As I am in the process of doing a 28 day cleanse programme, I thought I would start writing a weekly blog about by journey and cleansing. This cleanse is not a diet but it is a process of helping the body eliminate toxins and it also helps to return your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Food & Drink Toxins
There are more toxins but I thought I would start with these.
Caffeine – this sends blood sugar and adrenaline levels soaring.
Wheat - toxins from wheat can enter your blood stream and build up intolerances that will cause headaches, indigestion, fatigue, bad skin and depression.
Fizzy drinks – full of sugar that send your blood glucose levels through the ceiling.
Pastries and Pies – full of saturated fats and sugars, putting a huge strain on the liver and causing an increase in your sugar levels.
Canned Foods – the metal in canned foods gets into your system, your liver cannot detoxify metals.
Processed Meats – these contain a lot of salt that upset your fluid balance. There is also a high level of saturated fats and chemicals plus hormones and antibiotics in processed foods.
Cheese – these are very acidic and hard for the body to digest.
Snacks - raw and natural unsalted nuts are great for health. But if you roast these nuts, the good fats change into unhealthy fats. Fried foods, frying destabilizes oil molecules and produces highly toxic free radicals or the damaging molecules that run around your body and attack your cells.
Alcohol - Alcohol depletes nutrients and particularly B vitamins that are needed for metabolism and memory. Alcohol makes your blood sugar levels raise, your liver fat, and you cannot detox your system.
What can a build-up of toxins do?
A toxic build up will definitely put stress on your body, causing disease’s that you don’t really want to experience, and make life seem sluggish and full of complications.
According to Henrietta Norton Co-founder and Technical Director at Wild Nutrition, many female health conditions are a result of a compromised ability to detoxify efficiently. These range from hormonal imbalances, allergies, depression, anxiety, poor skin health, weight gain and subfertility to more long-term and degenerative diseases.
Why Wild Nutrition?
I chose the Wild Nutrition programme as it is works well with today’s busy lifestyle, allowing time to prepare and it also includes lean protein like fish and white meat from day 8 if desired. It eliminates key items such as caffeine, sugar, white flour products, alcohol, gluten and dairy but there are so many foods that you can eat and it really makes you think about the beautiful fresh ingredients that can be used to create some amazing dishes. The supplements are food grown and it has been shown that the body absorbs, uses and stores key vitamins and minerals better this way.
Typical benefits include improved skin, sleep, digestion, energy, healthy weight loss, and mental clarity with a reduction in bloating, constipation, headaches, and joint pain.
I myself suffer from Osteoarthritis and manage this through minimising lots of Inflammatory food and taking Omega 3 supplements but this will take it to another level and eliminate foods that are known to cause inflammation like diary, gluten, sugar, caffeine and red meat.
Today is day 3 and I am struggling with the no caffeine at the moment as I do like my cup of coffee in the morning after the school run. However, I am drinking the warm lemon water and herbal teas instead and keeping myself hydrated. I have had a slight headache for the last two days but hope that this will go away soon as the caffeine withdrawal subsides. On the plus side, I have had two nights of great sleep and feel much more alert already in the morning.
On Sunday my husband made a lovely roast dinner and we normally have a nice glass of red wine to compliment the meal but this was turned down (by me!) not my husband who enjoyed his glass. As each day goes by it becomes easier as I acquire more knowledge about the amazing alternatives to the items that have been eliminated. Today I made a beautiful lentil and vegetable soup that will last at least 3 days so I don’t have to worry about cooking lunch again for a while.
Next time I blog I will be on day 10 and will let you know how I feel.
If you are interested in doing this Total Cleanse myself and another qualified nutritionist will be running this programme in January in the Reigate area for a small group of people. Part of the package will include a 2 hour workshop to explain in great detail how the cleanse works, all the information needed to complete the program and we will be on hand to help you each step of the way. It has been studied that if you follow a cleanse programme with a group of people you are more likely to complete the task then doing it on your own.
For more information on the cleanse or to book a consultation please click here to contact me:-