For so many years as a health coach I focused simply on adding fresher and cleaner foods into my diet. One day during a lecture the light went off in my head, I realized I not only had to have healthier eating habits now, I had to regularly cleanse environmental contaminants and those not-so-great patterns of the past.
You see, detox (not necessarily juice fasting) is a natural step toward a better digestion. Good digestion leads to less inflammation, and less inflammation leads to less disease in this world. Let me say it again, decrease inflammation and you will prevent disease.
Hippocrates said it best: “ALL DISEASE BEGINS IN THE GUT.”
If this is true and disease begins in the gut, aka your digestive system, then having healthy and strong digestion is key. I don’t want to freak you out now, but even if you eat “clean” and only buy organic and hormone-free foods, you’re still breathing toxicity of this world.
We unfortunately live, eat and breathe toxicity every day. Look around your home and think of the paint on the walls, the rugs, the pesticides sprayed on the green grass, the fumes in the air from cars. Are your cleaning products chemical-free? Your make-up? Your fabrics and electronics?
Unless you feel that are ready to live in a bubble or hyperbaric chamber, it’s time to wake up to what I call daily detox. It’s our only defense.
Now detox is not a curse word, or anything to be scared about. Instead, it’s exciting to think about your body and cells actually functioning correctly. Detox has to be living on juices, or water only, or only smoothies or just salad or soup. Detox is about lessening the toxic load in your body. As I say, “taking out the trash.”
When we are toxic, our body cannot perform its job. The body cannot metabolize properly, detox properly, absorb nutrients and minerals, or stay hydrated. It is a vicious cycle. See, detox is necessary to be healthy, happy and free of disease. We all have some low-level inflammation because again we live and breathe, but even more so because we stress in this crazy, busy world.
Every time you stress you create acid in your body. Your body is then forced to pull minerals to buffer the acid waste. The liver, lymph and kidneys begin to work hard to filter out the toxic load. To balance out this energy expenditure, it's best to give digestion a break.
DeTOX TO IMPROVE ENERGY, BOOST IMMUNITY AND AVOID:
● Difficult weight management
● Low energy
● Low sex drive
● Bad skin
Get where I am going with all of this? (;
By detoxing you will improve digestion and free your body of inflammation, toxins AND DISEASE in the process.
The foundation of this detox is NOT to ever feel deprived or starved.
The goal is to help you do what I have learned to do in my own life: learn how to EAT CLEAN and learn what foods are BEST FOR your body.
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Now that you've learned a little bit more about the benefits of detoxing, how can you start bringing it into your daily life?
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Here are a few of my favorite ways to detox regularly and stay radiant:
Upon waking, drink warm or room-temperature water with lemon and 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar (if tolerated) and add a dash of cinnamon or cayenne.
Start your day by being positive - find that daily affirmation that gets you fired up. I love Louise Hay, Geneen Roth, Gabrielle Bernstein and Marianne Williamson.
Try getting quiet within yourself even just for one minute - and say “I release what does not serve me” - place your hand on your heart as you say this out loud. Scream if it you want, own that power.
Drink fresh green juices or make your own green juice with 1 tbsp. chlorophyll and lemon and lime and water.
Aim for one meal that is super easy on your digestion per day like a smoothie, green juice or soup. Give that digestion a rest.
Get moving and shaking. Yes, exercise is one of the best ways to detox your body.
Drink plenty of water and add lemon, lime or grapefruit to flush the toxicity.
Skin brushing is my favorite way to support the liver and get rid of those toxins.
Be happy and grateful for life.