More often than not, people perceive detoxification to mean one of the following: a liver flush, enemas, colonics, juicing, and even fasting. This is not necessarily the case. Your body goes through a lot each and every day, and you may not even realize it.
Where exactly are these toxins coming from that is making cleansing and nutrition such an important concept these days? External toxins can be found in our air and water, cigarette smoke, personal care products, heavy metals, cleaning products, pesticides, preservatives and additives, trans fats, and the list goes on and on. They are even finding now when you get your food to go, the packaging is contaminating your food as well. Great, just great.
In the U.S, over 10,000 chemical additives have been found in our food supply. Findings now show that each person consumes 14 POUNDS of additives per year, 180 pounds of sugar, and 8 pounds of salt per year. The National Adipose Tissue Survey analyzed tissue specimens from surgical patients and found that almost all the specimen had some chemical in their tissues.
Times are a changing, that’s for sure. America’s weight management problem has now made the U.S the fattest nation in the world where 69.2% of Americans are overweight or obese and has allowed obesity to become the second largest preventable cause of death in the U.S. Scary stuff, I know.
A common question that comes up for most people is “Doesn’t my body detoxify itself?” Of course it does! Organs of detoxification include your lungs, lymph, skin, blood, thyroid, colon, kidneys, liver, and the gallbladder. But what happens when the total toxic exposure is more than what the body was meant to handle? This is where a detoxification program becomes useful.
Not sure if your body has been exposed to toxins? No problem! Try asking yourself some of these simple questions.
Do you/have you eaten processed foods?
Do you eat nonorganic fruits and vegetables?
Do you eat meat that is not organic?
Do you/have you used artificial sweeteners?
Do you drink soda?
Do the foods you eat have preservatives, additives, dyes, or sweeteners added?
Do you eat fast food or eat out often?
Do you charbroil or grill foods?
Do you drink coffee regularly?
Do you drink alcohol?
Do you drink tap water?
Did you answer yes to a lot of these questions? If so, it is likely your diet could be contributing to your toxic load. Toxicity in the body can lead to a whole variety of symptoms including but not limited to weight gain, fatigue, temporary joint and muscle pain, edema, hormonal function, and sleep disturbances. Any of these symptoms sound familiar to you?
Lets ask one of our amazing patients, Chris, about his experience with a 21- day cleanse program!
“I feel amazing. I was worried that the program was going to be too complex and unrealistic, and something I couldn’t maintain long term. The supplements and the variety of food I was able to eat made it easy and my energy level increased. I was able to quit caffeine,carbs and sugars without feeling withdrawal, and I dropped 21.5 lbs in the first 21 days, with minimal exercise.” -Chris L
Want to learn more about how to increase your body’s ability to work more efficiently and experience weight loss with a detoxification program? Set up your consultation today!