First, a quick update about my adventures as a Cave Girl (aka the paleo diet). I’ve lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, feel super high-energy, am never hungry…and all of that is wonderful. But, I had been in horrible need of a “detox.” And by that I mean despite my very high consumption of vegetables and fruit, the sheer amount of protein I’ve taking in has meant I hadn’t been visiting the bathroom as much as I used to. Or needed to. And, the bathroom and I missed each other. Very much. I’ve tried dandelion tea in the past for this very issue, so I was very intrigued to hear dandelion coffee being discussed on TV earlier this week.
I do a detox cleanse every once in a while, after I’ve been eating out too often and my jeans feel like they’ve shrunk in the wash (when I haven’t actually washed them.) A good detox is an energizing pick-me-up as much as it’s a slim-me-down. But—knock me over with a kale leaf—it turns out that I might not have been doing the best detox for my body type. My favorite TV doc just devoted an entire episode to choosing the right detox based on your body type and cravings, and I have to say it was very enlightening.
About this time of year, many of my clients’ thoughts turn to detoxification. People’s memories of their recent holiday food-and-drink indulgences are fresh in their minds and also on the scale. Fortunately, so is the optimism that spring is just around the corner. Both are excellent motivators for health-minded people to work with the liver to support the body’s ability to neutralize toxins.
Do yourself a favor and take your body to the cleaners in 2014. No, I’m not talking about the dry cleaners, laundry mat or your local car wash. I’m talking about something a little more deep – like a total cleanse for your mind, body and spirit. There’s no better way to start the New Year than with a clean, healthy body. Here are two of my favorite ways to do away with the old in order to bring in the new.
Q. What is a “detox cleanse”? Does it really help you lose weight?
A. After a season of Thanksgiving pie, Christmas ham and let’s not forget New Year’s Eve champagne, many of our customers are looking for a “quick fix” to shed those extra pounds—along with the toxin build-up that we typically acquire from all of this decadence. A detox cleanse usually includes a supplement regimen and is intended to hit the “reset” button on your eating habits. After completing the recommended course, you likely will have rid yourself of junk food cravings… and some weight, too.*
All the creamy dips, cheesy casseroles, fried meats and flavored drinks you consume over the holidays are bound to hit your body hard—causing digestive issues, weight gain, mood swings and more. One way to bounce back is with a quick detox to flush toxins from your system, improve circulation and make you feel more energized and ready to face the New Year ahead.
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