Are you feeling sluggish and tired? Is your skin dull, your hair thinning? Do you routinely walk into a room and forget why you went in there? Are you having trouble losing belly fat? Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? Is the list of foods you can eat getting shorter and shorter? Does your spouse wonder if you will ever have sex again?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you would benefit from a Detox/Cleanse. It is something we recommend to our patients twice a year, spring and fall.
There are over 87,000 chemicals in our environment today. Most of these have not even been tested for safety in humans. Those that have were tested in isolation for short-term exposures. No data exists about these chemicals in combination. And no data exists for chemical exposures in people on multiple medications. And no data exists for continued long-term exposure!
These toxins primarily enter our system through the lung, skin and GI tract. Your liver is the powerhouse that breaks down these “xenobiotics” and helps your body eliminate them. Since our exposure keeps growing, we need to Love our Liver. A good supervised cleanse will help your liver function optimally. It is important to ramp up Phase 2 liver detoxification first then move to support Phase 1 detoxification.
What Can I Eat?
Using a medical food to provide some bowel rest and necessary nutrients is helpful. A good cleanse should provide recipes to incorporate some detoxifying foods and supplements. Foods such as cruciferous vegetables (think broccoli) and beets help the liver detoxify. Vitamin C and sulfur containing amino acids are among the nutrients that play a vital role in the detox process.
Is There More to a Cleanse?
Yes. Exercise plays a vital role in a Cleanse. This helps the blood and lymphatic system do its job. Work up a sweat. Sweating is also a great way to eliminate toxins. If available to you, sauna or steam should be included during your cleanse.
Hydration is critical. Your kidneys eliminate all the water-soluble toxins. Remember to drink 8-10 glasses of water every day to help flush your system!
Breathwork is important. Learning proper breathing techniques will provide your cells with lots of oxygen during a cleanse.
Nearly every chronic disease on the planet has links to toxicity including dementia, heart disease, autoimmune disease, food allergies and digestive issues. Join us at Radiance Functional Medicine on October 12 to learn more about our Radiant Life Reset Cleanse and decide if this is right for you, either now or in the future!