A Cleanse: Is it for you?

October 09, 2019

A Cleanse: Is it for you?

As the Fall season gets in full-swing we have started pulling out the sweaters, coats and boots that will carry us through the next six months of cooler weather.

Here in the Pacific Northwest we all look forward to the beautiful foliage as it changes from green to gold and red. As the days get shorter we start to spend more time indoors and if you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the change in the season and the coming holidays with family and friends. These fun get-togethers also bring so many opportunities for eating good food; sometimes a little too much good food.

We love the season, with the parties and celebrations, but we don’t like the prospect of eating food that leaves us feeling heavy, bloated and foggy-brained. As the parties begin and the food and drinks start to show up at work and at home, you may be worried whether you’ll have to step into the next size jeans come Spring. What if there was a way to slow down the eating and provide you with a way to hit “pause” to help you select healthier food this time? What if you could learn how to listen to your body and get different results this year? What if this time you could float through the holidays lighter, healthier and slimmer?

This is not only possible, but it may just be the best thing you could do for your health right now. You’ve heard of cleansing diets and want to know whether this is something that might make sense for you to do. There are many types of cleanse programs and not all of them are suitable for everyone. We will discuss the benefits of a well-designed cleanse and how it can benefit you.

The purpose of a cleanse program is to clear the body of the most common inflammatory foods and toxic substances for a limited time; to give your hard-working organs a period when they don’t have to work so hard to get rid of chemicals, irritants and sugar.

Sugar and processed foods are the greatest inflammatory substances we eat. They are the common denominators found in the diets of people with chronic illnesses, including:

  • Excess weight
  • Weight loss resistance
  • Increased blood lipid levels
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Elevated blood sugars
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Mood issues like anxiety and depression

As you are looking to lose weight or improve your inflammation markers what is the best way to embark on a cleanse that is healthy and beneficial for your body?

First of all, it is important to check with your doctor if you have any kind of a health condition, like diabetes, autoimmune disease or IBS. Anytime you start a new health program, it is good to know whether your body is ready and able to support the change and only your doctor can advise you best.

A healthy cleanse would not only limit the top offending foods that cause inflammation symptoms, but it would also support your nutritional needs with appropriate whole foods to assist your organs in the process of detoxification. It would provide a way for your body to get support and nourishment to give you the results you are seeking.

The period of detoxification is short, from one to three weeks, and it would include a carefully planned menu that would support your metabolism, while providing the nutrients you would need to maintain good health. This is best done under the supervision of a trained nutritionist or health coach.

At Nourished Functional Nutrition, we offer cleanse/detox programs designed to provide you a diet rich in whole foods with menus specifically designed for you. Our program lasts only 7 days, during which you will experience the transformation you are seeking.

The journey will be full of rewards you have not considered yet. You may be here hoping to lose weight, even so, you’re likely to discover other benefits. Some may be related to your digestion, lower inflammation, improved mood or ability to sleep more soundly.

I’m confident that this transformation will surprise and delight you. It will be my great pleasure to be your guide. Consider scheduling a FREE 15-Minute Consultation to learn if this or another more personalized nutrition program may be best for your needs.

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Yours in wellness,

- Monica

Monica Paz, MS, CN, FNLP

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