Detox Time, Naturally
By Stephie Cyr, Alternative Nutritionist & Founder of Inner Insights Holistic School & Spa, est’d ’98.
Detoxifying our vital organs from harmful drug deposits, environmental contamination and toxic waste purifies the blood and helps increase our healing time, renewing our strength, clarity, and vitality.
We change our car’s oil every 5000-10 000 km’s and perform regular spring cleaning on our homes, but how much consideration do we give to nurturing ourselves? Our health is our responsibility. Where are your internal organs at with accumulated waste & inherent weaknesses? You choose health and vitality. We are our own co-creators with limitless potential. Make the choice to be a team player in your health and consider healthy habits as regular maintenance.
Detoxification is almost always a wise idea. Avoid during pregnancy, lactation, or serious illness, unless under supervised care by your health care practitioner.
Reasons to fast:
– Premature aging – Powerful detoxification – Increase healing time – Increase energy and vitality – Immune enhancer – Quick weight loss – Degenerative condition (when supervised by a health care professional & approved by doctor)
Ideally, during detox you want to open up the eliminative organs to enhance flushing functions and optimize your well-being. You also want to limit your consumption to easily digestible nutrients. High enzyme, foods like bananas, kiwis, pineapples, mangoes, and papayas, should be included. Eliminate dairy, refined sugar/grains, caffeine, and gluten-based products. High mucus-forming foods should also be eliminated, which include meat and dairy (milk, eggs, creams, cheeses).
FASTING is probably the most efficient & cheapest way to start a deep cleanse.
Starting & Ending a fast is as important as the fast process itself.
The day before you fast eat very light. Ideally no pastas, no animal protein (dairy & meats) and be sure to include steamed veggies, brown rice or a whole grain, a small handful of hemp seeds & raw nuts and plenty of fresh fruits.
To begin a 1 day fast avoid diner and no food the following day. While fasting, ingest plenty of water and consider spirulina or wheatgrass to give you an extra deep cleanse and loads of nutrients and energy.
Yesterday during my fast I had a fairly busy day with 2 iridology assessments & 4 massage clients. To maintain my energy levels, I took B12 sublingually ever 3 hours, one cup of bone broth or (electrolyte pack) and before a 90 minute deep tissue I took a tbsp. of spirulina in homemade lemonaide (stevia and lemon water). I was golden, never felt weak at all.
End your fast with a light break fast. Miso broth soup with a few veggies and small amount of grain such as brown rice; or have a small bowl of brown rice, or eat a watermelon, rind and all. This will serve as a great colon sweep. Once you have done a one day fast you might progress to a 3 day fast.
We attain vitality and well being with care. By honouring ourselves and listening to our body signals, which tell us whenever something is off and requires attention. The headaches, chest pain, tummy’s aches, gurgles, and fatigue are all saying something to you. When we consciously listen to our body’s signals we can dramatically increase our quality of life.
Every single dis-ease is linked to stress, a mineral deficiency, and an overburdened tissue/organ/gland, I believe.
A diet rich in live foods, such as raw fruit and vegetables, wheatgrass, sprouts, and fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, kombucha and kefir can help to cleanse and nourish the body. Fresh wheatgrass juice is the only nutrient I know of that contains every single enzyme known to man. Enzymes are required for every single bodily function. Whether it’s releasing neurotransmitters for cognitive function, or breaking down fats, proteins, and carbs, the body requires various enzymes for any of its functions.
Mineral Salts are a wonderful drawing and detox agent for skin problems. They also help relieve muscle pain and have been known to clear the mind of negativity. Soak in a hot bath (as warm as you can stand) with two cups for 20 minutes twice per week. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils to your bath to enhance your experience. Drink plenty of water following the bath to rehydrate.
Digestion- Many people today suffer some form of digestion problem: heartburn, irritable bowel, colitis, indigestion, constipation, ulcers, or bloating. Poor absorption and assimilation leads to nutritional deficiencies, which affects our overall health.
Food allergies are on the rise and are thought to result from improper digestion due to over processed foods and poor food combinations. Too much acid (alcohol, caffeine, sugars and meats) eats away at the digestive lining. Also, if a child was not breastfed or was on plenty of antibiotics, this could weaken their digestion, making them more susceptible to allergies, sensitivities, and disease. Sprouts, ferments, spirulina & wheatgrass juice are very beneficial Superfoods for healing digestive disturbances of almost any nature. It is also helpful to include 40-50 grams of fibre and 8 – 10 glasses of purified water daily. The fibre binds to and helps flush toxins out, preventing colon cancer.
If you crave sweets, perhaps you need more protein, or perhaps you have low blood sugar Most people experience low blood sugar between 2-4 p.m., which can impair memory, focus, and concentration and leave you feeling lethargic. Cinnamon or stevia taken ever 4 hours is wonderful to aid regulate blood sugars.
Try to eat a large high-protein lunch to give you that extra energy. Your largest meal should be lunch so you can utilize that energy all day. It may be time to cleanse your liver, gall bladder, pancreas and colon if you never have been. Consider finding out what you need, perhaps get an iridology assessment and customized health plan.
Listen to your body and nourish its’ needs. Food be thy medicine is a brilliant concept. The above does not serve as a replacement for your healthcare team, rather encouragement to become a tea player for your health. The vitality & preventative measures to committing to your health care maintenance is truly the best life insurance you can provide for yourself and your family, I do believe.
Take Care & Be Well,
Certified Iridologist, Herbalist, Nutritionist, Reiki Master, graduate of Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Certified Instructor for Aromatherapy Massage, Hot Stone Massage & Holistic Spa Programs.