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Stress Ritual

  blog post author icon   blog post published date icon   01/29/11

Detoxification Support  Disease  Stress  

Every week, it seems, I learn something new that will help me in my recovery from Interstisial Cystitis and Graves Disease.

Every week, it seems, I learn something new that will help me in my recovery from Interstisial Cystitis and Graves Disease, both auto immune conditions that cause pain, swelling, and general exhaustion. Last weekend, I experienced something I'd like to share with you. It's called: European Detox Ritual.

I went to the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan to a well known spa. My husband had meetings all day, and I had some time to kill. I had a bladder infection, and severe bladder pain due to my IC (which damages the lining of your bladder even when you're not sick), and didn't want a massage, or anything touching me. So they suggested a European Detox.

It began with a long soak in a very hot whirlpool tub, and at least two glasses of ice water. Then a cool shower, and a trip to the dry sauna and another two glasses of water. Then another cool shower. Next was another soak in the tub and when I got too hot to stand it (and after more water), I took another cool shower. After that, it was a steam room with eucalyptus and lots of ice water to drink. Another cool shower, another dip in the tub, then a last refreshing shower. It took hours to complete all this!

Boy did I sweat- and I don't typically sweat easily! And I drank, and drank, and drank water. But amazingly, when I was done, my bladder pain and fever were gone! My husband and I were so impressed, I went back the next day and did it again along with a one hour restorative yoga session. After day two, my tension headache, bladder pain, and joint swelling were all gone!

This reminded me: People with auto immune, but everyone in general, need to find a way to detox. The stress we chronically suffer from builds up. For some people, the stress comes out physically- like illness or pain. For others, it's a bad temper or depression, but be assured, stress effects us all!

So find your way to de-stress and detox and do your body, soul, and mind a favor!

Libby Wright, author of Your Healthy Life Concierge blog

Libby Wright, mother of four who homeschools, is an original founder of in 2010. She suffered through challenging diseases including Interstitial Cystitis, Graves and Lyme. After years of little progress with traditional medicine, she pursued integrative medicine, applied what she learned, and got healthier. She became passionate about wanting others to experience the same "relief" she had come to know, and was born. She is now managing her illness with a lot of prayer, a lot of nutrition/supplements, and a little prescription medicine. She has been able to resume her normal life and, while there is no cure for her particular conditions, she is able to cope, enjoy every day, and encourage others.

Learn more about Libby Wright.

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