Over the course of a lifetime, we will be exposed to thousands of foreign compounds that can enter our bodies through the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and directly through our skin or eyes. To make matters worse, many of us have substituted healthy meals with a poor diet that lacks nutritional value to fuel to body’s detoxifying capacity. All of these factors contribute to an accumulation of toxins, or what is simply called toxicity.
Are you feeling tired or out of sync? Having fatigue, brain fog, headaches, difficulty sleeping, depression or anxiety? Skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema or acne? Joint or muscle pain, stomach issues such as gastric reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or irritable bowel problems? Have you been diagnosed with medical conditions such as migraine headaches, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, insomnia, depression, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or chemical sensitivity syndrome? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider detoxification as the key to unlocking the door to health and wellness.
Detoxification is about removing and eliminating toxins. It is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of the individual cells, the smallest units of human life. Detoxification allows toxins to be eliminated from your liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin.
Most of the body’s detoxification in done in the gut (intestines), kidneys and liver. The skin and lungs also play a significant role. Overall detoxification is heavily nutrient-dependent whereby key steps are fueled by vitamins, minerals and other major food components. Some of the key nutrients involved with detoxification include: zinc, pantothenic acid, vitamins, amino acids, L-glutamine, taurine, and N-acetylcysteine.
A detox diet is NOT a “cleanse”. Robin will guide you through a detox diet customized to meet your calorie and protein needs. This is not a juice only diet, and in fact, includes many fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. You will not feel hungry or weak on this diet if you follow the guidelines given. Other symptoms such as headache and fatigue may occur at the beginning as the toxins are leaving the body. Detox diets, also known as elimination diets, can be used to determine food allergies or sensitivities. By eliminating food groups, then slowly putting them back into the diet, it will be easily noted which foods cause negative reactions in the body.
How a detox diet works
Detox diets typically run 7 days to 28 days (one month) in length. You will start by gradually eliminating foods in your diet, while continuing to consume high-antioxidant and nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Although these diets are not directly intended for weight loss, they may allow fluid and actual weight to be lost due to their strict nature. Detox diets may be a good jump start to kick off your healthy lifestyle change.
Start today! Contact Robin Barrie to learn more about creating a healthy lifestyle and recharging your body.
Healthy Foods Eaten on a Detox Diet:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Lettuce and Spinach