Cleanses, Detoxes and Intermittent Fasting: How the Right Reset Can Change Your Health
As we all have come to realize the importance of staying healthy this winter, it's vital that we actually take the necessary steps to do so! Many of us are pretty familiar with what to do but when it actually comes down to it, we don't actually follow through. Rather, we blame this on work, holidays, kids, events, busy schedules, etc.
One of my must-haves in my own personal routine has been Nutritional Cleansing (otherwise known as Intermittent Fasting) for health and vitality.
Now health doesn't always equate to the absence of sickness or disease- in spite of our many efforts to live a healthy lifestyle, sometimes we just plain catch a bug! But how we feel on a day-to-day basis and what our current lifestyle looks like is everything. Those daily decisions, however small, add up to big results!
How do you manage stress? How well do you sleep? What is your environment like when it comes to what you put on your body (personal hygiene, soaps, make-up, etc.)? What cleaning products do you use? What is the air quality of your home or work is like?
All of these things affect our biology.
By taking the steps to reduce our expose to environmental toxins and by supporting the body's natural detoxification processes, the chemicals and toxins locked away in our system are effectively flushed out, resulting in a healthy, highly-functioning body.
Happy cells = a happy you!
"As an energy-control strategy or way to manage calories, fasting allows you the flexibility to choose when to eat and when not to eat. Many fasting experts suggest that when implemented correctly, the user may not have to obsess about daily food measuring, prep or counting calories to maintain a chronic daily caloric deficit. They can simply create a significant calorie deficit by choosing to fast for up to 24 hours once or twice a week, depending on how it fits their calendar, and eat normally the other days.
Some research even suggests compliance to periodic fasting may be better than the traditional daily calorie deficit most diet plans depend on.
Think about this: one day of fasting per week could create the same caloric deficit as four or five days of restricting 400 to 500 calories from your maintenance amount.
Taking a break from eating may also be a helpful way for people to really connect with their perception of hunger and satisfaction. At first it can be challenging to work through true physical hunger if you’re not used to it. However, if you’re uncomfortable with the hunger when you’re attempting to fast, you can always decide to eat something and end the fast until another time.
As weird as it sounds, periodic 24-hour fasts may enhance growth hormone production, which is observed to mildly increase metabolic rate. This observation flies in the face of the common myth that we need to eat frequently to “stoke” our metabolism.
It appears that the break from eating allows insulin levels to drop low enough to allow a somewhat dormant hormonal surge to happen. Here’s how that works: In the fed state, insulin is the dominant anabolic hormone (tissue building and energy storing). In the fasted state, insulin levels drop to fasting levels (go figure), and it is thought that growth hormones appear to increase to help counteract excessive loss of lean tissue.
Perhaps most interesting is that by restricting our time in the fed state, we can help the body achieve more normal insulin sensitivity, which could be a huge benefit for the large number of people with pre-diabetes and diabetes. Considering the economic burden of the rising incidence of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, controlled intermittent fasting is worth more than a closer look for many people." *
What is Cleansing and Detoxing?
Cleansing and detoxing are the buzz words these days, but did you know that there’s different kinds?
The most commonly practiced are Intestinal Cleanses (or detoxes) where one follows a protocol that results in the intestines and colon being flushed out (think Roto-Rootering the gut!).
The benefits to this kind of reset is usually weight released, decreased bloating, a boost in metabolism, more energy, reduced sugar cravings, improved sleep, improved vitals such as blood sugar and blood pressure, less anxiety... to name a few! :)
As one who practices this regularly, I recommend doing an intestinal cleanse every quarter. Why not reset your baseline for well-being? With the many toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, our bodies could use the extra help.
If you are looking to try or hear more about this, I have a simple, guided 21-Day Reset that I walk many individuals through.
The other kind of cleanse is a Cellular Cleanse, using a protocol that incorporates intermittent fasting (no... not starving yourself!).
Intermittent fasting forces your body to tap into specific fat cells that are holding onto toxins (coming from stress, poor diet, build-up of hormones, things in your environment: cleaning products, bath/body/personal hygiene, etc.) to use those for energy instead of sugar, muscle, etc. Your body will ONLY use these fat cells for energy when you target them by cellular cleansing.
This type of cleansing leads to lasting results, changing biochemistry and ridding toxins that are locked away.
This delicious nutrition product (pictured) is a synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and antioxidant botanicals to help support the body’s own detoxification processes.
It has helped eliminate stubborn fat, supports metabolism and has powerful antioxidants that nourish and protect your body.**
By glomming onto those toxins that have been "exposed" and are now unlocked, it flushes them out of the system and cleanses the body through your natural detoxification systems (think urinating, sweating, etc.)... no hovering near the bathroom for this one! ;)
This drink floods the body with amazing nutrition, supports the liver and other organs, leaving you happy, glowing and refreshed!
If you’d like to hear more about these cleanses or would like to know which one is best for you, simply message me and let's chat! No stress, creepiness, hype or loads of products here- this is real life lifestyle nutrition!