Beyond Stress

Beyond Stress

We all know that long term stress is bad for us. But beyond stress, there are other factors that can wreak havoc in your body. In combination with trauma and/or stress, these hidden culprits creating devastating symptoms associated with and contributing to, burnout and other fatigue based conditions.

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Life Today

In our modern world stress has become an ubiquitous part of life but what if I told you that there were hidden culprits lurking beneath the surface beyond the realm of stress that could be contributing to your burnout.

Possible Hidden Causes of Burnout…

  • Your gut microbiome is a bustling community of bacteria, yeasts, and even parasites that play a crucial role in your overall health. But when this delicate balance is disrupted it can wreak havoc on your body.
  • Digestive issues and gut imbalances can lead to inflammation; nutrient malabsorption; and a compromised immune system, all of which can contribute to abdominal discomfort; food sensitivities; fatigue; brain fog; vagus nerve disfunction. And overall ending in Burnout.
  • But it’s not just your gut that can throw off your balance. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and even mold-  can invade your body. Triggering this cascade of – inflammatory responses; digestive alterations; immune overreactions – all sending your body into a tail spin.
  • Post viral dysfunction in particular, can linger long after the initial infection has passed due to our immune system flipping into a dysfunctional state. And our mitochondria and inflammation levels become affected, leading to persistent symptoms such as – fatigue; muscle aches; and cognitive impairment.
  • An exposure to mold can sensitize your immune system, damage your mitochondria, damage and inflame your gut, and activate your Mast cells. Creating histamine issues which might show up as – allergies; reddening skin; inflammation; food intolerances; fatigue, and more.
  • And let’s not forget about the mitochondria themselves, the tiny little powerhouses within each of your cells, responsible for energy production. When these cellular engines malfunction, it can leave you feeling drained and depleted. Mitochondrial dysfunction can impair your body’s ability to generate energy; & heat and cool itself effectively, leading to feelings of fatigue and exhaustion which are the hallmarks of burnout. These small, essential tiny organs, of each cell are damaged by – toxins in our body; antibiotics; and by pesticides.

Ok, Not What

So we if you suffer from burnout; adrenal fatigue; chronic fatigue; fibromyalgia; rushing; or even just persistent tiredness –  You are NOT alone and it’s really important to understand that there is so much that you can do.

  • It’s important to give consideration to your life, your goals, and your values
  • it’s important to find time to -rest, rejuvenate, connect with friends/ family/ and yourself /and things that you that bring you JOY
  • it’s it’s important to ask for help when you need it and create boundaries so as to help to not spread you too thin
  • it’s important to eat well; and move; and boost a healthy mindset and
  • it’s important to look deeper into your gut function; your microbiome; your mitochondrial health; your vagus nerve; and parasympathetic system; and deal with any even small infections that may be lurking sort of hidden and stuck inside making things difficult using a thorough

With a multifaceted approach it is possible to find your way back from this combination of fatigue based syndromes to health and vitality; joy and energy.

If you’d like to learn more about rushing and these fatigue syndromes how they can be caused and what you can do about it – download my new e-guide (below) “Why We Rush: the Syndrome of a Modern Lifestyle”

So that’s it for today

Did you have a big takeaway or a special AHA moment or realize that there was something in there that’s a bit like you ? I’d love to hear, so pop them in the chat.

Thank you so much for watching, I hope you really enjoyed it. Please like, comment, and share!

and as always, in health, bye for now

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY. 

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Chronically Wired and Tired

Chronically Wired and Tired

When we are chronically stressed, we find ourselves chronically tired, but in a hectic and wired state. This chronic overstimulation of the nervous system and of our adrenal glands can cause a devastating impact on our mind and body

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The World Today

In our fast-paced world chronic stress has become an unavoidable part of daily life, but what if I told you that our bodies are not equipped to handle this constant barrage of stresses?

When we experience stress, our nervous system goes into overdrive. Triggering a Cascade of physiological responses designed to help us to survive in a threatening situation.

Disrelgulation of the Nervous System

Chronic stress can lead to disregulation of our autonomic nervous system, resulting in prolonged activation of the sympathetic “fight-fright-flight” response and suppression of our parasympathetic “rest-digest-and-heal” response. Over time these changes in the nervous system can become maladaptive. Leading to a state of chronic arousal; hypervigilance; and this, even in the absence of real threats!

This maladaptation can have far reaching effects on our physical and mental health. Leading to devastating changes in our digestion; and our mitochondrial function. Causing: reduced energy production, and a feeling of exhaustion; digestive discomfort; and worse it also reduces our immune system. Leaving us open to infections and an increased risk of long-term post viral issues, as our bodies are unable to fully combat these illnesses. This all then can lead to a sense of deep bone tiredness, fatigue; an inability to cope – inability to deal with exertion from just everyday exercises and activities; an inability to concentrate; feeling useless and helpless; feeling depressed or anxious; multiple food sensitivities; skin irritation; and so much more. In other words – creating a state of chronic and devastating burnout also known as adrenal fatigue and not dissimilar with chronic fatigue which is really in the family of illnesses but different as it is caused by a postviral syndrome.

What is Rushing?

A simple term that explains the cause of these group of conditions – of a constant to-do list, of juggling too many things –  is rushing

This constant state of rushing that we have in the developed world and have become accustomed to, is increasing our risk of developing conditions such as:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • cardiovascular disease
  • neurodegenerative diseases and autoimmune diseases.

But there is hope!

Hope?

By understanding how our brain responds to stress, we can learn to support and regulate our nervous system. Reducing our perception of dangers the brain perceives – the Danger Response that we would constantly encounter.

  • Mind Body techniques such as
    • meditation,
    • deep breathing,
    • exercise such as yoga, and
    • progressive muscle relaxation.

Can all help to activate our parasympathetic nervous system. Promoting our relaxation and reducing our stress levels.

  • Mindset techniques that we (can learn to) use, uh, in triggering situations can help us to stay calm and maintain our parasympathetic response. So that we can be in control and respond appropriately.
  • Specific ways of exercising and of eating, can help our systems to
    • balance blood sugars,
    • build muscle,
    • nourish our cells, and
    • support energy production,
    • as well as tissue healing.
  • Identifying our
    • needs and our values, as well as
    • creating boundaries,
    • learning to say no sometimes,
    • asking for help when we need it, and
    • giving ourselves regular rejuvenation time.

These can all assist us to feel strong, and confident, in control, and able to succeed – in our own way.

So What Now?

If you recognize yourself in any of the above, know that you are not alone and that there is so much that you can actually do about it!

If you’d like to understand more about how rushing is affecting you and what you can do about that – download my e-guide (below).

So that’s it for today. What was your biggest takeaway? Was there something that made you think – that’s me, or hmm, that’s interesting!? I’d love to hear – so pop them in the chat!

Thank you so much for watching I hope you really enjoyed it and please like, share, comment. Everything that you that you do to support us is so greatly appreciated!

and as always, in health, bye for now!

So Now What?

If you feel that you are chronically stress, always tired or notice that you are regularly in a wired/hectic state even though you are exhausted. Especially if you notice that your patience is not as it used to be, you find it hard to make decisions, you notice any digestive symptoms … OR you are wanting to help to KEEP yourself healthy… and deal with things before you become as I have just described. Then taking a few extra minutes to read my e-guide Why We Rush: a quickguide to burnout, adrenal fatigue and rushing women’s syndrome. This could give you new insight into what is happening inside you, why its happening and get you on the path to improving your health, comfort and ENERGY. 

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

She Who Does It All

She Who Does It All

Are you a woman who does it all? Who finds herself constantly on the go. Always looking after your kids, your spouse, your parents… Rushing to stay on top of work activities, trying to stay involved in the school community, squeezing in the shopping and cooking and well, if you’re lucky some cleaning. And wondering where on earth you’ll find the time to stop, to maybe do exercise, to read a book or just relax. Come to think of if, you’re not sure you even remember the things you enjoy doing!? Are you a superwoman or a woman under so much load you are about to break? Burnout is becoming more and more prevelant in our modern world and women bear the brunt of it. It really is becoming the common struggle of the modern woman. If you relate…read the transcript below or watch this video

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The World Today

In today’s fast-paced world, burnout has become an all too common phenomenon – especially among women. But what exactly is burnout and why is it so prevalent in our modern society?

Burnout

Burnout is not simply just feeling tired or stressed out. It’s a complex, debilitating condition characterized by chronic exhaustion; feelings of cynicism and detachment; a sense of lack of control in your own life; as well as feeling ineffective or not able to get everything that is needed to be done, done.

It’s not just on the mental side though burnout leads to reduced metabolism causing increased weight gain, regardless of how much we eat or exercise. Further adding to our lack of self-worth. It also results in reduced digestion and detoxification as well as messing up our hormones. And this all spirals into digestive discomfort and complaints, food sensitivities,inflammation in the gut and throughout the body, increased pain and stiffness, PMS, other hormonal issues, mood disregulation, reduced immunity, and even autoimmune dysfunction. And all of this increases our risk of chronic illnesses. As well as an overall negative effect on our mitochondria, our energy production. Leaving us feeling unable to recharge our batteries, unmotivated, unable to exercise, or sleep effectively. And whilst we’re always tired, we’re also on edge and hypervigilant, and ready to rage at the smallest thing.

A Possible Combination of Causes

Burnout is often the result of chronic stress overwork, coupled with a sense of perceived lack of control. It’s like running on empty both physically and emotionally, with no end in sight and it becomes self-perpetuating.

Why Women More

Women in particular are susceptible to burnout due to our unique demands placed upon us in today’s society. With our increase in women’s rights and an understanding that women can do everything that a man can. It means we have more opportunities open to us. But general roles and responsibilities haven’t quite changed as fast. Leaving women stuck in a place where they’re expected to do it all!

Balance career and child care and household duties and often caring for aging parents. Leaving women open to feeling overwhelmed, and unable to get ahead, and exhausted. The constant and unending to-do list, the inability to say no, our general unwillingness to create confrontation, leaves us stuck feeling hopeless and helpless, resentful, with a lack of control in our own situation and life. it’s common for women to have a sense that they can’t spend money on themselves or take time out to relax and recharge. Sometimes this is based in an old default that males bring in more family financial income and they therefore don’t feel entitled to spend on themselves. And this can even occur when finances are not like this, maybe even reversed. Sometimes it’s (due to) a feeling of unworthiness and sometimes it’s (because of) a lack of realization of the importance of looking after ourselves in order to do those billion other things that must be done now. And it’s easy to feel like our own needs just have to wait because there are so many other things that are really essential to our life as we know it, and consequences of them not being done feels unbearable.

The Danger

But not realizing that the more we do this, the emptier we become and the less able to achieve things.

The work then becomes draining, unfulfilling, and well, in fact our physical bodies just haven’t got the energy to keep going. Or if we can do them, well, our efficiency, and our actions, our thoughts, our decisions… They’re subpar, so things actually take us longer, use more energy, and potentially don’t get well done well enough either.

A Different Way

In fact if we took the time to recharge we could feel energised, and able to make more decisions, and perform better. Things will become faster, done better, and more easily. Plus we would have the brain space to realize or maybe decide that these aren’t really chores… These are things we want to achieve (just) because. Not cuz we have to, we want to! This flip in perspective allows us to feel more comfortable in our life choices, avoid feelings of resentment, and allows us to become more present in our own lives and with others. Helping us to appreciate the things that we do achieve, feel useful – important – productive, and even that we have a purpose.

The role of women has evolved dramatically in the last few decades and the more women are entering into the workforce while still bearing the brunt of household responsibilities. And this increases our pressure, our workload, the toll on physical, mental health, and increases our risk of burnout.

But there really is hope!

What Can You Do?

Recognizing the signs of burnout and taking steps to prioritize our self-care, and our health supporting Lifestyles, and seeking help when we need it. Can help us women to navigate the challenges of Modern Life and prevent burnout from taking over… and to fix it.

So to all the women out there juggling multiple roles and responsibilities. Remember You are not alone and it is not your fault! You can’t pour from an empty cup, but you can learn how to refill it!

      • taking time for yourself
      • setting boundaries
      • seeking support when needed

Your health and happiness are worth it!

So that’s it for today. What was your biggest takeaway? Are there any bits that make you say “that’s me”. I’d really love to know!

And if you recognize yourself in any of the above, of what I’ve said. Know that you’re not alone, that there is a lot you can actually do about it. And if you’d like to understand more about how rushing is affecting you and what you can do…

Download my free e-guide- “Why We Rush: A syndrome of the modern lifestyle” below.

Thank you so much for watching, I really hope you enjoyed it.

Please like, comment, and share!

And as always in health bye for now

So if you are a superwoman

a she who does it ALL… but close to the edge of burnout… take a few minutes to read my e-guide and take a step towards creating a happier, healthier and more energised YOU. You ARE worth it.
(if you don’t look after yourself and you can’t continue… who looks after them?)

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Burnout or Trauma exploring the commonalities

Burnout or Trauma exploring the commonalities

If you suffer from exhaustion, lack of motivation, brain fog, depression and/or anxiety and difficulty sleeping… do you know why? Might it be due to a past major trauma in your life or even multiple smaller traumas. Or could it be due to chronic, long term stress, constantly “juggling too many plates in the air” all at the one time, too many people depending on you and an ever growing to do list. While trauma and burnout are two separate conditions, arising from very different events and/or triggers. They can present similarly and if they continue long term…. both will end up with the same host of multi system physiological symptoms. If you’d like to understand more about how burnout and trauma are similar and different… read the transcript below or watch this video

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Compare and Contrast Burnout and Trauma

In our fast-paced world Burnout and Trauma are two prevalent and often misunderstood conditions, but what exactly are the similarities and the differences for these two experiences?

What is Burnout

Burnout is a state of chronic stress and exhaustion, typically resulting from prolonged exposure to demanding life circumstances, feeling out of control, having never ending to do lists, and not being able to say no to others.

What is Trauma

On the other hand trauma is is an emotional response to a distressing or disturbing event which may result in lasting psychological and physiological effects. “Big T” trauma generally has moments of acute dysfunction uh often precipitated by a trigger that somehow relates back to the original event causing the trauma. It can cause panic attacks and when it’s prolonged it can create a more constant and generalized neurological maladaptation with physiological as well as psychological effects more similar to burnout.

Burnout is more Generalized

Burnout is a generalized phenomenon creating neurological maladaptation affecting the way that we react to the whole world around us every day, all day. There was generally no specific triggers instead you could, for example, feel an overreaction or more jumpy to pretty much all situations.

Common Symptoms of both Burnout and Trauma

While burnout and Trauma can share some common symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, difficulty making decisions, lack of motivation, even digestive, immune, and hormonal issues.

Different Causes

They arise from a different underlying cause.

Burnout is often characterized by feelings of cynicism, detachment, and a sense of ineffectivenes,s or a lack of accomplishment. As it progresses it will begin to morph into overwhelm and real deep exhaustion. And affect all bodily symptom systems.

Trauma on the other hand may manifest as intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, hypervigilance, and avoidance behaviors.

One key difference between Burnout and Trauma is the nature of the the stressor itself.

Burnout typically arises from chronic stress or general life demands whereas trauma is often a result of a specific traumatic event such as abuse or violence, being in a war situation, or a natural disaster.\

So HOW are the Similar?

But despite these differences both Burnout and Trauma can have a profound effect on an individual’s well-being and quality of life. (Long term, both create a neurological maladaptation and system wide physiological symptoms).

Treatment Approach

It’s essential to recognize the signs and seek support as soon as you notice them.

Treatment approaches for Burnout and Trauma may vary but both need to involve: therapy of some description; self-care practices; lifestyle changes; and building resilience – using techniques to help us to cope with everyday stresses as they occur.

Key Take Away

So whether you’re experiencing burnout or trauma, remember that you’re not alone! And learning to prioritize your self-care, asking for help, saying no more often – these all important steps to take to allow your mind and your body to heal and to recover.

If you’d like to learn more, download my free E-guide “understanding rushing: the syndrome of a modern lifestyle”

That’s it for today. What was your biggest takeaway? Are there any bits that have you saying that’s me?

If so pop them in the chat, I’d really love to know!

Thank you so much for watching, I really hope you enjoyed it. Please like, comment, and share!

and as always, and in health, by for now

So while Burnout and Trauma are conditions create from different events. It is beenfical to understand that they have many common elements and especially over the long term, can manifest very similarly. Not only do they present in many similar ways, the basic components required to treat and support those suffering with either condition are the same. The very same lifestyle changes, personal bountaries and health changes, resilience techniques and nervous system support work are required and whilest the inner workings of therapy may be different (as it should be for each individual anyway), therapy is a beneficial part of the healing process in both conditions.  I hope it is evident that there are in fact many similarities and common aspects present in burnout and trauma. And I cannot overstate the importance of seeking help and making some simple, yet powerful changes. 

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Why Detox

Why Detox

It can be difficult to make sense of when and why a detox may help. If you want to regularly improve and optimise your health, then a detox could be useful. If you suffer from any digestive complains, brain fog, difficulty focusing, making decisions, mood fluctuations, or energy issues… then as part of your healing and support process, detoxificaiton could be key. If you’d like to learn more about why detox? continue to read, or watch the video

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If you’d like to improve your general health or if you have any issues with your gut… stay tuned as I talk about how a detox program specifically, can improve your gut health, digestive symptoms, reduce inflammation and boost your overall health and feeling of vitality.

Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath at BlossomingMe. Last week I discussed some common pitfalls of detox programs and the week before, a little about how we might get to the point that we need to perform a detox, even though our bodies constantly detoxify. But how is it that a detox program can improve your digestion, your gut health and your health in general?

Let’s explore some of the potential benefits of a detox.

Supports Liver Function:

First and foremost, a good detox supports your body’s natural detoxification pathways, especially the liver. By optimizing liver function, you enhance your body’s ability to neutralize and eliminate toxins.

Clears Brain Fog:

If you have that constant cloud in your head and difficulty with memory, focus and decision making. Detoxification balances brain chemicals, reduces inflammation and brings your parasympathetic nervous system back into the forefront. Helping to clear the cobwebs from your mind, sharpening your focus and improving cognitive function. 

Promotes Weight Loss:

Are you struggling to shed stubborn belly fat? A detox can kickstart your weight loss journey by supporting metabolic processes, improving digestion, reducing stress and reducing inflammation. Once you provide the safe space for your body to properly process and remove those toxins, it no longer needs that fat in which those toxins were stored and is willing to let it go.Helping you remove weight sustainably, safely and even easily. 

Enhances Digestive Health:

Bid farewell to bloating and digestive discomfort!

By eliminating processed foods and foods that irritate your gut, a detox can soothe your digestive system, allow gut healing and balancing of the microbiome. Promoting better digestion and in doing so removing bloating, pressure, pain and indigestion.

Balances Hormones:

Hormonal imbalances wreak havoc on our health and mood. Fortunately, a detox can help rebalance your hormones by reducing inflammation and supporting correct communication and balance of the endocrine system, parasympathetic nervous system, microbes, and your brain. It also balances blood sugar levels and supports fat and sugar metabolism, further reducing inflammation and balancing your endocrine system.This leads to improved energy, better mood, clearer brain function, improved sleep and can even assist menstrual issues.

Boosts Energy Levels:

A detox can revitalize your energy levels by removing toxins that bog you down. As well as helping to balance your gut microbes, supporting your mitochondria, and reducing systemic inflammation. Leaving you thinking clearly, and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Boosts Immune Function:

Detoxification strengthens your immune system, supporting its function via healing the gut where 70% of your immune system functions, and balancing endocrine hormones. A stronger immune system makes you less susceptible to illness and infections and even an overactive immune system.

Improves Skin Health:

They say beauty starts from within, and it’s true! Without the nutrients for healthy skin, you can’t have that glow. And if your pores are clogged, well, they don’t look, feel or function as you want them to… Leaving you with dull, possibly uncomfortable skin. A detox can give you that coveted glow by nourishing from within, improving circulation, assisting with unclogging the pores, and reducing inflammation.

A Good Detox

Remember, detoxification is not just about restriction! It’s about nourishing your body with nutrient-rich foods and supporting its natural healing processes. A good detox won’t leave you feeling hungry!

So, whether you’re looking to kickstart a healthier lifestyle, overcome health challenges, or simply feel your best. Consider embarking on a detox journey. Your body will thank you!

How Do I Find Out More?

If you’re interested in learning more about how a detox can help you on your health journey, download my free e-guide Detox: a first step to a vital and energized You by clicking the link below.

Let’s Connect!

Which of those benefits excites you the most? Did it give you any aha moments? Or maybe you have a few questions? Please write them in the chat – I’d love to know where you are struggling most so that I can help you, answer questions and assist you on your journey… and see your improvements.

I love answering questions, to help YOU to be able to take control of your life and health and get the results you want

Thats all for now, so until next time and as always

In health

Bye for now

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About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

The Dangers of a Detox

The Dangers of a Detox

If you don’t know how detoxification works and you want a quick result, you could be tempted to go for a fad detox diet or use pills to help. But there are dangers in this. Especially if you have health issues, doing a stimulating or “forecful” detox can make you sicker. Once you understand some basics, you can do a detox, reap the benefits and prevent the potential dangers of a detox.  

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Is a Detox actually dangerous?

Well, yes it can be! If you’ve ever considered doing a detox or wondered why someone would want to. Then watch on as I explain some ways that a detox can actually be dangerous and what you can do to make sure that what you choose to do is not only effective but also safe.

Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland osteopath at BlossomingMe, join me as I delve further into the world of detoxification and some common pitfalls of different detox programs out there.

Increased Toxin Load!

As I have mentioned in an earlier video, a stimulating detox actually causes our body’s to release toxins from the tissues where they were being stored. Sending them to the liver for neutralizing. This actually increases the amount of toxins present in our bloodstream and that our liver needs to process. In other words, it increases our toxic load. If only for a short time.

If our body’s have enough nutrients, cofactors and antioxidants to allow full water solubility, neutralization, conjugation, binding and expulsion… then it is within our body’s ability to cope and, it can help us to both reduce our overall toxin load and feel great.

The Temptation

It can be easy to feel like it would be great to “just budge some belly fat”. In this situation, we may be tempted to try a stimulating detox. One that might be all the rage, touted as helping many A grade celebs to lose weight or something like that. Your body may be able to cope, but if in reality – you have more toxins stored in your body than you know. And don’t have an excess of the nutrients required. Then the temporary skyrocketing of your toxin load will have negative consequences.

The Danger of Stimulating Detoxes

Most trending detoxes do not have enough if any of the correct antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and cofactors required for possibly either, let alone both phases of liver detoxification. n order for it to happen fast enough and to completion. This then, results in increased inflammation plus DNA and cell damage on top of making our body’s work harder and using more energy. 

In such a situation, there is a high likelihood of experiencing symptoms of the “detox flu” as well as cravings, hunger, pains and low energy. Given this, it could be pretty hard to stick to the restrictive program wouldn’t you say?

And, well… this seems to me to be the opposite to our intention when starting one of those detoxes… right?

Instead of giving our body a rest and a chance to catch up, like a more gentle, food-based detox can, it has made our body work harder. If you feel drained when you finish… or you don’t even get to finish because of how crap you feel. Then you can be pretty sure that the nutrient and any energy stores you had, have been further depleted. It wouldn’t be that surprising then, to end up binging on high energy, comfort foods… that, well, can make you regain any weight you may have lost and add more toxins to boot.

On top of any nutrient deficiencies; energy depletion; cell, tissue and DNA damage and increased load your body is now going through. It likely would cause or worsen a backlog in the intestines. Creating discomfort, reduced digestion and less effective toxin removal… as you move forward with normal life after this supposed “health kick”.

What if you are already “At Risk”

Someone with low vitality or overall health may already be experiencing an overload of toxins as evidenced by inflammation, pain etc and has a tendency to “fall over the edge”  because their body’s have such low resilience. These people already struggle just in everyday life, suffering fatigue, multiple food or chemical sensitivities,and an inability to handle doing much at all without feeling terrible and crashing. Often for many days. In this situation, a strong detox will increase free floating toxins and free radicals causing cell and DNA damage and inflammation to a point beyond their ability to manage. It creates an immune type response, as these bodies try desperately to mop up the excess free toxins. As a result, they feel a strong, hard crash. And a worsening of their symptoms… That I expect they were trying to improve by doing “something healthy”. This is not what we want when we feel so fragile, so low. Such bodys’ require a slow, gentle and kind touch.

What about a Safe Alternative?

If, on the other hand, a wholefood based detox is followed. The nutrients required for both phases of liver detoxification are present, and extra antioxidants to mop up any excess free radicals will be available. So nutrient deficiencies won’t be an issue. These detox programs are easy to follow as you are filled with delicious, yet densely nutritious foods. They don’t stimulate liver detoxification, instead, they boost our body’s nutrition status enough for our clever body’s to decide that it is safe enough to deal with some of the excess toxins it has stored. And, you won’t crash or feel a detox flu or achy or drained. Because your body will only release what it is able to fully process and remove. It is just… optimizing your body’s natural detoxification processes and supporting its ability to do what it wants to do… in its constant effort to tend towards the best health it is capable of.

So that is the first essential component of a safe and effective detox… nutrients.

The second essential component in a safe and effective detox is ensuring that our elimination systems are functioning. 

Strain on Elimination Pathways… Are They WORKING?

As I mentioned in a previous video, part of our detoxification process is moving the now safely bound toxins to the kidneys, skin, lungs and intestines for removal. In order for this to occur, all of these avenues must be open. So a good detox includes ways to help our skin pores to open, our lungs to be worked, supports our kidney function AND ensures that our bowels are moving regularly and clearing completely. What I mean by this is that there isn’t a backlog of stool sitting up there. Even when our bowels are emptied daily,there can still be a backlog present. plus sticky bits of stool can coat the bowel wall, if our stool isn’t the right consistency. That just stays there and affects, among other things, the reabsorption of water that happens in our large intestines. If our gut motility is slow or we have constipation, or there is a backlog, any bound toxins present just sit there. They, along with any food particles that are also stuck there, ferment and putrefy. This process, apart from sounding gross, creates more toxins that can then enter your bloodstream from your intestines, causing cell damage and inflammation.

So it is essential, at the start of any detox process, to ensure that your elimination pathways are all moving well. This can be achieved in a few ways, including less safe options. So it is important to seriously consider what approach you take. 

The Safe Option?

In keeping with a whole-food based detox. Tthe gentlest way to ensure that your intestines are moving correctly is to remove food irritants, including common culprits (even if you don’t think you have an issue with them), removing meat intake for at least a few days and ensuring that you are eating a large variety and amount of fiber rich fruits and vegetables. By altering your diet this way, we are actually reducing the workload of our digestive system. We remove things that might be causing pressure and backing things up. We remove things that might cause irritation that can also trigger constipation, sensitivities and inflammation. And we add a variety of fibre (and water) that not only helps to move things through but also feeds our good gut bacteria helping to restore gut microbiome balance

So as you can see. There are a few things that need to be considered if you are thinking about doing a detox or even boosting your detoxification processes in your general everyday life.

Interested in Learning More?

If you’d like to understand a little more about detoxification and how it could be a great way to kick start your health journey. Click the link below to access my new FREE e-guide Detox: a first step for a Vital and Energized You!

What was your biggest take away? More, maybe it brought up a question? Please write in the comments section what your biggest take away was or your biggest burning questions, so I can answer them. Thank you so much for watching.

That’s it for today, so as always

In health

Bye for now

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About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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