5 Essential Reasons To Detox

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What is Detoxification?

Detoxification, or detox, takes place when toxins are removed from the body.

Toxins include:

  • pollution
  • pesticides and preservatives in the foods we eat
  • second-hand cigarette smoke
  • bad bacteria
  • chronic infections
  • stress
  • negative thought patterns.

Due to the many  harmful effects of the toxins, there are several reasons to detox.

detoxFive Reasons to Detox

  1. It helps prevent disease, and can reverse disease processes.
  2. Results in more energy, and an improved sense of well-being.
  3. Weight Loss–Toxins like to hide in fat cells. More body fat leads to a higher toxic load on the body, which often leads to disease.
  4. Increased health and efficiency of the digestive system.
  5. It can help bodily organs and systems work better and more efficiently.

Due to chronic illness, I’ve become more aware of toxins in the foods we eat, the air we breathe and the cleaning and beauty products we use. I believe detoxification can benefit anyone, healthy or otherwise.

You might like to check out 5 Easy Ways to Detox. Hopefully you’ll find some new ideas that help you too!


Do you detox? What tips would you add to this list?

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I’m Gonna Soak Up The Sun

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Soak Up The Sun

My favorite place to visit is the beach. The long drive (or occasional, flight) from Missouri is always worth it. When I’m at the beach with my family it seems like all is right with the world. Laying in the warm sun, feeling the sand between my toes and listening to the waves gently crash on the shore gives me a deep sense of peace and contentment.

This summer we took the family to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a week of “fun in the sun”. One day my daughter, Maddie, and I were out in the ocean (only a couple of days before more than a hundred sharks were spotted) and I was attempting to “teach” her how to ride the waves on a pool mattress.

I turned my back for a few seconds and was overcome by a giant wave, flipping me over and underwater. Once I was able to stand up (gracefully, of course 😉 we were both laughing uncontrollably. (Even though I lost my favorite sunglasses in the ocean in the midst of the fun and excitement) It was a memorable day I’ll not soon forget.

Taking time away from busy schedules to spend time outdoors with family and friends is healthy for our physical and mental well-being. You may enjoy the beach, the mountains, the lake, spending time at a beautiful park or even your backyard.

Breathing fresh air is invigorating and being in the sun is vital for the production of Vitamin D. Surprisingly, many Americans are deficient in this essential vitamin. So make time to get outside and soak up the sun.


What do you like to do in the sun?

Share your thoughts and comments below!


To read more about the importance of Vitamin D you might like to read 4 Nutritional Supplements Everyone Should Take.

(Check out this acoustic version of Sheryl Crow singing Soak Up the Sun.)

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Living With Lyme Disease, Part 1

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Before getting bit by 2 tiny ticks (on 2 separate occurrences, 2 and a half months apart) in the spring of 2012 and being diagnosed with Lyme disease I was healthy and active, enjoying life with my busy family and teaching Early Childhood Special Education.

I was physically fit and active, running, walking, and doing yoga and Pilates. Most of all, I enjoyed spending time with family and friends and being outside.

Lyme Disease Strikes

After the tick bites I became very ill and unable to get out of bed for several days.

I had horrible migraines, muscle aches, a high fever, and was throwing up. I was lethargic and so dizzy I could barely stand. My coloring was pale and my family and friends could tell by looking at me that something was very wrong.

Initially, I went to the doctor and told him about finding a tick on my back in a hard-to-reach area. He asked if I had been to the northeastern United States or if I had a bulls-eye rash. I’ve never been to the northeastern states, and didn’t ever notice getting a bulls-eye rash, although I have had all sorts of strange rashes since then.

No medical testing was performed, but the doctor said I had “tick fever”. When I asked the doctor if that was the same as Lyme disease he said that you can’t get Lyme disease in Missouri.

Much to the detriment of patients throughout the United States, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unfortunately, the doctor sent me home to recover and said it might take a few days to recover.

Learning About Lyme Disease “The Hard Way”

Four weeks later I still felt very ill, like I had a bad case of the flu. It was getting more difficult to work, sleep and keep my normal everyday routine because I was so uncomfortable and tired.

I made another appointment to see a different doctor and get a second opinion, and he said pretty much the same thing. He asked if I had visited the northeastern US. I never have. He told me to watch for a bulls-eye rash, but (supposedly) if I didn’t see one, the illness would run its course and I would get better.

I’ve learned since then that less than 50% of people with Lyme disease remember getting any sort of rash. He ran tests for Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses, but they all came back negative. Unfortunately, Lyme screening tests are notoriously inaccurate and produce many false negatives.

Lyme disease is an illness that’s hard to comprehend unless you’ve experienced it yourself. To say that Lyme has changed my life is an understatement. But, even on my most difficult days, I have so much that I’m thankful for.

I would like to share more of my story later, but it’s long and I don’t want to overwhelm you. I’ve talked to many other people who have had the same experiences, being told Lyme disease didn’t occur where they live and not received prompt and proper treatment. I believe it’s essential to share our stories with others to bring light to the truth about Lyme, uncovering all the misconceptions (even within the medical community) along the way. Thanks for reading.


Have you ever been bitten by a tick and gotten sick? If so, what tests (if any) were performed and what treatment were you given? Do you feel better now?

Please leave your comments and questions below so we can learn from each other. XO, Lori


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My Favorite Vegetable Is Ice Cream!

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Hi there, I’m Lori Geurin, and my last name rhymes with Karen. Welcome to my first blog post! I’m excited to be starting this new adventure! I’m glad you’re here and hope you find my site useful and encouraging. I have so many things I want to write about and share with you. I look forward to getting to know you and learning so much through this process. I’m thankful for this opportunity.

I’ve been passionate about nutrition, fitness and healthy living for as long as I can remember. But in recent years, my health has been a constant struggle.

Since 2012, I’ve been battling Lyme disease, along with many other health issues related to the Lyme. I spend much of my days focused on how to get better and how to help prevent others from having to go through what I have.

And part of that journey to health is trying to eat healthy and take care of my body.

My Favorite Vegetable Is Ice Cream

I’m not saying that I have all the answers, workout everyday, or eat a perfectly healthy diet because that wouldn’t be true.

Confession – I’ve always had a sweet tooth and love ice cream. But in recent years my consumption of sweets has been drastically reduced, which for me is a good thing. I like to keep things real, even if that means telling on myself sometimes.

Making Progress

But, I know a little more than I did last year, and a bit more than the year before that, so hopefully I’m moving in the right direction. Right?

Delicious vegetables!

So pull up a chair, grab a bowl of ice cream, uh…I  mean kale (or at least broccoli), and enjoy! I actually do enjoy love veggies. 🙂

Committing yourself to a healthy life requires hard work, dedication and a willingness to learn.

I believe in you! I also believe that there is strength in numbers.

Sharing our health journeys and encouraging each other along the way can make a huge impact in the lives of others. So let get to know each other!


What’s your favorite veggie? How can I help support you on your health journey?

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