Simple Daily Detoxing Tips
(Join us for our next fast coming up April 5-9. Go here for details.)
This is for those who have gone through the Prolon 5-day fast with me and anyone who wants some tips for clearing the body of toxins so it can repair and hum along more effectively.
We just wrapped up our March group fast. All were champs and completed successfully with various outcomes . . .
“Down 6-8 pounds.”
“Down 5 pounds.”
“ Feeling great AND sleeping great!”
“Definitely feel more solid and have lost belly fat.”
“Earliest I’ve been awake in years! Ketosis state I guess. I’m 4.5 pounds lighter which I’m very happy about . . “
“Fasting glucose has always been 125ish. It was 100, after the two rounds of fasting.”
“All my index numbers (BMI, Fat%, Muscle % etc) have improved.”
“This is the springboard I needed! Cravings for sweets totally in check. For once really not craving them.”
Starting something new
Know how it is when you start something new and it feels like you’ve accomplished something great and then . . . well . . . life gets busy, you forget and suddenly you’re right back where you started?
I don’t want that for you!
When you go through an extended fast (in this case, 5 days) the body hunkers down and does a very deep cleaning – all the way down to the cellular level. Damaged and compromised cellular debris is cleared away, leaving you with a stronger and more resilient system.
And even if you haven’t experienced fasting, here are some simple things you can do to support your natural detoxification channels . . .
Daily detoxing tips
#1 – A lemon (or 2) a day – The lemon is one powerful little fruit. It supports your liver function (your main detox organ), stimulates bile production to help with the digestion of fats, and keeps food moving through your system so toxins don’t build up. Side benefits: nourishes your skin from within, calms inflammation, and . . . studies show it can even help with weight loss! Not bad for a simple little fruit! (Note – please make them organic.)
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass of water first thing in the morning, and add a glass before your meals.
#2 – Intermittent Fasting – Skip your breakfast occasionally. This is a controversial point in which there’s still no firm agreement. Many of the experts (David Sinclair, Ph.D., and author of Lifespan) agree that skipping breakfast may be the easiest path to compliance. Another way to think of it is to limit the window of time in which you eat to eight hours or less – finish dinner by 7:00 or 8:00, wait 14 to 16 hours until your next meal.
#3 – One mixed green salad daily – Greens are mother nature’s detoxing potion. Romaine, arugula, leafy greens, and some varieties we often forget, like broccoli, cabbage, dandelion, and cilantro are natural detoxifiers and help to cleanse and protect the body from toxins.
And that little spring of parsley that might decorate an otherwise boring plate has been used as a natural detox remedy for centuries. Chop up a handful and throw it into your salad.
Grab a salad every day and forget the bottled dressing. Make your own with my favorite easy recipe.
A large integrated series of case-control studies consisting of 1468 cancers presented supporting evidence of a favorable effect of these food plants [green leafy veggies including bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and cress] on several common cancers.
#4 – Quiet time – I’ll avoid any use of the word “meditation” in fear of scaring you off, but there’s so much science behind this, you simply can’t ignore it. What we know is this: quieting the mind – which wants to keep gabbing away at you day and night – is the ultimate mental detox.
Here’s a simple way to get started. Take a couple of times during the day (set an alarm on your phone to remind you), stop what you’re doing, close your eyes (unless you’re driving), breathe deeply and slowly, and listen to the sound of your breath. Breathe in . . . Breathe out . . . Do it a few more times. If you listen closely to your breathe it may sound a little like ocean waves. Do this for a minute or so. Just long enough to slow things down inside.
“Meditation is to our mind what smoking cessation is to our bodies”
#5 – 4-minute workouts – This comes from my friend, Dr. Zack Bush, a triple board-certified physician with a wealth of practical tips. His 4-minute workout will get the blood pumping and release something called nitric oxide which improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscle to build ’em bigger and stronger! It’s easy. Anyone can do it. So can you – put it on a timer on your phone. You can even do it at work. You might even get a few of colleagues to join you.
#6 – Clean up your coffee – If you’re like me you won’t go without your morning coffee but let’s see if we can clean it up. If you’re using commercial creamers – I won’t name names so I don’t get in trouble – it’s likely you’re starting your day with some garbage in – additives like . . . sugar, soybean oil, gums, carrageenan that are in most of the commercial creamers today. Not good for you. Not good for your body.
There you have it.
If you’re up for a major detox, join us April 5 – 9. Details here . . .
In love and health, ♥
PS – Here are some more detoxing tips!