To stay truly well, it is vital to help your body clear these toxins. The beneficial nutrients in whole natural foods, and in naturally derived remedies in our detox program, combine to support your body during the detoxification and repair processes.
This digestive repair program is a cleansing, healing program which allows your body’s detoxification and repair systems to recover and function efficiently.
This program is designed to rebalance disturbed intestinal bacteria, restore poor digestion, prevent allergic exposure, and repair the ‘leaky gut’. These factors can all contribute to the entry of toxins from the gut into the body, causing systemic inflammation. This dysfunction of the intestinal wall, and the consequent toxic invasion, is associated with many chronic diseases.
Every day we are exposed to a vast number of toxic substances that we may not even be aware of – in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the environment we surround ourselves in.
The following protocol can be summarized as a ‘weed, seed, feed’ process:
We are home to more than 500 different species of microbes. Some of them help us, but others are harmful. Many of us have too few bacteria in our intestines, where they do us the most good. Others have an overgrowth of the bad kind, which causes its own problems. Not enough of the good bacteria, or too much of the bad, can lead to intestinal disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut, and SIBO, but also chronic inflammation, depression, even cancer and heart disease.
All this attention paid to our gut microbes requires an adjustment in our thinking—we grew up believing that bacteria were bad things that should be killed at any cost. We now know that this is not true, and scientific research today is still learning about the ways these single-cell organisms are necessary to a healthy life. I’m excited to see what we’ll find next.
This means that movement matters. You won’t find me at the gym, but I love to play sports, hike swim, and run on the beach. Find what works for you, and do it daily. Your gut will thank you.
Meanwhile, modern living and our bad lifestyle choices have been hard on those little bugs. The standard western diet is impoverished of the things our beneficial gut bacteria require. All the chemicals from processed foods and the environmental toxins we take in only make the situation worse. Our guts become damaged when we eat a processed diet that’s high in sugar and starch, don’t eat enough of the right fiber and prebiotics, or take too many gut-busting drugs (like antibiotics, acid blockers for reflux, anti-inflammatories, hormones, and more). Think of your gut as an inner garden; just as with any garden—when you let the weeds take over, you get into trouble.
There are many different varieties of probiotics out there. When shopping for a probiotic, you should look for one with at least 25-50 billion living CFUs (colony-forming units), including the most beneficial strains like:
A proper detoxification program needs to be thorough and holistic and will take at least six weeks to complete. Throughout a detox, it is important to keep your diet as clean, wholesome and healthy as possible.
Many herbs can help you with this final stage of detoxification: green tea, uva-ursi, dandelion root, slippery elm and gotu kola to name a few. These can be ingested as teas or powders added to smoothies and protein shakes.
Stage 3 – Feed
The final stage is all about nourishing and restoring the eliminatory organs and involves foods and herbs that have supportive and nourishing effects.
Eliminate caffeine, smoking, alcohol and sugary, fatty foods to ensure proper detoxification. Drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, make yourself some homemade vegetable juices and treat yourself to regular massages to help the process along. Each stage of the detox typically lasts two weeks, ensuring a thorough cleanse.
Stage 1 – Weed
In order for our body to flourish and thrive, we need to ‘weed out’ pathogenic microorganisms and improve the immune system. Antimicrobial herbs, clean eating and keeping your pH levels within a healthy range will ensure these nasty critters are eliminated from your body.