Feeling sluggish? Struggling with digestive problems? Can’t seem to lose weight? Want to break free from sugar and carb cravings? If so, it is the perfect time for a whole body detox. If the word detox makes you nervous, it shouldn’t! Detoxifying or cleansing your body is simply a means of reducing your toxin intake while enhancing the body’s channels of elimination, improving circulation, and nourishing the body with healthy nutrients.
We are exposed to such a large amount of chemicals on a daily basis. Herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and artificial ingredients are abundant in our food supply. Environmental pollutants are in the air we breathe and the water we drink. Cosmetics, personal care products, medications, building materials, household cleaners, carpets, furnishings and cars also contain thousands of unhealthy chemicals. Toxins can build up in the body and impact health in many ways.
Taking healthy measures to reduce your toxin exposure and support your body’s detoxification pathways are effective ways to help promote long-term health and well-being. One of the best ways to do this is by hitting the body’s reset button by doing a short-term, targeted detox program.
Our nutrition experts at Village Green Apothecary have created a gentle yet effective 30-day detoxification program built around eating a fresh, whole foods diet and taking key supplements to help combat food cravings, aid in the removal of toxins, and support digestive health. This cleansing program is designed to reboot your entire body. It will address your blood, bowel, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. And, it can help jump-start weight loss, boost energy, decrease inflammation, and promote brain chemistry balance and hormone balance.
Whole Body Detox Action Plan
- Clean up your diet
- Follow healthy lifestyle recommendations
- Supplement with targeted nutrients
1. Clean up your diet:
Sugar and flour are extremely addictive substances that are at the root of many of our chronic diseases, such as dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity, heart disease, and much more. Americans consume hundreds of pounds of sugar and flour each year, more than ever before in history. Processed foods that are filled with sugar and additives alter your brain chemistry, cause inflammation, and can keep you on a roller coaster of feeling both hungry and lousy. It is time to break the cycle and reclaim your health!
8 Pro-Inflammatory Foods to Eliminate
- Sugar – all forms, including natural sweeteners such as honey, molasses, agave, maple syrup, cane juice, artificial sweeteners, candy, chocolate, sodas, juices, sports drinks, sweetened teas and coffees
- Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
- Flour products (cookies, cakes, crackers, pasta, bread, pretzels, etc.)
- Fried foods
- Processed foods
- Foods that contain hydrogenated oils, preservatives, additives, colorings or dyes
- Anything that comes in a box, package, or can (except wild tuna, wild salmon, sardines, and anchovies)
6 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Eat
- Clean, organic, hormone-free, grass-fed protein (eggs, chicken, wild fish, lamb, lean beef, etc.) should be eaten at every meal/snack and is key to balancing blood sugar and reducing cravings.
- Unlimited organic, non-starchy vegetables. Choose organic fresh vegetables when possible, but organic frozen vegetables can be your second choice. Avoid canned, creamed or pickled vegetables. Enjoy your vegetables raw, steamed, sautéed, baked or roasted. Examples include artichokes, asparagus, bean sprouts, bell or other peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, green beans, dark leafy greens, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, radishes, scallions, sea vegetables, snow peas, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash and tomatoes.
- Healthy fats can help with satiation, balance blood sugar and provide energy. Examples include unsalted nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews, nut butter, ground or whole flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds), extra virgin olive oil, olives, coconut and avocados.
- Fresh or frozen organic fruit. Avoid canned or dried. Good options include berries, apples, apricots, cherries, grapefruit, oranges, cantaloupe, pears, grapes, mangoes, watermelon, peaches and plums. Limit yourself to 1-2 servings of fruit daily.
- Legumes. Eat a variety of beans and legumes if you tolerate them. Examples include garbanzo, lentils, lima beans, kidney beans, red beans, white beans, black beans, non-GMO soy (tempeh or miso), and split peas. Dried beans should be soaked overnight. Rinse the beans with fresh water before cooking.
- Add spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom can naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
2. Follow healthy lifestyle recommendations:
Healthy lifestyle habits can help set the stage for optimal health. Below are 12 tips to help decrease your toxin load, eliminate toxins, and improve your health.
12 Whole Body Detox Tips
- Eat regularly. Eat three meals and two snacks or five small meals a day. Eating every 3-4 hours promotes blood sugar balance. Be sure to incorporate protein, fat, and fiber with each meal and snack.
- Take a high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement, vitamin D3, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics. Nutrient deficiencies can drive cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.
- Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Poor sleep can contribute to poor food choices.
- Practice deep breathing exercises for 5 minutes a day to help to manage stress.
- Drink 6-8 (8oz) glasses of filtered water a day to help with toxin removal. Herbal teas count toward water servings.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day to help promote toxin elimination via sweat.
- Take a nightly detox bath containing 2 cups of Epsom salt and 10 drops of lavender oil.
- Reduce your toxin exposure. Opt for natural alternatives to chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products. Avoid Teflon and aluminum cookware.
- Minimize use of added salt. If desired, use small amounts of sea salt, Himalayan salt or dulse flakes.
- Filter the air you breathe. High-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filters in your home can help to improve air quality and decrease your exposure to toxins.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol can have many negative health consequences.
- Stick with it! Symptoms such as fatigue or headache may be experienced at the beginning of a detox and should dissipate within the first few days of this program, as should cravings for carbs and sugar.
3. Supplement with targeted nutrients:
Nutrient deficiencies can limit the body’s ability to successfully detoxify and eliminate toxins. To help ensure that your nutrient needs are being met, we recommend taking daily foundational supplements, such as a high-quality multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D and probiotics, which are featured in our Pathway Foundational Support Bundle.
For this 30-day detoxification program, we have created a Detox Support Bundle that features three targeted supplements designed to benefit all major body systems. Together, they promote healthy detoxification and antioxidant protection.
• Ultra Cleansing System is a comprehensive AM/PM formula that supports detoxification and the removal of toxins. Take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 capsules in the evening.
• Clear Fiber is a soluble fiber that that supports digestion and the health of the gut microbiome. Take 1 TBSP daily.
• S-Acetyl Glutathione is a unique form of glutathione, the body’s most important antioxidant. Glutathione supports detoxification and immune function. Take 2 capsules daily.
• Pathway L-Glutamine is an amino acid that can help combat sugar and carb cravings and support digestive health. Take 1-2 capsules between meals, especially when experiencing cravings.
If you’d like further information on supplements that support detoxification, Village Green Apothecary’s team of nutrition experts is here to answer your health questions and provide you with personalized guidance. Feel free to call us, send us an email, come in and visit, or schedule an appointment to receive one-on-one support.