#13: The TRUTH About Detoxification

Have you ever tried a detox or a cleanse only to feel crappy? Have you ever thought about trying a detox but didn't want to spend $300 starving on green juice? We totally get it. That's why we are offering a FREE, online 5-Day Gentle Detox that starts January 10th. It's like detox 101. You get all the basics, you ease into it gradually and you feel like the smartest person in the class. This detox is designed for all body types and all levels of health, is easy to do and will help your body repair itself more efficiently. The protocol is subtle but the changes in diet and lifestyle are meaningful. We offer detailed instruction and helpful tips for reducing sugar and the wrong oils, drinking more water, getting quality sleep, improving circulation and cutting down on tech time that can be used now or anytime.


So what is “detox” anyway?

Detoxification is the way the body heals and repairs itself, and always has – it is an internal cleansing process that takes place continuously and naturally. The simple act of exhaling is a form of detoxification. So are sweating and urinating. While our bodies generally do a good job of detoxifying on their own, if we have too many toxins in our bodies, it can create a toxic burden. A toxin is any substance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects in the body. Toxins come from external sources like pollution – think mercury in fish or fumes from a car, and internal sources like cellular waste after exercising.  

If the body repairs itself on its own, why would we need to do anything extra? Let’s take a look at your job. You go to work every day, put in long hours and after several months or years, without a day off, you feel worn out and in need of a vacation. You go to a beach resort for a week and you come back rejuvenated, enthusiastic and ready to face all of the day’s challenges. Your body’s detoxification pathways operate in the same fashion and they too need a break sometimes.

The stress response

When we’re stressed, tired and consuming foods that require the body to expend extra energy to process and eliminate, our systems slow down. If you’re stressed out, your body releases hormones that raise your blood sugar and uses up valuable resources like magnesium, B vitamins and zinc which are needed to eliminate toxins. With more toxins circulating in your blood and getting stored in your tissues (usually your fat cells), you may feel tired, foggy and irritable. What this all means is that our body is stealing the nutrients essential for natural detoxification to support a stress response instead of a detoxification response. So relax – your body can only detoxify when in a parasympathetic or relaxed state.

Why most detoxes fail

If you flush a clogged toilet, we all know what happens. The same phenomenon occurs on a cleanse if your body’s elimination pathways are not open — elimination pathways meaning digestive, lymphatic, respiratory and urinary systems. As a result, your body removes waste from tissues but the waste can’t leave your body. It ends up circulating in your blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a range of symptoms from nausea to headaches, irritability and fatigue. Ever wonder why your co-worker on that juice cleanse feels so sick and tired? Now you know.

If you aren't convinced yet, let me add that juice cleansing is extremely high in fructose (aka sugar). In addition to the high sugar content, juice is missing a lot of the fiber you would otherwise get from consuming the whole fruit. When juice is the only thing you consume without anything else like fats and proteins to slow the absorption of sugar, you better be ready for a quick high and a nasty low – over and over again. 

The right detox

It can take several months of nutritional therapy to be in the optimal state for detoxing. You are ready to detox when you’re properly hydrated, digesting your food well, maintaining stable energy levels and not experiencing high levels of stress. A gentle detox is ideal when your body's foundations are not yet in balance. Signs of imbalance include things like constipation or diarrhea, irregular menstrual flow, headaches, joint pain, mood swings and low sex drive. The good news is that you can join us for a FREE, online 5-Day Gentle Detox to start the new year off on the right track! And if that's not good enough, our partner and healthy restaurant chain in NYC, Nanoosh is offering Truth + Wellness detox members a 10% off discount on any meal at all 3 locations. They have the best gluten free wraps in NYC so eat up!