One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself this year is one of improved health and vitality.
Besides looking better naked, WHY do we need a detoxification program? Is it possible now through science to see that repairing and regenerating your cells helps you stay younger longer in a stronger, fit, energetic body? Could your symptoms including acne, diabetes, obesity, eczema, heartburn, behavioral problems, irritable bowel, high cholesterol, blood pressure and many others be related to a toxic internal environment? Do many of our pharmaceuticals just mask the symptoms? All aboard who are taking this health journey with us? Over the next 30 days, I will do a weekly blog featuring general foundational principles of Nutritional Cleansing and detoxifying your body.
WHAT exactly is a Nutritional Cleanse/ detox program and how much does it cost? Just like cleansing your skin removes impurities, nutritional cleansing is the process of eliminating wastes and toxins from the cells, organs, and the bloodstream. This is done through a change to cleansing foods, eliminating processed sludge-producing foods, and adding a series of important cleansing skills to your daily regimen. Generally there is no significant added cost but the reallocation of your food funds into smaller amounts and healthier choices.
Nutritional Cleanse tip Day 1: Smile without the Sugar!
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, overweight, candidacies, and tooth decay are some of the long list of painful motivators to avoid this white poison of refined sugar. Sugar taxes our pancreas; plays with blood sugar levels affecting fatigue and mood; feeds cancer cells, bacteria, yeast and elevates triglycerides. Some of the symptoms of too much sugar maybe fatigue, bloating, foul smelling gas, bad breath, night sweats, headache, joint pain, weight gain, acne, increased urination, craving for sweets, vaginal yeast problems of other fungal infections, weakened immune system, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. We are born liking the sweet taste so reading labels and consciously making smarter choices gives you a bigger longer lasting smile. Nearly all processed foods contain sugar because it tastes good; it is cheap preservative and will keep customers eating like pigs. It is not added to promote your health. Sugar comes in many forms so on an ingredient label list look for the word “sugar” (cane sugar); the word “syrup” ( sorghum or corn syrup are some examples); a word ending in “old” (like manitol or sorbitol), “ose” (glucose, dextrose, sucrose) or any word containing the word “malt” (maltodextrine).
Stevia, xylitol, raw honey and agave are healthy options with a low glycemic options that contain minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that give you energy, taste sweet, are low on the glycemic index but won’t give you the health challenges of refined sugars. Maple syrup, evaporated cane juice and blackstrap molasses are still healthier than refined sugar but higher on the glycemic index than the sweeteners above and may produce a higher spike in blood sugar.
Nutritional Cleanse Tip Day 2: Water Works!
Water makes up more than two thirds of human body weight, and without water as a universal solvent, we would die in a few days. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: short-term memory trouble and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. (Are you having trouble reading this? Drink up!) Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.
Coffee, tea, soda are acidic diuretics so they leech your bones of calcium and your body of water. One glass of orange juice is 4 oranges… too much sugar. Drink your water, eat your fruit. Most experts recommend 8-10 oz glasses of filtered water per day (chlorine is also acidic). Add a little fresh squeezed lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or cucumber for a beautiful “basic” twist! I have heard many patients over the years claim that apple cider vinegar helped their arthritic pain, likely because of this acid-base balancing. Drink water between meals so you don’t dilute your digestive enzymes. Visit the water calculator link here to be sure your water is working for you.
Nutritional Cleanse/Detoxification Tip Day 3: Exorcise with Exercise!
Exercise can improve your mood, energy, stamina and sex life. How many more reasons do you need to get moving? OK here’s a few more, it helps protect you from heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, enhances brain function and help manage stress. As little as three hours a week of brisk walking has been shown to halt, and even reverse, the brain atrophy that begins to occur after age 40.
Q: In a detoxification program, why is moderate exercise 20-40 min/day essential?
A: The lymph system doesn’t have a pump so your body depends on skeletal muscle contraction to liberate, circulate and eliminate toxins. Exorcize the toxic demons with Exercise!
There are as many different exercise routines that are effective, the key is to find a regular program you ENJOY that moves all body parts, incorporates strength, endurance and flexibility. Yoga, resistance training and jogging are some of my personal favorites. However you love to Rumba your Rumpa!
Nutritional Cleanse/ Detox Tip Day 4: Rid the accumulated toxins and avoid putting in more!
Where are these toxins? They are found in our air, our water, our soil, our foods and plastic containers. Could the fumes from your cleaning supplies be affecting your memory? Are your lead lipstick and mercury fillings making you sick? Do pesticides in your food make you fat? Yes, Yes and yes all of the above are true but the good news is that, as our environment and our bodies are becoming more toxic, our science is discovering better ways to regenerate and detoxify. In today’s environment it is essential to have a method to reduce the toxic load. Reduce toxins by; filtering your water and air, eating organic foods; avoiding plastic containers and processed foods; use environmentally friendly cleaners and make-up and avoid aerosol sprays.
It’s easy to believe that toxins are assaulting us on all fronts, but the worst toxins are often within. Worry is a toxin, envy is a toxin, self-loathing and fear and free-floating anxiety are all poisonous to our health. ~ Anna Johnson. Take action today!
Nutritional cleansing is a way of life, encompassing a more conscious mindful way of eating. If we just listen to our taste buds, perhaps we’d all be eating donuts and having soda for breakfast. The sugar and salt enchants your taste buds and the hit of caffeine will cause you to go back again and again for the same pleasure. Remember for every pleasure there is a pain, in the case of poor nutrition it may be the cumulative silent killer of an unhealthy lifestyle that will cost us our health. Real food gives you an accurate feedback system to prevent overeating without the addictive chemicals. For example, you would never overeat on a bag of organic carrots. Knowledge is providing the information, wisdom is integrating healthier choices into your life. Eat to live not live to eat.
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
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