Cleansing is a subject that is poorly understood and even controversial. Say the word cleanse and many think running to the bathroom is what’s in store. The fact is there are numerous ways to cleanse the body-some good and some not so good.
Cleansing has been used by many cultures for years as a way to improve health and longevity. In our culture cleansing is not taught and therefore looked upon as different or weird despite the fact that it provides many benefits.
The goal of cleansing is to assist detoxification organs and reduce toxicity in the body. There are 5 channels your body uses to get rid of toxins-the liver, skin, lungs, kidneys and colon. A good detox program supports these channels of elimination and in the process helps give the body a tune-up and cleaning out, just like you’d do to your car.
What makes cleansing confusing is all the different programs out there-liquid diets, harsh colon cleanses, maple syrup and lemon drinks and more. The program that I teach is scientific meaning the science supports what you are doing-from the food you eat to the supplements you take-everything is done for a reason and backed by science. It is a doable program and you won’t be running to the bathroom because it is more geared toward liver cleansing than colon cleansing.
Researchers have analyzed the blood of healthy people and seen high amounts of toxins in the bloodstream. These chemicals add to your toxic load and put a strain on detoxification organs like the liver. There is also a connection between chronic disease and the inability to detoxify well.
Everyone can benefit from cleansing and most people experience better energy, weight loss, improved mental clarity, reduction in joint pain and many other symptoms as well.
I invite you to learn more about cleansing and what it can do for you. Read testimonials on this site and for more information click on the 21 Day Cleanse below.
When it comes to Eating for Energy let’s first look at what we want to leave out. The big 4 that will negatively impact your energy levels are:
2. High Fructose Corn Syrup
3. Enriched Products
4. Hydrogenated Oil
Simply removing or severely limiting these ingredients is one big step in the right direction. Now for what to eat that will assist with energy. High on the list is leafy greens because of their nutrient density. Spinach, arugula, kale, romaine lettuce, and chard are examples. These greens are high in vitamin and mineral content as well as supplying chlorophyll and fiber. If you’re not getting a lot of leafy greens consider a powdered green drink that mixes with water. Simple to take and will help improve your energy.
Protein and balancing blood sugar levels throughout the day is crucial for good energy levels. Look to include protein in each meal in the form of eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, grass fed beef, beans or lentils. Many who are deficient in quality protein sources have low energy levels. Utilizing whey, pea or rice protein drinks is another easy way to includes quality protein by making smoothie drinks.
Quality fat is a source of energy and often overlooked. Coconut oil, flax oil and nuts and seeds are all good sources of fat and will help to keep one full and support good energy at the same time.
These are just a few examples of how to eat for energy.
Stress plays a significant role when it comes to losing weight. If you’re struggling to lose or hit a plateau it’s a good idea to look at your stress level.
When you are under high stress levels the adrenal glands secrete more cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that helps you cope with stress. The problem is that high cortisol levels also cause abdominal obesity, cravings, fatigue and also break down important muscle tissue making it harder to lose weight.
I have consistently seen this in my practice as well. Clients that are under high stress have a harder time losing and in some cases will not lose weight until the stress is modified and under control. Stress management techniques help one to stay in balance and keep cortisol levels in check. Yoga, deep breathing, prayer and meditation are excellent techniques that are part of the solution.
This is an example of why only looking at calories is misguided when it comes to weight loss. Someone can be exercising, eating well and still have trouble losing pounds because their metabolism is not working properly due to high stress levels.
Cortisol levels can be analyzed with a simple saliva test that will show how much cortisol you are secreting throughout the day. This is an excellent test which shows the impact stress is having on your system.