What do the brain, liver, and sleep have in common?
When a liver is overburdened with toxicity, it cannot remove toxins from the body, effectively. This causes an accumulation of toxicity in the blood and eventually the brain, triggering a downward health spiral of poor mental functioning, negative changes in personality, and debilitating changes in sleep habits.
“You should be able to go to bed, fall asleep within ten minutes, and not wake up until morning, after 7-8 hours. You should feel refreshed upon rising. Sound familiar? Not for most people …” Dr. Stephen Gangemi, DC.
When you have sleep problems, for example, you can’t get to sleep, stay asleep, or are restless, this increases the accumulation of toxicity in your blood and cells. You are adversely affected by a lack of sleep because your liver and brain have a reduced capability of detoxifying your body at night. Your liver, your key detoxification organ, is most active between 1 to 3 a.m. The deep restorative stage 4 (REM) of sleep allows your body to heal, repair, and detoxify more effectively.
Yes, but if you can’t sleep, why try?
“If you typically get less than 6 hours of sleep, you may have up to a fourfold increase risk for stroke compared with those who get 7 to 8 hours of sleep and more” – a study reported to the SLEEP 2012 conference in Boston.
Strokes are reported to be the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and the USA. They are no longer a disease of old age – the National Health Service in the UK reports that strokes experienced globally by those under 65 have increased by 25%.
Margaret Thatcher, former U.K. prime minister, was renowned for needing only four hours sleep at night. Was it a coincidence that towards the end of her life she experienced a series of mini-strokes that developed into stroke-induced dementia and, finally, took her life?
Sleep is a long-term investment
“Over time, poor sleep or insufficient sleep leads to a body that is unable to repair itself adequately and increases the risk for migraines, fibromyalgia, autoimmune issues, obesity, and heart disease. “ Dr. Mark Wiley, Ph.D., OMD, MSM.
Dr. Wiley goes on to explain that new research suggests even more reasons why we must get our full amount of sleep. Maiken Nedargarrd, M.D., and his group at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have discovered that, while we sleep, the brain is detoxing and protecting us from the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Toxins in the blood and brain affect your sleep
The Environmental Working Group study in 2004 found the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in their blood. So what have you have been exposed to in through your entire life? The degree to which wastes and toxins accumulate in your body adversely affect your sleep. How can you enhance your body’s capacity to detoxify and get rid of waste while minimizing your exposure to toxins? Many diseases of our society are actually related to our inability to manage toxins. (For more details, see An Introduction to Toxicity.)
Sleep, stress, and hyper-acidity
Have you noticed lately that you are experiencing higher than normal stress levels? Have you been reacting, more than usual, with anger, frustration, irritability, low tolerance, and aggressiveness?
Stress and negative emotions cause your levels of acidity to rise higher in your body. A diet high in acids foods such as carbohydrates, sugars and sodas depletes your body’s alkaline reserves of minerals and trace elements, the fuels needed by your body to detoxify.
You can reverse that spiral
“The good news is that the diseases and symptoms stemming from environmental toxins are relatively simple to identify and correct. If the problem is toxicity, then by definition the solution is detoxification.” Lyn Hanshew, M.D.
After experiencing Detox Foot Spa sessions in which individual toxicity levels are reduced under the direction of the body’s intelligence, the most common benefit that people report is an immediate improvement in sleep.
When a person’s sleep patterns improve, so the body can begin to improve its own natural detoxification techniques and regain a progressive, upward health spiral.
So who doesn’t feel better after a good, restful night’s sleep? Make it a long-term investment, and it will, without doubt, bring great returns.