One question I was asked recently was “what does detoxification have to do with improving sleep”?
Well, there are a myriad of reasons for this and I’ll name just a few.
First off, let me say that we all have Bugs in our gut… meaning healthy or unhealthy bacteria, viruses, other microorganisms, and parasites – and we all have them.
Additionally, it is suspected that parasites are more active at night, so doing what it takes to bring balance back to our gut by decreasing unhealthy parasites, bacteria, and yeast and increasing our good healthy bacteria with the use of herbs, supplements, pre and probiotics, detoxification and building our immune system can help us sleep.
So let me explain…
I belief we all have some level of Dysbiosis or unhealthy and improper balance of flora and bacteria and other microorganisms in our gut. This impart, is due to the toxic food and water we consume, and the general toxicity we now live in.
This creates a challenge for our body’s natural homeostatic functions. Homeostasis is a word we use to describe our body’s ability to maintain a state of healthy balance so that all of our 50 trillion cells are able to live in harmony, keeping us alive and healthy.
As we look at this more closely, we realize that what used to be a healthy microbiome (this is the healthy balance of bacteria and microorganisms) in our gut has now become an unhealthy battling ground for many different bacteria, viruses, parasites and other pathogens, struggling to take over real estate control of our gut.
Much of our immune system sits in our gut. Since our immune system maintains and occupies a large portion of itself in and around our gut wall, it tries to maintain integrity between ourselves and what it sees as “other.” Its job is to keep the “other” out while letting good healthy nutrients in.
At this point, I think we have all heard of “Leaky Gut” which is really code for, allowing unwanted things like (“other”) into our body, creating havoc for both our immune system and our body’s ability to maintain homeostasis.
Coincidentally, keep in mind that if you impact your digestive system in a negative way, you can also impact your brain in a negative way.
There is a well known connection between the gut and the brain through the Vagus nerve and the relationship of our intestinal barrier and the blood brain barrier.
To further explain, we have always had some friendly and unfriendly micro-organisms inside of us, I’ll call them bugs, and there is a balance that takes place between the bugs, our brain, and our immune system. This balance allows us to stay healthy. When this healthy balance is thrown off, what ensues is infection, and these infections may be low grade, chronic, and not easily recognized, and regularly appear to be concurrent with sleep issues.
Unfortunately, on a daily basis, due to the toxic soup we live in, this balance is being shifted toward the unhealthy, creating unrest and chaos, not only at the level of our gut, brain and immune system, but at a cellular level.
On a more philosophical and esoteric level, I would say that this imbalance is also showing up in our society as a whole, and that our bodies are a small microcosm of what is really happening out in the world.
This can also be recognized as inflammation and we have all heard about inflammation being at the root cause of all chronic diseases.
As you begin to see the vastness of how one system is impacted by toxins and how this flows into so many other systems, all causing inflammation at the cellular level, (and understand that we basically we live and die at the cellular level), you can begin to understand the vastness of the complications and why our sleep, which lies at the fundamental center of our night time health can be severely impacted by the toxins we are exposed to.
So with this in mind, removing toxins allows the body to begin to get back to a healthier state of homeostasis and allows our intelligent innate life control center to return our bodies back to a healthier state.
In conclusion, I have always found that doing a detoxification program can help people improve their sleep and during this detoxification program I always address their gut function too.