We’re all familiar with the concept of going on a cleanse or detox for a short period of time to clean our digestive systems and help heal health conditions, but did you know that our bodies are actually constantly detoxing? We have a powerful internal detoxification system, helping us sift through and eliminate toxins from our food and the environment.
As a culture, we are very aware of our external cleanliness. We keep our cities and streets clean, brush our teeth and bathe and wash our hair frequently because we want to look, feel and smell clean. But we do not have the same understanding of the necessity for internal cleansing or detoxification which functions to cleanse the body from the inside. Unfortunately we are all vulnerable to all sorts of toxins present in the environment, in our homes, in the personal care products we use and in the food we eat. These can have a cumulative effect on the liver and before long it becomes degraded and we start to feel sluggish or just not quite right.
The liver is the one of the main organs in the body’s detoxification system and without a healthy liver, you cannot be truly healthy or experience optimal health. I am a firm believer that an appropriately designed detox program can improve liver function and the integrity of the entire gastrointestinal system. What I see in my practice is that a safe and gentle internal cleanse once or twice a year promotes better functioning and is an important step in revitalizing your health.
It’s the dawn of a new year, the time of beginnings, the clean slate, and a fresh start. After all the seasonal excesses, now’s a great time to start or re-start your wellness journey. For many people the first question is, where to begin? In my practice, we answer that question – and hundreds more – every day with the help of the Be Well health coaches, our in-house team of wellness pros who support, guide, educate and advise patients through each phase of their wellness program, from dazed and confused newbie to healthy and focused wellness warrior.
You deserve to go through your day feeling full of energy, enthusiasm and vitality. Sadly, that’s not how many of us feel most of the time. With busy schedules, demanding jobs and the expectation of always being available and on life can be exhausting! Here are some tips for boosting your energy levels TODAY.
Here’s an easy and flavorful Cleanse-friendly soup recipe.
you’re doing the Be Well Cleanse and looking for some tasty shake combos, look no further! When I do the Cleanse, I often make a smoothie for my breakfast shake, so that it’s a bit more filling. Then I have the other 2 shakes with just water or almond milk.
If weight loss is an important goal for you, we recommend skipping out on the smoothies and keeping the shakes simple by mixing them up with water, almond milk or coconut milk.
For all of these, simply add ingredients to the blender, blend and enjoy!
When you’re on the Be Well Cleanse, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor. We wouldn’t do that to you! We love delicious food, and we know you can clean out your system while still enjoying lots of delicious foods and condiments.
While you may be cutting out gluten, sugar and dairy, there are plenty of herbs, spices and condiments you can use to delight your palate and make you forget you’re even detoxing. While all herbs and spices are cleanse friendly, here are a few of our favorite condiments that will pack your cleanse recipes with delicious flavor.When you’re on the Be Well Cleanse, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor. We wouldn’t do that to you! We love delicious food, and we know you can clean out your system while still enjoying lots of delicious foods and condiments.
While you may be cutting out gluten, sugar and dairy, there are plenty of herbs, spices and condiments you can use to delight your palate and make you forget you’re even detoxing. While all herbs and spices are cleanse friendly, here are a few of our favorite condiments that will pack your cleanse recipes with delicious flavor.
Over the past year, we have been working with a patient Megan McGrane who was suffering from autoimmune disorders and inflammation. By changing her diet and adding in some key supplements, she was able to reduce the severity of her symptoms, see improvement in her bloodwork, and have her inflammatory markers return to normal values. Here is her story:
I occasionally hear from people who are doing the 14-day Cleanse detox and are surprised or frustrated that they’re not losing weight. Here are the questions I ask to help them figure out what might be the reason why:
Leaky gut syndrome happens when your intestinal lining has become damaged as a result of inflammation or irritation. Drugs, alcohol, gluten and processed foods can damage the lining of the gut wall. Leaky gut can also result from internal toxicity due to an imbalance of bacteria and yeast, which we call “dysbiosis.”
When this happens, the lining of the gut becomes full of tiny holes, like swiss cheese, or a leaky bucket. In many places, the lining of the gut is just one cell thick, so leaky gut or “intestinal permeability” can easily happen.
For many people it creeps up around 3pm. For others it’s the long stretch between dinner and bedtime. Or maybe it happens every time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
It may start like a whisper but before long your sugar craving is screaming to be fulfilled.
You know it’s not good for you. You know it’s not going to make you feel good. You may even know that it’s likely to ruin your mood. So you do your best to “be good”.