Do you feel winter has taken a toll on your mood, energy, and waistline? Do symptoms like joint pain, fatigue, bloating and weight gain plague your daily thoughts? Food choices and intake play a more significant role in how people feel than credit is given.
The food and nutrition industries are challenging to navigate, even for someone with extensive education. It seems research and recommendations are constantly changing. Foods and food products are marketed to everyone, no matter the age, social status or education level, even when we are unaware. Deciphering proper food choices can be frustrating, and fad diets often don’t work. Consequently, our bodies are taking on the burden of these wrong choices.
Detoxification is how the body eliminates “toxins,” or substances that should not be left in the body. The organs that make up the gastrointestinal tract (GI) oversee the elimination of these substances. However, please understand, times of stress, sickness, intolerance and indulgence, food choices, medications, and other substances we are around and ingest, increase the burden on the GI system. When the liver, gallbladder and other digestive organs struggle to keep up with this burden, toxins are stored in fat cells, the nervous system and brain (hence all of the symptoms).
Detoxification is a trending topic. Many people associate it with fasting, colonics, cleansing or an intestinal purge. On the contrary, a scientific and research-based detoxification system revolves around giving the human GI tract a break. While the Standard American Diet (SAD) often consists of foods that are highly processed, cause inflammatory reactions due to sensitivities and intolerances, are grown with pesticides and herbicides, contain chemically-derived food products or are empty of nutrients, a detox, is easy to follow and allows the body to fall back into balance.
Why should I detox?
If you struggle with any of the following, you will benefit from a detox:
- Extreme sugar cravings
- Gastrointestinal disruptions: IBS, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, bloating
- Chronic sinus issues or thickness in the throat
- Overall non-healthy feeling
- Acne and patches of dermatitis
- Brain fog
- Joint pain
- Extended time of high stress
- Struggle losing weight
- Trouble sleeping or sleep disturbances
How will this affect my daily routine?
Detoxifying is easier than most people expect. With the help of a few supplements (included in your detox kit) that are used to support regularity, create a healthy gut ecology and promote detoxification from the proper organs, the majority of changes are made to the diet. With the exception of some foods, an ultra-clean, whole food diet is followed for six days. Hydration, gentle exercise and rest are encouraged throughout the week. When the body is given the proper nutrients, rest and movement, symptoms improve quickly. I often discuss with patients the power, good or bad food, has on our body. As it is the only thing we can control which goes into our body, simple changes to our food choices can have a massive impact on our symptoms and how we feel! No matter if you struggle with constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas or you are completely regular, negative digestive side effects are NOT expected when using this detox.
The Couri Center, along with many of its employees, are hosting the Girlfriends Guide to Detoxing May 16-May 23. We will use Facebook to help guide you through the detoxification process. Daily detoxification information, recipes, and testimonials from your favorite Couri Center employees will be shared. We will be detoxifying with YOU!
Investing in your health
If you are ready to wipe away winter, feel good again and implement the healthy lifestyle you have been struggling to start, this is the time!
The Couri Center will host a detoxification event beginning May 16. The detox kit includes the use of plant-based shakes, and an ultra-clean, whole food-based diet. A detailed instructional guide that provides clear supplementation and dietary recommendations, as well as the science behind detoxification, is included in each detoxification kit.
How do I get started?
- Purchase the detox kit. This detox process is easy and outside of food choices, it will not interrupt your daily activities. Bonus! Detox kits are discounted ten dollars during the month of May. If you would like to join us on this detoxification journey, kits are available for purchase at the Couri Center anytime during office hours (8-4:30) for $120.
- Like & Follow us on Facebook. We are completing this together, as a community. To help you prep for the detox, Facebook posts will begin on May 13 . Make sure you have “liked” and ‘followed’ the Couri Center on Facebook!
Since everything is more fun with friends, be sure to invite your girlfriends to join you! Start the summer of 2019 feeling and looking your best.
Individual questions regarding detoxification can be directed to Leslie when calling the office at 692-6838.