This week’s topic is cleansing and detoxification. Cleansing means different things to different people. Here is my take on it. Simply put, a detox is when a person makes diet and lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins. These lifestyle changes typically involve abstaining from certain harmful things and increasing beneficial things. It also involves improving the functioning of key organs and ensuring elimination is optimal. You can do this for a short time or if you are loving the feeling, stick with it. There are also package cleanses on the market but I recommend you don’t use them until a professional gives you the green light. Under the wrong circumstances these cleanses can be harmful.
Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects. “Toxin” refers to all the metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm.
The source of many health issues are the toxins that are in our water, food and the air we breathe. We are in constant contact with toxins in every facet of our lives. It is hard to remove them all but it is important to do what we can to defend ourselves against them.
The good news is our body has processes to defend us and regular cleansing keeps them working effectively.
Here are the key aspects (7 day cleanse)
1. Increase fresh raw fruit, herbs and vegetables.(or lightly cooked veg)
2. Avoid coffee, caffeine, pop, stimulants, dairy, white sugar, animal protein, oil (only a small amount of EVOO is okay), processed food.
3. Whole grains only.
4. Drink plenty of pure water. (previous newsletter)
5. Include detoxifying herbal teas.
6. Include strategic supplementation.
7. Minimize stress!!
This is enough to give our liver and digestive system a break and to hit reset on our eating, sleep and lifestyle habits. Reevaluate, move forward and pay attention to how food REALLY makes you feel. Do cleanses monthly if this feels right for you. Intuitively our body know what it needs. Listen to it!!
Important to Remember
Don’t panic if you experience headaches, body aches, fatigue or depression. These may be felt as the body rids itself of toxins. It just means you are detoxing too quickly. Ensure you are still eating good quality food and keeping your bowels moving. If this part goes well you can be a bit more aggressive later.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a disease and are under a doctor’s care please consult with them before proceeding with a cleanse.
Please reach out to me if you need further guidance.