TIS THE SEASON TO BE HEALTHY…

By Dr. LIsa Maddalena, ND

The holiday season can be a hectic time, full of indulgences, leaving you feeling drained and uncomfortable when it is all over. A pre-holiday detox can be a great way to support your body and mind, boost your immune system and re-set your metabolism, so that you can stay healthy through the season. I recommend that you do this for 10 days or longer. For added benefit, after your 10 cleanse days, adopt some of these changes into your lifestyle (between parties and family events) in order to maintain optimal resilience.

The ritual of a pre-holiday detox is a great way to bring the spirit of playfulness and gratitude back into your life, enlist a friend or two to take the journey with you! This is a great opportunity to spiritually expand and mindfully start training yourself to start looking for the gift in the moment. Like anything worth practicing, it can be difficult at first. Overtime, it becomes simple and easy adopting new lifestyle choices. Let the purification process cleanse negative feelings and open up clear paths in the level of feeling and deeper awareness. Above all be kind to yourself!

The Cleanse:

Start each day with a tall glass of water with lemon. Cut your lemon in quarters and let it infuse over night, this will increase the essential oil content, providing more of the medicinal properties of the fruit. Please note that lemon can be hard on your enamel therefore protect your teeth by drinking from a straw. If you can’t drink from a straw use 1 tbsp of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in your water as an alternative. 

Ditch the coffee! Caffeine can increase adrenaline resulting in energy, and blood sugar ups and downs during the day. Consider dandelion tea instead. Dandelion increases digestive juices, and supports liver detoxification pathways. If you have trouble avoiding coffee completely, limit yourself to 1 coffee in the morning, and try an Americano since it is lower in caffeine.

Forget the alcohol. Alcohol is high in sugar, promotes leaky gut, inflames your liver, and impairs sleep quality. 

Avoid Sugar and white grains. Sugar promotes cravings and impairs the immune system. 

Eliminate Gluten and Dairy- these promote inflammation, leaky gut, and mucus formation. 

Don’t forget your essential fats. Our Luma Glow contains an optimal balance, and appropriate dose, of all of the essential fats (not just fish oil). It also contains 1000IU of Vit D. These are all important for decreasing inflammation and healing the gut.

Boost your energy and antioxidant level with a mid day scoop of “Reds and Greens” powder. This powder is equal to 3-4 servings of vegetables per scoop. In addition, it contains green tea extract, milk thistle and spirulina which promote liver detoxification, decrease inflammation, and support weight loss.

Add extra fibre. Fibre binds fats and toxins and eliminates. In addition, it keeps you full and satisfied. Consider things like ground flax, chia or hemp seeds. 

Unplug. Try turning off your cellphone, TV and computer 2 hours before bed, in order to truly relax your mind and promote healthy melatonin production. 

Get moving. During a cleanse, intense exercise is not recommended, but sweating is and important aspect of cleansing. Activities such as Yoga or a brisk walk every day can be beneficial to your body and your mind. 

Breathe. The lungs are an organ of elimination too. Every time you breathe deeply you take in more oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide. This supports your brain, improves your energy and calms the mind. 

Recommended supplements can be found at Aegis MD. 

In order to get optimal results, a detox program can be tailored to your specific needs. Book an appointment today in order to take your detox program to the next level.