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5 Reasons to Detox (and how to start right now)

You may have noticed that I've been pretty excited about "detox" lately. Posting ideas & recommendations to my little heart's content!

I used to avoid the word - but I've become quite nerdy about it over the past few months (I'm even taking an intensive detox course starting tomorrow!) 


So, what does "Detox" really mean? Put simply, in reference to a dietary program, a detox is simply an eating plan which supports the body's natural detoxification systems (Liver, Kidneys, Gallbladder, Skin & Digestive system & Lymphatic system). The human body is powerful - capable of amazing feats - but it can only do this incredible work if it's given the right kind of fuel. Too often, people are confused about what to eat, and when that happens, we end up eating foods that stress the body instead of fueling it.

Below are my 5 Reasons to Detox (and 1 way you can start doing it right now!)


1. Your body can't do this alone. The liver, kidneys, gallbladder, skin, digestive & lymphatic system are constantly working to flush out unwanted toxins from the body. These toxins include chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, medications, and other contaminants from the outside world. But there's also toxins from our food (bad fats, processed sugars, artificial ingredients) that gum up the pipes. When the body is overloaded with toxins, it can't do all of it's other {incredibly important} jobs to it's full capacity, and we begin to feel the consequences. Our immune system suffers & we get cold after cold. Our digestive system gets clogged and we experience gas, bloating, constipation, discomfort. Our liver is overworked and we feel drained & weak. We get headaches, have trouble sleeping, experience mood swings & irritability, have periods of depression. I want you to be the vibrant, healthy person you are meant to be! Doing seasonal detoxes will help you get there. 

2. You need a break. We live busy lives packed with long work hours & social responsibilities. Plus, we are simply overstimulated. Our brains are spinning. Our blood pressure is high. We struggle to wind down at night. Participating in a detox is a commitment to some serious self love. It's a staycation for your body!

3. You don't know where to start. Nutrition is confusing. Too often, people are confused about what to eat, and when that happens, we end up eating foods that stress the body instead of fueling it. My Spring Clean Eating Detox guides you day-by-day, meal-by-meal, snack-by-snack through a healthy diet. Plus, you receive a recipe guide with over 60 delicious recipes, so you'll be able to keep up the momentum long after the program concludes. 

4. You need community. Research shows, over and over again, that making a lifestyle change is far more successful when done with the support of others. This program offers you lifelong access to a group forum of current participants and alumni. Plus, you'll always have a direct line with me! 

5. You need to develop sustainable habits. Though this is only a 2 week program, you are sure to walk away with tricks, tips, recipes & strategies that you can utilize for the rest of your life. My goal is to help you re-evaluate the way you see food, and to guide you towards life long change. Two weeks is a short period of time, but with some effort & energy it could just change your life. 

Learn more about my Seasonal Clean Eating Detox program here
 


To get you started:
This is a elixir that I have all of my detoxers drink each morning of the program. It's incredibly healing for the liver & digestive system, and can be used daily for maintenance and support.
 

 

Morning Detox Elixir (drink within 30 minutes of waking up)
1 8oz cup warm water *
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon raw local honey (if needed to mellow the vinegar)

 

* Note: At 8oz, this is a pretty concentrated elixir, thus the lemon & ACV will be stronger flavors. Some people prefer to keep this concentrated, then follow it with more water to clean the pallete. I personally enjoy the flavors, and have it in a larger glass - with about 16oz of water.  In general, it's optimal to have about 12-16oz water total in the morning to get your system hydrated. 

 

Cheers, Friends!
Heather