Teenager’s listen up! Have you ever been confused over why your skin is flaring up or you have excess belly fat? Did you just get diagnosed with something recently and you have no idea why? In this post, I’m going to share with you part 1 of my 2 part series in “how to detox with whole foods”. If you’re ready to reduce inflammation in your body and gain more energy, you’ve come to the right place.
Who am I?
As a certified master health coach, I’ve had the opportunity to learn all I can about the body, and why people get diagnosed with specific diseases, or skin disorders. I’ve witnessed first hand the healing power of food clear up eczema, acne, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, constipation, gas, diarrhea, and even reverse dementia. Food is powerful, yet as a culture we keep turning to modern medicine for the answers. Medications have their place for certain, but knowing how to help heal your body and decrease inflammation naturally, should be your first go-to, or something you do in addition to your treatment plan to speed up recovery and healing.
If I were working alongside your MD and you were just diagnosed with chronic fatigue, of course I’d keep you on the plan your doctor outlined, and all the while coach you through a clean eating protocol along with exercise, then check in on you weekly to hold you accountable to the plan. If you were struggling to implement your plan, some life coaching calls would help you wriggle that struggle loose and motivate you into action. There’s a deeper issue here than just eating clean and following a protocol. What’s really nice is when a doctor and a health coach can work together to help a patient reach optimal health levels in a quicker amount of time, all the while being able to reduce medications and ultimately come off of them completely. If every patient of every doctor in all the world had a health coach, this world would look like a completely different place. I mean that. And coaches don’t even have to be there physically. Most of us do our work from home over a conference call, so my dream of every doctor working with a coach, could actually be possible.
The focus of this post is all about detoxing! I’m going to teach you the definition of a detox, cleanse, or reset. We’ll get into why you need to detox and how it can benefit your body. In the next post following this one, we’ll get into my top tips for detoxing your body and creating an action plan you can stick to.
You are reading this post for a reason. Try to be fully present during this 2 part series. If you have a question regarding this topic, please email me at email@example.com.
What is a detox?
To start off, let’s go over what a detox is, a cleanse, or a reset and why am I encouraging you to try one in the first place. Detoxification refers to the elimination of poisons or toxins. Cleansing is defined in the dictionary, as making something clean. For the purposes of this post, I’ll be using these terms interchangeably along with reset.
Detoxification/cleansing maintains good health and vital to maximize the body’s energy and to prevent chronic illness. It’s normal to have some amount of toxins in the body, as they are present everywhere, but you can certainly lessen the effects on your body using the methods I’ll provide in this series. You will, however, see how detoxing can help you get to your best, and healthiest state yet.
Bottom line a detox can be as simple as taking out the bad foods and adding in the good foods.
Ask yourself if you need a detox or cleanse
The reality is that we live in an increasingly toxic world from the air we breathe, the water we drink, our home environment, exposure to wifi and electronics, & the foods we eat which are full of trans fats & artificial colors, not to mention if you consume alcohol. We have a choice to pretend it isn’t happening or we have a choice to pay attention and do what we can to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.
We’re exposed to toxins on a daily basis. Our bodies are built to process only a certain toxic load each day. It does this by flushing out chemicals and toxins through our liver, lungs, kidneys and even our skin. We run into problems when we’re over-exposed to toxins, and our bodies can’t keep up.
Our Liver’s Responsibility
Our liver is responsible for organizing the toxins that enter our system, and then distributing them to one of the four channels of detoxification (urine, stool, sweat, respiration).The four ways our body eliminates toxins are Urination (Kidneys), Perspiration (Skin), Deification (Colon), and Respiration (Lungs). In fact, if you notice that you or someone else has dull skin or breakouts, you’re likely in need of a detox, because the skin is the body’s last-resort, and least efficient, detox organ. When things start coming out through the skin, the body is starting to get desperate. You see a lot of teenagers with this problem. They certainly need to detox from all the garbage they are eating, but also help balance out their hormones which are rapidly changing in this phase of their life. They don’t have to live with acne and they don’t need medical prescriptions to get rid of it. We simply need to help clean the gut with healthy whole foods, vitamins and minerals, & lower stress levels. They will see a HUGE difference. Nothing clean eating and meditation over time can’t fix I always say.
When the liver gets overloaded, its primary job is to keep us safe from the overflow of toxins. This is wonderful, however (and…feel free to visualize) it actually wraps up those toxins in a ball of mucus and stores it in a fat cell. The reason so many of us have trouble getting rid of fat in certain places, is because the fat cells can’t be burned while they are holding a toxin inside. When I first learned this, I had an ah-ha moment, and realized why I could not reduce my belly fat.
Basically, if you live on the planet earth, you need a detox.
Signs you might need to detox
Your body is amazing. It’s always giving you signs as to what it needs to thrive and be healthy. Those signs come as warning signals that something needs to change. They are signs that your body is clogged up with toxins. You have some inflammation going on. Ask yourself if you have the following:
- Belly Fat
- Belly Bloat
- Indigestion, upset tummy, diarrhea, constipation, irregular bowel movements
- Poor sleep quality
- Lack of energy
- You always feel tired
- Ladies, if you experience PMS, this is a sign of toxicity! It is not normal, no matter how much the Midol commercials would have us believe that it is.
- Your skin is breaking out
We all believe that we are supposed to experience some of these symptoms, and we consider them normal, but that’s just not true! Our bodies can be well-oiled machines and operate at optimal capacity if we just let them. Suffering really is optional and we can do a lot to heal ourselves from discomfort.
Due to the huge amounts of today’s environmental contaminants, our bodies are in serious need of regular cleansing, to reduce damage to our immune systems and metabolism. Detoxification is vital to maximize the body’s energy and to prevent chronic illness. Cleansing is also a way to keep digestive elimination regular (avoiding uncomfortable constipation), circulation under control, and stress to a minimum. Detoxification maintains good health and promotes healing from illnesses. I Recommend everyone do one detox or cleanse every season.
What’s happening in our body during a detox
Once toxins are re-activated after a detox or cleanse, they move into the bloodstream to be dumped out of the body. Your body is now able to burn up the fat cell that’s been storing the toxin! A detox or cleanse program helps us by letting our liver activate those toxins that are stuck in our belly fat and other fat cells throughout our body. This is great news because the toxins have been removed from our system, AND your body is now able to burn up the fat cell that’s been storing the toxin. It’s a double win.
If we don’t take the time to help our systems clean out, we know that we’ll continue to be tired all the time. We’ll have belly bloat, experience crazy food cravings, have the 3 PM crash, continue with inconsistent digestion, our weight will keep creeping up, and we’ll still have a closet with 2-4 different sizes of clothes. If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, it’s definitely time for you to schedule a detox.
What are the benefits of a detox?
You’ll start to see some benefits pretty quickly after embarking on a reset. Some of those benefits include:
- Increased energy,
- better digestion,
- clearer and brighter complexion,
- clarity in mind,
- better sleep,
- Increased sex drive,
- Reduced cravings,
- Weight loss,
- Discover food sensitivities
- Becoming less dependent on certain foods.
It’s possible in the beginning as you’re weaning off some of your not so healthy food choices, you’ll experience headaches and cravings like never before. Hang in there, getting past this phase will be so worth it.
Reset your eating habits
Finally, and this is actually the reason I think is the most important, a detox or a cleanse can re-set your eating habits. I recall helping a client come off sugar doing my 5-day whole foods reset. This lady was a sugar junkie. Always reaching for candy at every opportunity. She knew she had a problem. After cleaning out her system for 5 whole days, she decided she deserved some candy. When she ate some, she felt so nauseous and icky. Her body rejected it immediately. She made the decision right then and there to feed her body the foods that made her feel energized and healthy. Have you ever noticed how once you start eating junk it’s really easy to let yourself keep eating junk? We crave what we just ate.
The part that is the most exciting for me is when clients do a detox and their thought-process changes about food. They think of food as fuel; once you try all whole nutrient-dense food, you will wonder what took so long for you to do this. With just eating whole nutritious foods, there is no diets or counting calories, just eating good delicious food that makes you feel great.
When we emotionally connect to how great it feels to be fully supported by nutrient-dense food, you are more likely to stick with it. Your body will crave vegetables instead.
Imagine craving foods like spinach, cucumbers, broccoli and kale!
This is where I’ll wrap up for part 1 of this 2 part series. read the next post to get the nitty gritty on exactly how to do a whole foods reset, and creating an action plan for making it happen. You’re not going to want to miss it.
If you’re curious about finding a detox that is healthy and doable, you can look on pinterest or google, but I’m going to recommend that you check out my 5-day Whole Foods Reset for beginners. I designed the reset to help you succeed at cleaning out your body without juice cleansing or anything that would be dangerous for you. We eat real whole foods that promote weight loss and reduce inflammation in the body.
You can learn more about the 5-day reset by clicking HERE. Many people do the reset on their own. You can join in with our group. I have specific start dates for each season. Spring is here, and our next group start date is March 15th. Come reset with us!
Have an amazing week everyone, and I’ll be back in 1 week!
-Health Coach Heather