Out With the Old, in With the New! Forget Short-Lived New Year’s Resolutions! This January, Fortify Your Body, Mind and Spirit With a Long-Lasting Winter Cleanse!
You’ve heard it all before and probably made some of these New Year’s resolutions yourself: Lose 20 pounds, hit the gym 5 times a week, take the career to the next level, quit smoking, eat healthier, etc. Well, here’s something to think about: according to Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic medicine, winter IS NOT the time to make big changes. “During this time, the body just wants to rest and be simple” says the author of The New Detox Diet, Dr. Elson Haas. Instead of jumping on these short-lived resolutions that typically just leads to disappointments, consider January the month to finish things, not start them. To help ourselves end the cycle and prepare for the new one, we have to sweep out the physical, emotional and environmental “gunk” we accumulated over the previous year.
These toxins can have a detrimental effect on your overall health, including your vision. However, it is important to do a detoxifying program the right way. Rather than shifting gears dramatically, a slow and gentle detox wipes the slate clean and readies us for rebirth come spring. The typical response to a cleanse is increased energy, improved thinking, better GI function, restful sleep and weight loss. By clearing out last year’s toxins, including what you ate during the holiday that wasn’t really that good for you, you can face the New Year with a clean slate. That fresh body and mind will fortify you for more revolutionary resolutions in the spring – resolutions that will last!
My favorite cleanse to do is the Whole Body Integrative Cleansing System from Integrative Therapeutics. I like it because it is organized and easy to follow. And of course, it works quite well. This is a 2-week program that includes detoxifying the WHOLE body, including liver, kidneys, lungs, blood and lymphatic system. This program can be ordered online or through us. If you are interested in cleansing just the colon, because you REALLY enjoyed the holidays, then there are multiple colon cleanse products in your local health food store. These colon cleansing programs can be quite effective in detoxifying your intestinal tract. These programs are usually about 7 to 10 days in length; however, there are a couple of things that you need to know before you start a cleanse. First of all, you want to take any supplement and/or the fiber source away from any pharmaceutical medication you are taking. For instance, if you take blood pressure medication in the morning – then wait about one hour before you take any fiber or detoxifying supplementation. You can also choose to take the fiber at bedtime if you don’t take any medication at this time. If you have questions on how to do a cleanse appropriately, feel free to schedule a phone consult for us to discuss what will work for you. Remember, a toxic body has a direct impact on your vision. That is why there is a detoxification program on the microcurrent machine for those who are using this machine to improve their vision.
There is, of course, the option of ‘cleaning up the diet’ after holiday splurging. These guidelines that I am giving you here are stricter than we teach you for maintaining health; however, you only need to do this for one to two weeks to get the benefits of a healthier body:
- Stop using any sugar, sugar substitutes or sweeteners. Cutting out all sugars, including the natural choices, will decrease our cravings for sweet foods. This is important to maintain a normal blood sugar level throughout the body. For instance, diabetics have a much higher risk of vision problems, due to blood sugar being too high. For those of you that tend to get hypoglycemic (low blood sugar), there can also be vision problems. If you tend towards hypoglycemia, make sure to eat small meals that contain fiber (vegetables/chia or salba seeds) and lean proteins (animal products) every 3-4 hours. This will maintain your blood sugar quite nicely.
- Stop eating any starches; bread, rice, pasta, peas, corn and potatoes. These are the foods that will add on the pounds, because they turn into sugar in your body. They can do the same damage as eating real sugar if you overindulge.
- Don’t drink any alcohol. The liver cannot detoxify if you are drinking alcohol. Furthermore, alcohol is high in calories and often when we drink, we crave the foods mentioned above.
- Eat at least 3 meals a day and one snack that should be a vegetable. This in itself should help you maintain your energy, focus, blood sugar level and better digestion.
- Drink at least half your body weight in water! I am reminding you that the “solution to pollution is dilution”. If you are trying to rid the body of toxins, make sure you are hydrated so that you can flush it out of you.
- Eat one salad a day. Use only olive and/or sesame seed oil with apple cider vinegar (2 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of vinegar) as your dressing.
- Walk for 30 minutes a day! The exercise will improve blood and lymphatic circulation, helping you move the toxins out of your system. It also improves bowel function and sometimes constipation will resolve by staying hydrated and doing moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day. More than anything – you feel better!
I hope you have been encouraged to do a cleanse that will help your body and vision stay strong throughout the year.
I wish you a happy and healthy 2010!