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Julie Mitchell
25/May/2019

A number of people who start a fresh, new wellness plan somehow miss the part when I say they may go through some uncomfortable symptoms while moving toward abundant health. Some jump ship within a few days or they become fearful thinking they are getting worse and that I must have made a mistake with their plan. While I know I am not infallible, I typically will spend a few hours with someone while thoroughly assessing their current state of health then create a program that promote balance within the systems. It’s not unusual for us to get calls or emails with distressed clients asking what they are taking or doing that is making them feel so bad.  They may believe they are having an allergic response to something or just want to find the culprit of their physical distress. Usually they’re relieved to hear their symptoms are normal and a part of the beautiful healing crisis. So, read on if you’re curious about the beauty within a healing crisis and 8 reasons to love it.

There is a story about a reluctant chap named Jonah who was unwilling to follow the path God called him to and because of that, found himself in the belly of a whale. Sometimes in life, we too can get off the path of wellness because of poor health choices or lack of knowledge.  I’m confident going through that crisis in the whale was very uncomfortable for Jonah but it was imperative to the survival and healing of his body, mind, and spirit. 3 days later, the whale spewed him onto dry land, giving him a second chance at redemption. Once on the right path, he came to the location he was told to go to in the first place and declared his assignment to the people living in wickedness, “Yet 40 days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” They believed him and it caused them to believe God as well. Even the king set up a decree agreeing to a community fast and told everyone to turn from their evil ways. God’s heart was won over by the unity of the people to address the issues that were creating a wicked environment for them by repenting and turning from their wicked ways. Such power in repentance and turning!

Our body has an amazing ability to display a similar miraculous redemptive work once we begin to move in the right direction of health and healing. This often comes with discomfort and physical symptoms that may cause us to wonder how and why they are happening when we are doing the right thing. It is true that we can feel at our worst when we begin a healthier lifestyle or use natural therapies to allow our bodies to respond to this redemptive work. We are changing daily as cells die off and new ones begin thus creating either healthier or sicker environments depending on how we are engaging in and responding to our environment. If we view ourselves as our own science project every day and pay attention to what is happening as we go through the ups and downs of the day, we can learn a lot from our daily experiments. What we do today will impact us not only for the day but for the days, weeks, months, and years to come. We are either building up to be a stronger person or breaking down to be a weaker one. The choice is within our reach and we can be empowered to live a life of optimal health by making changes that support the healing cycles of the body. You should be encouraged if along this healing path you begin to feel lower energy, more expressive digestive issues, increased headaches, mood swings, elevated pain, pass illness resurfacing, or the worse cold you’ve ever had. These are all wonderful things. That’s right, I said wonderful! You are on the road to higher levels of wholeness and wellness.

 

Julie’s 8 Reasons to Love a Healing Crisis

  1. THIS TOO SHALL PASS

Let’s remember that symptoms are our friend and often don’t always need to be masked by medications if you are willing to battle in creative ways. Symptoms are God-given expressions that something is going on in the body: either we are moving towards balance/optimal health (healing crisis) or moving further away towards body breakdown (dis-ease crisis). Be patient and take control of that fear knowing that all these symptoms are working for your good.

Prayer: Father, I’m struggling with these symptoms and I ask for strength through the Holy Spirit to endure this season of healing knowing that it will not last beyond what I can bare, in Jesus name.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” Romans 8:28

  1. VITALITY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

It might take a minute or two, but energy and vitality will return, and thankfully with a vengeance. It takes energy to hold toxins in the body (disease crisis) and it also takes energy to up-regulate them and send them out of the body(healing crisis). Once energy starts to come up, plan on making deposits into your energy bank and don’t take withdrawals right away. Build that kitty up and save that energy. Fight the urge to do a major project until you’ve been a few weeks into high energy day after day.

Prayer: Father, teach me to wait, to be patient during this phase and rest in You. Holy Spirit instruct me, help me understand that many things can wait for me to become well while You are taking care of me by moving me from healing crisis to living a life of wellness, in Jesus name.

“Those that wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount of with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  1. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM WILL BECOME THE POWERHOUSE AGAIN

It may feel as if you don’t have the ability to fight off infections because you are experiencing the worse cold or flu like symptoms you’ve ever had. Where is your immune system and why isn’t it working? It is building itself up as you are bringing in the resources to do it as you eat properly, follow your wellness plan and relax in order to free up energy for your immune system to use for healing. With the correct resources, the immune system knows exactly what to do and is doing it. Be patient and expect the reset to happen.

Prayer: Father, why do I feel so weak and without strength when I’m follow this plan? You can show me through the Holy Spirit where true power comes from: Your love, Your grace, Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your ways and my repentance. I humbly repent of all the things I did that were destroying this body you gave me. Lead me in the paths of righteousness and life, in Jesus name.

“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

  1. PLUGGED PIPES AND DRAINS WILL BEGIN FLOWING AGAIN

I often say when someone is feeling atrocious, “Think DRAINAGE, DRAINAGE, DRAINAGE.” If your body is up-regulating toxins into the blood system, there better be a way for them to get out. Otherwise, they will create havoc in the body. The five main drainage and filtration systems of the body that need to be open and flowing are liver, lungs, lymph, large intestines, and kidneys. When any of those are blocked you are more likely to see expressions in the secondary drainage pathways: sinuses, skin, and reproductive organs. Be patient, drink the recommended amount of water, do light movements like stretching and walking, come in for a colon hydrotherapy session and infrared sauna session to support the clearing of the body’s pipes.

Prayer: Father, You can teach my body to drain properly so toxins within any part of me have a pathway out. I submit my body, mind, and spirit to You and trust you with it all. I desire Holy Spirit for You to show me the clear path that leads me out of this storm, in Jesus name.

“The Lord spoke to Job out of the storm: ‘Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’” Job 40:6-7

  1. PAST ILLNESS MAY RETURN BUT ONLY TO BE ANNIHILATED

As my background in natural medicine has taught me, the body heals from the top down, inside out, and most recent sickness to the oldest. The body is very good at storing toxins within the body fat or extra cellular water to keep them away from the cells and tissues that are running the show. It actually is a very good protective mechanism and also take up energy to do this. Once nutrition and resources are available to build up the tissues and systems of the body so they can work at optimal levels, they are able to do deep dives into the body and remove causes of illnesses one layer at a time. Think of it like peeling back onion layers to uncover what’s been hiding down under creating havoc to the functioning of cells and the holes in the energy boat. Remember it takes a lot of energy to hold sickness in the body which can be an underlying reason for fatigue.

Prayer: Father, this is quite a process I am going through, but You have fearfully and wonderfully created my body to heal itself. You heal me from the top down as I trust You with my mind. Holy Spirit You are healing my insides in the hidden places because healing comes from within my beautifully made body. I am reaping these symptoms of sickness because of what I have sown but Your grace and love will overcome it all as I repent of going my own way instead of Yours that always leads to life, in Jesus name.

“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.” Deuteronomy 30:1-3

  1. THE WORSE YOU FEEL THE DEEPER THE HOUSE CLEANING

Yes, those toxins that have been hanging out in the corners of the body(fat cells and extra cellular water) all those years, will begin to come out into the blood system to be sent out of the body through the drainage pathways(liver, lymph, lungs, large intestines, and kidneys + skin, sinuses, and reproductive organs). It takes energy to move these out of the body. Once your brilliant body has begun this work, it will realize it can trust what is happening and send more and more toxins out into the life-giving highway system of the body, the blood. This process of house cleaning happens every day for healthy people, you should realize you are doing the work of a healthy person plus the work of deep cleaning that is necessary too. Relax, rest, keep things at a low level until things are cleared out. Be steadfast and preserve through it.

Prayer: Father, You know exactly what I need and I trust You because You are trustworthy. These hidden places within me, I ask that You would touch them by the Holy Spirit and Your light.  Bring a refreshing flow to all areas within me, undoing my past choices that brought weakness to this body, then on to the deeper cleaning that is needed, in Jesus name.

“He reveals deep and hidden things; He know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.” Daniel 2:22

  1. HEADED TOWARDS THE GOOD LIFE

Those dreams and aspirations coming from your heart, are meant to come out through your life. It is God’s will for you to be well and live out His purposes for your life with abundance and vitality. Having a perfect life is not a realistic goal nor is it attainable. But having one full of love, peace, and joy in the midst of trials and tribulations is not only possible, but it is God’s will for us. Your body, mind and spirit have the ability to be balanced so be patient during the process of healing. Live with an attitude of excellence to be expressed through you and in you.

Prayer: Father, Wow! I have hope! While I am waiting, I will live and act with an attitude of serenity. I trust You will bring forth through the Holy Spirit the dreams, visions, plans, and purposes You’ve created for me to walk in. Help me to remember all the good things you have spoken to my heart or bring them afresh in me now, in Jesus name.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4

  1. RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE RESTORED

As I like to simply say, “Hurting people hurt people.” When we are physiologically out of balance in our bodies and disease is expressing itself, our personalities can become hidden behind the symptoms we are experiencing. The once kind person who loved being around others, can begin to say and do things that are hurtful toward those they encounter daily. In the realm of relationships, if strangers are getting the best of us and those we share life with on a daily basis are getting the worst, we can simply say, “I am a hurting person who is hurting those people I love.” Once we are able to recognize changes are needed and discover what those changes are and apply them, our body, mind and spirit will become balanced. Balanced people express themselves in healthy ways that can restore broken relationships. They can tolerate troubles, trials, and differences which leads to not breaking the foundation of health that is established.

Prayer: Father, it is your love, kindness and patience that leads us to repentance. I choose to repent of all the people I have hurt because of things I’ve said and done. I wasn’t feeling well and this is no excuse for treating people in a manor that I would not like to be treated in. I also choose to forgive all those who have hurt me. I will no longer make excuses or try to defend my bad behavior. Lead me Holy Spirit through this healing process so I can also forgive myself for all my mistakes. Allow the fullness of Your redeeming and forgiving blood Jesus to flow to and through me. In humility and meekness, restore me to fullness of joy in You and fullness of joy with those around me, especially those closest to me.

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will grant you His blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9

 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you, so you must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Colossians 3:12-15a

 

 


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Julie Mitchell
25/May/2019

By Julie Mitchell, BCND, CN

Today I saw our privy from another point of view. At that particular angle, I was able to see what was really going on under the hidden rim. What appeared to be a perfectly clean commode, was quite the contrary… Without going into the details, it was evident that those colors under the rim were not a display of overall toilet hygiene. So, without further delay, the area was sprayed with a cleaner and then with great attention, the rainbow of colors was brushed away. What remains now, is a clean toilet and understanding of how to clean it on a regular basis.
Our bodies can appear one way to us when looking in the mirror, but if we are able to get an internal glance, we can understand what is really going on under the rim of our skin. We don’t want to wait until the bathroom has a strange smell before we do a thorough cleaning of it. Likewise, our cells and the space outside cells need to be clean of debris so our tissues, organs, and systems can run at optimal levels without a buildup of toxicity. If our sweat, breath, urine, and bowels movements have a bad smell or odd colors, we can be confident something is not working right.
It is our goal at The Nutrition and Wellness Center to shine a light on what may be going on underneath our skin and give us confidence in a wellness plan that keeps our insides clean on a regular basis. Each of us who work here, knows how important it is to address symptoms of toxicity before a major problem arises. So, we do a series of cleansing and cleaning out our systems regularly to support a healthy internal environment for our optimal health. Whether it’s a biomeridian scan, colon hydrotherapy, body movement, infrared sauna,  herbs, homeopathics, etc. whatever you may need, we are here to help you understand how to be proactive in achieving balanced internal self-cleaning environments. We are here, because you are there.

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6


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Allie
25/May/2019

By Allie Mitchell, Clinical Director

I used to walk in fear of fats! Butter, oils, anything that had high fat and calories… I was afraid. A lot of people are afraid of fats… You shouldn’t be! Healthy fats, like omega-3 EFAs in flax oil, salmon, pumpkin seeds, fish oils, and walnuts will help nourish you (both physically and mentally). To me, it’s like BRAIN FOOD.

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid, a healthy fat, that your body uses to support a range of bodily processes such as the immune system, mood management, cholesterol regulation, and more.

I put flax oil in my smoothies every morning, and notice a huge difference in my day! I’m able to come across clearer to people, work better, and feel a real difference in my work day.

“You love what is right, and hate what is wrong. Therefore, God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than anyone else.” -Hebrews 1:9


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Julie Mitchell
25/May/2019

QUESTION: Without This You Would Be Naked

ANSWER: Skin!

by Julie Mitchell

Fun Facts About Your Skin: Did you know your skin is the largest and fastest growing organ you have? If you’ve ever had a severe sunburn it took about a month for your skin to move through the stages of swelling, blistering, peeling and restoration. That’s because your 19 million skin cells completely renew themselves every month. This organ is working to replenish 30-40,000 old skin cells every day without you even being aware of it. Skin cells start off fat and square deep within and move their way to the surface called the epidermis flattening as they move up. Once there, they flake off and the process starts all over again. In just 1 tiny inch of the skin there are: 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes, and 1,000+ nerve cells! Truly an amazing system God has given us! It protect us from harsh elements of the environment, keeps our organs inside, keeps us warm, and allows us to feel His creation with our own sense of touch.

“You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.” Job 10:11

5 Thought-Provoking Concepts about Your Skin:

  1. Sunlight is not to be feared
  • Stanford University researchers found sunlight prompts the synthesis of Vitamin D in the body which causes immune cells to travel to the outer layers of the skin where they are available to protect and help repair damage such as that caused by sun exposure.
  • Sunlight helps promote the neurotransmitter serotonin which boosts mood and helps us feel calm and focused.
  • According to a study, in a 30-minute period while wearing a swimsuit, people will make the following vitamin D levels:
    • 50,000 international units (IUs) in most Caucasian people
    • 20,000 to 30,000 IUs in tanned people
    • 8,000 to 10,000 IUs in dark skinned people
  • Determining the healthy amount of sunlight exposure has several factors to consider:
    • Time of day, strongest exposure is 10am-4pm
    • Time of year, position of earth to sun gives stronger exposure May-September
    • Type of skin you have, fair skinned individual’s short periods of time due to burn factor while dark skinned individuals can be out longer to raise Vitamin D levels naturally
  1. Dry skin represents what is going on inside and outside this organ
  • Oregon State University research shows omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are crucial to skin function and appearance. Both dietary and topical supplementation with EFAs can have profound effects on the fatty acid composition and drainage of the skin. As a result, addition of various EFA-rich oils can control the inflammatory response in both dermal and epidermal layers of the skin.
  • When the skin is exposed to the sun’s heat and UV rays, it dries out the skin (less water moisture and skin’s natural essential oils) causing higher possibilities of the outer skin surface to burn. Solution: before sun exposure, drink 15-30oz of water and apply natural oils like olive oil or coconut oil to areas of body that will be exposed to sun. This hydrated, oil rich skin will be less likely to burn and will allow body to make the natural immune strengthening Vitamin D.
  • If you prefer to protect your skin from the sun, apply the natural sunscreen below to protect from UV rays. Supplementing Vitamin D3 may be needed if you run low in Vitamin D. With a simple blood test that your doctor can perform, you can find out what your level is.

Natural Sunscreen Recipe:

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup beeswax and coconut oil

2 T zinc oxide

10 drops doTERRA lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Put olive oil, beeswax and coconut into glass mason jar with lid loosely placed on.
  2. Put jar in pan with 2 inches of water.
  3. Put on low heat and when all ingredients are melted, add zinc oxide and lavender then stir or shake to blend.
  4. Pour into containers, preferably glass jars because of heated oils or could move to another container once it has cooled.
  5. Lather on when needing protection for the sun, reapply regularly.

3. Proper water intake keeps skin moist

  • One of my Core 4 Foundational Principles is drink half your body weight in ounces of clean pure water daily. Doing this will have profound effects on the largest organ. Don’t like to drink water, not a problem…Camel Up! try drinking 15-20 ounces in thirty seconds 3-5x day.
  • University of Wisconsin Health says the skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body.  And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.
  • Water gives the skin a natural face lift, less wrinkles. If your skin is not getting enough water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
  1. The skin is a secondary drainage pathway
  • If the skin is presenting symptoms like eczema, psoriasis, acne, warts, dry, itchy skin it could be because one or more of the main drainage pathways (liver, lymph, lungs, large intestines, kidneys) are blocked. Since healing comes from within the body, finding out where the imbalances are inside can help support the outside expression through the skin.
  • Setting up an appointment at The Nutrition and Wellness Center or with a similar clinician to find out what is going on under the hood of the skin, might be just what you or a loved one needs to support the movement toward a smoother, healthier outer covering.
  1. Dry brushing the skin promotes body wellness
  • As mentioned above, the body filters and drains toxins out through a number of organs, glands, and systems: large intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, sinuses, and the skin. Dry skin brushing supports the detoxification of the skin and provides a gentle internal massage.
  • Dry skin brushing helps exfoliate the skin and removal of dead dry skin. It helps open up clogged pores and lets the skin shine.
  • Dry brushing can be a preventative for dry skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch

One Way to Dry Brush the Body…

a. Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.

b. Continue brushing up your legs.

c. Proceed to your hands and arms.

d. Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.

e. Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.

f. Lightly brush the breasts.

                    

 


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Julie Mitchell
25/May/2019

10 Tips for Healthy-Looking Skin

by Marcia Sommariva

To obtain beautiful skin it is vital to maintain a healthy diet. Colorful fruits and vegetables, low-fat proteins, nuts and beans are all good examples of healthy foods. When you don’t eat life supporting elements, your skin may look dull, tired and dehydrated, even yellow or gray in pallor.

  1. Avocados

*A good source of biotin

*Prevent dry skin and brittle nails

*Help hydrate skin

  1. Green Tea-

*Antioxidants and polyphenols

*Help to reduce UV rays that may prevent skin cancer and other cancers

  1. Tomatoes-

*Provide lycopene and carotenoids

*These nutrients help slow down aging and cellular damage

  1. Salmon-

*great protein food with Astaxanthin, a nutrient that improves skin elasticity and decrease signs of aging

  1. Eggs-

*Contains biotin which repairs skin and is an essential vitamin to protect against dry skin

  1. Pomegranates / Berries-

*High in antioxidants repair and heal collagen

*Protect cells from further damage and pre-mature aging

  1. Walnuts-

*A great way to add Omega-3’s

*Hydrate and protect against inflammation

  1. Beans-

*These proteins break down into amino acids (building blocks of protein.)

*Support repair and rejuvenate collagen and structure of skin

  1. Water-

*A vital element to hydrate the skin

  1. Other Foods-

*Turkey, Tuna, Brazil Nuts: all a good source of Selenium, a nutrient that fights cancer.

Nutrition plays a major factor in building and repairing, the skin’s internal structure; and is crucial in preventing pre-mature aging. For younger, radiant skin include these healthy foods in your diet.

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