Reflections on Health and Direction in the New Year

As we close out the year, taking a moment to reflect on the past, and our desired direction for the future, can be insightful. Both the accomplishments and challenges of the year(s) past help to shape us – they build character, wisdom, and an ability to experience greater compassion for ourselves, and the challenges of others. By taking a moment to reflect upon the year past, we are better able to shape and direct the activities of tomorrow, whether this be making changes in a job, our relationships, or addressing other aspects of our health and lifestyle.

If health has been a challenge of the year past, you are not alone. Many people face chronic illness, whether it be diabetes, autoimmune disease, allergies, mental health challenges, or other symptoms for which a diagnosis eludes us. We struggle with the health systems, and lack of improvements when offered standard care. Often, the best standard treatment only stabilizes the disease, with potential side effects that are greatly concerning. The vast population with an autoimmune disease know this far too well, as the risks associated with immunosuppression include not only infection and illness, but increased risks of malignancy as well.[1] If treatment includes a glucocorticoid, the risks also include weight gain, insulin resistance, and osteoporosis.[2] The medications compound, as we are offered an anti-diabetic or bone supportive prescription which also have their own array of potential side effects such as further weight gain or gastrointestinal reflux.

Although chronic illness manifests outwardly in different types of diseases, environmental toxicities and the health of the gut can contribute to the development of all these conditions.[3],[4],[5],[6],[7] Even though the medical community has a growing understanding of this, treatments directed at these contributing factors will take decades to gain acceptance, and for many of us, that may not be within our lifetime. As such, the burden lies on us to seek out practitioners and solutions that holistically address our health, and consider the many contributing factors if we truly want to heal from or prevent chronic disease.

Detoxification, although often grossly simplified as a week or month-long change in diet, with the occasional supportive supplement or yoga class, has the potential to play a far more significant role in bringing the body back to health than just this temporary change. Effective detoxification supplements and protocols exist that are capable of removing these toxic substances, restoring a healthy microbial balance in the gut, and replenishing the body’s protective antioxidant systems, while qualified practitioners who use these tools can easily be found. If you are contemplating how you can support your health in the new year, a comprehensive detoxification program just may be the restore, rebalance, and reinvigorate solution that you are seeking.

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At Quicksilver Scientific, we also embrace our accomplishments of the past, and move forward to our future. We look forward to being a part of your health journey, continuing to provide you with educational resources, the highest quality supplements, and superior detoxification packages and protocols. Happy New Year to all, and with it may you prosper and find restoration!

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