Entries in Detoxification (2)

Wednesday
Apr112012

Spring Detox with CLEAN Nutrition

Do you have low energy, feel sluggish, have difficulty losing weight, have skin problems, feel bloated, have digestive problems or allergies, experience mental confusion or aches and pains? It may be time for a detox!


As we head into the spring and the weather gets warmer (and hopefully stays warm), it’s the perfect time of year to do a detox. For the next week or so, I will be blogging about what you need to know in order to prepare, start and complete a detoxification.


What is detoxification?
Detoxification has been practiced around the world for thousands of years.  It is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out.  When you remove and eliminate toxins, and feed your body with healthy foods and nutrients, detoxification helps protect one from disease and restores health by correcting imbalances in the body such as hormonal, digestive and inflammatory imbalances.


 A detox program supports the body’s detoxification process by:
- Resting the organs by removing foods and toxins that are difficult to digest and clear
- Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body
- Promoting elimination through the kidneys, intestines and skin
- Improving blood circulation
- Refueling the body with healthy foods and nutrients

Detoxification benefits include:
- Weight loss
- Reduce bloating and belly fat
- Boost metabolism
- Increase energy levels
- Improve hair and skin glow
- Enhance mental clarity
- Eliminate cravings
- Improve digestion
- Clear allergies
- Boost immunity
- Improve sleep
- Regulate bowel movement


Interested in reaping the wonderful benefits of a detox
? Visit CLEANnutrition.ca/blog as I will be blogging about what you need to know in order to prepare, start and complete a detoxification. I will be providing tips to make this as easy for you as possible, so please drop by my site for different detoxification plans, recipes and tips, to help restore optimum health. Come by tomorrow for 8 Ways to Detoxify your Body.


If you are in the Toronto area, stay tuned for my FREE seminar to kick-start your spring detox.

Wednesday
May252011

Detox - Spring Cleansing 

Feeling sluggish and tired? It might be time for a detox...

Spring is the time for renewal and rejuvenation. It is also the time when our bodies start a new cycle, which makes spring a great time to do start a detox program.

There are a lot of different detox programs out there, so here is an easy and very effective detox program.

What is a Detox and Why Detox?
Detoxification is nature’s natural process of neutralizing toxins from our body. In today’s polluted world, we are all susceptible to toxin overload from the air we breathe, the water we bath in, the food we eat and the lotions we lather onto our skin. No matter where you are or what you do, we’re all susceptible to many toxins daily. Toxins overburden our body and especially our elimination organs (the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin.) This eventually leads to disease but in the meantime makes us feel sluggish, tired, can cause brain fogginess...etc. A detox program aims to give the body an opportunity to cleanse itself, flushing toxins out of our system.

What to Eliminate
There are many types of detox programs, such as fasting, juicing, a raw food diet... etc, but the one I typically recommend, especially to beginners, is the CLEAN detox program.  This "diet" is focused on eating CLEAN by eliminating the foods below. These eliminated foods are the most frequently consumed foods in North America.  We need to give our body a break from them. Also, these foods are typical allergens.  See my blog on allergies to see how they wreak havoc on our bodies and are a major contributor to weight gain.

Eliminate these foods:
- Refined carbohydrates
- Sugar and sweeteners
- Dairy
- Processed and red meats
- Caffeine
- Alcohol
- And any additives – if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!

 

What to Eat
Ensure you are consuming fresh nutrient-dense foods packed with vitamins and minerals that are high in fibre. Include the following:

- Water: Water flushes the toxins out. Have at least 8 cups a day.
- Fibre: Fibre keeps the bowels moving and traps fat-soluble toxins that are being excreted into the small intestine. Have 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with some water or in a morning smoothie. This is important because in order to detoxify the body effectively, one must ensure they are having regular bowel movements (at least one daily.) If not, toxins will not be eliminated but rather they will only be circulating the body.
- Protein: The liver requires protein for proper detoxification. Have a whey protein or a vegan protein powder in a morning shake and have a lean piece of chicken or a quinoa salad for lunch or dinner.
- Antioxidants: They prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. Have 1-2 cups a day of berries, citrus, greens leafy vegetables, dark green vegetables…
- Cruciferous vegetables: These include broccoli, kale, cabbage, bok choy, brussel sprouts… They support the liver's detoxification enzymes. Aim to eat 2 cups of these vegetables a day while detoxing.

There are herbal cleansing kits on the market, which can to be taken with the diet prescribed above.  These kits are great because they contain herbs to support digestion, elimination and organ detoxification.  
Or you can simply start the daily detox process by having a glass of water with ½ juice of a lemon in the morning to stimulate digestion and to alkalinize the body.

Duration of a Detox
A 5-day duration, Monday to Friday is what you want to aim especially if this is your first time on a detox.  Monday to Friday will likely be more feasible for you, since it tends to be more difficult on weekends to avoid the restricted foods.  You eventually want to make your way to 21-days.  21 days is the time frame it takes before your body really starts the detoxification process.


After the Detox

I’m confident that once you’ve completely the program, you will feel rejuvenated, reenergized and you’ll be glowing! I recommend that you continue to eat CLEAN.  That is, eating as close to nature as possible and staying away from processed foods.  Aim to do this 80% of the time, while the remaining 20% can be for indulgences. This will allow you to continue to reap the many benefits of eating CLEAN.

If you have any questions or comments, please drop me an email. I love hearing from you.

Oh and I will post additional recipes to help support your detox diet.  

 

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