Now this isn’t about sleep, although I have talked about it enough and the importance it plays in our overall health and well being, this is about giving your body a rest from pills, vitamins, supplements, and food.
I am truly a fan of Dr. Christopher’s philosophy of health, if you haven’t noticed that yet. In his ‘Herbal Legacy’ book, he talks about the importance of giving your body a rest from taking his herbs. Dr. Christopher says you should take them 6 days and rest on the seventh, then take them 6 weeks and rest on the 7th week and then evaluate how they are working and how you feel. If things aren’t completed cleaned up then he suggests taking them for 6 more months with the same rotations and rest on the 7 month and reevaluate again. Now I have followed that plan haphazardly at best and sometimes forgotten about it all together. Then something comes up that reminds me of the wisdom of that idea and I recommit to trying again.
One of those times was when my bio-identicals weren’t working very well. I visited my doctor and he suggested giving my body a rest for a couple of days or more and see if that would jump start their effectiveness again. Well I did and they did and Dr. Christopher’s words came to mind. Another time that reminded me of that all important rest was when I was on vacation for a week and left all my hormones, vitamins and supplements home. I was worried that I would feel badly, but just the opposite happened. I felt great and when I got home and started them up again, everything seemed to work better and I felt great.
The last big reminder of the idea that ‘rest does a body good’ is when I tried Dr. Christopher’s 3 day cleanse, (something I will discuss on another blog). It was a little hard but I wasn’t hungry. What surprised me was how invigorated I felt after, and how I craved such healthy foods. Have you ever just felt so bloated and sick of food? Well, I have and whenever I fast I feel less burdened by my own body and the heaviness of food. I have read articles where they suggest a monthly one day fast from food and water, just to give your body a rest so it won’t have to work so hard digesting things for a day and instead let your mind contemplate other things for a change. I know I have felt the benefits of a monthly fast and would recommend it to any healthy person, but not to diabetics or nursing moms.
Sometimes we just overdo things and we need to take a break or rather give our bodies a break. Try it, you might find it helps you too.
Just something to think about.