Friday, September 5, 2014

DETOXIFICATION: Emptying the body of all those DEAD bugs!

I know last week's post was a bit random & short & waaaay overdue... 
BUT I'll make it up to you! 
I promise! 
TODAY, I'm posting about the importance of 
DETOXING!
(Please feel free to click here to see a FABULOUS blog on detoxification methods. WOO!)
If you've got a chronic infection like Lyme Disease &/or one of the nasty co-infections like Borrelia, Babesia, or Bartonella, 
(Please don't hesitate to click here to see a thorough website on all of these co-infections. GRRRRR.)
detoxing is SO SO SO SO SO SOOOOOO important! 
If you are treating these infections without proper detoxification, 
then all the bacteria you're killing off will just be 
TRAPPED IN YOUR BODY!!!!
And that, my friends, is NOT GOOD. 
The bugs you kill have to leave your body in order for you to make any progress.
What I'm kindly asking you to do is learn to LOVE to sweat!!!!
<SWEAT your sweet little heart out>
Detoxing through the skin is a FAST EASY way to get rid of those dead bugs!  
{The downside to detoxing, you ask??} 
We'll get to that later. :P 
Let's get excited about detoxing first. 
Here are some of my favorite detoxification methods! :D

  • Epsom salt baths
  • Lots & lots & LOTS of lemon water
  • A diet FREE of gluten, dairy, sugar, & processed foods
  • Gentle exercise
  • Sauna (regular or infrared; infrared is actually preferred) 
  • Dry skin brushing
  • Activated charcoal 
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Benadryl 
  • Burbur
  • Parsley (*hint hint* CHICKEN SOUP!)
  • Quercetin
  • Coffee enema (I've yet to try this but I'd REALLY like to) 
  • Turmeric 
  • LAUGHTER
  • A GOOD cry
(Please click here for another WONDERFUL blog on detoxification methods for Lyme. DIE BUGS, DIE!!!) 
Don't let this lengthy list frighten you. You don't have to run off to the store & buy anything on this list that you don't already have & DETOX like crazy. I haven't even had the guts to try all of these methods yet! 
*DETOX YOUR BODY SAFELY AND SLOWLY, PLEASE!!!*
Why???? Well...
Remember when I said there is a downside to detoxing?
I was talking about a Herx reaction. 
This is your body's way of communicating with you after you've gone & killed a whole bunch of bacteria. 
While you might be thinking you've done something wonderful after killing off a lot of bugs, you have BUT you now have to watch out for a Herx reaction. 
You can experience a huge spike in inflammation & a toxin overload. 
It's NOT fun!! :( 
Here are some AWESOME websites/blogs that explain Herx reactions a bit further & in great detail:


SO, now that you know a few special ways to detox & how to do it properly, 
what's on your schedule for the weekend? ;) 
A lovely salt bath?
A dash of turmeric sprinkled over tonight's dinner?
A calming walk or a session of gentle yoga?
A few dozen glasses of lemon water?
In other words, have a detox party this weekend!! :D
And be sure to keep your weekend free of any big events or obligations if you can, in case you experience a wicked Herx reaction after detoxing. 
{Perhaps grab a good movie & a comfy blanket if the Herx hits you hard}
My last message to you?
GO KILL SOME UGLY BUGS!!!!!!!
Lots and lots of LOVE, 
Allie
XOXOXOX
*P.S. I am not a doctor or nutritionist of any kind. I'm a patient trying to heal myself through diet, exercise, meditation, a few medications, happiness, & supplementation. I'd REALLY like to help others trying to heal naturally as well so I'm passing along this useful information! Please be safe & listen to your body carefully as you start to detox. I know from personal experience that Herx reactions can be VERY ugly so be calm! :) *

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Something to SMILE about

ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY COMPLETELY 
 WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Something to SMILE about.
Something to
SHOUT OUT to the world
Something to TELL your friends. 
Something to CELEBRATE. 
Something to BE PROUD OF
I bet you’re eager to know what I’m talking about. 
Do I have you sitting at the edge of your seat?
Are you bubbling over with excitement?
Okay, okay!! I won’t make you suffer any longer!!! 
I was talking about the feeling that immediately consumes you after you’ve earned your…
ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE!!!!!!!!
Yes, that’s right. I got my Associate’s Degree!!!!! 
{repeatedly jumps up & down as confetti falls from the ceiling}
From my first year of college in 2009 at the marvelous Frostburg State University, to my year off to heal from 2010 to 2011, to my three glorious years at the incredible Montgomery College…
I can finally say that I have earned my Associate’s Degree. 
This {bumpy, unpredictable, crazy} adventure has been filled with the most colorful, most joyful, most frustrating, most rewarding, most teary-eyed, most magical, most educational, most memorable years of my life, & I will cherish them forever. 
Well, now you know why I haven’t posted in a while. 
The cat is officially out of the bag. 
I needed to step away from the computer for a while to embrace this newly acquired achievement! 
I hope you can forgive me for my “three weeks+” absence. 
And the other reason I’ve had to remove myself from my desk?
I’VE STARTED YOGA AGAIN!!!!!!!! 
{giggle giggle}
I’ll get “back on track” with blogging real soon. I pinky promise.
I truly hope you’ve been well & I’m sending healing vibes your way!! 
Wishing you the very best, 
Allie 



Monday, August 4, 2014

What matters the MOST

Well, I don’t think I can post to my blog once every week.
I’ve tried multiple times now & I just can’t seem to reach my goal!
Perhaps it’s
OK to set a more reasonable goal, like a post every “almost two” weeks. ;)
If you make goals that are too high in the sky for you to ever reach, what good is that doing you?
Yes, you’ll have super pumped-up arms from reaching for the moon all the time. I know that’s a plus. :P
But other than that, I think constantly setting goals that are beyond your reach (for the time being) is not what you should be doing!!!
If you do that, YOU LOSE TRACK OF WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
It’s the little achievements that matter the most anyway, not the “insanely huge & unachievable in this lifetime” ones. 
THIS is what I wanted to talk to you about:
~The teeny tiny itsy bitsy things that have a huge impact on your wellness, even when you might think otherwise!~
I'm talking about...
  • When you’re totally anti-“climb out of bed” & the irreplaceable aroma of fresh coffee teases your nose in the early hours of the morning. Can you think of a better way to wake up? J This can be healing for the soul. Whenever the scent of strong coffee hits my nose, I immediately think of my darling momma & dad who’ve never left my side on this difficult journey. <3
  • When you’re down for the count on the MOST comfortable couch in the house & your precious 12-pound pooch decides to join you. This can be healing for the heart. While there’s not much room on the couch for two, nothing touches the heart like a fuzzy little dog snuggled up against you. Their warmth, their love, their unwillingness to leave any room for you… It’s all healing. ;)
  • Random, thoughtful, loving text messages from family & dear friends. This can be healing for your entire BEING. Do you know what I’m talking about? You haven’t chatted with these people in a long time & they’re always on your mind but you just never have the energy to pick up the phone & call them. Getting a text from them brightens your world by about ten billion percent. <3
  • When you go to bed at night with your very best friend/soulmate at your side. This can be healing for your heart, for your head, for your soul, for your confidence, for your EVERYTHING. Spending the last few minutes of the day with the person you love the most releases all sorts of healing magic. Next time this happens to you, tell me you don’t notice your face glow brighter, your heart grow warmer, or your cheeks get rosier. ;)
  • That moment when you suddenly realize you will have an Associate’s Degree in FOUR DAYS!!!!!! THIS HEALS ALL OF YOU, FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD TO THE TIPS OF YOUR TOES!!!! It’s something you weren’t even sure you would ever be able to call your own since you were too ill for school at one point. It symbolizes SO MUCH MORE than a two-year degree. It says to the world (and especially to YOU) that anything is possible if you grab your war paint & fight for what you want, regardless of what your body or any chronic diseases say about it. :D 

THOSE are the things that we should be focusing on.
~The people, the animals, the precious moments, the conversations, the memories~
WHAT do all of these things have in common?
They are happening & living & loving you RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND in time.
Don’t miss out on these gems that are staring you in the face when you might be too busy gazing into the future.
J
What are “those things” for you? WHO are those SPECIAL people? WHO is that FURRY animal? WHO are those MAGICAL texts from? WHO is that SOULMATE laying at your side? WHAT is that PHENOMENAL thing you’re about to achieve that you never thought you would?
Until next time, lots and lots and LOTS of love,
Allie Brown 
<3  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Secret to wellness? P O S I T I V I T Y !

This is what happiness looks like. 
Ok, it seems like I just can’t keep up with
my “blog once a week” proposal.
Ah welllll.
I’m too busy loving this HEALING process!!!
*sighhh* I guess I’ll have to keep trying. J
My message to you this week, you ask?
Let me start by asking YOU a question. 
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT POSITIVITY?
Positivity is so much more than a smile on your face or a few laughs after watching a Peter Sellers Pink Panther movie.
Positivity…
HAS HEALING POWERS!!!!
Don’t think so?
Read these and then tell me you don’t believe me. :P 
  • Waking up with a smile on your face improves your risk of giggles by 70%.
  • Cracking a silly joke during breakfast will make your taste buds sing.
  • Pulling the “whoopee cushion” prank on a family member during dinner will lower your blood pressure.
  • Watching AT LEAST one funny movie each week increases endorphins and helps to alleviate joint pain.
  • Participating in a staring contest with your loved one almost DOUBLES your risk of having the most wonderfully-happy tummy on the planet.
  • Purposely choosing mismatching socks puts you in danger of grinning from cheek to cheek all throughout the workday.
  • Singing along to the song “Happy”, by Pharrell Williams, automatically adds 5 years onto your life.
  • Skipping instead of walking when you go out to get your mail kills harmful bacteria.
  • Laughing when you realize you washed your new red shirt with your favorite white blouse eliminates wrinkles.
  • Embracing your accidental swap of body wash for shampoo lowers your chance of having a heart attack by 85%.
  • Spontaneously turning your dining room into a dance-off arena at your next house party will prevent your hair from turning gray. 

Well?
What are your thoughts on positivity now, huh?
Yeah, I thought so.
J
Alright, I think we’ve hit our maximum amount of happiness for the night.
What’s our next best move now that we’ve gotten the healing powers of positivity out in the open?
Engage in some super SOUPER healing sleep!!!!!!
;)
Until next time (maybe next week; grab your four-leaf clovers and a rabbit foot for luck!),
THINK POSITIVELY and heal as much as you possibly can!
Lots of love,
Allie
❤️
P.S. I am NOT a doctor. These are just little guesstimates I have on the possible healing powers of positivity. These stem from my imagination BUT, who knows if they're true or not?