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Detox 101: Why You NEED This Healing Practice

“Spring cleaning” of wardrobes and homes is something that many people do systematically. Just as you clear the clutter in your home, you also need to clean the junk from your body!


  • Detoxification, which is accomplished by the liver, intestines, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and skin, is a process of removing waste from the body.
  • An accumulation of toxins can lead to a myriad of unpleasant symptoms including brain fog, chronic fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, weight gain, cellulite, frequent headaches, bloating, constipation, acid reflux, bad breath, foul body odor, breakouts and joint pain.
  • It’s important to know what you are doing before embarking on a detox; if done incorrectly, toxins can recirculate and create more damage than before.
  • Supporting all three phases of detoxification, as seen in our Seasonal 3-Day Detox Program, will assist in the proper elimination of toxins.

Regardless of how clean your diet, it’s almost impossible to escape the chemicals all around us – from fossil fuel emissions in the air to GMO-laden foods. We’re also exposed to toxins in our homes due in part to conventional cleaning and personal care products, candles, bedding materials, paints and plastics. According to natural medicine advocate Dr. Josh Axe, indoor air is often up to five times more toxic as outdoor air, and Americans today are spending an average of 90 percent of their lives indoors!

A healthy individual can tolerate a small amount of toxins, but the amount of chemicals that the average American is taking in on a daily basis almost always exceeds the rate at which the detoxification organs can remove them. An accumulation of these toxins has the ability to damage cells, organs and otherwise healthy tissues. This can lead to a myriad of unpleasant symptoms including brain fog, memory impairments, chronic fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, weight gain, cellulite, hormonal imbalance, frequent headaches, bloating, constipation, acid reflux, bad breath, foul body odor, breakouts and joint pain. In order to feel good on a daily basis, we have to routinely take out the trash. This is where detoxification comes in!

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According to integrative physician Dr. Frank Lipman, detoxification is an internal cleansing process that the body relies on to neutralize, transform and rid the body of toxic waste. Detoxification is primarily accomplished by the liver, but also involves the intestines, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and skin. It’s a three-step process that converts fat-soluble toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, pollutants and environmental chemicals into a water-soluble form that can be easily eliminated from the body. Mobilizing toxins is like waking a sleeping bear – when stored toxins are released into the bloodstream, they are much more reactive and damaging than before. The right balance of vitamins, antioxidants and proteins at the right time is ESSENTIAL to safely remove these toxic byproducts from the body.

Eating a clean plant-based diet, drinking filtered lemon water, getting good quality sleep and daily exercise support everyday detox. However, with the toxic world that we live, it’s still not enough. At Nourished®, we recommend that you practice some form of detox on a routine bases. This ranges from “Meatless Mondays” to “souping” one day per week, or intermittent fasting.

For a deeper cleanse, we recommend seasonal detoxing. Seasonal detoxification supports your body and the organs that become active during different times of the year. For example, in winter,  it’s important to stay grounded and support the kidneys whereas spring is the season of the liver. Our Seasonal 3-Day Detox Program includes three days of organic smoothies, soups, salad and roasted veggies. This isn’t a fast! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all included and carefully designed to take you through all phases of detoxification.

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Each person is unique, especially when it comes to health, diet and lifestyle habits; therefore, detox experiences will be different from person to person.* Common symptoms include headaches, weakness and fatigue. However, post-detox, you can expect to feel lighter, less bloated and naturally energetic with better mental clarity, less hunger and cravings, and fewer aches and pain. Inflammation decreases, skin has a natural glow, and eyes are brighter and less puffy. The benefits are widespread – when you take care of your body, your body will thank you in many ways!

Regardless of who you are, how many symptoms you have, where you live or how clean your current lifestyle, almost anyone can benefit from regular detoxification.* Detoxing is comparable to giving your car an oil change – your body needs a periodic tune-up to keep the engine running smoothly. If you’re looking for a new start to 2019, join us for our Seasonal 3-Day Detox Program, offered Monday, January 7 and Friday, January 18. Call 630.You.Well (968.9355) for more details or register now, here.

*If you are pregnant or struggling with a chronic health condition, please consult your primary care physician before starting a detox program.

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