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Cleansing and Detoxing: Naturally

Posted by: Dr. Tina Morse PsyD, MFT

Topic: Healthy Living, Natural Gourmet & Nutrition

Cleansing and detoxing

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I love to travel and enjoy new experiences. Recently, I was in Germany where I immersed myself in the culture and well, did as Germans do.  Dinners-out included bratwurst (a type of sausage), weiner-schnitzel (a breaded meat), and lager (Bavarian beer). The fact that I rarely touch any of this in America, along with ongoing reports of an e-coli outbreak; led me to prepare for cleansing, energizing and detoxifying upon my return.

We have all seen proclaimed “miracle” cleanses that present an unhealthy formula of calorie restriction and a lack of important nutrients, like protein.  These diets help people drop water weight, and slow down the metabolism in an attempt to preserve the muscle.  It’s cause for concern and not a permanent solution. When there is a lack of protein – the body takes it from its most available source: your muscle tissue. As people go back to eating (after starving the body), they often over-indulge and gain more weight from fewer calories.

For safe and sane cleansing without starving yourself – eat whole and real food:

  1. Make your own food and healthy snacks using quality ingredients – that way you’ll know what you’re getting. Ready-made food is filled with refined sugars and saturated fats. If you eliminate these hidden ingredients as well as take a vacation from caffeine and alcohol – you’ll give your digestive system a much needed break.
  2. Eliminate processed foods, which are known to trigger inflammation. Say NO to bad food! Throw away food that is unhealthy and any coupons that offer fast food promotions. I promise that you won’t miss it once you are used to eating REAL food that is more holistic and contains no; pesticides, anti-biotics, bad energy from the mis-treatment of animals from factory farms, or words you can’t pronounce.
  3.  Eliminate the foods that often cause sensitivities or reactions, like gluten and dairy. Stay away from starches. Eat sweet potatoes instead of potatoes and healthy crackers instead of bread. If you really love pasta, choose brands made with quinoa, or try soba noodles made from buckwheat.
  4.  Eat a variety of fresh organic fruits and vegetables that will assist your body to naturally detoxify harmful substances. Fiber-rich foods help eliminate toxic build up and cleanse your intestines, they speed up your metabolism, and make you feel fuller so you won’t eat as much. Foods like Apples, Avocados, Beets, Blueberries, Cabbage, Celery, Cranberries, Flaxseed, Garlic, Ginger, Grapefruit, Kale, Legumes, Lemons, Seaweed, and Watercress – help support your filtering organs (the kidneys, liver, intestines and the biggest organ – your skin) – to do their job.
  5. Drink plenty of water. Water flushes toxins from your liver and kidneys and helps you feel full. Your body reacts differently to iced-tea or any other liquid. A good portion of your body-weight is water; continually drink it, so your body won’t go into panic-mode and hold onto it excessively and you’ll lose some of that extra weight. A general formula is your weight x ½ = ounces of water per day, so if you weigh 200 lbs, you need 100 ounces of water.
  6. Eat a good breakfast. Scrambling up some eggs is quick and healthy; you can also boil them the night before. Whole eggs got a bad rap in the past, but today they are known to be a near-perfect protein. You brain needs fat and and your body needs energy from protein to grow your muscle. Beans are another great source of protein.
  7. Eat healthy, whole foods. Instead of 3 big meals, eat 6-8 smaller ones; 3 meals – with healthy snacks in between. If you are looking to lose weight, reduce your calorie intake by 500 calories a day. For every 3,500 calories eliminated, you’ll lose 1 pound. This is a healthy and achievable way to lose about a pound a week. You can safely do it long-term, and steadily bring your weight down and keep it off!
  8. Exercise and get your chi-energy flowing. Did you know that jumping on the mini-trampoline for 10 minutes offers the same benefits as a half-hour walk? Try new things until you find something you enjoy so you’ll stop watching the clock and your mind-body won’t be confused as to whether or not you’re doing something that’s good for you.
  9. Get a massage and relax. Steam rooms and saunas also help you to cleanse and detox. You owe it to yourself to get plenty of sleep and the best healing time for your body is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

A healthy cleanse should leave you with an overall sense of wellbeing. It can help to improve your mood, strengthen the immune and digestive system, boost your energy; while helping your body eliminate toxins and inflammation. A healthy life-style allows you to eat what you want, when you want. Remember to stop when you are comfortable and before you’re too full.

A diet that is predominantly plant based is your best bet, but nothing in life is all black or white. Some people really need other sources of protein and will get sick from a strict vegetarian diet. Listen to YOUR body and what it is telling you it needs.

These are great resources for:

Grass-fed beef

Wild Seafood & Organics

Growing your own organic food

Raising your own chickens for eggs


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