Believe it or not, your body may be carrying around 5 to 10 pounds of toxic waste, which interferes with your ability of reach your health target, feel good and be well.

imagesEveryday our body is bombarded by harsh toxins and chemicals from our surrounding environment. Chemicals, pesticides, hormones and other pollutants are found in all the processed foods we eat, and often in the water we drink and the air we breathe. Even soap may induce cancer, according to recent research.(1)

Under natural circumstances, the body is able to eliminate many of these toxic substances safely provided that it is getting proper nutrition and the organs of detoxification are functioning at optimal levels. The problem is, most of us are not functioning at our optimal levels due to stress, poor sleep, and vitamin deficiencies.
That’s where a detox can help!

This detox program is not sufficient to address any serious, life-threatening, health issue, but may bring you relief if you often have:
• Headaches     • Low energy   • Indigestion   • Constipation   • Skin conditions such as acne
• Insomnia   • Belly weight gain   • Chronic yeast infections   • Eczema  • Excess weight
• Mood swings

Fill up on…

  • Filtered water (6-8 glasses per day)
  • Fish, especially small, non-predatory species such as sardines, herring, wild salmon, black cod or sable fish, sole, and cod
  • Lean white-meat chicken breasts (preferably organic)
  • Fresh or frozen non-citrus fruits, ideally berries only (preferably organic)
  • Fresh vegetables (preferably organic)
  • Fresh vegetable broth (3-4 cups a day)
  • Legumes (e.g., kidney beans, black beans, white beans, etc.)
  • Brown rice
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds)
  • Ground flaxseeds (preferably organic)
  • Lemons (preferably organic)

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Cut out…

  • Sugar (including honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.)
  • Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol
  • Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, etc.
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (sodas, coffee, tea — except for green tea)
  • Citrus fruits and juices (except lemon juice)
  • Yeast (baker’s and brewer’s, fermented foods like vinegar)
  • Dairy products (milk, butter, yogurt, cheese)
  • Gluten (see www.celiac.com for a comprehensive list of gluten-containing foods)
  • Corn
  • Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers)
  • Peanuts
  • Refined oils and hydrogenated fats
  • Stimulants (these include decongestants, diet pills, ephedra, ma huang and yerba mate)
  • All flour products
  • Processed foods or food additives (fast food; junk food; any foods that come in a box, package, can, or that are commercially prepared using chemicals, preservatives and other unnatural ingredients to make them shelf-stable)

You may experience some common symptoms during the first few days of the program: bad breath; achy, flulike feelings; fatigue; headaches; cravings; irritability; constipation. Don’t worry — it’s a good sign that your body is eliminating toxins. Constipation, however, should be addressed aggressively to ensure a successful program.

Some supplements may help you cruise through the transition period: ColonetTM, an herbal formulation of powerful, yet gentle quality ingredients will help remove toxic residue, without the harsh side effects of stimulants and laxatives, while Digestive Harmony will help reduce any digestive discomfort and improve metabolic function.

For everybody, a good way to start 2015!

(1) Yueh MF, Taniguchi K, Chen S, Evans RM, Hammock BD, Karin M, Tukey RH. “The commonly used antimicrobial additive triclosan is a liver tumor promoter.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Dec 2;111(48):17200-5.