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Detox the Natural Way

Your body is very much like a sponge, soaking up bits and pieces of just about everything it is exposed to and in our modern world, our bodies are exposed to a lot. From air pollution and food additives to pollutants in our drinking water, homes and even personal care products, the truth is that your body is literally bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. No matter how “clean” a life you lead, healthy eating, exercise, regular stress relief, your body is likely to show evidence of accumulated toxicity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and found that on the average 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine. Seventy-five of which had never been measured in the U.S. population previously. To name a few, acrylamide – which is formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, arsenic, environmental phenols which are found in things like plastic or food packaging,

Triclosan which is found in antibacterial agents, in toothpaste and hand soap, or volatile organic compounds – found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, and much more. Environmental chemicals and pollutants are now virtually everywhere. For example, the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies contains an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants. Together, these chemicals represent the “human body burden” which is a toxic cocktail of chemicals and pollutants that accumulate in your body over a lifetime and, in time, can take a serious toll on your health.

Why is Detoxing Regularly Important?

Many people now eat a diet of largely processed foods, high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Alcohol, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners add to the toxic burden. A detox can help your body to rid itself of some of these toxins, naturally, while also giving your body a chance to rest, repair and regroup. Detoxification has been practiced for centuries, used to improve skin problems, ease digestion and pain, and boost energy levels while promoting the body’s own inherent healing potential. Both your liver and your kidneys (along with your blood, bowel, lymphatic system and skin) help your body process and eliminate chemicals in your sweat, urine and feces.

Detoxing can help to support and enhance this natural process. Your liver has an incredibly important job, especially when it comes to detoxification. You can help your liver by making sure your diet includes foods and nutrients such as B-vitamins, flavonoids – found in organic fruits and vegetables, foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, or phospholipids which are found in eggs, lean meats and fish. Lastly, eating a high quality, whole foods diet that includes a healthy source of protein, fruits and veggies and antioxidants will be beneficial for your liver.

Naturopathic treatment for detoxification can be incredibly effective and rewarding. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about detoxing the natural way we can help, call The Lifestyle Clinic today to schedule your free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors! If you’re looking for a natural and holistic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ve found the right place!

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The Benefits of Detoxification

Do you wonder if detoxification would benefit you? The answer is yes!

Aside from the toxins we ingest willingly, such as alcohol, processed foods and chemicals, there are many toxins in our everyday environment that are hard to avoid. Pollution in the air, water and food supply have powerful effects on the body and the mind, weakening our body’s defenses and making us more susceptible to disease and stress. When these external sources of toxicity overpower the body’s internal defenses, the liver’s ability to cleanse the blood slows down due to the overwhelming accumulation of toxins.

These excess toxins now build up in other parts of the body, slowing the natural cleansing process to a crawl. The result can be experienced as fatigue, pain, brain fog, confusion, loss of memory and even disease. The best way to achieve a successful detoxification is to have proper guidance from a healthcare professional and to make a strong commitment to healthy lifestyle changes. Detoxification is a key body function involving the elimination of metabolic waste and other toxins via the eliminatory organs- the skin, intestines, kidneys and especially the liver. Detoxification and purification programs have played a part of man’s rituals for health and well-being as far back as 1800 BC.

What are the signs you may need to detox?

There are many indications that your liver has become “sluggish” such as intolerance of alcohol and/or fatty foods, digestive problems like constipation, nausea, hemorrhoids & bloating, low energy, headaches, irritability, skin conditions, aches and pains, P.M.S, high cholesterol, food intolerances and more. For instance, improving liver function helps to manage weight as the body will hold onto liquids as water retention or hold onto fat to store excess toxins it can’t deal with. Hormonal problems like, blood sugar regulation issues, P.M.S, hot flashes, PCOS or infertility can occur as the liver is not able to break down hormones efficiently and leads to an imbalance or accumulation of estrogen. Any organ or system of the body will be left vulnerable to toxicity, if the liver is not able to break down toxins efficiently.

We can help!

If you are interested in improving your overall health by detoxifying your body and making lasting changes, The Lifestyle Clinic offers an all-natural, medically supervised option. This program has been used extensively to help people regain their health and vitality. In just a few weeks you can expect to have improved nutrition, increased energy, decreased weight and food cravings and an overall healthier body.

Call The Lifestyle Clinic today to schedule your free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors! If you’re looking for a natural and holistic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ve found the right place!

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The Healthiest Foods are Home-Cooked

A study by researchers at Emory University suggests that Americans eat fewer than 70 percent of their meals at home. Still, the outlook for the health of Americans may be even more bleak when we consider the incredibly low percentage of fresh, whole foods purchased, compared to the disproportionately high sales of frozen, already-cooked meals.

To help boost your health this year, strive to cook at home more often. From choosing your ingredients, to preparing and cooking for nutrient preservation, and being able to control portion sizing; home cooking allows you to have complete control over what goes into your body. Regularly preparing and eating healthy home cooked meals will help train your palate to enjoy healthier fare.

Short on time? Try setting 1-2 days aside each week to do cooking for the week. Cook in large quantities that you can enjoy your home-cooked food as left-overs. On your cooking days, clean, prepare and package raw veggies like carrots, cucumbers, or celery for quick grab and go snacks. Remember to store food in glass whenever possible.

If you are at a loss on how to start cooking at home, check out classes offered locally. Also, consider checking out any one of hundreds of online cooking websites and videos.

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Call The Lifestyle Clinic today to schedule your free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors! If you’re looking for a natural and holistic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ve found the right place!

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Evolve to Better Health in 2015

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be intense, hard-to-achieve dreams. Studies have shown that setting small goals is actually more effective for creating lasting change. The American Psychological Association suggests changing only one behavior at a time. It takes time and repetition to develop a new behavior.

Instead of trying to focus on implementing a bunch of healthy changes all at once, start by evolving just one behavior in January. Add the next behavior modification in February, and so on. Just the term “New Year resolution” can sabotage people into subconsciously believing that the changes they make at the start of the year are just that – only at the start of the year. Instead, try thinking of your resolutions as “new you evolutions.” This will help you commit to the changes you are making as a new and improved lifestyle, rather than a short-term solution to a problem.

Here are 5 small-but-mighty steps to get you started on your health evolution.

1. Redefine your plate. This means control portion sizes and embrace the two-thirds rule. Modern portion sizes are grossly out of touch with what our bodies actually require to live and thrive. You might try using smaller plates or measuring tools to help you control your portion sizes. And, a healthy, balanced plate should be covered with two-thirds of healthy, fresh vegetables. The other third of the plate should contain your protein. Save the fruit for breakfast, snack or dessert.

2. Treat your body to plenty of H2O. You’re body loves water! In fact, it is made almost entirely of water. And just like any body of water, your body requires a steady flow of water to avoid dehydration. Just how much water you actually need depends upon your weight. Multiply your weight by two-thirds or 67%. The product of that equation is roughly how much water you should take in daily. To help you meet this goal, try drinking a 16-ounce glass of water before every meal. As a bonus, this practice will also help you feel full and help you to control your eating. You might also try sneaking in a couple of glasses in the morning, and another before bed. Keeping track of your intake can be made easier by using a specified water bottle or source container.

3. Add 30 minutes of exercise daily. If you’re not already an active person, start small. This could be as simple as taking a brisk walk through your neighborhood, stretching, or taking the stairs anywhere you go. All of these things will help get your blood flowing throughout the day, and will help you easily fit exercise into your schedule. After a couple of weeks, find other activities to give yourself a more challenging workout. Always check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

4. Get a boost with supplements. While it’s best to get your vitamins from natural sources, it might behoove you to go the extra mile with supplements. Each person is different and will do best with an individualized supplement regimen. Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about what supplements are the most beneficial for you.

5. Catch some zzzzzs. Sleep is one of the best things you can possibly do for your health. Sleep helps reduce cortisol and stress levels, while allowing your body time to recharge. Whether sitting at a desk all day or actively taking life by the horns, we all need plenty of sleep. The general rule of thumb is 8-10 hours of restful sleep per night.

Resources

  • Making Lifestyle Changes that Last. American Psychological Association.
  • Murray, N.D., Michael, and Pizzorno, N.D., Joseph. 2012. New York, NY: Atria Paperback. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Call The Lifestyle Clinic today to schedule your free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors! If you’re looking for a natural and holistic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ve found the right place!