Blog# 62 – What Detoxification Can Do For You
Every spring in the U.S, thousands of health-conscious people set aside anywhere from three to thirty days for detoxification. Since many, if not most, allergies and illnesses are rooted in toxicity, malnutrition, or both, a good detox will also include excellent nutrition.
Toxicity can stem from foods full of pesticides, GMO produce, food to which one is allergic, spoiled food, environmental poisons, such as air or water pollution, commercial household cleansers, most cosmetics, deodorants and shampoos, over the counter and prescription medications, from out gassing of plastic and particleboard, increased life stressors, and from decreased ability to handle stress, to name a few of the many sources.
Malnutrition can stem from poverty or food deserts, but more commonly is due to degradation of the soil by conventional farming methods that rob our earth of many nutrients and then replace them with chemical fertilizers containing just a few nutrients. Malnutrition can also be due to the heavily processed foods in the SAD (standard American diet). Malnourishment can result from the overuse of just a few foods in the diet, such as corn, soy, sugar, wheat or peanuts, can be due to GMO agriculture, and also can stem from the fast food industry and lifestyle of so many people in this country. There is not enough space or time to name all the causes.
A detoxification plan can be limited, affecting only one or a few organ systems, i.e. skin or lungs, can involve all organ systems, and can even help cleanse the emotions. Benefits from effective detoxification include clearer skin, higher and more stable energy levels, better quality sleep, improved bowel and bladder function, improved mental clarity, reduction or elimination of sinus congestion, migraine and other headaches, and mood swings. Weight loss or stabilization, improved sense of smell, taste, hearing, and/or vision, need for less sleep, release of depression or anxiety, remission of autoimmune disease, reduced or eliminated joint pain, are some of the many other benefits of a good detox.
Today, this blog will gift you with a short, simple four-day detoxification plan that, if done correctly, will benefit almost everyone. This program is comprised of 100 per cent organically raised foods, lots of purified water, fresh fruit and vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables, some seeds, nuts, and beans, whole oats, millet, quinoa, if desired, fresh flax seed oil, young coconuts and coconut water, some herbal teas, if desired (specifically peppermint, lemon grass, green and white tea), probiotic foods, such as raw organic sauerkraut and kimchi, miso, and small amounts of seaweed and algae, especially chlorella. This detox requires a good blender. Avoid all animal products for the first three days, as well as soybeans and soy products, except small amounts of fermented miso, if desired. Also avoid peanuts, alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, all processed sugar, all flour, and all other processed foods, such as cereals, breads, candy, and any foods containing gluten. Drink as much water as you want, drink one smoothie a day, using water as a base, and containing at least three cups of leafy greens, including a cup of cilantro. Add up to one cup of blueberries to the smoothie, along with dried or fresh ginger, if desired. Most of the other foods consumed should be lightly cooked – i.e. root or cruciferous vegetables baked in a casserole dish at 200 degrees for two to three hours. You can consume as many leafy green vegetables as you want, preferably lightly cooked, maybe in soups or stews. On day four, add organic eggs and dairy, if you can tolerate these foods. Then, return to your normal diet, hopefully somewhat improved, perhaps by incorporating more grass-fed and organic foods.
This month’s offer: feel free to call with any questions about this detox. For a small fee, I will also design a detoxification program specifically for you.
Just to let you know – the Arcade Building, which houses my office, is most likely headed for demolition. Everyone needs to be out by the end of the year. I will be moving to a space about four blocks from my current office in early June. I’ll keep you posted.