Why Detox in Winter?
by: Vicky Reihana on
By Simone Baldwin
Each season is an opportunity to honour different organs, but during the winter season our bodies are naturally detoxifying and nourishing the kidneys, bladder and adrenal system.
It’s important to clean out the bladder because if it’s not functioning right, yeast and chronic bladder infections can result. We don’t that!
The kidneys are a critical component to detoxification because their job is to filter out waste. If the kidneys aren’t working optimally, the body can become too acidic. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment and we definitely don’t want that!
The adrenal system is just as vital because it has an effect on kidney function and is responsible for producing cortisol, aldosterone and adrenaline. A poor functioning adrenal system can cause difficulty sleeping, sugar cravings, bowel issues as well as an overall weakened immune system.
Also, with each season, Mother Nature gives us the natural bounty needed to cleanse our bodies, so the 18 Day Winter Detox is full of fresh, seasonal produce and includes plenty of warm and nourishing meals.
Join me in taking part in the 18 Day Winter Detox, which is happening throughout July and August and head into Spring 2017, feeling the best you’ve ever felt!
Check out the 18 Day Winter Detox Here. Early Bird Closes July 15th.
The Process of Elimination
Digestive upsets may strike us at any time. Unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, cramping or diarrhoea are usually caused by illness, stress or food intolerances. Sometimes though, these problems continue to plague us without relief and therefore it’s time to acknowledge that things are less than rosy in your tummy and you need to do something about it.
If the thought of a medical intervention such as a colonoscopy leaves you cold (and quite frankly I don’t blame you) then maybe an elimination program is the answer.
What is this magical method that may help you avoid the latex-gloved hand of a gastroenterologist I hear you say? Well, the Elimination Diet is an approach to figuring out which foods irritate your bowel so that you can eat mindfully and keep those nasty digestive symptoms at bay.
Our gut is a complex organ and contains thousands of neurons (or brain cells) that interact with our immune system. It’s no wonder what we eat is so critical to our health and wellbeing.
By removing the common causes of digestive upset, namely food allergens and replacing them with real, whole foods that will not irritate the gut, inflammation is reduced and your body starts to heal from the inside out.
Here are some common digestive irritants and food allergens:
Grains – The foundation of the food pyramid for decades, it is well-known that many people have difficulty digesting grains, including corn.
Processed Foods – There are many artificial and undesirable chemicals and ingredients (like MSG, artificial colour and flavouring, GMOs, trans fats, and High Fructose Corn Syrup) in processed foods that can slow digestion and even cause disease.
High Glycemic Index Foods – Large amounts of starches and added sugars can feed a bacterial overgrowth and other gut dysbiosis problems.
Gluten and Fructans – Found in many grains, gluten has been found to be one of the causes of Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis and autoimmune diseases. Fructans are found in FODMAPS (short-chain carbohydrates) and can also feed those bad bugs in your gut.
Unrefined Oils – These can cause inflammation throughout your body.
Intensively-farmed meat and dairy – Meat and dairy from unsustainable sources may be full of hormones and antibiotics.
Eggs, Peanuts, and Shellfish – All are common food allergens.
Gut Irritants – Caffeine and alcohol can wreak havoc on your gut (just ask anyone who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
How It Works
The 18 Day Winter Detox gives you days 1 – 4 to get organised, do your shopping and set yourself up for success.
Days 5 – 11, you are in the ‘detox’ phase, enjoying the likes of Spiced Butternut Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Lemon Broccoli with Warm Apple and Cinnamon Pudding for dessert. (Meat protein is optional).
From days 12 – 18, you are in the transition phase, during which you’ll be adding back in the high allergen foods with meals such as Greek Yoghurt with Berries, Baked Eggs with Spinach and Bean Chili with Brown Rice and you’ll be paying close attention to how you feel, both physically and emotionally after you eat these foods.
The 18 Day Winter Detox shows you how to add one food back at a time. You may not need to ban a culprit for life, your gut might just need more time to heal before you try re-introducing it again.
Eventually, after a process of elimination and reintroduction, you’ll have discovered a way of eating that is completely unique to you and one that maximises not only your gastrointestinal health but your total wellbeing. (Happy Gut = Happy Life)
Sounds a whole lot better than the snap of latex over a freshly-gloved hand, right?
Check out the 18 Day Winter Detox Here and send an email to Simone@simonebaldwin.com if you have any burning questions, she is on standby and ready to answer them. Early Bird Closes July 15th.