What Is a Healing Crisis?
When I first started my current diet, my system was definitely ultra sensitive. When combined with someone who already has a guilty conscience, this can definitely create a lot of mental self-doubt on top of the physical effects. For example, let’s say I start eating mostly good things. However, I slip in that one bad thing that isn’t good for my health, and I have a physical sensitivity to it almost immediately. That is when the guilty conscience starts rolling….
According to most naturopathic websites, it is very common for people to suffer from healing crises and detox programs when they first start a natural healing diet. The medical term for this phenomenon is “Herxheimer Reaction.”
Cells will release the toxins that have been stored for long periods of time into the bloodstream. However, elimination organs, such as your liver and the rest of your GI tract, may not be able to keep up. Then, you feel brain fog, headaches, fatigue, etc. Thus, the symptoms you are trying to ward off eventually may get worse at first.
For example, candida sufferers will experience die-off, where the yeast will release more toxins into the bloodstream as they are dying off.
Thus, it is good to start a wellness regime when you are less busy so that you give your body the time to adjust. In addition, my friend, Michael Taylor, recommends taking naps whenever you feel the need to in order to give your body the resources to be able to heal.
Things to Think About
Michael Taylor mentioned previously that sometimes when we try to correct for previous deficiencies, we may start to imbalance the imbalance. For example, we may eat too much of a good thing at one time, and it might create unpleasant reactions because our body has not adjusted to it. I think personally, this is reflective of my tendency to want to get something done too soon.
I can give you one example. I started taking apple cider vinegar this past January for the various digestive benefits it offers. While most people tend to avoid apple cider vinegar because of the negative smell, I was taking a little bit too much initially. I now work on trying not to put too much in initially when I am taking it with water.
I have also started taking milk kefir, a cousin of yogurt, at times this semester because of the probiotic benefits. Since I love the taste of tartness of yogurt and initially started out by eating yummy fruit-flavored Kefir, I would indulge. However, this isn’t a good idea because milk kefir still has milk and some sugars, which I am suppose to avoid. I will probably write a post about Kefir later this year.
Biblical Basis for This Lesson
2 Corinthians 12:9-10:
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Like a lot of other people out there, I struggle with perfectionism. Sometimes, I believe it is my complete responsibility to take control of my wellness instead of realizing that at the end of the day, my thoughts and actions should reflect my submission to Him. This has been true in my journey with the current diet I am on.
Thus, when I make a mistake (let’s say I ate too much of the wrong thing or felt that I shouldn’t have sampled something even if it is a little bit), I feel extremely guilty, so I try to fix it by eating more foods that supposedly fight off what eating the wrong foods does to my body. Then, I realize that some of these foods also trigger heart burn, which seems to happen when I don’t sleep by a certain time. So, as you see the vicious cycle continues.
1 John 1:9:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
As seen previously, sometimes we tend to display our repentance by trying to reverse our wrongs. (You have probably had some of those days when you took something extra to be prepared in case you did something risky. I take extra supplements when I know I might be eating pizza and taking one more slice than I should. ) However, sometimes, we should just stop trying to “prevent and fix” and pray to seek God to shine on the mindset that got us here in the first place.
To learn about a ministry that uses a Biblical, non-insurance approach to health care needs, check out this article from Samaritan Ministries that briefly talks about healing crises.
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