The word “detox” gets thrown around a lot these days.
It’s almost everywhere you look.
And for good reason.
A good detox should be the basis of any good healing protocol.
By removing offending foods and blocking factors to great health, you set the template that you can build on to create a customized plan specific for you.
Here we’ll go over why you should start with a detox when embarking on a healing journey.
We’ll also go over the number one thing you have to do to succeed when you’re removing certain foods.
What Should A Good Healing Program Contain?
If you remember the 5 stages of the Clear Skin Nutrition System, which is based off the “5 R Method of Functional Medicine,” they were:
- Remove the inflammatory foods and any yeast, bacteria, fungus, parasites, infections, etc. that are in the gut
- Replace the good things that may have been decreased because of ill health. Things like digestive enzymes and probiotics.
- Reinoculate the gut with good bacteria (probiotics)
- Repair the gut and the skin with a healing diet and certain products, both externally and internally
- Rebalance the body through things like meditation, exercise, proper rest and stress reduction.
Healing programs should have these things in place to maximize their effectiveness.
Detoxing is the first step and helps you remove the toxins from your body and life. It can be grouped into the “remove” phase.
Stage One: Detox. The First Step
One way to increase your health is to become more in sync with nature. Nature creates health. Animals in the wild don’t normally get sick because they follow the rules of nature. The more we deviate from nature, the more our bodies must compensate for this deviation. This stage of the program will help get you more in touch with nature by removing the toxic triggers that are damaging your body, especially your gut. It will help lay a healthy foundation for the rest of your life. Our bodies are overburdened in today’s world. Acne is a manifestation of the cumulative toxins that are overriding our body’s own detoxification systems. These toxins cause hormonal imbalance and inflammation, the two underlying factors behind acne and most diseases.
By starting off with a detox, we increase our body’s own ability to heal itself. We’ll get more control of our cravings, stabilize blood sugar issues, get better control of our emotions and improve our mood. And by the end of the detox, which lasts for 30 days, my hope is that at least 50 percent or more of your acne will be gone.
**An important note**
I’ve done lots of detoxes in my life. In the beginning, I used to binge on junk food before I did them. Once I started eating better, I would amp up the amount of healthier food I ate before the cleanse in an effort to gain weight because I knew I would lose weight during the cleanse and I was already skinny. I don’t recommend this. It just puts more of a burden on your system. Eating extra large portions of food releases more insulin, IGF-1 and other hormones that can all affect acne. You might be like me and not want to be super skinny (this is just one reason I don’t follow raw/vegan; I get too skinny on that diet), but it is important to realize that any weight loss you may possibly experience is only temporary (unless you’re overweight to begin with – in that case you’ll probably maintain the weight loss). That’s the unfortunate reality of trying to clear the skin by natural methods such as detoxing. We might get skinny for a short period of time when we clear out all of the junk we’ve stored for such a long time in our cells.
Fortunately, this primes our bodies to run optimally once the cleanse is over and we continue feeding it real, whole foods that work with us. It’s almost like rebuilding a house. You have to knock down the older one before you can put up the new one.
Focus On “Removing” During The First 30 Days
For the first 30 days, we’ll focus on the first principle: remove. We will remove the trigger foods that are damaging our bodies, weakening our immune systems, damaging our guts and putting stress on our detoxification system. We’ll remove the toxic chemicals that are interacting with our bodies by replacing products with greener alternatives. We’ll remove the bad bacteria and yeast overgrowth. We’ll remove stress (as best as we can) and we’ll aim to heal the gut.
Why Start With A Detox?
I choose to make the first part of this system a detox for many reasons. First, we’re overburdened with toxins from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the thoughts we think, the sleep we don’t get, the stress we’re under, the stress we create ourselves, the environmental toxins found in the products we use on our skin and the chemicals that are spewed into the atmosphere by large and small corporations alike. Even if we eat the most pristine diet, there are toxins that affect us every single day.
“Airborne pollutants, xenoestrogens from plastics and BPA, environmental toxins, mold, industrial solvents, electromagnetic fields, heavy metals, fluorescent lighting, constant stress, sleep disruption and a host of other modern-day assailants” are constantly infiltrating your body and causing imbalances to your biology. Your body simply wasn’t meant to deal with these physiological stressors – all of which vastly increase your need for nutrients to help you fight the daily battle. With everything going against us, it’s actually not uncommon that people are deficient in a lot of nutrients. People with acne are highly susceptible to be deficient in vitamin A and zinc, which are needed for proper skin growth and repair and also antioxidant functions. By removing the toxins from our diet and environment, the food we eat can be used to promote health and give us energy as opposed to simply fighting off toxins.
SET THE ENVIRONMENT – WILLPOWER IS OVERRATED
A hugely important concept I want to get across is that we as humans tend to think that we’re smarter than our bodies. What does that mean? We think that we can outwit our hormones and millions of years of evolution when it comes to cravings and doing things we shouldn’t do. Here’s the news: We are not smarter than our bodies. We are not smarter than evolution. If we have bread, crackers, cookies, cake, sweets, chocolate, sugar, processed dairy, refined cereal, gmo popcorn, granola bars, or anything that excites our taste buds and sends off signals in our brain to release endorphins around us, we’ll eat them. Our hardwired mammalian brain will override our decision making prefrontal cortex and we will eat the things that excite our brains. Don’t depend on willpower alone to save you if you have things in the house. Willpower is overrated.
Chances are that once your blood sugar starts to drop and your hormones start firing off, you won’t be able to resist the urge to take a bite of that brownie that’s in the fridge or even that sprouted whole-grain bread. Yes, I just equated a brownie to a slice of whole grain bread. Ok, maybe they’re not completely the same, but they both produce similar effects on our hormones. According to Dr. William Davis, Cardiologist & Author of the New York Times bestseller “Wheat Belly,” we must understand that whole grain does not mean healthy. You get the same sugar spikes and insulin surges with whole grain bread that you do with brownies, cookies and other pastries. Even the sprouted, organic whole grain breads release sugars. On a metabolic level, all carbs, even whole grains, are sugar molecules and break down into sugars in the body, which can make them addicting. I’m not saying that sprouted organic sourdough breads are bad for you, but what I am saying is that if you find yourself addicted to sugar, or if you have blood sugar imbalances, or if you have digestive issues, then it’s advisable to stay away from all grains, even the healthier ones.
Especially in the beginning, if you are still eating any wheat or any dairy products, you will most likely experience withdrawals from these foods when you stop eating them. That’s because breads and gluten-containing grains have gluteomorphins that act on the same receptors in your brain as opiates. Dairy contains casomorphins that do the same thing. Opiates are a class of highly addicting drugs. Since dairy and gluten act upon the same receptors as opiates, it’s not too far of a stretch to compare them to drugs. When you see and experience the withdrawal that happens when you completely cut these two foods out of the diet, you’ll understand why.
In a study looking at the addictive quality of sugar, scientists allowed rats to choose between drinking sugar water or cocaine. A whopping 94 percent of the rats chose the sugar over the cocaine. This clearly demonstrated the addicting quality of sugar. The reason for this is because when the mammalian brain was developing there was limited access to sugar, so our reward centers light up like a Christmas tree when we eat sugar or things that break down into sugars like breads.
Thus, it is incredibly important to set up the environment for success. Before you begin the Clear Nutrition System, take everything out of your cabinets and refrigerator that doesn’t serve your purpose. Clean house. Don’t leave any bad foods around and you will set yourself up for success. This is planning and preparing. Just like anything in life, if we plan and prepare for it, it will be so much easier to actually accomplish.
If you don’t want to throw these things away, give them away or eat them before you start. It’s a lot better to stick with something 100 percent than to dabble and not actually do it. Make it easier on yourself and get rid of the offending foods first.
So now you know that you should really not have certain foods in your house or else you’ll be more likely to eat them.
You also know that the first part of the Clear Nutrition System is a detox and will involve eating certain foods and not eating other foods.
For the entire Clear Nutrition System, you can get the book at ClearNutrition.net/book.
You can also schedule an appointment with a functional health practitioner for some one-on-one help.
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