Does Detox/Cleansing Really Work?

Today is the 7th and final day of my Shaklee Cleanse. On this 7th day, I feel less aches in my body, better able to focus, and have improved energy and digestion.  Let’s not forget to mention that I lost 5 pounds this week! Although my mission was not to lose weight, many choose to cleanse because they want to jumpstart a healthier path.

I wasn’t feeling my best after all the Thanksgiving celebrations. Sound familiar? A healthy cleanse may be just what is needed to feel your best this holiday season. When given the right fuel, our bodies actually have the power to heal themselves. You might just be surprised at how quickly things change after each day of detox.

Let’s talk a little bit about my approach to detox. There are all sorts of “detox” programs out there and it’s hard to know what’s what. Science shows that people who eat more of a whole food/plant-based diet are healthier. So, I look for cleanses that focus on fruits/berries and vegetables/cruciferous because we get most phytonutrients from these foods. It’s a good idea to do a cleanse once or twice a year.  The idea is to get rid of all the junk so we can rest, replenish and restore. 

For the cleanse that I followed, the rules are generally that for one week you may eat only unlimited fruits and vegetables (with a few other guidelines) while also taking a few Shaklee supplements to aid in the healing. I’ll have to admit that even though I am a fruity/veggie girl, it was still tough the first few days! It was hard to feel like I was being told I couldn’t have certain foods – it made me want them even more! I struggled with the self-control, but boy am I glad that I persisted. I really am feeling more energetic, less aches, better digestion and focused!

People choose to detox for different reasons but all in all a cleanse is a great way to reset and reflect on why we want to get to a healthier place. So close to the New Year, you may be thinking that this could be a good way to jump start your New Years Resolutions. That’s a great idea but I also encourage you to consider this today. Consider it a pre-holiday gift to yourself to feel more energized and more focused and to help you feel your best in order to get the most out of this wonderful time of year. With a little self-control, it really is possible to transform and feel better.

What? Can’t eat that either?

Do you notice all the different diet suggestions of what to eat and what NOT to eat?  It seems like every time I turn on the tv or read another book, there is another diet suggestion that contradicts another.  Do you find it overwhelming when one convincing author says to embrace foods like apples, sweet potatoes and a variety of cheeses while another author says these foods should be avoided?   It’s no wonder why many people choose to throw their arms up in the air and just do what they have always done.  So, what do we do?

Aside from some of the do’s and don’ts, there is a common thread to choose REAL, WHOLE, CLEAN, FOODS!  What does this mean? It means to eat foods that have not been dusted in preservatives, additives, artificial anything, no hydrolyzed oils, free of pesticides and other chemicals.  Many Seasonings and sauces hide all sorts of these sneaky buggers.  Boxed mixes of any sort probably have these artificial additives.  Don’t be fooled by marketing on the outside of a box or can; read those “ingredient” labels.  Suggestion:  Try planting a large pot of fresh herbs.  I would recommend beginning with basil, parsley, oregano and rosemary.  These herbs can be used fresh and also dried to be used throughout the year.

 

 

Why all the fuss over food?

90% of Americans are nutritionally deficient.  As a nation, we are becoming very sick because we are not fussing enough about our food.  Cardio Vascular Disease, II Diabetes, Arthritis, Obesity, Cancer are all diseases that are affected by our nutrition.  Although we can not control our DNA  makeup, we do, however, have control over the food choices that may affect triggering the onset of these terrible diseases in us and in our children.

Some interesting statistics quoted from: “The Food Prescription for Better Health” by Baxter D. Montgomery, MD

  • 1 in 5 American teenagers already have abnormal cholesterol levels
  • 1/3 of children are either overweight or obese
  • 1 in 3 children born since the year 2000 will develop diabetes during their life
  • Chronic illness for children on the rise
  • 76% adults and 80% of high school students do not receive adequate servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Arthritis is increasing among young people

 

Get Your Business Done

Poop is always a funny subject. Some people are just not comfortable talking about it. How often do you go? I am always amazed when people tell me when they go only once every 4-5 days and they say it’s normal. I am like, seriously! That has got to be miserable! It may be a normal pattern but it’s certainly not healthy. You might even want to talk to your doctor.

So, what is considered healthy pooping? It is good when it happens 1-3/day, not too runny and not too hard. When we fail to poop regularly every day, it’s a warning sign that things are not working right. There are many factors that can play into constipation such as lack of fiber, not enough water or exercise, too much stress, medications, or maybe even something more serious, etc. The worst thing is that eventually, these constipation warning signs can turn into bigger problems. Most poop problems are preventable through improving your nutrition/lifestyle choices so you can get your business done.

Crystal Balls

So why would I title this blog “Crystal Balls?” Many of us are out of touch with our future health. The fact is what foods we choose today can have a significant impact on our future health. Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells. Every day, our cells need good nutrition in order to carry out functions in the body. We have been fearfully and wonderfully made but we have a choice on how we care for our bodies. Good nutrition has the power to build us up but poor nutrition has the power to tear us down. The chances of getting Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, II Diabetes, Auto-Immune Diseases, etc. are greatly reduced with good nutrition and good lifestyle choices. Many of us can improve how we care for ourselves but fall short. So, I ask, “if you had a crystal ball, considering your current diet/lifestyle choices, would you make some changes today?”

What’s in your basket?

When I work with people, I always ask what their typical diet looks like. Most always clients claim to eat fruits and veggies but when they actually log their food choices on a piece of paper, almost all discover they run short on the minimum 4-5 servings/day. Nutritionally, this is a problem because we get a lot of our essential nutrients from these foods. For optimal health, 7-9 servings/day are actually recommended. People wonder why they feel tired, achy, lack of focus, low energy, depression, headaches, digestive issues, sleep problems, skin disorders, disease, etc. Although there may be many factors that play into our declining health such as environment, DNA, etc. our food and lifestyle choices have a significant impact on how we feel every single day. So, I ask, “what’s in your grocery basket?”