Detox anyone?

Recently I have had several clients telling me they were thinking about doing a detox.  I told them it is not quite time for doing a detox – it is much better to wait until spring.  Well, spring is almost here!  In chinese medicine, spring is related to liver and gallbladder and so now is the perfect time to do a liver detox.  Usually people feel rejuvenated with a cleanse.  It helps them to feel more energetic, maybe lose a couple of the pounds that were put on throught the winter, and gets them motivated to get back on track with eating well.

There are several ways to think about doing a detox.  You can go all out with the master cleanse which is where you drink a “lemonade” made with lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for 1-14 days.  This can be pretty intense.   Doing it for 1-2 days is doable and longer just takes more planning and perserverance.  You need to remember that a cleanse is not just physical, but can be emotional and spiritual as well.

The second way to do a more mild cleanse is to eat some foods while drinking the “lemonade”.  Eating lots of vegetables and fruits with a small amount of protein and carbohydrates can keeping you going through the cleanse.  If you have a physical job or love to exercise, the master cleanse is not recommended.  This would be a more viable option for you.

The third way to do a cleanse is by doing the elimination/challenge diet. This is a plan where you eliminate all of the foods that are common intolerance like wheat, dairy, corn, eggs, sugar, citus and gluten and you avoid them for 2-3 weeks.  At the end of the 3 weeks you can choose to do the challenge phase or not. This is a mild cleanse but well worth the effort.

Lastly, if you are looking for a more intense cleanse that still involves eating well but adds in specific supplements to increase liver detoxification then the 7-day Core Restore may be the perfect cleanse for you.  This program is designed to help restore normal healthy detoxification and elimination functions. It has a comprehensive formula that supports both Phase I and II liver detoxification pathways plus it has assessment tools and a helpful patient guide providing diet recommendations and lifestyle suggestions.

If you have never done a cleanse before, it may be helpful to sit down and speak with someone about which option is best for you and your lifestyle.  Louise can help you with all of your questi0ns and set you up with a plan.  Remember, it is very important that you ease into and out of any cleanse you decide to do.  This will increase the beneficial benefits of the cleanse.

You can contact Louise at 570-421-3708 or through email at acunut@aol.com.

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About acunut

Acupuncturist, Nutritionist and co-director of Wellspring Holistic Center with Anita Bondi