Signposts: Hair, nails, skin, eyes

helpAn important part of reversing ill health is marking signs of recovery. Knowing whether or not you are making progress or even regressing is imperative. There are two means of doing this yourself, inside and outside.

Know Thyself. In spite of what you may have been led to believe, no one knows you like you do. Others do not feel what you feel.

Even two people having a similar experience won’t truly have the same experience.

If you don’t already, begin paying attention to how you feel after you eat foods, drink beverages, including water**, and take any medications or supplements.

You don’t need expensive medical tests to tell you what you already know. If you eat or drink something and feel badly afterward? There’s a good chance you should strike it from the menu.

Mirror Mirror. If you aren’t comfortable looking in the mirror you might want to learn to be. It’s a great feedback tool during your recovery.

There will be days you’ll want to check your reflection several times in order to see the physical effects of various aspects of your recovery efforts.

Hair. If you had curly hair and it goes straight, that’s a sign that something is out of whack.

When I began taking birth control pills, my naturally curly hair went poker straight. When I quit taking them the curls returned.

 As you bring your minerals back into balance, your hair color may change.

 When I was at the height of copper detox, my hair turned almost black, then red, then auburn, then finally back toward my natural color.

Grey will fade and your natural color will return. This happens real time.   If you were losing hair it may begin to grow back.

Depending on the length of the imbalance and any other damage done by medications or procedures this may not be your experience.

My experience was so dramatic that my hair stylist took notice.  He’s far too polite to say anything, but I guessed by his expression he was wondering if I was coloring my hair elsewhere or at home. I told him about the mineral rebalancing and he smiled. He’d certainly learned the effects of minerals on hair in beauty school.

My hair also began to grow much faster.

 Nails. For years, I was unable to grow my nails. They were weak and tore and I had a place on my left thumbnail that was constantly ripping. Since it was about halfway down the nail it was more than annoying, it was painful. After balancing my minerals my nails began to grow strong and healthy. I also found myself filing them more frequently as they grew very quickly.

Interestingly, when I polished them red for the holidays, they immediately softened and most of them ripped. It took weeks after I removed the polish for the nails to strengthen.

Skin. When I lived in the East Bay, I lost a few nights sleep due to skin that would not stop itching. I scratched til it bled. Topical Benadryl worked somewhat but only getting away from fault lines brought relief.

Turns out, this was more likely from severe potassium deficiency than the geologic fault lines.

I now know that if my skin starts to itch, I need more potassium.

Since rebalancing my minerals, I’ve also noticed my skin is not as dry. The winter air means I need to moisturize a couple days a week but for the most part I no longer need moisturizer.

Eyes. Those dark circles are just as likely to be from a food intolerance than lack of sleep. Known as allergic rhinitis, this condition occurs when the body’s immune system releases histamines due to an allergen.

I check my eyes after eating foods. If I develop dark circles I know the food is stressing my immune system.

I have found taking a niacinamide along with an alpha-lipoic acid supplement will help my liver process the toxin and the circles go away.

Please understand that at this stage in my recovery I have things down to a routine that matches my particular situation. It takes a lot of trial and error. This is why it’s good to pay close attention to your body and how it reacts to what you expose it to, inside and out.

Be sure you have proper lighting when looking in the mirror. My family kept telling me my eyes looked fine but when I looked in my bathroom mirror, I saw dark circles. I went and checked a mirror next to a window and saw that my eyes were fine. The poor lighting in my bathroom had given the illusion I had dark circles when I didn’t.

It also made my hair look darker than it was.

When it comes to monitoring your progress, do as Qua Gon Jinn advised and Be Mindful!

** Not everyone needs eight 8 ounce glasses of water. If I drink more than 3 to 4 I begin to shake. My temperature drops and I feel icky.  Do what your body tells you that you need.

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