(Detox Done Right)
Toxicity is at an all time high in our world. Many diseases are caused by stagnation in the body. But what does ‘Detoxing’ actually mean?
Detoxing has been around for many years, but lately, in the past 10 years, it’s seen this rebirth as something that’s really contemporary and something that the celebrities do and essentially as a new, quick and easy way to lose weight.
Everybody needs to detox or cleanse. How often varies from person to person, but I would suggest you do it 4x a year (seasonally). There are many definitions of ‘detoxing’ and we will look at a few shortly. There are also many different detox options (there are new programmes coming out every day), however, an important thing you should be aware of is that the optimum amount of time to work through the 3 phases of detoxification is 30 days.
30 days? But surely I will die?
Let me explain.
First of all, let’s take a look at those definitions:
• Detoxing is a process of eliminating, transforming and neutralising toxins in the body, as well as ridding it of excess mucus and congestion.
• Detoxing is a systematic approach to helping the body remove toxins stored in its body fat, tissues and organs.
• Detoxing is lifestyle changes that reduce the exposure of toxins while nourishing the body to improve digestion and elimination.
OK. So now we actually know what ‘detoxing’ means, but how do we know we need to detox?
Here are some symptoms/signs that you need to detox:
• Weight gain
• Inability to lose weight
• Aching/swollen joints
• Digestive problems
• Allergy symptoms
• Bad breath
• Immune weakness
• Frequent colds
• Skin problems
• Sexual dysfunction (crazy I know, but everything in your body is linked)
Isn’t it normal to have these symptoms? Isn’t detoxing a bit drastic?
When we suffer these symptoms constantly, we begin to accept them as ‘normal’ – I did myself – but they’re actually not. Why would they be? Detoxing is simply resetting your body back to the way it was before it became toxic. In fact, there could be potential health issues if we don’t detox.
In our modern, toxic world, the workload on our bodies has tripled. Our bodies are now suffering from toxic overload. Our bodies store toxins that can lead to weight gain. Toxic chemicals trigger your cells to convert to fat cells. This increases your fat stores and disrupts weight regulation in the body.
Toxins can change the PH balance of your body. This can lead to allergies, cancer, birth defects, physiological disorders and problems with our digestive, reproductive, respiratory, brain and nervous systems.
OK. So just say I did detox, how would I feel after it? Better?
Why detox? Well, here are some great reasons to get you started:
• You will feel more motivated, energetic, creative, spiritual, productive, environmentally and bodily attuned, relaxed and relationship focused
• Disease prevention and treatment
• Gives the organs and body systems a rest
• Weight loss
• Addiction treatment
• Enhance the senses
• Improves fertility
• Slows aging
• Clears the skin
• Rebalances the body
OK. So what’s all this 30 days business? Why does it take so long?
This is why. There are actually 3 phases of detoxification. And they are:
PHASE 1 – OXIDATION: (5-10 days – toxins ‘floating around’ at this stage)
This phase can actually be quite destructive in the body, particularly by damaging cell membranes and other structures including cellular proteins, lipids and DNA. It also creates ‘free radicals’ which cause more damage by stealing electrons from other molecules. However, proper nutrient intake will protect the body.
• B Vitamins (pork, poultry, fish, eggs)
• Calcium (pure orange juice, fish, natural yoghurt, eggs)
• Glutathione – an amino acid (fish, red meat, eggs, carrots)
• Branched-chain amino acids or BCAA’S (fish, eggs, pork, meat, dairy)
• Flavanoids (green tea, pure orange juice)
• Cysteine (beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, dairy)
It is critically important that you go through PHASE 2 of Detoxing in order to eliminate these toxins from the body.
PHASE 2 – ENZYMATIC CONJUGATION: (5-10 days – your body is now preparing to excrete the ‘floating around’ toxins from your body)
At this point, fat-soluble toxins within the cells have been converted to more water-soluble toxins – that’s the goal – so we can eliminate them (get them out!) These toxins are still not ready for elimination from the cells for 2 reasons:
- They are not water-soluble enough.
- The toxins are now even more toxic than their original form.
• Glycine – amino acid (fish, meat, dairy, gelatin, egg-whites)
• Taurine – amino acid (eggs, turkey, fish, salmon, beef, chicken, dairy)
• Glutamic Acid – amino acid (turkey, beef, eggs)
• Cysteine – amino acid (beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, dairy)
• Lysine – amino acid (chicken, beef, gelatin, coconut, pork, fish, eggs)
• B Vitamins (pork, poultry, fish, eggs)
• Fibre (carrots, butternut squash, pears)
There will be a decrease/halt in PHASE 2 detoxification activity if you drink alcohol, smoke or eat the wrong diet at this time.
PHASE 3 – TRANSPORT PHASE: (5-10 days – the metabolism and escorting of toxins out of the body)
Water-soluble molecules require specific transporters to escort them in and out of the cells. These transporters are present in many tissues and are needed in order to excrete the PHASE 2 products to be eliminated out of the body.
In the liver, transporters move toxins out of cells into the bile to be eliminated. Bile is absorbed by fibre and excreted by the body.
In the kidneys and intestines, transporters remove toxins from the blood so they can be excreted from the body.
• Multivitamin & Multimineral for overall support
• Probiotic to replenish and balance gut flora
• Protein for Amino Acids (meat, fish, eggs, gelatin, yoghurt)
So first Phase 1 happens, then 2 and then 3 right?
Well, yes and no
The 3 Phases of Detoxification actually carry on simultaneously. They don’t just cut-off between PHASE 1, 2 and 3, therefore, you’re not just in one phase at a time necessarily. You do move between PHASE 1 to 2 and onto 3, but you can be doing this several times over. The phases co-exist and sometimes, one phase might be a little bit faster, or slower than the other phases.
Of course, you may have heard that there are side effects from detoxing. Common side effects are headaches, diarrhoea and constipation. This is because the body is feeling toxic.
But why does this happen? Well, common reasons are that PHASE 2 isn’t keeping up with PHASE 1. That’s why PHASE 2 detoxification support (in the form of nutrients), is so important – to make sure that the PHASE 2 Conjugation Process takes place effectively and quickly. If we have the correct nutrients, we will experience far less issues.
So to sum up, this is what is needed for the entire process to take place:
• A full 30 days is how long it takes
• Amino Acids (from protein)
• Sulfur (from eggs)
• Increased stomach acid to digest the proteins (from pure orange juice)
• CoQ10 to support hormones (from protein)
• Good, healthy bacteria (from natural yoghurt)
• Fibre (from carrots)
We can get all of these naturally from… FOOD – actual, real food!
What about juice cleanses/detoxing? Do they have all those things in?
Well in short, no. Beware of the quick fix. When celebrities lose 20lbs in 2 weeks for movie roles, the internet comes alive with detox talk. Many celebrities have lost weight using the lemon-water fast known as the ‘Master Cleanse’ and suddenly, this cleanse and other juicing cleanses/detoxes like it, were being promoted to people looking to quickly drop excess pounds.
Avoid any extreme detox programs like these, including fasting, as they are both ineffective and counterproductive. It’s the quick-fix detox methods that seem to get the most attention and excitement as they are widely promoted to people looking to rapidly lose weight. However, as you know, this sort of weight loss is not sustainable.
What is the point in drinking green juice for 3 days or even 21 days if your body isn’t able to get rid of the toxins because you haven’t given it the nutrients it needs? You may be thinking, “Hey! It must be working! I feel terrible! You feel terrible because you have toxins floating around inside your system. And finally, what is the point if you pile even more weight back on again when you go back to your old ways? Lunacy.
The juices might look feminine and pretty in their little boxes next to the ads with smiling 6-pack fitness models, you might feel you’re so much ‘lighter’ for drinking juice all day or fasting, or you might just have been subconsciously brainwashed through advertising, banal magazine articles and inane office chat, that simply pouring green liquid into your digestive system is going to miraculously rid you of years of toxins. It’s not our fault that we believe this – it’s marketing.
OK. So no juices. What exact cleansing detox should I do then?
The best form of cleansing detox is a Nutritional Cleanse. It focuses on nourishing your body instead of depriving it, so that you can start to build yourself back up. And fundamentally, a Nutritional Cleanse supports the detox process by providing your body with the nutrients it needs at the right time.
Which programme do I recommend? Well, you should do your research and ensure that you only use programmes that support you with the nutrients needed so that you actually are detoxing – not just starving yourself (which is different).
Which one do I use? Well, I use my own. Why? Because I use it on myself and with clients and I know that it works. (So you see, I practise what I preach!)
If you go to the Products/Shop page, you can find out more about my programme, but in a nutshell, ‘The 7 Day Body Reset’ is essentially PHASE 1 of Detoxification and the first 3 weeks of the ‘Eat Clean, Sexy & Lean Mealplans’ is essentially PHASE 2 and 3 of Detoxification.
If you’re not sure if this detox is right for you, or you would like to discuss any personal dietary issues or you would simply like some general detoxing advice, please feel free to contact me. We are all different and the most important thing is that you choose a detox programme that is right for you. Feel free to share any detoxing experiences below!