Stage Two – Two Months
This kind of immune system grudge is difficult to treat because it often involves many systems in your body. I always encourage some basic lab tests to see which systems are under the most distress.
Talk with your Functional medicine clinician about getting these tests:
- Cortisol and DHEA balance – The Dutch Test is my favourite.
- Intestinal Permeability Test
- Mediated Release food intolerance test
- Oxidative Stress and Lipid Peroxide test
- Intestinal Pathogens Test
- Organic Acid Test (OAT)
In Stage Two, you have to calm your immune system and give it some time to learn a new and better way to be in the world and in your body.
In most cases, it is safe to do a broth fast for one day (24 hours) every week. Even if you are eating the healthiest food you can find, the basic process of digestion can be an immune system irritant. Learn more about the benefits of fasting and intermittent fasting HERE
If not eating for 24 hours sounds like more stress than you can adapt to right now, then I encourage you to consider intermittent fasting.
In Stage Two, you don’t want to stress your body very much, so an intermittent fasting cycle of 16 hours fasting, with an 8-hour feeding window, is ideal. To keep your metabolism stable, eat three times a day once per week.
Start Here: Focus on a Phase Two diet for one month and then the Phase Three diet for the next month.
If you have a condition that is highly inflammatory or have Autoimmune conditions in your family, you may get better results if you begin with one or two weeks of the Phase One Protocol.
I would also encourage you to get a health journal and keep track of your diet, sleep, stress and symptoms. There several online APPs that are free if you are engaged with modern technology. A pen and paper will always work!
If you have had your condition for more than two years, then invest two months every year doing the same protocol with a focus on detoxification. If you want some support and accountability with that process, I host an online Autoimmune Reset and Cleanse twice a year.
The last suggestion I have for anyone in Stage Two is to find a mentor about health and fitness.
Find someone that excites you about your own health. I believe that we should all have to go to a gym class every year as a part of our health insurance. Yoga is on every street corner for a reason. If you are new to practices like Qi Gong and Meditation, they are worth every second you spend learning and practicing them. You can learn more about the proven benefits of Qi Gong HERE!
I would also encourage you to seek out a local health detective who can help you discover the root cause of your situation.
Here are a few questions I ask patients in Stage Two:
What is the value of your long-term health?
How much of your energy and time is taken up with this illness process?
On a scale of one to ten, how committed are you to changing your health and your life?