Happy Fall! It’s that time of year when summer festivities are winding down and we all regain a more routine schedule even if we do not have children that are heading back to school. Your nervous system as well as your brain requires whole food fuel – specifically fat and B vitamins in order to thrive. If fatigue, memory, or mood are issues for you or your child, be sure to check out my easy tips to improve your health and probably your grades too!
Avoid refined sugar, genetically modified grains, poor quality dairy products and other highly processed foods like poor quality lunch meat. The foods on this list will have an array of negative health effects ranging from brain fog, fatigue and inflammation from sugary or processed GMO grains, to digestive upset from dairy products or poorly processed meat. To make sandwiches, replace your store bought bread with better ingredients like Bob’s Red Mill flours or make a lettuce wrap instead! Replace your lunch meats with a healthy meat like grilled chicken or a nitrate and preservative free brand. Buy and cook your own meat from a market or local farm where animals are raised in healthy and grass fed or pasture raised conditions. Cook your roast or breast and then slice it thin for your own, healthy lunch style meat.
Eat foods for function! Foods that help sharpen your focus include a side of celery, sliced peppers, or carrots. These great veggies provide your body with Luteolin which helps to reduce inflammation and improve memory.
Don’t forget your B vitamins! Packing a side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower, eating eggs for breakfast, and packing a healthy meat can all provide a healthy source of Choline which can assist with brain development, boost cognitive function and improve learning and memory! Eggs, beef, and fish will also give your brain a B12 boost and help with memory!
Blueberries are a good option for fun finger fruits. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that improve learning, thinking and memory. If you or your child are a “hand-to-mouth snacker” – eating blueberries, one at a time, and thoroughly enjoying them may be a good side for your lunch! Add almonds for additional vitamin B and an enjoyable crunch!
Walnuts and pumpkin seeds provide an easily packed snack that is high in Omega 3’s which are good for the brain and memory.
Get to BED! No one will function well, have clear memory, feel energized, or be in a good mood if he/she is lacking the proper rest. Be sure that everyone in your household gets the appropriate number of sleep hours each night. Infants are recommended to have 16 hours; teenagers are recommended to have 9 hours; and adults are recommended to have 7 to 8 hours.
Finally, remember that vitamin D is important for the brain function and to combat stress. Ask your practitioner if you are consuming adequate vitamin D or if it needs to be supplemented throughout the winter. Vitamin D has also been linked to stronger immune systems which is always helpful with back to school! Cod Liver Oil is one of my favorite and efficient ways to obtain Vitamin D for the body!
Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, CCN, CNS is a licensed chiropractic physician, certified clinical nutritionist, and owner of Lime and Lotus, LLC. Dr. Zgraggen has developed a successful method for determining the root causes of many of her patient’s health concerns, and she uses a combination of whole food and herbal protocols to restore health.
Currently, it is estimated
that 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by all digestive diseases
combined.1 Nearly a decade ago digestive
disorders accounted for approximately 13.5 million hospitalizations, and
236,000 deaths annually.2
Inflammatory diseases of the digestive
system include both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The prevalence of
Crohn’s disease is approximately 360,000 Americans with 141,000
hospitalizations, 1.8 million prescriptions and a mortality rate of 622 deaths
annually. The prevalence of ulcerative colitis is approximately 620,000
Americans with 82,000 hospitalizations, 2.1 million prescriptions and a
mortality rate of 311 deaths annually.3
It is estimated that the prevalence of
all digestive disorders is on the rise, and although a patient may have not be
specifically diagnosed with either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease,
inflammation can be playing a key factor in his/her overall digestive health.4
Currently there is not one recognized cause of inflammatory bowel disease, but rather a number of combined factors that increase the risk of developing either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. A number of possible environmental risk factors for the development of inflammatory bowel disease have been investigated, including smoking, appendectomy, psychological stress, and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-biotics, and oral contraceptives.4 Dietary risk factors include high intakes of total fat, omega-6 fatty acids, refined sugars and meat, while high vegetable and fruit intake decreased the risk for inflammatory bowel disease. One study even looked at a link between increased consumption of saccharin and sucralose in the increased development of inflammatory bowel disease in people due to artificial sweeteners ability to inhibit non-pathogenic gastrointestinal bacteria.5
The best natural approach
to gastrointestinal inflammation is to control the inflammation in the
digestive system! The traditional approach achieves decreased inflammation
through medications, but there are many foods and additional therapies that can
be utilized to provide this approach from a natural perspective that will go
hand in hand with traditional treatments. The following is the list of
approaches to consider:
Remove all inflammatory foods from the diet – sugar, wheat, corn, cow dairy, night shade vegetables, alcohol, caffeine
Remove all chemical additives from your diet – high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors/dyes, mono sodium glutamate
Avoid all processed and refined foods
Increase consumption of anti-inflammatory foods – salmon, walnuts, olive oil, avocados, dark green vegetables (if the patient can tolerate those foods)
Drink plenty of water each day to facilitate the bowel’s ability to detoxify substances – at least 8 8oz glasses per day
Find an outlet to keep your stress levels in check as increased stress can exacerbate symptoms – exercise, yoga, meditation, watching a comedy movie, reading a good book, soaking in a hot bath
Smoking – Smoking increases the risk of developing Crohn’s disease and can exacerbate symptoms, so it is best to quit the habit
Reset your digestive tract with a whole food focused detox program. My online 28 Day Autoimmune Reset Detox Program is designed not only for autoimmune challenges but also all inflammatory conditions.
A variety of foods and herbs exist in
nature that provide anti-inflammatory effects on the digestive system and human
body. In recommending supplements, I prefer to use supplements made from whole
food ingredients to ensure that you receive all of the nutrition that would be
available from eating the foods that are in the product as opposed to receiving
a high dose of just one nutrient. The following remedies are ones that can
easily be utilized.
Green tea – Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originated in China over 4000 years ago, but is currently consumed around the globe. Green tea has been shown to moderately enhance the growth of some bifidobacteria and selectively inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio cholerae, Campylobacter jejuni and Helicobacter pylori.6 Experimental in vivo studies have indicated that tea catechins improve intestinal flora and reduce intestinal inflammation. The preferable method of consumption is 3-4 cups of green tea daily or a green tea supplement can be used.
Fish oil – Marine and some plant oils, namely flaxseed oil, fall into the category of omega-3 fatty acids, which are considered essential and need to be consumed in the diet. Some recent research has found that replacing omega-6 fatty acids with omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, reduced inflammatory markers and help support immune modulation in patients with both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.9 A daily fish oil supplement can be taken or you can consume cold water fish such as such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, tuna, and sardines two to three times per week.
Probiotics -Probiotics are live non-pathogenic microorganisms administered to improve microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract. They consist of Saccharomyces boulardii yeast or lactic acid bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium spp. Probiotics confer their beneficial effects through various mechanisms, including reduced intestinal pH, decreased colonization and invasion by pathogenic organisms, decreased inflammatory markers, and modification of the host immune response. Some research has shown probiotics effectiveness for increased remission rates and decreased disease symptoms in both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.7 Foods that contain naturally occurring probiotics include fermented vegetables, kimchi, komboucha, soy sauce, miso, sauerkraut, and kefir. Take a daily broad spectrum probiotic and eat increased amounts of the fermented foods with naturally occurring non-pathogenic bacteria.
Turmeric – Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family that has been used for a variety of health ailments in India and China since 700 A.D. The key constituent in turmeric that provides its anti-inflammatory effect is curcurmin. Since turmeric is more bioavailable in the digestive tract, it has been proposed that it is most useful for restoring function in bowel disorders.8 Turmeric can be added to vegetables, homemade salad dressings, or brown rice dishes. However, in order to achieve a therapeutic dose, turmeric supplementation may be prudent.
Because there is a good opportunity to help alleviate
symptoms by small changes in the diet, it is imperative to learn which foods to
consume in greater quantities, and which foods should be eliminated completely.
Hippocrates once said, “all disease begins in the gut.” Whenever a
person’s body chemistry is altered, it can never fully function. Elimination of
dietary issues, nutritional whole food supplementation and simple dietary
modifications are integral in order to decrease gut inflammation and achieve digestive
Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, CNS, CCN is a licensed chiropractor, certified clinical nutritionist, and owner of Lime and Lotus, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina. She utilizes saliva testing, herbs, and whole food supplements to correct female hormones imbalances and balance digestive health in her patients.
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Everhart JE, ed. The Burden of Digestive Diseases in the United States. Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services; 2008. NIH Publication 09–6433.
Molodecky NA, et al. Increasing incidence and prevalence of the inflammatory bowel diseases with time, based on systematic review. Gastroenterology. 2012 Jan;142(1):46-54.
Cabré, E., Domènech, E. Impact of environmental and dietary factors on the course of inflammatory bowel disease. World J Gastroenterol. 2012 August 7; 18(29): 3814–3822.
Qin, X. Etiology of inflammatory bowel disease: A unified hypothesis. World J Gastroenterol 2012 April 21; 18(15): 1708-1722.
Stoicov, C., Saffari, R., Houghton, J. Green tea inhibits Helicobacter growth in vivo and in vitro. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2009 May; 33(5): 473–478.
Rajendran, N., Kumar, D. Role of diet in the management of inflammatory bowel disease. World J Gastroenterol. 2010 March 28; 16(12): 1442–1448.
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Water is essential, universal, and 60% of the adult body is made up of it, which is why it is important to drink lots of water every day. It also protects your brain and internal tissues and lubricates your joints for better movement. Not drinking enough water can affect your overall health. Observe the color of your urine, if it is amber, then that means you are not getting enough water. If it’s the color of straw, then you’re good to go!
Remembering to drink water can be difficult because we live in a fast-paced and overbooked environment, especially when we are at work, and there are more tempting foods that we prefer over water such as soda, juices, energy drinks, and coffees. So, juggling these two things at the same time makes water less of a priority which is alarming.
Here are a few smart ways to remind yourself of drinking more water during this summer heat wave!
Add it to your everyday routine
Jumpstart your day with a glass of water and don’t just stop there, include a glass of water before or every after your daily regimen. Incorporating these routines will allow you to trick yourself into drinking more water and the best thing about this is, you wouldn’t even know that you have already achieved the required number of glasses a day!
Mark your water jug with time-oriented goals
Buying yourself a water bottle is the best way to never forget yourself from drinking water. Create your own drinking goals by marking your water bottle with the amount of water that you need to drink at a certain time. There are even bottles with time markers on them to help you out!
Through this, you’ll be more motivated to drink water because it would be like a game of track and field and those time you labeled are the laps. Buy a high-quality water bottle or if you want an eye candy, buy those with fancy designs but do not compromise the quality of it.
Ring the alarm!
Still can’t remember drinking your water? Schedule a few alarms on your phone and buzz it with your favorite song! Don’t go for the regular annoying alarm tone. Setting it with a great song will motivate you to hydrate more.
Munch your water
There are plenty of foods that are rich in water and their water content may not be enough to suffice your daily water needs but eating these foods can help you fill in those gaps that you missed. You can eat them as a snack in between your breaks and these foods include strawberries, watermelon, cherries, grapes, apricots, zucchinis, lettuce, cucumber, and more!
Level up your water experience
If drinking plain water is too bland for your taste, you can boost its flavor without adding a spoonful of sugar. Drop a few cucumber slices or add some ice cubes with frozen lemon slices into your water bottle for a splash of zing! If you want more spice, you can opt for herbs or ginger, or you can combine both. We also love the experience of sparkling water to add a little bubbly to your life!
Go the EXTRA mile by using a fun or crazy straw! We love using stainless steel and bamboo ones that can be reused over and over again. The great about using a straw is that it’ll trick your mind to sip and sip without realizing that you have already drunk a generous expanse of water.
Water can exactly change your life, and whatever activities you’ll do just to remind yourself to drink more water, do it because, at the end of the day, it’s all about you facing life with good health and feeling better!
Cell phones emit radio-frequency radiation, which is a type
of electromagnetic field or EMF. These EMFs impact health in subtle, but
powerful ways. That’s to say, they have adverse biological effects on the
health of your cells.
There’s a LOT of science that shows cell phone radiation as
detrimental to health.
Lloyd Burrell is one of a growing number of folks who has
experienced the devastating effects of cell phone radiation. In February 2002,
he put his cell phone next to his ear to answer a call and began to feel
light-headed and slightly dizzy. By the end of the short conversation, he was
confused and dazed.
A few minutes later, his phone rang again. As he was
speaking, his ear started to feel warm. This burning sensation then spread to
the whole side of his face. Then, daylong headaches became the norm, and every
time he put his phone to his ear, it hurt.
Doctors said his illness didn’t exist, even as his condition
It took Lloyd nearly 10 years to understand the science,
what was happening to his body and learn how to deal with EMFs. There are
concrete and practical steps to safeguard your health and protect yourself,
which he is here to share.
In Lloyd’s informative eGuide, you’ll discover:
How cell phones stole 10 years of Lloyd’s life
(and how to recognize the dangers)
Links to research studies showing how cell
phones can be hazardous
5 ways to protect yourself from cell phone
When you download this amazing resource, you’ll also save a
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taking place on August 26 — world-renowned experts teaching you more about
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I hope you enjoyed last month’s fantastic ready by Dawson Church. This month I have chosen a book that works well with what we just read. Even though this is not a newly published book, I wanted to include it for July because in the last few weeks, I’ve recommended it to at least 5 different patients, so the information is still vital and needed to help in the healing process for many.
We’re going to kick off our July month with Louise Hay’s book, “Mirror Work.” We all know that healthy and healing involves factors like nutrition, clean water and exercise, but clearing the issues that many of us have on loving ourselves is sometimes the final step that needs to be achieved in order to truly be complete.
Louise Hay does a fantastic job in helping us discover and cultivate self love over a 21 day journey. This will be a great read if you need the help or even just a reminder and pick me up 🙂
Instead of having an in person book club, we’re going to create a virtual one via my Facebook group – see below for details. This way anyone in the world can join us and you can do it all at your own leisure.
I truly hope you enjoy the book and will dive into the discussion with us to create a community conversation!
Steps to Join the Book Club: (It’s free so why not?)
1) Purchase this months book here 2) Like and Follow my Facebook Group here so you can participate and follow along in the discussion – 3) Read the book. 4) Join the Facebook event here for this month’s discussion. 5) Answer the questions I’ll pose about the book and join in the conversation!
Email us with any questions or issues you may have at support@DrZgraggen.com
Since its publication in 1984, Louise Hay’s international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Now, in MIRROR WORK: 21 DAYS TO HEAL YOUR LIFE, the popular teacher and author offers the first book dedicated to her signature practice for personal transformation.
The Mirror Principle, one of Louise’s core teachings, holds that our experience of life mirrors our relationship with ourselves; unless we see ourselves as loveable, the world can be a dark and lonely place. Mirror work—looking at oneself in a mirror and repeating positive affirmations—is Louise’s powerful method for learning to love oneself and experience the world as a safe and loving place.
Like her successful video course, Loving Yourself, MIRROR WORK lays out a 21-day program of teachings and exercises to help readers deepen their relationship with themselves and live a joyous and fulfilling life. “Doing mirror work,” Louise tells readers, “is one of the most loving gifts you can give yourself.” Each of the 21 days is organized around a theme, such as monitoring self-talk, overcoming fear, releasing anger, healing relationships, forgiving self and others, receiving prosperity, and living stress-free.
The daily program involves an exercise in front of the mirror, affirmations, journaling, an inspiring Heart Thought to ponder, and a guided meditation. Packed with practical guidance and support, presented in Louise’s warmly personal words, MIRROR WORK—or Mirror Play, as she likes to call it—is designed to help readers:
• Learn a deeper level of self-care
• Gain confidence in their own inner guidance system
• Develop awareness of their soul gifts
• Overcome resistance to change
• Boost self-esteem
• Cultivate love and compassion in their relationships with self and others
In just three weeks, the reader can firmly establish the practice of Mirror Work as an ongoing vehicle for positive growth and self-care, and a path to a full, rich life.
The indoors can be a haven for all of us, but the real
question is, are we genuinely secure from any health threats when we are
Environmental hazards can be found inside our homes, and in
fact, the indoor pollutant is placed among the top 5 health hazards. Many times
all of our cleaning efforts is not enough to extinguish the threats, but there
is some good news! NASA has found a way to purify the inside of our homes and
that is through the help of indoor plants. Yes, the greens are back, and we are
here to introduce to you the selected few of them that will help in clearing
your home of indoor toxins.
If Daenerys has Dracarys, well Mother Nature has Dracaena! This house plant has a variety of
40 kinds, and the toxic substances it can annihilate include formaldehyde,
xylene, trichloroethylene, and benzene. It is also known for its long leaves
which is lined with white, cream, or red but be cautious as this plant is a
poison when ingested by dogs or cats. For pet lovers, you might want to skip
Still a neophyte in the world of gardening, this friendly spider (plant of course) is easy to grow,
especially to those people who are not into high maintenance plants. It can
spout flowers that will grow as a baby spider or spiderettes. The indoor
pollutants that it can purify are xylene and formaldehyde.
An ideal plant for places with a drier condition; it does
not need to be watered often, and it is tough to kill. The snake plant is durable on all levels! The
pollutants it can remove are xylene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and
benzene. This plant is one of my favs!
Suitable for the skin, hair, and now for your overall
health! The clear flesh of Aloe Vera is
rich in vitamins, amino acids, and other elements that have anti-inflammatory
properties, and anti-bacterial effects. Display a pot of this miracle plant
inside your home as it can disintegrate formaldehyde. I use this plant a lot for any cuts, scraps
and even razor burn!
It can grow as tall as 12 feet and can filter a tremendous
amount of air compared to the other plants, bamboo
palm thrives on bright lights and it is safe for pets too! It can purify
trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Once you’ve chosen your plants the fun begins in choosing
their homes (pots). This is a great way to add your decorative style and flair
to your home. Get creative – you can
choose anything from traditional pots, to
ones of whimsy and even hanging ones. Lately my favorite have been those that can
be hung on my wall!
As you can see there are a variety of plants that can help
clean up your home and also bring some fun decorative ideas as well – so just
pick one and get growing!
Welcome to my summer book club – I was overwhelmed by the response from last week’s email about starting a healthy book club this summer and am so excited to bring you the first book in the series!
We’re going to kick off our June series with Dawson Church’s latest book, “Mind to Matter.” His book is a journey explaining in an easily digestible way how our minds (which create energy and waves) literally construct the life around us. My first introduction into this realm was with Candace Pert’s book “Molecules of Emotion” which I ready almost 20 years ago, but this book takes hers to a whole other level!
This book has blown me away as I’ve intuitively known a lot of the concepts in this book and seen them in my practice and in real life but I LOVE the way he provides the research and scientific facts to tie it all together.
Instead of having an in person book club, we’re going to create a virtual one via my Facebook group – see below for details. This way anyone in the world can join us and you can do it all at your own leisure.
Answer the questions I’ll pose about the book and join in the conversation!
Email us with any questions or issues you may have at support@DrZgraggen.com
Brief Summary from the Author:
Every creation begins as a thought, from a symphony to a marriage to an ice cream cone to a rocket launch. When we have an intention, a complex chain of events begins in our brains. Thoughts travel as electrical impulses along neural pathways. When neurons fire together they wire together, creating electromagnetic fields. These fields are invisible energy, yet they influence the molecules of matter around us the way a magnet organizes iron filings.
In “Mind to Matter“, award-winning researcher Dawson Church explains the science showing how our minds create matter. Different intentions produce different fields and different material creations. The thoughts and energy fields we cultivate in our minds condition the atoms and molecules around us. We can now trace the science behind each link in chain from thought to thing, showing the surprising ways in which our intentions create the material world. The science in the book is illustrated by many authentic case histories of people who harnessed the extraordinary power of the mind to create.
In “Mind to Matter“, Dawson Church shows that these outcomes aren’t a lucky accident only a few people experience. Neuroscientists have measured a specific brain wave formula that is linked to manifestation. This “flow state” can be learned and applied by anyone. New discoveries in epigenetics, neuroscience, electromagnetism, psychology, vibration, and quantum physics connect each step in the process by which mind creates matter. They show that the whole universe is self-organizing, and when our minds are in a state of flow, they coordinate with nature’s emergent intelligence to produce synchronous outcomes.
The book contains over 150 photos and illustrations that explain the process, while an “Extended Play” section at the end of each chapter provides additional resources. As “Mind to Matter” drops each piece of the scientific puzzle into place, it leaves us with a profound understanding of the enormous creative potential of our minds. It also gives us a road map to cultivating these remarkable brain states in our daily lives.
Let’s use this summer to learn more about our bodies, our health and easy ways to improve them both!
Welcome to the summer of education – So many of my patients and followers ask for resources and education to learn how to empower themselves and take charge of their own health. So I thought I’d take this summer to introduce you to some of my favorite reading and resources. I’ll even be starting a monthly book club where we can read a book as a group and start some lively discussions!
My first block of resources is focused on the Standard American Diet, how we botched it up, how to get back in check with what we’re eating/growing/producing and the drug companies that are making a fortune off of our misfortune.
Check out the list and see if any resonate with you to check out – If you’ve already read a few on the list let me know in the comments or comment on which one you’re going to read (you know for accountability 😉
Grow your own, grab
some at your local Farmer’s Market, Local CSA Farm or even the Organic
As the farmer’s markets are getting into full swing and
everyone gets their gardens planted, this is a great time to talk about adding
more veggies into our diets. I know, sometimes you get sick of hearing ‘eat
more vegetables’ but without them you’d end up sick and we definitely don’t
want that. The reason it’s so often repeated is simple–they pack a nutritional
punch. A variety of vegetables in your diet will ensure adequate fiber (while
skipping the grains) which keeps you feeling full (and less prone to snack on
the bad stuff.) And, of course you know about all the vitamins and minerals,
but did you know there’s a whole bunch of veggies that give you protein too?
Kale, for example.
But in case you need further motivation to ‘go green’ , cruciferous
veggies like broccoli, kale, bok choy and cabbage also supply important
nutrients the liver needs to help clean toxins out of the body. Garlic is
also detoxifying to the liver and the kidneys, plus it’s great for heart
and circulatory health.
When it comes your food – you are what you eat and quality does
matter! Homegrown and local, farm grown is best. Even if your local farmer
is not certified organic you can usually ask the farmer how it was grown
and if he uses herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. You’ll
often find small, local farmers have higher quality and freshness standards
than certified ‘organic’ produce at your grocery store but the USDA
certification is just too costly for him (or her.) Get to know your farmer…and
your food. Your health will thank you for it.
But, however you do it, getting more vegetables into your daily diet is essential to good health. Salads for lunch are a good start. But challenge yourself to find more ways to sneak them in. My favorite breakfast is eggs with sauteed spinach. In the summer, we put vegetables on the grill in a saute pan or skewer them as kabobs.The addition of more greens (and yellows, reds, oranges, even purples) into your diet will guarantee better results with your health improvement program, and you may be pleasantly surprised at how much you actually enjoy them!!
exposed to toxins Every. Single. Day. There are approximately 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S., and 800,000,000+ pounds of herbicides are used yearly on our
crops. 1-3 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports
that hundreds of these chemicals are present in our bodies. Research shows that
certain chemicals may affect our immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive
fact, your body produces its own toxins, or waste known as endogenous toxins,
simply by functioning. Your body also encounters external (exogenous) toxins,
or chemicals made outside of your body. They are in the air you breathe, the
food you eat, the water you drink, and the products you touch.4,5
Air and Water Pollutants
Certain Personal Care Products
Dyes and Paints
Household Cleaning Products
Pesticides and Insecticides
Preservatives and Additives
You become what you eat
typical America diet favors processed foods that tend to be high in refined
sugar, trans fats, and salt. Processed
foods often contain pesticides, artificial ingredients, and genetically
modified organisms that can contribute to toxin build up in the body.6
Exposure to these toxins can overburden
your system’s natural ability to detoxify.
your toxic burden can reduce your odds of asthma, cancer, Alzheimer’s,
infertility, hormonal and period problems and so much more. Reducing your toxic
load can help you lose weight, restore your energy levels and balance your
hormones. It can help you conceive a healthy baby and raise a healthy child.
the body is overloaded with toxins, these toxins cannot be eliminated from the
body and they slow down cellular function. This translates to decreasing your
body’s function; the brain won’t fire as quickly so you become foggy and forgetful.
This can mean you gain weight or feel tired and/or unmotivated. Many people experience symptoms of toxicity
but don’t recognize what these signs really can mean. How many of the symptoms below do you have?
Symptoms of Toxin Exposure
Fatigue or difficulty
Indigestion and other
Food cravings and
clarity (brain fog)
Skin issues – eczema,
acne, dark circles under the eyes
Joint or muscle pain
Your Organs of Detoxification
My 28 day Reset
Detox Programs are designed to stimulate specific detoxification organs in
the body—the liver, kidneys, and intestines. With help from these organs, your
toxic load can decrease, and your body can concentrate its energy on detoxifying
and cleaning up. This can help you achieve optimal health by cleansing your
body from the inside out. The goal is to
learn how to enhance your body’s ability to detox and remove these toxins on a
daily basis. No matter where start, everyone can benefit from a detox program.
Aids the body in metabolizing fat, protein, and carbohydrates
Helps transform many toxins into harmless agents
Filter waste and excess fluid from the blood
Regulate and release the right balance of sodium, phosphorus, and potassium for the body to function properly
Digests food so that nutrients can be absorbed into the blood and transported to the liver
Provides a barrier that blocks toxins from the rest of the body
Absorbs water and electrolytes, forming waste that is excreted from the body
Produces antibodies for gastrointestinal health
Contains bacteria that create fatty acids and some vitamins for extra nutritional support
Why you may not be losing
body can’t release toxins through your intestines (poop) or kidney (urine) then
they can be deposited and stored in the body.
Over months, years, or even decades these can build up in the body and
the most common sites for us to deposit toxins is in our fat cells since many
of the chemicals in today’s environment and food are lipotrophic, meaning that
FAT. The challenge is that we
have to release those stored toxins from the fat cells before the fat cells can
shrink. This is one reason why you may
have been eating better and working out more but still seeing NO weight loss results.
Where We Store Toxins
What the heck is metabolic detoxification
detoxification is your body’s natural process of neutralizing and eliminating
toxins from your body. This three-phase
process unlocks fat-soluble toxins and converts them to a water-soluble state
that is easier for your body to remove. Your body needs key nutrients and
phytonutrients to support each of these phases.
Three phases of metabolic
Phase I: Unlock – Stored fat-soluble
toxins transform into an “unlocked” state that is more water-soluble, and in
many cases, more toxic than its original form.
The foods and supplements recommended in the 28 day Reset Detox programs
deliver nutrients that activate enzymes required for Phase I reactions. It also
supplies antioxidants that reduce stress on your body, such as tissue damage
sometimes caused by these enzyme activities.
Phase II: Neutralize – The highly toxic
substances produced in Phase I convert to non-toxic molecules and become even
more water-soluble. The foods and supplements recommended in the 28 day Reset
Detox programs supply key nutrients and amino acids needed to support Phase II
enzymes. These enzymes enhance the water solubility of toxins.
Phase III: Eliminate – Water-soluble
toxins leave your cells, and your body eliminates them. The foods and supplements
recommended in the 28 Day Reset Detox programs provide your body with
plant-based fiber and water, which aid in toxin elimination.
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Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, CNS, CCN is a licensed chiropractor, certified clinical nutritionist, and owner of Lime and Lotus, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina. She utilizes saliva testing, herbs, and whole food supplements to correct female hormones imbalances in her patients. Download her free guide: Dr. Stephanie’s Naughty List – The Top Five Foods that Wreck Your Hormone Health here.
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