The Truth About How Long It Takes To Heal? What Everyone Should Know


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I get asked the question “How long does it take to heal”  a lot and the answer – of course – is “it depends” and the reason it depends is because

1 – toxicity levels are different for everyone

2 – some people have a strong constitution and are less sensitive and others get a migraine from eating more produce and so we have to take it slower

What you also should understand is that healing comes in layers and phases.

Phase 1 Healing – the body will heal the most urgent pressing issues.  That may or may not be the symptom or condition you were hoping to get resolved.  But your body has a wisdom and you can’t force it to do things out of order. Think of this like a nurse in the ER room, triaging patients for what / who is the most critical.  Killing pathogens and “taking out the garbage”, ie detox, are both high priorities for your body!

Phase 2 Healing – deeper healing occurs and people notice that their vision prescription improves, their liver spots lighten, hair darkens or less grey appearing, stamina improves and muscle mass starts to  make a rebound.  If we were doing DEXA bone scans, we would start to see improvements in bone mass.

Phase 3 Healing – root causes of illness have been addressed, repairs have been or are being made to essential tissues (nerves!), and instead of using every single nutrient that comes its way, the body can now start storing vitamins, minerals, hydration, phytonutrients etc for a rainy day.   I was thinking about this this morning as I watered my garden.   I provide my plants nutrients every couple weeks and they store some of that until the next application.    This is when we see the fine lines in fingernails and toe nails disappear.  It’s not life threatening and good nail health requires a healthy liver, chock full of zinc and high quality protein, so nails might get stronger initially but I often don’t see the dents and vertical lines disappear until stage 3 of healing.

What also factors in to how long it takes to heal is to be honest about how long you’ve been sick, or had health issues.    Were you born sick, like me and you have 54 years of disease on some level to reverse?    Did you have acne or ear infections and took antibiotics?  Childhood asthma but it went away?   It counts!

I was taught at Bastyr University that as a practitioner, I should plan on one month of healing for each year my patient has been sick.  Using myself as an example, that is 4.5 years since I was born sick.   And that equation nails it.  I radically transformed my own treatment protocol and lifestyle when I got sick the fall of 2015.   Here it is, almost the fall of 2020.  There was a pretty significant motor vehicle accident in the middle of this 4 years, and it was a huge setback.  But even then, my body had to work it’s way through things and we can only do so much at a time.  Just like it’s unrealistic to lose 100# in 3 months, 6 months or maybe even a year…’s unrealistic to heal root causes in a few months or even a year.  I feel bulletproof these days but I know that when I look back a year from now, I”ll feel EVEN BETTER!  I expect my receding gums to start growing back.  And my muscle mass to continue to grow.


How long does it take to heal:   1 to 2.5 years.   And of course it depends on all those things we just discussed.

I know it seems like a long time, but once you get your fire built up nice and strong, a wet log here and there doesn’t do the damage like it did before.  And once you’ve really put a dent in getting rid of toxins, heavy metals, and you learn how to keep the holes in the boat plugged, you’ll reap those benefits for life!!!

And for a little hopium, some things start to resolve in weeks.  Bloating can improve, energy improves, joint pain and inflammation start to ease up, and depression can start to lift.   But in order to actually restore damaged tissue in joints, it’s going to take longer right?   Re read that information above about the healing phases.

Healing – true healing – is like a part time job for awhile.  But then it becomes a lifestyle.  And for the most part, you just keeping taking two steps forward with an occasional step backward as old layers peel off.

If you would like some specific action steps, here’s a few to get you started:

1 – get a good quality water filter as discussed in the video.  It’s important for your drinking water but also your shower water!!

2 – drink a gallon of high quality filtered or spring water a day and add fresh lemon or lime juice to revitalize the water

3 – start eating AT LEAST 9 servings of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens a day.  I discuss serving sizes in the video.  Raw produce still has it’s hydration in the natural state.  Our bodies are 70% water.  Drink up and eat more fruit, salads, and lightly steamed veggies.

4 – keep it raw and fat free til lunch every day, so that your liver can maximize the work he did overnight for you.  And be sure to drink at least a quart of water when you wake up.  Before you do anything else.  So that you flush out all of the processed toxins from the day before.

5 – get a timer for your router and have it shut off the internet from bedtime until you get up.   For us, it shuts off at 10 PM and comes back on at 6 AM.  Johny gets up before me, and I tend to stay up later than he does but those times work for us.  All those EMF’s suppress your immune system, even while you are sleeping!

6 – movement is critical and what you do will be unique to you and your current level of health but I throw out a few ideas on the video.  Rebounding is ideal and you can learn more here. 

I hope you enjoyed this and found some value in it.  If you are doing these things consistently, congratulations!!!  If not, giddy up!


💜 Tracy

Americas Virtual and Integrative Nutritionist
Food & Health Expert
I help people with chronic and mystery illness recover their health.
Specializing in Immune Dysfunction, Gastrointestinal Conditions, Neurological Disorders, and Toxicity issues
CEO & Founder of Healthy Lifestyles, Inc (since 1999)

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

Tracy helps people with chronic & mystery illness restore their health