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By Donna Gates.

WaterWhen we think of detoxification, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is a physical detoxification. In other words, cleaning up our diet. But there is a mental and emotional component that is equally as important.

Cleansing is not only your body’s natural way to get rid of waste or toxins, and it occurs daily in some form or another. Tears, urine, mucus, sweat – all are examples of body cleansing that we regard as very normal.

Cleansing allows our bodies to restore balance when the imbalance becomes too great and threatens our lives.

The body is designed to rid itself naturally of toxins and waste, but our exposure to environmental toxins, stress, and prescription drugs drives these toxins deeper into our systems, and they further weaken vital organs.

When we refuse to feel an emotion or when we hang on to an emotion, we create the perfect environment for disease.

Eventually, the weakened organs have no energy to eliminate toxins and fight disease; they give up the fight and the body succumbs.

Spring time in Chinese Medicine is the proper time to cleanse the body. All too often we forget about the most important aspect of a cleanse: Cleaning up our emotional and mental habits!

One of the most common things I hear lecturing is that people feel they jump from cleanse kit to cleanse kit, diet to diet, but their symptoms didn’t get resolved. That is because most of the cleanse kits available on the market today don’t cleanse on a deep cellular level and help you rewire the brain to create a new, healthy, vibrant self-definition.

Cleansing on the physical and mental level go hand and hand. This can be scary. Many of us have difficulty letting go physically and emotionally, especially if we are not working with the mind-body together.

Through techniques such as visualization, affirmations and even prayer, we can strengthen our immune systems and enhance the cleansing/healing process. If we try to heal our bodies but remain angry, stressed or guilty in our minds, the healing will take longer and be more difficult. But if we can cleanse our minds of negative, impure thoughts and emotions, replacing them with joy, love and trust, the physical cleansing and healing will be easier and more fulfilling.

As your physical body cleanses you may feel inexplicably weepy, on edge or angry. Without warning, you may feel like lashing out at someone verbally or even physically. Or you might start crying about something seemingly small. This is all part of the elimination of stored up emotional toxins connected to the physical toxins in your body—just know that these feelings are normal and it’s beneficial to release them in a safe environment.

If you want support in facing and moving through these difficult emotions, you can join me on a guided 21 Day Whole Life Detox.

Be easy on yourself through the cleansing process. Bring the healing messages of Inspire Me Today into your daily routine. Always make the space for you to experience and learn from each day during a cleanse, to relax and regenerate. Don’t ever rush. Don’t ever judge your results. Be open to the process and let your body and mind be open to creating a new you.

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Donna Gates has a mission to change the way the world eats. Over the past 25 years, she has become one of the most beloved and respected authorities in the field of digestive health, diet and nutrition, enjoying a worldwide reputation as an expert in candida, adrenal fatigue, autism, autoimmune diseases, weight loss and anti-aging.  As a nutritional consultant, author, and lecturer, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people overcome candidiasis and other immune-system disorders.

Drawing on the best of modern medical science, ancient Chinese medicine, and naturopathy-combined with first-hand experience counseling clients, she created Body Ecology™, her own proven system of health and healing. Gates has also been a key figure in revolutionizing the natural health industry by introducing and popularizing stevia, coconut oil, kefir and probiotic nutrition.

Her groundbreaking book The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies and a newly revised edition is now available through Hay House. Donna regularly appears in the media and conducts workshops to educate the public on medicinal foods. In October 2011, Donna released The Baby Boomer Diet (Hay House) focusing on the Body Ecology philosophy for anti-aging and longevity.

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  1. It’s really funny how synchronicity life can be, you see I was thinking once again just this morning how I’m sure that eating healthy has a direct correlation to your mental outlook and hear I come across your wisdom. For instance how certain things that a person consumes on the extreme end like alcohol has a direct mental effect I have noticed, far more subtle but an effect just as prevalent if I am eating a bit too much of even fruit in a day how it adversely effects me. I never eat fast food or much processed food anymore but I could imagine how much that would disrupt my mental outlook.

    Please let me know if you read this as it was over four years ago when this was published, thanks. [email protected]

    Blessed and love for you,

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