Detox is a hot topic right now. In today’s environment, detox is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity. Unfortunately, our world doesn’t truly support health and wellbeing. Every day, we are exposed to and consume things that decrease our ability to naturally detox. If you have never considered participating in a detox program, please let me shed some light on why it’s important and why it will help you to look, feel, and perform better.
You don’t know how good you can actually feel.
Most people do not know just how good they can actually feel when they make changes to the way they eat, move, and think. Symptoms that you may be experiencing are not normal. Those symptoms can range from afternoon fatigue to a full on autoimmune condition such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I am here to tell you that symptoms of ANY kind are NOT NORMAL. They are not just part of life or getting older. Symptoms are your bodies’ way of telling you that something is not right. Your body wants to be healthy and free of disease and excess weight.
“Your body does not want to be overweight any more than it wants cancer.”
I used to experience extreme fatigue at times and have little to no desire to exercise. I wasn’t satisfied that this was “just how it is.” I sought out help and education to rid myself of these nagging symptoms. And do you know what happened? By making lifestyle changes, I can now say I feel better than I ever have! For me, the change that made the most noticeable difference was cutting out alcohol, processed foods, refined sugars, and gluten, and eating more protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. I stopped putting so much “crap” in my body, and it started functioning more optimally.
It truly is AMAZING what happens to how you look, feel, and perform when you give your body what it was designed for (whole, real, unprocessed food; uninterrupted sleep; and movement) and consciously decrease inflammation and toxic load.
The toxic load on the body is too much for it to handle.
The toxic load on our body comes from our diet, chronic stress, and our environment. A diet high in sugar, trans fat, food additives & preservatives, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics is very toxic to our bodies and our minds. The standard diet puts a tremendous burden on our bodies’ ability to detoxify naturally.
Your liver is your largest internal detoxification organ, and it is responsible for a variety of life-sustaining and health-promoting functions, including those that make healthy weight loss and weight management possible. When the liver is clogged and overtaken with toxins, it can’t do a very good job of processing nutrients and fat. The liver produces bile, which is critical in the detoxification of our bodies. Bile is where the liver dumps all the drugs, heavy metals, xenoestrogens, excess sex hormones, medication, pesticides, industrial chemicals, and other toxins so they can be eliminated from the body. When our environment and diet are highly toxic, it becomes too much for the bile in our system. Detoxing the liver helps it produce healthier bile.
Toxins can be both external and internal. External toxins include chemical toxins and heavy metals. Chemical toxins are most commonly found in cleaning products, personal care products, pesticides, herbicides, and food additives.
Chronic inflammation is the root of all disease.
Inflammation comes from the sugar we eat, high doses of the wrong types of oils and fats in our diet, hidden food allergies (most commonly gluten, dairy, soy, corn), alcohol, lack of exercise, chronic stress, hidden infections, and our fat cells. This low-grade chronic inflammation that you can’t see or feel leads to every one of the major chronic diseases: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and more.
“Unfortunately, chronic inflammation typically will not produce symptoms until actual loss of function occurs somewhere. This is because chronic inflammation is low-grade and systemic, often silently damaging your tissues over an extended period of time. This process can go on for years without you noticing until a disease suddenly sets in.”