When I´m writing this I´m in the middle of a detox. It all started with a lecture about hormones. I felt that I´ve started to reach some kind of perimenopausal issues and wanted to know more about this with the combination of endometriosis. I´d tried some herbs but actually they made me worse. I felt I wanted some more knowledge about supplements so I went there. I talked to the speaker about this and she said that “Well did you detox before you started with the supplements” “Hm, no”. I hadn´t thought about that I needed to detox before starting with supplements. So I decided I to do a detox. And here I am. And I´ve detoxed before, always feeling terrible, but I´ll tell you I feel great this time!
So the reason I started to think about this was that I´ve had some problems lately with insomnia, anxiety and headaches. My intuition told me it is some kind of perimenopausal problems. My approach is always, before taking herbs or other supplements, to keep a good diet and do my yoga programs, and if this isn´t enough I take herbs. But since this is my lifestyle and I´m already doing that, I figured out I needed something more. I tried some supplements and herbs and they just make me feel worse. My endometriosis pain came back and my headache got worse.
So going to this lecture was a blessing. I didn´t learn so much more about hormones that I already did, but what I did learn was the importance of detoxing before you start with supplements and herbs.
What happens in the body if your liver doesn´t work?
The liver is the cleansing organ in your body. It helps to neutralize the toxins, hormones and other bad stuff in your body. If this doesn´t work the toxins just continue to flowing around in your body in the blood circulation and you get all sorts of problems. In my case the headache was the most problematic. Another issue if you have hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance is that the liver doesn´t break down and neutralize the hormones so they continue to circulate in your body making you feel terrible.
If your liver doesn´t detox properly you can have symptoms like:
Have anything of this? Wow, when I read this list I have maybe 50% of this symptoms.
I have detoxed before, all from a hardcore 6 week panchakarma in India to shorter and more simple fasting/detox. The detox I´m doing now is a half-fasting for two weeks, maybe I´ll do it longer. Mostly I feel horrible when I detox, so I decided to do a program with supportive supplements. And I decided to do it after my yoga courses finished in June so I could only focus on the detox. Being a week into the detox I feel great! My headaches are totally gone! I´m a little bit tired but overall I´m doing well. I feel much lighter and I´m not as hungry as I thought I´d be.
So my advice for you that has problems with headaches, sensitive to supplements and have hormonal imbalances. Do a detox. It´s so worth it! Support your liver with food that helps the liver!
Have you detoxed? What kind of detox? Did it help you? Please share below!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”