Feeling that all too familiar energy slump?
We all like to treat ourselves now and again, but if you’re feeling that all too familiar slump and sense of guilt from over-indulging, then it might be time for a detox!
“We all know that processed foods can cause weight gain and impact our mood, but do you really know the extent to which these foods are impacting your health?”, says nutritionist Kim Pearson. “Processed foods can contain a variety of potentially harmful additives that can lead to an accumulation of toxins. Over time this can leave our body struggling to cope.”
“Detoxification is the body’s natural process of eliminating or neutralizing toxic materials from cells, organs and the bloodstream.” explains Kim. “Benefits of doing an annual cleanse can be life-changing, including more energy, improved digestion, weight loss, clearer complexion, better sleep and healthy bowel movements.”
Here are five reasons why we should all be doing a cleansing programme!
1. Blood sugar spikes
Over indulging in sugary treats causes blood sugar spikes, and when levels drop they can send your hormones into overdrive, causing excess ‘stress hormones’ known as cortisol. Cortisol inhibits the production of hydrochloric acid in the digestive system, which is needed to break down food properly, leading to bloating, gas, mood swings and other unpleasant digestive effects. These sugar dips can also result in more hunger pangs!
Herbs for the blood: Artichoke, burdock root, dandelion, hawthorn berry, red clover, turmeric & yellowdock help to purify blood of toxins
2. Liver stress
This is the first line in our body’s natural detoxification process and has a direct impact on fat regulation and digestion. The liver is a very hard working organ; it filters and cleans around 450 litres of blood every day and is designed to break down and transform toxins. Excess consumption of alcohol, processed foods and refined sugars means your liver has to work extra hard to eliminate this accumulation of toxins. Herbs for the Liver: Artichoke, burdock, dandelion, turmeric, yarrow & yellowdock
The skin is the body’s largest detoxification organ. Poor skin health can be a common warning sign of excess toxins and a message from our body that we need to cleanse! Toxins from the liver are carried into the digestive tract, where they should be removed from the body via daily bowel movements. However, even mild constipation will increase your body’s toxic load; putting additional stress on the body’s other elimination channels, including the skin. Herbs for the Skin: Burdock root, dandelion, & red clover can be used to improve skin
4. Kidney function
Toxins from the liver are passed to the kidneys so that they can be further filtered, and finally eliminated via urine through the bladder. Toxins from excess alcohol, processed foods and refined sugars can put added pressure on your kidneys. Frequent high blood glucose levels over years can lead to changes in how the kidneys function, forcing them to work even harder than usual. Herbs for the Kidneys: Corn silk, artichoke, burdock, dandelion, parsley & red clover increase urine flow.
The bowel eliminates toxins carried from the liver, plus food and waste which has accumulated in the intestines. It is vital to have healthy bowel movements daily – even mild constipation will increase your body’s toxic load, resulting in reduced nutrient absorption and lack of energy. Wastes and toxins will also ferment in the bowel, leading to gas, bloating and autointoxication (where toxins that should have been eliminated are drawn back into the blood-stream from the bowel).
Try: Renew Life’s CleanseSMART (RRP £29.99) – a 30 day advanced herbal cleansing programme designed to stimulate the cleansing and detoxification process of the body’s 7 channels of elimination: the liver, lungs, colon, kidneys, blood, skin, and lymphatic system. (Available from As Nature Intended and Wholefoods).
CleanseSMART is a 2 part cleanse. The first part is an herbal organ detox formula (take two capsules in the morning with water). The second part is a colon cleansing formula (take two capsules in the evening).
To kick-start your health routine, why not take the Cleanse Challenge www.cleansechallenge.co.uk – 5 challenges to kick-start a cleaner and healthier lifestyle, including ways to increase fibre, cut back on processed foods and drink smarter.