5 Simple Fall Detox Tips
Thank you for subscribing to the B Simply Healthy E-zine! This issue is all about simple ways that you can detox for fall. As we move toward less active winter months, consider following these tips for a fall detox.
Many people know that Spring is an excellent time for a cleanse. But did you know that detoxifying in the fall is may be even MORE important? Our internal organs are preparing for the cold weather and heavier foods that come with fall and winter.
Fall is a good time to renew your body, as you let go of the old (toxic sludge) and bring in the new (healthy, whole foods) for a cleaner, calmer, more vibrant you. Beginning the fall with a cleanse or detox is a great way to jump-start your weight loss process, clear your complexion, and enhance your overall well-being.
What does it mean to detox?
The word detox, or cleanse, is often associated with extreme liquid diets that consist of nothing but water, juice or cayenne pepper with lemon water. Not everyone can handle these “extreme” types of cleanses. They can be unhealthy and put too much stress on the body. I have a horror story about a time I tried the lemon, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper cleanse (AKA Master Cleanse)…let’s just say it involved a very uncomfortable commute to work!
The point is that a detox doesn’t need to be dramatic or extreme. It should also be convenient. After all, we cannot just put our lives on hold, clinging to the toilet bowl in order to do a detox or cleanse. Our bodies naturally detox everyday anyway, but we can do some things to help it out and prevent additional toxins from coming in!
Why should we detox?
Nearly everything you put in your mouth has pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormone, genetically altered material, or chemical food additives. Toxins are substances that have harmful effects on the body. We ingest toxins from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Toxic overload makes us feel bloated, tired and depletes our energy. Detoxification is about reducing your intake of toxins and improving elimination. It’s important to rid your body of toxins to make sure everything works the way it’s supposed to!
How long should I stay on the detox?
A detox can last anywhere from 3 days to 6 weeks. The amount of time needed to “detox” will entirely depend on the person and their state of health. I highly recommend following these tips for the Fall Detox for at least a week and see how you feel. If you have been following a typical Standard American Diet (SAD), you may experience some negative detox symptoms and will need to ease into the detox, slowly removing certain foods from your diet. This is only because toxins are being removed…it is very common to feel worse before you feel better. But, I promise there is light at the end of the tunnel! Or should I say, glow!
After the first week, you will probably notice improvement in your overall health and wellbeing and may decide to continue it a little longer.
You just might adopt many of these principles for life!
The Fall Detox Plan
In addition to the following tips, you can read about these7 simple steps that I believe are essential to jump start your detox! Doing a detox involves more than just the food you eat. The mind, body and spirit must all be considered for an effective detox!
Step #1- A Positive State of Mind
Detoxing is all about a state of mind! Begin by eliminating all negative thoughts. We often have negative, self-destructive thoughts running through our heads that can lead to self-doubt- Let them go!
I recommend that you begin each morning and end each day with a simple meditation. Mediation has helped me relax and quiet my mind so I can focus and take on any challenge (like a detox)with ease and support from my “inner voice”. Check out this amazing website that has numerous free audio meditations, including one for weight loss! Free meditations. It’s also important to BREATHE! Just breathe if you are not comfortable with mediating, just take a few minutes to breathe deeply and fully-oxygen helps the body detoxify!
Step #2- Eat the Right Foods
Foods to Avoid:
You should aim to eliminate the following foods from your diet: sugar (including all artificial sweeteners) dairy, wheat, peanuts, alcohol, corn, eggs, meat (especially red meat), bad oils, processed and fried foods, and caffeine. These are the foods that tend to increase your body’s acidity and mucous production. Removing them will reduce the build-up of toxins and improve elimination.
Foods to Enjoy:
Include the following healthy foods in your diet (preferably organic when possible): green tea, vegetables, sprouts, parsley, cilantro, fruits, coconut oil (to cook with), beans, legumes,and whole-grain products such as kamut, barley, millet, and quinoa. If you include meat (which I do not recommend), make sure it is organic, free-range, and grass fed-chicken or turkey, or wild caught fish. Drink fresh squeezed juice and/or green smoothies every morning. Eat as many raw foods as possible and drink plenty of purified water.
Here are my top 10 detoxifying foods:
- Apples (all fruits low on Glycemic Index, pear, berries, acai, etc.)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- Cauliflower (all cruciferous vegetables)
- Dark leafy Greens (kale, spinach, watercress, etc.)
Here is a recipe for an easy creamy cauliflower soup. It contains cauliflower, garlic, onions, and tumeric- all ingredients that help the body detoxify!
Step #3- Get Moving!
On the first few days of a detox, you may experience symptoms like headache or fatigue. If you experience these symptoms, allow your body to rest and do less intense forms of exercise such as yoga, walking or rebounding (AKA-mini-trampoline). I love the min-trampoline! You can bounce for 10 min. morning and night and reap many health benefits, including stimulating the lymphatic system and circulating oxygen to your tissues. Fall is the perfect time to take a long walk and enjoy the scenery!
Step #4- Bath & Body
Your body’s 7 channels of elimination are the liver, lungs, lymphatic system, blood, skin, kidneys and colon. These are the vital cleansing systems. If you are like me, the skin is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about a detox! It’s probably the colon, right? However, the skin is actually the LARGEST organ.
Going to a sauna and sweating is a wonderful health regimen for the skin and very detoxifying. See if your local gym has a sauna…that’s right where I go after a workout! You can also sweat out toxins at home. Try adding a cup of Epsom Salts with 10 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath.
It’s also critical that you use natural body products that are chemical-free. Look for products that do not include synthetic fragrances, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS, Phthalates, and Parabens. Your skin (the largest organ) absorbs these into the blood stream and increases your toxic build-up.
Step #5- Supplements
There are 4 supplements that I highly recommend you take during a the detox period (and longer if you like!) I have tried numerous supplements and I finally have narrowed them down to these essential supplements that I find really support the detoxification process.
- Probiotics:(also known as acidophilus): Probiotic supplements should be part of any detoxification plan because they assist with a bowel cleanse and prevent constipation. I take them daily (not just during a detox!)I use PB8 brand.
- Digestive Enzymes: Enzymes enable your body to break down a wide variety of foods-including protein, carbohydrates, fats, sugars and dairy-and provide relief from heartburn, gas and bloating, indigestion and more. I use Renew Life brand.
- Multivitamin: A good quality multivitamin will support your energy, metabolism and clean-up during a detox. This will help to ensure that your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs during the detox. I use Vitamin Code Raw One for Women.
- An herbal cleansing formula for the liver and/or colon: A good quality herbal supplement made with organic ingredients is the best option. Look for a formula that contains milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric and/or beet leaf. I personally started using Mag07. I could not find it in the health store, so I ordered at Amazon. This was recommended in The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. It is wonderful! I noticed a huge difference after only a couple of days. I highly recommend that you try it, especially if you are trying to lose a little weight with the detox!
I firmly believe that detoxification is an important part of health and well being, but there is a lot of misinformation on how to detox safely and effectively. Our bodies are all made differently and have different demands.
There are a number of organs which aid in the removal of toxins from our body. It is highly recommended to seek the guidance of a qualified health-care provider before you begin any detox or cleanse!
Three books that I highly recommend if you would like more information for effective detoxification, as well as making healthy lifestyle changes, are:
- Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr.
- The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.
- You Are What You Eat by Dr. Gillian McKeth.
I would love to hear feedback about your detox! Please leave comments on my website!
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