September 10, 2015
Feeling bloated and run down? Maybe your stomach is misbehaving. With a summer full of vacations and barbecues coming to a close, your body might be begging for a reboot for fall.
It’s the perfect time to try a detox or cleanse. Here are my top five reasons to do a good detox every now and then.
Just like your car runs better after a tune-up, our bodies function better when they’re purged of the built-up waste products and toxins that compromise health. A truly effective detox must go beyond fasting or juicing by supplying the specific ingredients needed to boost the body’s own detoxification system. A periodic detox will keep your engine humming and help you to maintain good health in the long-term.
Although the primary goal of a good detox is to reset and optimize detox function, the side effects are wonderful too—most people will experience:
A good cleanse resets your body. Your digestive organs will get a vacation from the bad stuff allowing your body’s natural detoxification systems to return to peak performance. Herbal anti-microbials diminish the flood of internal toxins from yeast and parasites, lightening the load on the liver so it doesn’t get overwhelmed. Digestive enzymes ensure fewer negative effects from undigested foods. Fiber feeds the cells lining the intestines thereby supporting cellular integrity and decreasing inflammation. Eliminating foods that often cause sensitivities or reactions will give your digestive system a well-earned rest.
A good detox should make you feel buoyant, energetic and vital, not spaced-out, deprived, physically weak or cranky. By not ingesting the toxins and irritants that are a common cause of sensitivities, reactions, irritation and inflammation – and by supplementing with digestive enzymes, fiber and herbal anti-bacterials, the work load on your body is reduced – which leaves your engine with more energy for other things. You may even want to supercharge your cleanse to reap more benefits.
One of the most powerful things I see in my practice is the life-changing effects of living a healthier lifestyle. Not only is an effective cleanse like giving yourself a good wash and polish on the inside, but it often makes a powerful entry point into living a healthier lifestyle. Many of my patients feel such a big change in such a short time that they want to remain feeling that way for the long term. You simply feel so good, you don’t want it to stop.
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A pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative and functional Medicine, Dr. Frank Lipman is the founder and director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and the creator of Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a proprietary brand of dietary supplements, detoxifying cleanses and health coaching services. Dr. Lipman is the author of 3 books: Total Renewal – 7 Key Steps to Resilience Vitality and Long Term Health; Revive – End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again; The New Health Rules – Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness.
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