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Signs you need a cleanse

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There are times when I feel like I want to give my body a break. This happens when I’ve over indulged in food (I love to eat it ), and wine.  Living in wine country will do that!  You’ve probably had this experience yourself at one time or another.

The idea of a body refresh sounds about perfect right now, you can get it here or read on about signs and symptoms of overload and get the download that includes a symptoms checker.

What happens when we stray, or don’t give our body the nutrients it needs, we suffer the consequences.  What does that feel like? Do any of these symptoms sound familiar: sluggish digestion, fatigue, skin break outs, gas and bloating, interrupted sleep, headaches.

Find out about the different symptoms by clicking on the link and checking off the symptoms that apply to you which may indicate it’s time to give yourself some TLC. get the hand out here .

Do detox diets and cleanses really work? Actually, I don’t know. What I know is that detoxing and cleanses are common buzz words and it seems most everyone I come in contact with has been on a detox, just finishing a detox, or going on a detox.

I definitely have an opinion about it but I would rather focus on what I know for sure: The liver kidneys, lungs, digestive system and skin are the most effective tools for detoxification not some 10 day cleansing kit, tea or special diet.

Before you spend your hard earned money on your next detox kit, “skinny” tea, juice cleanse or special diet remember this, your body does a beautiful job of detoxing all on its own!

It’s possible for our natural detoxification systems to become overburdened for a number of reasons including poor lifestyle choices, exposure to toxic chemicals, medications, even stress can produce more chemicals that need to be detoxed.

For most of us, the natural reaction is to reduce consumption.  Now that’s a good plan, but with my knowledge in nutrition and the body’s amazing ability to detoxify and cleanse, I know there’s more to it than simply “cutting back.”

And given that the liver is the workhorse when it comes to detoxification, I am inspired to boost the process by adding specific nutrients; those foods and nutrients that boost our body’s ability to detoxify.

That’s what my 7 day body refresh is all about. A way to get your body back in balance, so you can feel lighter and more energized in a few short days. You can get it here.

What are your thoughts on detoxification kits and cleanses?

Medical Disclaimer The information contained herein is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health professional. Always consult your doctor for all diagnoses, treatments, and cures for any diseases or conditions, as well as before changing your diet, taking supplements or making any changes to your health care regimen

Do Detox diets and cleanses really work?

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Updated July, 2020

On January 5 I held a presentation titled Understanding Detoxification.  Given the popularity of the topic and the time of year, I suspected I would get a decent turnout. I was not disappointed.

As the registration process began people kept commenting on how badly they needed a detoxification protocol, not uncommon after the Christmas  and New Year festivities.

As the presentation evening approached I started getting nervous because I had no intention of talking about detoxification protocols, kits, cleanses, fasting or special drinks(other than drinking plenty of pure water) as a means of achieving the ultimate detox!

What I really wanted to talk about was how the body performs the detoxification process naturally, on a regular basis and the type of nutrition and lifestyle strategies that support the body systems that perform the process. In fact, if toxins actually accumulated in the body we would have all suffered a rather unpleasant fate or require serious medical intervention.

I also thought it important that people understand that toxins are not just something “out there” and that we, through our normal state of metabolism generate toxins-yes, really!

External toxins in the form of environmental toxins, pollution, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and additives in foods, personal care and household cleaning products and other harmful compounds are indeed a cause for concern and are best avoided.

Is a cleanse or a detox more effective at eliminating toxins than our liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin and lungs? There is no solid evidence that supports this claim.

The best thing to do is keep these organs of elimination healthy and allow them to do the work they are so elegantly designed to do.

For most people that’s about as exciting as the old adage eat well and exercise.  I did not have a magic bullet, but that’s the truth when it comes to detoxification. Just ask Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta and the Author of two books: The Cure for Everything, Untangling the twisted messages about health fitness and happiness and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: when celebrity culture and science clash.

Mr.Caulfield has spent many years studying the impact of celebrity culture on our health decisions and according to his research many of the evidence free health trends would not have become billion dollar industries without celebrity endorsements and that includes detoxification.

The reality of it is that achieving and maintaining good health requires a sustained and continuous effort and your body will reward you by functioning optimally. Over indulging during holidays, celebrations and special events does not mean all that good work is undone; your body will remind you through some unpleasant responses that there is a better way.

As for detoxification the debate goes on.  For me the evidence is not very convincing.  I’m sticking to the old adage of eat well (which also seems confusing to most people) and exercise.

Here are some simple tips to support your body’s detoxification process:

  • Eat real food and enjoy foods in their natural state.  Focus on fruits and vegetables as they play a major role in a health body and contain compounds that help the body deal with ingested chemicals. Foods that stimulate or contain the antioxidant Glutathione, which heavily involved in the detoxification function. In fact , Glutathione is recognized as our master antioxidant.
  • Take a break between meals.  This allows your body to digest more completely and helps the body perform, what I call it’s “scavenger duties” (clean up of stored toxins).  This is particularly effective during the overnight fast-meaning when we are asleep.
  • Move, get some exercise and sweat.  Our skin is a major elimination organ.
  • Get enough quality sleep to support the brain’s detoxification system. Poor sleep has also been linked to short and long term health consequences such as obesity, stress, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • The kidneys are a major elimination organ, support them with plenty of hydrating fluids including pure water.
  • Be aware of food allergies and note any food intolerances.  This can impair digestion and disrupt nutrient uptake.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Take care when choosing personal care and household cleaning products.  The chemicals used in many of these products are absorbed through the skin and inhaled by the lungs and contribute to our toxic load.
  • Remember to breathe!
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Disclaimer
The information contained herein is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health professional. Always consult your doctor for all diagnoses, treatments, and cures for any diseases or conditions, as well as before changing your health care regimen.