How many times have you overheard someone talking about going on a cleanse or detox, or maybe you’re the one who’s considering it? I hear this on a daily basis. Whether it’s discussed on TV, in a magazine, from clients, friends, or among friends in a cafe, it’s a topic that has everyone talking. It’s also a topic that makes me cringe, as most “detoxes” are not healthy and do not support the body. In fact, most commercial detox programs are actually dangerous.
Detoxification is not something to take lightly. Although most modern lifestyles make detoxing necessary, when it’s forced, your body goes through an extremely energy draining process. A detox is only done properly if it includes the right nutrients and support, which many programs don’t provide. Be it juice fasting or the Master Cleanse, these fad diets appeal to us because of the immediate external benefits, most of which revolve around weight loss. Most everyone I talk to who undergoes these types of “cleanses” almost always feels terrible and struggles to stay on them. Plus, any immediate weight loss fully returns once food is reintroduced, and there’s a high chance you’ll actually put on more weight than you lost. These programs are also extreme in the fact that they are very limiting in terms of nutrition, provide little to no protein (which is essential to detoxification), and can negatively impact blood sugar. These are not sustainable solutions, and therefore will never give the real results one is seeking.
Food Sensitivities Cause Toxin Build Up
Some may notice that as they do any program that restricts food intake or major food groups, they begin to feel better. It’s not so much that whatever cleanse they’re doing is a miracle, it’s that so many of us are exposed to food sensitivities on a daily basis without even knowing it. This slows the body’s overall performance and leads to the daily struggles in the form of allergy-related symptoms such as unhealthy skin, headaches, low energy, fatigue, difficult sleeping, weight gain, and a myriad of others. Therefore, when you remove the stressors, your body is able to function more efficiently, and as a result you feel better.
“Don’t Our Bodies Naturally Detox?”
Traditionally our ancestors didn’t have to worry about initiating detox programs or cleanses; our bodies do this naturally. However, with the obscene amount of exposure to toxins through our food and environment nowadays, our poor livers and bodily functions can’t keep up! Some people are exposed to more toxins than others based on where they live and work. While we can’t completely rid ourselves of toxic exposure, we can minimize this amount by understanding where toxins originate and how to keep our bodies working efficiently to eliminate them.
We encounter toxic substances in many different facets of life, such as pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals which enter the body through food, water, and air we take in and proceed to become trapped in our tissues and organs. Over time these can negatively impact health, causing wrinkles and aging skin, breakouts, and eventually may contribute to the development of chronic diseases.
How Detoxification Really Works
Our bodies eliminate toxins through a variety of pathways: lungs, bowels, skin, urinary system, lymphatic system and the cardiovascular system. If any of these pathways are not working efficiently or are obstructed, one can experience not-so-pleasant side effects. Toxins can also be released from tissues too fast and cause a person to become very ill, especially if they cannot be eliminated properly. This is why detoxification must be done correctly.
The liver, which is the major player in ridding toxins, detoxifies in a two phase system to ensure that harmful substances and toxins are completely removed from the body.
Initially toxins are released from body tissues, fat and organs and enter the bloodstream during detox or weight loss to be transported to the liver. Here, the liver transforms toxins into water-soluble compounds to re-enter the bloodstream to be excreted. During this process free radicals are produced, which can damage liver cells. Antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, E, Selenium and Zinc mitigate the damage caused by these free radicals. If antioxidants are lacking and toxin exposure is high, toxic chemicals become far more dangerous.
Nutrients that Support Phase 1:
- Indoles from cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale…)
Toxins go under further processing in the liver and kidneys to make less toxic. The liver is able to turn drugs, hormones and various toxins into water soluble substances to be eliminated by the bladder and the gastrointestinal tract via the colon (which may also be referred to as “phase 3”).
Nutrients that Support Phase 2:
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
For efficient phase two detoxification, the liver requires all these nutrients. Many of these nutrients are found in amino acids that are only available through protein sources, the most utilized and easiest to absorb coming from animals in the form of meat and eggs. There is a catch, however: most of these nutrients that are needed for phase 2 are not adapted from food alone, but converted in the body in conjunction with other nutrients called co-factors. In phase 2, these include vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, folic acid, selenium, zinc, magnesium, copper, aspartic acid, glutamine, and iron.
You can see that a comprehensive and supportive detoxification program is crucial to ensure you are getting the most out of a cleanse or detox.
A Simple, Safe and Effective Way to Begin Detoxing
I often get asked what I would recommend to someone wanting to clean up their diet and begin a detox that doesn’t require starvation. This always makes me happy as I am not an advocate of starving yourself.
The 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program I have personally used, and currently use with clients, has been created to support the body’s natural two-phase detoxification process in order to safely and effectively remove harmful toxins from the body. This is accomplished by providing the nutrients needed to support and balance phases I and II pathways through high levels of antioxidants and a comprehensive mix of nutrient and herbal support to promote healthy liver function and elimination.
What I love about this program is that it’s perfect for those who have a busy schedule, or anyone new to the concept of detoxification. It’s a simple to follow step by step diet plan that provides you with everything your body and liver needs to neutralize and flush toxins. It’s the perfect reset button anyone can benefit from!
- Clearer, healthier skin
- Slow down the aging process
- Increase Energy
- Weight loss and reduction in body fat
- Improve hair texture, look, and feel
- Improve sleep quality
- Clearer thinking- more focus, concentration, and become more productive
- Happier, stable mood
- Establish healthy habits for improved long-term health
Symptoms which may be relieved by following a detox program include:
- Digestive problems
- Bad breath
- Itchy skin
- Skin rashes
- Joint pain
- Weight loss resistance
- Poor concentration
Toxic overload no doubt has a direct effect on skin and acne, but also contributes to other conditions such as autoimmune diseases, inflammatory/rheumatoid arthritis and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The goal of this program is to gently and slowly cleanse your body of toxins that can be a contributing factor to disease. This program should turn your liver into a healthy cleansing, fat burning, natural beauty building machine!
What Does it Include?
The 14 day detox program consists of:
A comprehensive nutrient and herbal food powder that fuels detoxification pathways and promotes liver function. This is a plant-derived base of pea protein, containing a full multivitamin/mineral and antioxidant complex.
A complete protein powder used as a meal replacement. It provides protein and minerals that are in greater demand while one is detoxifying and helps to prevent muscle loss. I recommend the dairy free version- pea protein- to reduce any chances of dairy sensitivities, especially if skin issues are present.
Additional support that helps to prevents toxins from getting stuck in the body and to be able to be excreted safely and properly.
Plant Enzymes Digestive Formula
Digestive support formula to alleviate gas, bloating, irregularity, and/or an unpleasant feeling of “fullness” after eating.
A combination of vegetable, fruit and berries high in nutritional value and antioxidants that helps to alkalinize the body and protect against damage from free radicals.
Blend of soluble and insoluble fibers from nature will aid regularity as well as move toxins out of the gastrointestinal tract quickly.
This is something that is too often forgotten. Our mind holds onto negative thoughts, resulting in a brain that’s cluttered, overburdened and unable to concentrate. The physical ability to cleanse toxins from our body also helps to cleanse the mind. It goes to follow that as we clean up our inner being, many people realize they start to have a desire to clean up their homes and surrounding environment, both physically and emotionally. Detoxification helps us uncover and alleviate emotions that can have a toxic impairment on our body, including frustration, anger, resentment and fear, while replacing them with healing thoughts of forgiveness, love, joy and hope.
So whether your goal is to attain clearer, healthier skin, lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or simply to start taking better care of yourself, the 14 day detox program is a great tool to get you started.