Learn To detox Like A Rock Star: the Ultimate Guide to Supercharging your Life
Detoxification is a great way to reset the body’s chemistry and release old emotional and mental patterns that are keeping us stuck.
Our body is a super-smart living machine. If we give it the right tools and remove the interference from toxic and denatured foods, it can heal itself. Detoxification is a natural process where we remove accumulated toxins and debris from the blood, organs, and tissues by putting the body on a special program consisting of high vibration foods, special herbs and superfoods, and highly specific acupuncture protocols that supercharge the removal of wastes and stagnation from the body.
At Alchemy Radiant Health we recommend a detox at least twice every year. As well as helping the body to eliminate the many toxins and chemicals that we are exposed to in our environment on a daily basis, detoxification is a great way to reset the body’s chemistry and release old emotional and mental patterns that are keeping us stuck. The main organs and tissues involved in detoxification include the liver, kidneys, the gut, and the lymph fluid. A good detox is an opportunity transform on every level.
Good health begins in the gut.
We are what we eat. The choices we make around food affect not just our gut but also our brain performance. Whether you are suffering from poor memory, a foggy head, headaches, depression or anxiety – your diet might be the chief culprit.
Having difficulty losing weight? No matter how hard you try, can’t seem to lose that spare tire around your stomach? Parasites and yeast might have something to do with that!
The Foundation of the Alchemy Detox Program is Getting Clear on the relationship between the foods we eat and the results that show up our body
We have designed a program that helps you to connect the dots. Poor health is self-inflicted from living a lifestyle that treats our body as if it is a beat up old car instead of the Ferrari it was meant to be. We pour bad fuel in the form of rancid fats, high fructose corn syrup, and trans-fats into our body – and then expect a quick fix when pain and loss of organ function occurs. Miracle drugs or surgery can’t fix a toxic condition. They can take away the symptoms for a period, but eventually our lifestyle catches up with us and we are forced to pay the piper.
A key part of our philosophy at Alchemy Radiant Health is to “Live the Tao.”
This means to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature. An extension of this is to eat as nature intended us to eat. Whole plant-based foods with maximum nutrition and life-force, superfoods and regenerative tonic herbs to rebuild our organs, enhance our longevity and feed our brains. What do you think happens to our bodies through the law of resonance if we eat toxic lifeless food grown in cruel conditions with profit being the main motivating factor? When we replace these denatured foods with foods of a high vibration, old negative emotions, fears, depression and pain start to dissolve.
In Chinese medicine there are three things which are important in the prognosis of disease:
- The Spirit or Shen,
- The Stomach Qi (Qi means life force energy) and,
- The root, or kidneys.
Spirit refers to the state of the heart, Root refers to the kidney essence or jing, and stomach Qi refers to the root of Qi and blood production. If the stomach Qi is good there is a good prognosis but if the stomach Qi is bad, we will no longer make good blood and Qi and eventually we will die from lack of nourishment.
3 Key Elements to the Prognosis of Disease
The Root or kidneys refers to the kidney essence or jing. Jing, translated as Essence, is a very precious substance, which should be guarded and not wasted. We are each born with an allotted amount of Jing to be used in the persuit of our manifest destiny. Once our Jing is all used up we lose our good health and eventually die. Jing is related to our kidneys, our genetic inheritance and our reproductive capacity.
Western medicine tends to focus on the branches.
Specialists can cut out and replace diseased branches such as our organs but unless we treat the root, the gut, it is like cutting heads off the hydra – cut off one head only to have another surface. We end up chasing pain and organ dysfunction, while the true cause goes ignored. Most people are on medication of some sort or another.
Medication is very effective at suppressing the symptoms, but as many people get older and the amount of medications they take increase, the side effects themselves become toxic. However, more progressive medical professionals are starting to make the connection between our gut health and inflammation and dysfunction in the rest of our body. Imbalances in the gut such as a yeast overgrowth from intestinal flora dysfunction (due for example, to the excessive use of antibiotics), and compromised digestion from poor food combining are the root cause of many health problems.
Even if we are taking supplements, we often experience poor absorption of the nutrients – either that or they are being greedily eaten by the parasites and yeasts competing for nutrition with the good intestinal inhabitants that share our gut. A comprehensive detox program will completely restore our gut ecosystem and make sure we get maximum results from our supplementation program.
Why Do I need to Detox?
There’s an old saying about the Law of Resonance. “As above so below.”
What this means in every day language is that when we poison our oceans and waterways, the toxicity shows up as pollution in our the waterways of our bodies. Our bodies are 70% water. All the poisons dumped into the macrocosmic ecosystems of nature eventually poison the microcosmic systems of the body. Toxic tissues and blood become the breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.
The latest research is discovering that it is the terrain that matters, not the pathogen. Regular detox of all the systems in the body is an important investment in your health. Detox deals with the tap root, eliminating toxins that pollute the blood and tissues, attracting pathogens and weakening immunity. Toxicity is self-inflicted from living a lifestyle that treats our body as if it is a slum instead of the temple it was meant to be. We drink sodas loaded with high fructose corn syrup or laced with neurotoxins like aspartame, eat engineered highly-processed fast foods with artificial flavors and sweeteners, get almost no exercise, and spend most of our days indoors staring at computer screens – and then look for a magic bullet when pain and loss of organ function follows.
Life exacts a price for this kind of neglect and despite the promises of TV ads, drugs and surgery can’t fix a toxic condition – they only take away the symptoms. The price usually comes in the form of arthritic pain, insomnia, inability to think clearly, poor memory and a feeling of sub-health and low energy – ultimately leading to serious chronic health conditions.
What about all the toxic chemicals we are subjected to in our environment?
Even though individual chemicals may be below the level where they are considered a toxic threat, multiple chemicals may combine and accumulate, eventually resulting in an overwhelmed body that can no longer deal with the toxic load. For example, World Health Organization cancer expert Professor Christopher Portier has stated that “Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.” (Genotoxic means that it causes damage to the genes). Glyphosate is found in “Roundup”, the most commonly used pesticide in the States. It gets into the food supply and damages the liver. (Another good reason to eat organic)
One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, often before the age of 65. According to the New York Times, “The World Cancer Research Fund published a report in 2007 concluding that a majority of cancer cases in Western societies could be avoided with life-style measures: 40 percent from changes in diet and physical activity (more vegetables and fruits, less sugar, less red meat, regular walking or the equivalent activity 30 minutes six times per week), 30 percent from smoking cessation, and about 10 percent from reduced alcohol consumption.”
Other environmental toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis include:
- Heavy metals: mercury, lead, and aluminum. Larger, older fish are more likely to contain bigger doses of mercury, from eating many small fish and accumulating mercury. A safe fish choice is wild-caught Alaskan salmon
- Liver toxins: alcohol, drugs, pesticides, and toxic chemicals.
- pesticides and fertilizers: such as Roundup (only organic foods are free from these)
- Yeast, bacteria, and toxic mold: Foods that contain yeast include corn, wheat, gluten, sugar, peanuts and cheese.
- Arsenic: Rice from China, India and Bangladesh has been shown to have the potential to contain arsenic
How Do I Know if I Need to Detox?
- Do you wake up in the morning feeling groggy and tired?
- Do you have difficulty losing weight even though you diet and exercise?
- Do you crave certain foods or engage in binge eating?
- Do you have a rapid or pounding heart beat?
- Do you suffer from gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea?
- Do you have itchy ears, recurring ear infections or hearing loss?
- Do you feel low in energy and tired most of the time?
- Do have aches and pain in your muscles or joints, especially your neck or shoulders?
- Do you have chest congestion, sinus issues, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
- Do you have acne, skin rashes, hair loss or dry skin?
- Do you have trouble concentrating, focusing and remembering things?
- Do you have difficulty with planning and making decisions?
- Do you have diminished sex drive?
- Do you lack motivation or purpose?
What Can I Expect When I Detox?
When you undergo a detoxification program your liver, kidneys, and blood undergo a thorough cleaning. Detoxification is an excellent opportunity to rid your body of heavy metals, pathogens and toxic chemicals. Not only your organs but your gut and brain will release wastes and poisons. Arthritic pain may be alleviated, your immune system will be boosted, and you will carry less of a viral and bacterial load. This will give you a stronger defence system and you will be less likely to catch the flu or other contagious diseases.
A detox is a great time to let go of old limiting beliefs and emotions that keep you a prisoner in repetitive patterns. You can visualize new goals for your life. You can rewire your brain for success and transform old habits.
With so many supplements and tools available, your detox doesn’t have to be a big deal. Superfoods, tonic herbs, and acupuncture can all speed up your detox process and alleviate any symptoms that come up as part of the process.
Some of the things you may experience during a detox program include:
- flu-like feelings
- body aches and pains
- bad breath
- skin rashes
- old emotions coming up to be released
- fears and doubts
How Do I Detox?
The founding principle of detox is to stop eating the foods that poison you and to start eating foods with high amounts of nutrition, life force, superfoods and herbs. A good starting point for a home based detox might be a 5 day juice cleanse. Your program will consist of organic juices, fresh organic vegetables, superfoods such as spirulina or chlorella and detoxification herbs such as parasite and liver detoxifiers.
At Alchemy Radiant Health we have created a specialized holistic detox program that covers not only the physical aspect of detoxing but also guides you through releasing toxic emotions and beliefs that are holding you back from fulfilling your true potential. Living out of harmony with your life’s purpose is one of the main reasons contributing to the unrelenting stress that most people find themselves faced with.
We put our clients on a comprehensive personalized program that detoxify each of the organ systems as well as unblocking the meridian (energetic) channels, releasing old emotions and reprogramming limiting mental processes and habits.
We start off with a comprehensive medical evaluation, meridian measurement to see if there are any blockages in your energy flows and order appropriate lab tests to check toxicity levels, if need be. As well as food guidelines, shopping lists and recipes we also include acupuncture treatments to help the organs release toxicity as well as release emotional stagnation. We provide supplements to help strengthen the detoxification pathways of the liver and boost your antioxidant levels. Call us on 760.944.6400 if you are interested in learning more.
Foods to Avoid On Your Detox
High Fructose Corn Syrup: is a sweetener used in many processed foods such as soda, juices, salad dressings, baked goods, and of course, candies. HFCS is a major reason for the rise in our nation’s obesity rates. More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese. About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese. 1)NIH: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx. A cheap sugar, made from genetically modified corn, fructose is metabolized differently in the body than natural cane sugar. It causes fat to accumulate in your liver and muscles and triggers the early stages of diabetes and heart disease. Eating processed foods is contributing directly to your fat belly. As an alternative try using stevia which contains no sugar whatsoever and can help with lowering blood sugar and cholesterol.
Diet Soda: The artificial sweeteners such as aspartame in diet soda cause weight gain. The empty calories of aspartame trick your body into thinking that it’s going to receive sugar. When the sugar doesn’t arrive, your body craves more food and you end up binging. Aspartame is also a neurotoxin, destroying brain cells by triggering excessive amounts of free radicals. So drinking diet soda will not only make you fat, but it will make you stupid. Instead of having your favorite afternoon soda, try drinking kombucha, an ancient fermented drink from China. Available in most health stores, kombucha will promote weight loss, help detoxify your liver and provide healthy gut bacteria to control candida.
Hydrogenated Oils: Naturally healthy oils such as soybean, corn oil or coconut oil are heated so they become man-made trans fats that remain solid at room temperature and don’t go rancid as quickly. Think of hydrogenated oil as a bit like putting plastic into your body. Ingesting this toxic material turns your blood to sludge, building up arterial plaque. When an artery gets excessively blocked by this plaque, the blood flow is constricted, and can lead to a heart attack. A better choice is organic cold-pressed coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural saturated fat, famous for it’s medium chain triglyerides. Pacific Islanders consume large amounts of coconut fats as their main source of calories – and guess what, they have very low incidence of heart disease or blocked arteries. The amazing thing about these MCTs is they help provide an immediate source of energy that the body and brain can use. Great for mental work and athletic activity. This is because MCTs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat. Coconut oil also promotes a healthy heart and stimulates weight loss. Coconut oil is safe to cook with as it does not release carcinogenic free radicals when heated (as is the case with many other oils when heated). As a bonus, the lauric acid in coconut oil is a potent candida (yeast) and parasite killer. Add to your smoothies or use it to cook with!
Benefits of Detox
A regular detox program puts you in charge of your health. It enables you to get to the root causes of ill-health, rather than popping a pill to alleviate symptoms. Our endocrine system, digestion, heart, liver, kidneys, and brain get a fresh start. We are able to reset our body chemistry, so that we don’t crave addictive unhealthy foods. When we release our toxic load there are many benefits to be experienced.
1. Weight loss becomes easier: When accumulated toxins in the fat start to be released our patterns of binge eating on processed foods gets recalibrated. Losing weight becomes enjoyable, rather than a constant struggle. Instead of feeling deprived, we feel nourished.
2. We get a head start on healing health issues before they become chronic – giving the body the right tools so it can self-correct. We experience more energy, better sleep, and increased sex drive. Pain is alleviated, headaches are banished, and we feel less depressed and more alive.
3. We strengthen our immune system: By decreasing our pathogenic and viral load we are more able to respond to 3. We Upgrade our Brain: We experience improved memory and clearer thinking. We make more informed choices. When change comes along, we will find ourself reacting less. Instead of responding with irritation, we are more able to go with the flow because our energy won’t be stagnant and rigid.
4. Transform our consciousness: When we lighten our toxic load we vibrate at a higher level. We become more spiritual people which means that we can be cause in our life, rather than a victim. Releasing fearful emotions gives us a new vision and the energy to manifest a purposeful life where we experience more bliss and joy.
5. We experience being more connected to our heart center: As our heart opens, we becomes less narcissistic and more open to others. We vibrate on a loving level and attract loving and positive experiences. We feel more alive and connected to others. Love is the key to true transformation into the person we always dreamed we could be.
Foods to Speed up Detox
A blue-green algae with 70% bioavailable protein can be added to juices or smoothies to help speed your detox along. Not only will it help with sugar cravings, but the chlorophyll will help your liver with the detox, and the antioxidant anthocynanins will help fight free radicals and promote youthing.
Another blue-green algae that will supercharge your fat loss. Not only will you lose weight but with chlorella’s “chlorella growth factor” you will be rebuilding your cells with potent RNA/DNA building blocks responsible for production of proteins, enzymes. Most important of all, chlorella is great for detoxing heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Try combining with cilantro for extra synergistic detoxification power.
Zeolites are powerful antioxidants, they help the liver with detoxification and are excellent for removing heavy metals from the body. The negative charge of the zeolite attracts the positively charged heavy metals and toxins, which are safely excreted out through the urine. The bound heavy metals are safely excreted through the urine. Zeolites also help move the pH of the body to a more alkaline state, a key prevention in the development of cancer. This is because an acidic body encourages the growth of fungi, bacteria, and viruses, as well as mutated cells (cancer cells)
If you would like to try some detox recipes check out some of our recipes from the Articles section.
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What Makes the Alchemy Detox Program Different?
At Alchemy Radiant Health we offer programs and tools to help you move through old programing and tune into your true purpose in life. I think most of us agree that we are living in times of tremendous opportunity as well as great uncertainty, and a well managed detox is a great way to ride the waves of change and get clear on our life purpose and how we can make a difference with our lives. Our approach is individualized for your particular body chemistry and health condition. In our holistic integrative medicine clinic there isn’t a one size fits all approach because each person is different. Through a series of screening questions, meridian and lab tests we find out the exact causes of your imbalances and provide a program unique to your situation. We help you to transform on the deepest levels Our program gives you a complete detox plan including:
- eating guides
- menus and recipes
- shopping lists
- eating plans and recipes
- superfoods and herbal medicine to speed up detoxification
- healing sessions to release toxins in the tissues
- acupuncture to release stagnant energy and stuck emotions including needle free acupuncutre
- transformational acupuncture to balance and align chakras, get clear on your life purpose and help with emotional detox
- meditation and visualisations
Get Started Today
Get started with your new life today. Our personalized detox program will give you the tools to lose weight while eating delicious food, supercharge your energy, help you gain clarity and let go of any old emotions and limiting beliefs holding you back from the life of your dreams.
About Josse Ford
Josse Ford. L.Ac. Wellness Director
Josse combines the timeless principles of Chinese medicine with the latest research in functional medicine to bring the best of both worlds, with a focus on wellness and transforming the tap root of chronic health conditions.
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