New Year, New Resolutions

How are your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions coming along?  As you probably know, one of the most common Resolutions is “getting healthy” or “losing weight.”

A popular way to kick this process into high gear, is a “Detox diet.”  Speaking from our own personal experience, detoxing can be difficult, and it’s important to start slowly and talk to your doctor.  However, in the long run, it is absolutely worth it!

We have compiled a few of our favorite cleanses, and some interesting facts to go along with them.

1.  Standard Process 

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Image courtesy of Standard Process

This is a 3 week purification process, and it focuses on the liver, kidney and intestines, since they are the major detoxifiers in the body.  It includes supplements, shakes and a written guide.  You are able to eat a wide range of foods, which help support your organs doing their job.  Dr. Blair recommends this one very highly, and has gone through it several times, herself. People have reported having more energy, ability to think more clearly, feeling happier, acne and rashes clearing up, among many other things.  The best part of this diet is that you still get to eat!

2. Master Cleanse

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Image courtesy of The Master Cleanse

This 10 day cleanse is very popular, due to it’s ease of preparation and low cost. Stanley Burroughs, author of  “The Master Cleanser” , states, “This diet will prove that no one needs to live with his diseases. Lifetime freedom from disease can become a reality. The Lemonade diet has successfully and consistently demonstrated its eliminating and building ability.” Many people have issues with weakness and shakiness during this diet, which will typically disappear after the initial phase. However, you may want to plan your schedule accordingly, in case you have a very physically demanding job.

 

 

3. Eliminating processed and fast foods

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia

The typical American diet is full of preservatives, chemicals, and other compounds which our bodies do not process well, which results in many symptoms, such as “brain fog”, energy loss, weight gain, and many more.  We have been led to believe that these things happen because of age, illness, and other factors which we can’t control.  However, research has shown that, with the removal of processed and “junk” foods, the body will slowly return to it’s higher functioning state, and we can once again think clearly, have energy, and even overcome depression, in some cases.  Food is the fuel to our bodies, and if your fuel is not ideal, it makes sense that your body will have to compensate somehow.

Often times people have sensitivities to foods, and clearing the body of all the processed foods with a detox shows people how much better they feel.  By adding back one food at a time, you can see which foods were causing aches, pains, acne, rashes, stomach upset, draining your energy, or any other symptom that you may not realize is food related.

In the movie, “Super Size Me” the filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, goes on a 30 day fast food diet.  In that 30 days, he ONLY eats and drinks items from Mcdonald’s.  He has doctors monitoring him throughout the process, and the results are astounding!  He develops so many health problems that the doctors are even surprised and begin to show escalating concern as he nears the end of the month.  Yes, it is an extreme example, but a message that many of us need to hear.  Your nutrition really does play an important role in every area of your health. We here at Descaid are constantly keeping an eye out for natural, healthy ways you can keep yourself and your body functioning at the highest level possible.  For more information, go to our Facebook page, where we regularly post our finds.

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