As I was going through the process of healing my thyroid disease, every four months my body and bloodwork changed. Each time it changed my doctors informed me that I had a new version of my disease – first it was hyperthyroid, then it was hypothyroid then it was Hashimoto’s. They always offered some type of medication to stop what my body was naturally doing: readjusting itself and healing the condition. It took two years for my thyroid to heal. Some people’s conditions heal more quickly and others need more time. Every body is unique and heals at it’s own pace. Most people forget, or have never been taught, that healing takes time. In fact, when clients and students ask, “How long will it take for me to heal?”, it’s often spoken with a sense of dread. Many folks begin incorporating an improved diet and lifestyle and then erroneously expect to be healed overnight. And, when it doesn’t happen as quickly as they want, they get completely stressed out. Stress is one of the leading causes of disease. Once we take on the healing process and alter our diet, lifestyle and consciousness, we need to begin trusting that our body is doing what it needs at the pace it needs to do it. Lack of trust in the ability of the human body can actually impede the natural flow of healing. Many years ago I read a book, Healing Ourselves, by Naboru Muramoto. It had a profound effect on my thoughts about healing. It was based on Chinese medicine and ancient healing techniques. Muramoto stated, “According to biologists, it takes 120 days for the red blood globules to change completely. This means there is a 10% difference in the quality of blood within 10-12 days, which is the time it takes for the symptoms of an existing disease to disappear. In other words, although it takes 120 days for the blood to become clean, 12 days of proper eating (no chemicalized industrial food, no overeating or excess drinking) are sufficient to remove the symptoms and, in most cases, put us out of danger. It takes approximately three years to reconstruct the muscle fibers; the same applies to certain organs. But, it takes seven years to change the entire bodily constitution.” Seven years. Luckily, my own personal healing took two years. If you think about it, we don’t develop disease overnight either. No one goes to sleep and wakes up the next morning with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease or other debilitating conditions. Disease takes time to grow and it takes time to heal. Through diet, lifestyle and consciousness we can create the environment for our cells to either manifest disease or health. In Bruce Lipton’s, Biology of Belief, he divulges scientific research about genes. He shares that our environment determines whether or not genes will express themselves. Our internal environment (our cells and blood) is created by our food choices, physical environment (where we live and what we are exposed to), and our emotions, including what we think, how we react, and what we believe. Our internal environment changes as we change. It’s not rocket science. But, that simple thinking goes against everything we’ve been taught and exposed to about illness. Today, many people believe that disease is inevitable, especially if we have the “genes” for it. I have a different perspective and belief system. I want to encourage you to have a little faith in your body. Take the best possible care of your body and mind; eat great quality food, think good thoughts, de-stress, and relax. Give your body the elements it needs to create the best internal environment for healing, and then let go of the details and go with the flow. You won’t know how long it takes to heal a specific condition. Just know that it takes as long as it takes. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” Take this opportunity to give yourself the time needed to heal. Want more? You might also like: 3 Surprising Causes of Thyroid Disease and How to Combat Them! 6 Tips You Need To Know About Rebalancing Your Thyroid…Naturally My Autoimmune Journey: I Could Have Saved My Thyroid If I Knew Then What I Know Now The Diet That Changed My Life with IBS and Improved My Thyroid Symptoms You’d Never Expect These Good-for-You Habits to Be Bad for Your Thyroid Note: PLEASE consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.