Members and Guests are invited to join us at the upcoming “Love Your Liver Detox” beginning February 13 at AVAC®. A 14-day detox including a ‘pre-cleanse’ week to slowly wean off forbidden foods. An ideal way take charge of your health in 2017!
via – Laura Hsu, AVAC® Nutritionist
Happy New Year! With the holidays behind us, and all the indulgent eating and drinking that went along with them, many of us are looking to reset our eating habits, start the new year on the right foot nutritionally, and let go of some not-so-healthy habits.
How Do I Do This? One way to kick-start your way to better eating is to participate in a gentle, safe cleanse or detox. During a detox, many common allergenic foods, as well as food bandits (foods that have no nutritional value but rob our body of stored nutrients, such as processed foods and refined sugars) are eliminated for 2 – 3 weeks. Foods to add include healthy whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, non-glutinous grains, nuts and seeds, clean proteins such as hormone-free chicken, grass-fed beef, cold-water fish and organic eggs, as well as healthy fats. During the cleanse, breakfast and lunch are replaced with a protein shake that contains liver-supporting nutrients as well as vitamins and minerals, and dinner is a healthy, balanced meal. Some choose to have their meal at midday and have the shake in the morning and evening. Healthy snacks are encouraged.
Why Detox? We live in a different world than generations before us. Today’s industrialized world exposes us to more chemicals, drugs, herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and food additives than ever before. The body has amazing processes and organs for detoxification, but as the total body load increases, our detox mechanisms may not be able to keep up. Obviously, we cannot eliminate our chemical environment overnight, but we can minimize exposure to chemicals and additives in our food, water and skin care products. Choosing the right foods and adding liver-supporting nutrients can go a long way to reducing the burden on our liver and detox systems.
Invaluable Tips: Whether you participate in a formal detox or not, below are some tips for adopting healthy habits this new year and help improve the elimination of toxins:
- Drink water (6-8 cups per day, or half your body weight in ounces)
- Exercise to help you sweat regularly and improve lymph flow
- Increase fiber intake to help with elimination and gut health (high-fiber foods include beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds)
- Eat more fermented and/or cultured foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and yogurt to proliferate healthy gut bacteria
- Include foods that help the liver detoxify, such as beets, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, etc), lemon, and sulfur-containing foods such as onion, garlic and eggs. Botanicals such as milk thistle are also wonderful for the liver.
Sign Up For More! For those looking for a guided detox with extra support and nutrition advice along the way, I’m hosting a detox from Designs for Health beginning on February 13. This is a 14-day detox, but we are adding a pre-cleanse week to slowly wean off forbidden foods such as sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten and dairy. We would love to have you join us, and your liver will thank you!
Visit www.avac.us/Nutrition for more information and to register.
In good health
-Laura Hsu, N.C. • AVAC® Nutritionist • LHsu@avac.us