Universally, Spring is defined by birth and rebirth; nudging us towards that urge to clean – clean our homes, garages, refrigerators…….and bodies. To do this, many individuals find that detoxifying helps replenish their system and provide a great start to tuning up their bodies; shedding those winter pounds and detoxifying from all of the comfort foods we sought out over days upon days of bundling up inside. Here, some tips to help with your detoxifying plan. Remember, the detox process is very individual, and can be trying on a system that has for long been enjoying a more gluttonous existence. So please be mindful, and call upon our nutritionists for any advice.
As a basis for your detox plan, you should try to eat a clean diet. A clean diet is one that includes fresh and unprocessed foods and those that do not require extensive digesting – such as fatty meats, fried foods and ‘white carbs’. Toxins and other waster products become stored in fat tissue and can reduce the efficiency of the liver to do its number one job: filtration, so drinking plenty of clean water along with the consumption of fibers and probiotics will help with the cleansing process.
There are a variety of ways to approach cleansing and detoxing. Some patients prefer to use vegetable and fruit juice fasts for a few days; while others prefer to use real food during the process. There are also detoxifying formulas (available at Whole Foods) that can help with increasing your liver activity for pulling out those stored toxins while binding them in order to effectively eliminate them as waste. Before embarking on a juice fast, it is important to discuss the process with your health care provider to ensure that the reduced energy intake and potential blood sugar changes will be safe for your body (and mind). Additionally, for those of you on medications, it is imperative that you discuss the pros and cons of your detoxapproach and its affect on your medication absorption.
Food: Consume fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) juiced, steamed or raw depending on your digestive capacity. Green leafy vegetables provide antioxidants and beta-carotene, while cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage & cauliflower) provide indoles which help the liver rid carcinogenic compounds. Onions and garlic contain sulfur containing compounds which kill bacteria. Whole grains (preferably gluten free) provide the body with energy, bulk and fiber to help you maintain your activity level, keep you satiated, and bind to waste for elimination. Additionally, they provide our bodies with the B-complex vitamins. Steering away from Gluten can be beneficial because this little protein of our more common grains is often very difficult to digest; wreaking havoc on your system and causing immune reactions that can range in severity from sensitivity to allergy. During a cleanse, Gluten free grains (Amaranth, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, GF oats, Quinoa) can help with the energy piece without increasing bodily stress for processing. Lean, cold water fish and poultry are usually easy to digest, while red meats and eggs contain Arachidonic acid, which has been indicated in pro-inflammatory disorders. Cold pressed oils such as olive oil, will help with the lubrication and elimination.
Mindset: Embarking on a cleanse involves adopting a certain frame of mind. It will help if you stay relaxed, get adequate rest, organize your menus, and get plenty of fresh air without doing excessive exercise. This is not the time to train for a marathon. Your body is in recovery and treating it gently will help the detoxifying process function effectively. Look ahead and time your detox appropriately when you know you’ll have the time for self-nurturing. It is not uncommon to shed emotions that may have been weighing you down along with the toxins. After all, cleansing is a mind-body-spirit process.Posted in Nutrition, Practitioner Blogs | Tagged antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, birth, clean, clean diet, cleansing process, detox program, detoxification, energy, fiber, fresh foods, juice fast, liver, raw vegetables, rebirth, Spring, spring cleaning, steamed vegetables, toxins, unprocessed foods, waste, white carbohydrates |