Your own healing is a healthy contribution to the healing of everyone
What is a healing crisis?
You want this healing crisis
You want this healing crisis because it truly is the road to recovery. You will gain a much-needed understanding of how your body works. The vast majority of people experience very mild symptoms, while others experience severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms are temporary and will subside as the body gets healthier and is able to eliminate toxins more effectively. Symptoms usually lessen, or are eliminated, within two to three days; but in some individuals they can last a few weeks or even longer. As bacteria and yeasts overwhelm the body with multiple new strains from the cultured foods, it can cease to function optimally. Inside your gut are 100,000,000,000,000 (that’s 100 trillion!) microbes. There are about 2000 known species, and I suspect there could be more. Most of these are good, there are also smaller amounts of bacteria that are not so helpful; but you need these too, you just want the good guys to keep them under control. Bacteria like numbers; and when a certain strain begins to dominate, they crowd out the weaker ones. It’s crowded in your gut and they fight for occupancy. They shoot at each other with a liquid substance to kill each other – you can liken it to chemical warfare going on in your gut! So when you suddenly flood your body with a bunch of new species in the form of cultured foods, it causes a ruckus depending on how well your gut is established with helpful bacteria.
My own experience
My own experience with a healing crisis happened briefly, in the very beginning of my experience with consuming cultured foods. I experienced a slight fever, which lasted an hour and then left. I also experienced increased urination and fatigue. These symptoms only lasted a few days and then I felt a renewed state of being that I had not known prior.
- Diarrhea or loose stools
- Hot/cold flashes
- Joint pain
- Body odor
- Stools that are discolored
- Digestive upset
- Increased urination
- Sinus stuffiness or drainage
- Sore throat
- Gas and bloating
As the body begins to heal itself, two conflicting symptoms can be diarrhea or constipation. Constipation can occur as the liver becomes congested with an overload of toxins. A lot of extra debri can accumulate in the colon as the body tries to shed all the waste of the die off. Diarrhea can be the body’s way of removing built-up toxins. You might experience one of these as your body tries to adjust to the new occupants. If you experience either one of these symptoms, make sure you drink lots of fluids to support your body in this healing crisis.
I have taken another approach that has worked very well for me. I call this “the nuclear blast off.” I flood my body with all manner of cultured foods and prebiotics (found in fruits, vegetables, and supplements) and allow the good bacteria to take over quickly and dominate. This is not for the faint of heart and can be uncomfortable, but it reestablishes the gut rather well, but only you will be able to tell if you can handle this. Many of us have accumulated layers and layers of toxicity in our bodies. candida, old viruses that are dormant, pathogens and more and the body will clean them out, and eventually, you will come to health like never before. You really need all types of bacteria, even the ones people think of as harmful. Things like candida actually have their place in smaller amounts in the body. Candida can remove heavy metals, something your regular digestive system can’t handle so they are there for a reason but, you must keep them under control with the stronger good bacteria, since you only want them in small amounts as they serve a purpose in preventing disease as well.
Slow and Easy Method
For instance: only consume one cultured food a day. If the symptoms are uncomfortable, consume them every other day. Here is the dosage I would recommend of each. Remember to pick only one cultured food, and as you get better you can consume more.1/4 to 1/2 cup of kefir daily. 2-4 ounces of kombucha daily. 1 tablespoons of cultured vegetables daily.
Blast Off Method!
Eat lots of prebiotic foods that will make the good bacteria grow, such as garlic, leeks, berries, onions, jicama, broccoli, asparagus, apples, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots. You can also use prebiotic supplements like Prebio Plus. No junk food!
Many people do not have symptoms and do just fine. Do not be discouraged or think that this healing crisis is permanent. It is a small journey where you should begin to listen to your body as it talks to you through symptoms. Then the healing can begin. You will learn so much, and before you know it, your body will teach you all kinds of things: What it needs, wants to be fed, and how you can shine from the inside out. I know this because it happened to me.
” I know you’re tired but come. This is the way.”Rumi
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