Are you thinking about starting our fall Group Detox program? With over 80,000 chemicals used in our environment today, we can understand why. The risk for accumulating toxins is unbelievably high. Detoxing once or twice a year is essential for the body to function properly and to ward off disease, lethargy, brain fog, and extra pounds.
There is a science to detoxifying your liver and it’s best to prep prior to starting any detox program. Detoxing safely and effectively is our first priority, and prepping will help your body avoid the shock of removing sugar and inflammatory foods and beverages from your diet when you begin the program.
Mary Gocke, our Director of Nutrition, offers tips you can start incorporating a week or two before your detox program. Feel prepared, empowered, and ready for success!
1. Stock Your Fridge: Eat large amounts – 7 servings a day – of deeply colored fruits and vegetables. Colorful fruits and vegetables will give you antioxidants to safely remove toxins from your body through your liver. Antioxidants prevent tissue damage, or oxidative stress, that often accompanies a detoxification program.
2. Wake Up and Don’t Smell The Coffee: Instead, brew organic green tea. This will also support and prep the liver (antioxidants from the tea) while weaning your body off caffeine. Coffee is highly sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides – you do not need to be putting these extra toxins into your body!
3. Pantry Purge: Stop buying sugar laden and processed foods and do not allow them in the house. If they are already there, toss them (without the guilt!). You’ll be less likely to be tempted or to cheat on your detox with these items missing from your kitchen.
4. Hydration Station: Increase your water intake to better hydrate your body before you start! A well-hydrated body performs much better than a dehydrated body. Here’s an easy way to remember to hydrate. Fill a glass of water before bedtime and put it on your nightstand. When you wake up in the morning, drink your glass of water before getting out of bed. That extra hydration will energize your body and help flush out toxins before you even step your feet on the ground.
These simple, everyday tips to a healthier lifestyle can be incorporated to prep and support a detox program, and will benefit anyone who is looking to make small healthy steps to lasting change.