Correcting an imbalance within the digestive system is really a rather simple process. But because we are so exposed to information, supplements, and extensive treatment options, we are not aware of just how easy it can be. We have the tendency to complicate what's simple and simplify what's complicated when it comes to our bodies. When it comes to our physical bodies, health, digestion, weight loss, fitness, and anything else that affects us personally, we have got to get personal. You will not do well by following, to a T, anything that is written in a book or a blog. You will not do well doing what I do, what your friends are doing, or even what your own mother is doing. You have had exposure in the womb and in life to a variety of influences on your body.....some physical and some not so physical. So when it comes to correcting an imbalance in your body, in this case digestion, you have to take all that you know about nutrition, put it aside, and make it a very personal issue. For that reason, I am a huge fan of the combination of Ayurveda and Intuitive Eating.
When I say Intuitive Eating....I do not mean that when you feel the "craving" for chocolate that you should go and eat chocolate. But rather, what is your body telling you that it needs vs what is your dietary theory telling you you have to or should eat. Eating intuitively is a practice that needs to be built over time in which you pay close attention not just to the quality of the foods you're eating, but how those foods impact YOUR body as a whole. There are plenty of healthy foods out there that would wreak havoc on my body that I simply cannot tolerate. For example, in Ayurveda, they propose for my body constitution that cinnamon would be a potent anti-inflammatory and would work really well for me. But when I eat anything with cinnamon, I get rashes, hives, and breakouts that will leave me flared up for months. This also goes for coffee, eggplant, and tomatoes. Salads tear my stomach apart but if I steam, roast, or sautee my veggies, I can eat a mile high plate full of any veggies that I want. You get the point? Good!!
Ayurveda is along the lines of intuitive eating, from my perspective anyway, in that it takes the individual person as a whole, their history, their specific imbalance, and their emotional well-being into consideration as well. You see, emotions are the driving point for those cravings in your body. And when we are balanced, we make better choices regarding our food consumption. When we eat balanced and for what our specific needs are, we feel better physically and emotionally. It's a specific feedback loop.....one that cleansing in and of itself cannot correct if you do not align and stay aligned with your body's needs. It takes practice. It takes tuning and tapping in to how you feel in a given moment, from meal to meal, week to week, year to year. Making adjustments as needed......not as what is written out by someone who isn't in your body, someone who doesn't emote according to how you are feeling, or someone who has experienced, first hand, what it is like to feel what you are feeling.
There are no two people, even if they verbalize how they are feeling, who experience the same condition or imbalance the same. No two people experience the same pain, the same cramping, the same inflammation the same. Our bodies are in fact, very unique; and as such, we must treat them in a very unique manner.
With that in mind, should you decide to take on a cleansing protocol whether it be Hydrotherapy or any other protocol, remember to pay close attention to how you are feeling. There is never (EVER) a program that should take you so far out of your body that you feel sick all the time. There is an introductory phase to cleansing that is critical before the actual cleanse to mitigate any kind of Herxheimer's reaction and to help ease your body during the cleanse and transition you back to the state you were intended to be in.
The trick is to check in with your body. What is it that doesn't feel right? Be specific. What are you doing that is contributing to this imbalance? How does it make you feel physically and emotionally.
I am not a big fan of tracking all your food and water, etc. But it can be extremely beneficial initially to write down, for a week, what you eat, and not only what you eat, but how you feel immediately after, a few hours after, and the day after. Note how your body feels. Any skin inflammation. Sleep patterns. Emotions. Bowel habits. ETC!!
You do this for a week, then go from there. You never just jump into a radical cleanse. Restoring the body takes time. It's not a 10-day purge your body of toxins, and your magically healthy. You may be causing more damage than it's worth......
Get Personal and proceed from there.