Continuing from yesterday, Detoxing 101:
Over the past few decades the word “detox” has become very popular, but the principles of letting the digestive system rest in order to allow the body’s natural cleansing processes to function better have been around for centuries. Our bodies are fine-tuned machines. When we are eating the right foods, exercising, and feeling calm, our bodies can be in harmonious balance and run optimally.
Many people are aware of the benefits of detoxing and are curious about it, but feel nervous, overwhelmed, or do not know where to start. My newest Detox is very easy to follow, no matter your lifestyle, food preferences, or health goals. There are many different ways to detox, and not all of them leave you hungry or running to the bathroom all day!
This program is based on eating whole foods in season and is ideal for anyone looking to detox naturally in a safe and effective way. It is loaded with healthy meals, which include an animal, or plant- based protein to ensure you are getting key nutritional building blocks to nourish your body. By following this simple program, you are supporting your body’s enzyme function, increasing healthy oxygen levels in your blood, and regenerating your cells, tissues, and your organs. Eliminating toxins will make the machine run better, promoting weight-loss and increased energy levels.
This program was created for one simple reason: to leave you feeling revitalized after following a proven elimination diet. An elimination diet starts by taking away the foods that may be harming your system. Too often, we eat foods that create inflammation, decreasing the effectiveness of our digestion, which in turn leads to poor assimilation of nutrients and minerals. When we eat foods that do not digest properly, it can cause gut imbalances, food allergies, and even depression. Following an elimination diet allows you to reduce or eliminate unwanted symptoms such as:
- Digestive issues
- Poor bowel elimination
- Dry skin or skin problems such as eczema or acne
- Bad breath
- Brain fog
If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, or are just hoping to feel better every day, then it’s time for a simple detox. You are in the right place!
Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet, with whom I also had the good fortune to study, believes you can restore your gut and rebuild your immune system through detoxing. Gates further argues that when the body is out of balance, not only are we physically affected, but we are emotionally affected as well.
“Your body cleanses on a daily basis. It’s Nature’s gift to you that keeps illness away, gives you energy, and allows you to think clearly. But too many people are getting used to feeling “not so well”. Too many people live with the painful effects of a toxic system and remain unbalanced in their thinking, emotions, and physical health. You certainly don’t have to be one of them.”
She lists the following signs that it’s time to detoxify:
“Cravings: It seems like everyone has cravings these days. There are emotional triggers to this, but physical cravings can come from an abundance of highly processed and concentrated foods that artificially stimulate dopamine (the pleasure neurotransmitter), which plays a role in addiction. So you will “feel good” and naturally want more of the food that is making you feel good. Adding in fermented foods can help teach your body to crave what makes you really feel well. Cravings really do disappear once you detoxify.
Food Allergies: Food allergies are often a sign that you don’t have the proper beneficial microflora to absorb and assimilate the nutrients from your food. This occurs when toxins like candida yeast proliferate and cause a leaky gut.
Heart Disease: The accumulation of toxins in the body allows for increased risk of heart disease. A diet lacking in living and fermented foods can lead to malabsorption of nutrients. As a result, a domino effect of nutritional deficiencies, high cholesterol, heart attack, or even stroke can occur. Purifying the body of harmful substances is one significant way of lowering the risk of heart disease.
Adrenal Fatigue: If you are exhausted, having trouble losing weight, finding it hard to focus, or even experiencing problems in the bedroom, adrenal fatigue could be the culprit. The adrenal glands interact closely with the thyroid, liver, digestive system, brain function, and reproductive systems. When the liver and other vital cleansing organs are hindered from performing their tasks due to toxins, adrenal fatigue often results.
Mental/Emotional Instability: The hazards of allowing dangerous chemicals into the body are not limited to the physical being. Mental and emotional disorders can be caused by a toxic system, and, much like food allergies, may be corrected. Depression, anxiety, and even some eating disorders have been linked to an abundance of certain toxic substances. A build-up of harmful chemicals can block the absorption and release of beneficial chemicals, leading to an imbalance that can have negative physical, psychological, and emotional effects.”
Wow! A lot to absorb, right? This is such important information that I want you to be sure you understand how life changing this can be. If you have any questions so far or would like to leave a comment, please do so.
I have so much new and powerful information to share! If you would like the details on my newest Detox, “Shred and Revitalize”, you can follow this link!