Do you need to do a detox?
If YES is your reply to many of the following questions, have your answer…
Is your sleep restful? Do you drag yourself through your day? Are you experiencing brain fog? Are you dealing with recurring headaches or muscle aches? Are you experiencing allergic reactions or sensitivities to certain foods? Does your skin feel dull or inflamed? Is your digestion is sluggish? Do you have stubborn weight you just can’t release?
According to renowned functional medical practitioner, Dr. Mark Hyman, when your body become “toxic,” it means your natural means of ushering out metabolic waste has exceeded the threshold for what the body’s innate detoxification system can handle on its own. With this toxic load, every system in your body can become affected—toxicity makes you sick!
Types of Detoxes
The word “detox” has become so trendy (it’s as if it’s replaced the word “diet”!). There are many different kinds of detox programs out there, so how do you know which is right for you? From full-on fasts to juice cleanses to seasonal detoxes and whole foods detoxes, they all have specific benefits.
Length of a Detox
While the length of a detox can range from 1 or 2 days to 2 weeks or even a month, my program is designed to last 14 days because I believe this is the optimal time frame for you to rid your body of the toxins that are slowing you down and robbing you of your vitality. Any shorter and you may not derive the benefits you seek, and any longer and you may have a hard time sticking with it. In my experience, participants achieve the best results by carving out 14 days to cleanse.
How to Prep
When you undertake a detox or cleansing protocol, you should plan on giving yourself the time and space to focus on your health. This means you should clear your calendar as much as possible, resist taking on extra responsibilities at work, arrange for extra babysitting, and/or explain to your significant other that he or she may not see you as often during this time.
You’ll also want to fill your pantry and fridge with wholesome whole foods and clear out any sugary, fatty, processed foods that are devoid of nutrients and may tempt you as you move through your detox. You may also want to get a journal to record your progress and any feelings that may come up during your detox.
What to Expect
It’s common for people to feel WORSE before they feel better during a detox. This is sometimes referred to as a “healing crisis” or a Herxheimer Reaction, and it’s basically an immune system reaction to the toxins that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough.
The most important thing is to stick it out, as worsening symptoms do not indicate failure; in fact, it’s just the opposite! It indicates you are on your way to renewed health.
Are you ready to do a detox this Fall?
Check out my 14-Day Fall 2016 Detox Program
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