver detox.

The Ultimate Balance by LeAnne Deardeuff, DC  says that a yearly cleanse during the spring and summer months can help keep the liver healthy and clear of excess fats and toxins so it can function properly. I'm willing to bet those with jobs in which they are exposed to more toxins would require detoxing more often.

The Medical Medium has a whole book on the liver called 
Liver Rescue. 

We can also start with simple essential oils that are recommended for the liver like JuvaTone, ledum, lemon, grapefruit, coriander and emotional blends like Release, Surrender, Transformation and Forgiveness. Apply these over the liver, or on the vitaflex point for the liver or diffuse them daily. 

What we eat is uber important here too. Healing foods like celery juice daily, reducing fat intake, and making sure to drink plenty of water with lemon or lime, and tons of veggies. Another book I think everyone should read is Eat Right 4 Your Type a book about eating for your specific blood type, has been incredibly helpful for me in understanding the specific needs of my body.

When you are applying your essential oils, these are a few daily affirmations that will help:
I choose forgiveness.
I let go of past hurts and angers
I choose health and wholeness.
I am accountable for my actions and choices.
I am grateful for my teachers in my life.

Try saying them out loud or having them on a sticky note on your mirror to repeat daily.

I am not a liver expert nor am I a Naturopathic doctor. I am just a mom and a wife determined to live my best life but I am designed to do the work and the research and then turn around and bring it to you and I am here for that! I hope this is a helpful start to your health quest.

xoxo,

Gwen

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How to stop the feeling of overwhelm without getting off your butt

I used to sit in my car in the parking lot of my job for 5-10 minutes before work every day. At exactly 7:59am I'd get out and make my way in. I had decided that there was no way I was allowing the stress to overwhelm me for any more time than I was getting paid for. 

I disliked the fake conversations with my boss - pretending he cared about my life, and the general chit chat that just didn't feel genuine. I just wanted to do my job and go home, ya feel me?

I learned to do a few things to prepare myself for the day and I realized that making them a habit truly helped change the way I approach many stressful situations in my life. Let me share with you how to stop the feeling of overwhelm without even getting off your butt (you're welcome).



1. drink water - I know. This sounds SO ridiculous, doesn't it? But our bodies are made up of 60% water and water helps us form saliva, which also helps us digest better. Anyone else get nervous/stress tummy? Being hydrated helps! Water also helps us regulate our body temperature, flushes toxins (stress is a toxic emotion), and helps deliver oxygen all over our body.

2. I hope by now you've learned to keep your favorite essential oils in your pocket or your car, or your purse because #breathing. Did you know you can benefit from aromatherapy without using a diffuser? Here - take your favorite oil (mine's Believe) and put 2-3 drops in your hands. Rub them together, cup your hands over your face and inhale deeply & slowly 5-6 times. 

3. Sticky notes - write something positive and stick it somewhere in your car - maybe on your visor so when you take one good last look at yourself in that mirror you're reminded that "you is smart, you is kind, you is important". I've actually started saying three positive things to my girls as I'm tucking them in every night and no matter how hard the day was, they go to bed knowing these things.

4. Speaking of mirrors - a good lipstick will make you feel like a bajillion dollars. You strut your beautiful self into that office at 7:59am mmkay?

5. Priming. This is a technique that Tony Robbins practices and teaches. It has a powerful and long-lasting effect on your body throughout the day. You can read more about it on his website but for the cliff-notes version you would:

-sit with both feet flat on the floor, back straight, shoulders back, head held high. 
-perform 3 sets of 30 breaths with a pause in between each set.
-place your hands on your heart and start breathing. Take note of the power. Stay here for 30 breaths.
-think of 3 things you are grateful for right now.
-visualize your day - this can be interpreted however you need it to be. I like to imagine a light coming in through my head and leaving out my feet, and envision feeling really good about my day. You do you, boo.
-share your energy with others! Send it out into the world to the other people who need it.
-think of 3 outcomes or goals YOU want to achieve today. 

Now go out and create your bad-ass day!

xoxo, 
Gwen

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Why does life seem so overwhelming?

Why does life seem so overwhelming?
We set goals and have good intentions, but there never seems to be enough time, money or energy for achieving life’s biggest goals. Instead of making progress, our lives seem even more out of balance.
Well, for the next few weeks, I’d like to help you overcome the overwhelm and work on achieving balance in every major life category. How will we do that? We’re gonna use some kick-ass strategies I learned from Dr. Dave Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl

We’ll identify where you’re out of balance, then jot down 3 tasks a day that will move you toward balance in that area of your life.

Here’s an example: If your finances are a mess & credit card debt is causing you extra stress, your to-do list might look like this:
1. Make a list of all debts in order of total amount due

2. Make an extra payment (today) on the smallest debt while still making minimum payments on the others

3. Investigate ways to make extra money to pay off all debt

START NOW: IDENTIFY WHERE YOU’RE OUT OF BALANCE You CAN overcome the overwhelm.

To start, identify your biggest stressor in each of “The 7 F’s of Oola” (below). Write down your list in a journal or on your smartphone, so you can refer back to it. Are you out of balance in: 

Fitness: Excess weight? Poor nutrition? Little exercise?

Finance: Crushing debt? No retirement plan? Too many bills?

Family: Need boundaries? Marriage on life support?

Field: Career stress? No free time? Low pay or benefits?

Faith: No real relationship with God? Need a daily practice?

Friends: Toxic friends that bring you down? Need mentors?

Fun: No time for fun? Waiting until you’re older or retired?

Whatever is stressing you, let’s work together to completely transform your life into one that’s balanced, happy and
growing. I’ve joined forces with Dave and Troy to bring my followers the Oola formula via a 10-week coaching
experience designed to transform your life, your finances, your relationships and more. Message me and we can hop on a call to see if it's a fit for you.

Stay tuned for the next few weeks for even more ways to bringing balance to your life . . . Oola style.

How do I Survive Social Media Right Now?

I know you've seen it and maybe you're doing it too - leaving social media

People are leaving the platforms in droves because they are feeling the energy suck that social media CAN be....but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be!

I'm in the minority (I think...) that actually likes social media when it's used for what it was intended for....SOCIALIZING! Our health community on social is a thriving group full of support and care. That group lifts me up! But if you belong to any mommy groups on the social, you KNOW the drama that can ensue in there! But it's not just mommy groups, friends and family can get pretty pushy with their platform often offending those of us who maybe don't hold the same views or values as they do.

If it bums you out to think about not being able to connect with your friends and family, see what they are up to, support them and virtually high-five them BUT you are not loving how social media is feeling right now, these are a few simple things you can do to control how social media feels to you :) 

1. This one's simple but not always easy - follow who you like, don't follow those you don't like
you can choose to hide posts, unfollow, or snooze their posts for 30 days and then re-evaluate how you feel about that persons's posts in your feed :)

2. Limit your time on the platform.
There are SO many apps that can help you see how long you spend inside certain apps, set timers for scrolling and block apps for a certain timeframe. Apps like SPACE - Break phone addiction can be super helpful. 

3. Remember to fill your life with things that bring you joy.
This one's easy. Don't like it, don't "like" it on social :) If you don't like a post, or posts that someone is putting out there and you haven't used that handy dandy unfollow button yet ;) don't engage on their posts. The algorithm pays attention to what you pay attention to. Things will naturally show up less in your feed the less you interact with them.

4.  Connect with people how you want to be connected with.
in other words, put out what yo. want to receive. If you want to receive fun communication on social media, put it out there. If you want to enjoy scrolling through photos of your friends and seeing what they are up to, do the same. 

5. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
I'll leave you with this one because it's oftentimes easy to become a "keyboard warrior" when it comes to social media. People will type a lot of things they would never say to someone in person. If a post makes you mad, instead of responding immediately, give yourself a day before coming back to respond if even decide that you want to respond. 

So, what do you think? Not too hard right? I mean, who knows if social media will stand the test of time, but for now these are some ways you can choose to interact.

And remember, health isn't just what we eat, it's what we read and consume too! If you haven't done it yet and you're looking for a KICK in the pants join our 28 to Elevate challenge - ready when you are!

xoxo,
Gwen

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