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I have been using Standard Process and MediHerb supplements both personally and with my patients for over 20 years and the 21 Day Purification Program has been an integral part my practice. In assisting 1000’s of patients with this program over the years, I know that sometimes it helps to have a little guidance, tips, and extra recipes to keep you on track with the program.
I have spent the last few months creating a FREE online resource for all of our patients and customers to use with the detox program. I have created an online, self-guided program that will walk you through the 21 day purification program step by step.
My goal in creating this program is to provide the perfect self-study course to compliment your detox program.
I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from over 18 years in clinical practice working with 1000’s of patients and channeled it into a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation of the 21 day purification program that not only teaches you the high level theory, but the actual EXECUTION of how you can do the same.
Want to see what is included with this amazing bonus? This link here lists all of the program perks and info and the step by step instructions on how to redeem access to the free program!
When you purchase your 21 Day Purification Program kit through my office’s authorized website, you’ll receive my online program ABSOLUTELY FREE! You can also order via phone – 843.214.2997
Just forward a copy of your order number or receipt to us at email@example.com and we’ll email you back with the details needed to access the course.
I can’t wait for you to jump in!21 Day Purification Kit
Our 21-day purification program helps patients purify, nourish, and maintain a healthy body and weight. We offer eight different purification product kits based on the preferred protein and fiber choice.
Included in the program are:
1 SP Cleanse–purification
2 SP Complete, SP Complete Chocolate, SP Complete Vanilla or 2 SP Complete Dairy Free–nutritious supplement shakes
2 Gastro-Fiber or 2 Whole Food Fiber–fiber support
1 SP Green Food–phytonutrients
1 patient purification program guide
1 recyclable bag
Click this LINK to learn more about the 8 different kits or to purchase.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN
I have some very exciting news that made me jump for joy when I heard it because I know this is a GAME CHANGER for many of you.
The current pandemic has brought lots of change – I’ve redesigned how I see patients by offering more virtual and zoom style appointments. We’ve been shipping out your protocols to you and offering curbside pick ups as well.
Last week I was invited by Standard Process to be one of their health care practitioners with a full integrated website!!!
I jumped with joy!!!
What this means for Lime and Lotus is that our office is now an approved and authorized distributor and seller of Standard Process and MediHerb products online!
What this means for you is that you can now order and buy Standard Process and MediHerb products online through this website. Products will be shipped from the company directly to you anywhere in the United States.
Online orders through the site over $100 also receive FREE SHIPPING!
I am happy and excited to be able to bring you this additional resource. We will still continue to offer curb side pick up and products from the office but this will be one more option to make your life easier!
Let us know if you have any questions.
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN
Can I tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! It’s super fresh, fast, healthy, detox friendly, paleo and gluten free. What’s not to love?!? This is a dish even YOUR KIDS are going to eat. My dog Brie enjoys any leftover zoodles!
This is a 20 minute one pan dish if you follow my preparation and kitchen tool techniques and I especially enjoy it during the summer. I keep the zucchini cold and cover the cold zoodles with the heat meat, veggie, sauce combo and it becomes a fresh summer dish for these hot hot hot Southern summer days.
You can also substitute grass fed beef for the organic turkey if you wish.
In this recipe I use a jar of marinara in order to save time for those quick weekday meals. When choosing your sauce choose one without any added sugars and I always buy one that has the least amount of sugar/carbs listed on the label. Some fantastic brands are: Organico Bello, Cucina Antica,
Also, be sure to have your tools on hand to make your life EASIER – Two kitchen items I cannot live without is my garlic roller/peeler – seriously if you don’t have one of these you need one. I can peel my garlic in 3 seconds flat with this bad boy. Also you’ll want a spiralizer to make those yummy zoodles. With this tool I can zoodle a zucchini in about 20 seconds. Dinner in 20 minutes? BOOM!
Here’s to healthy quick meals!
Italian Turkey Zoodles
- 2 medium zucchini – spiralized
- 1 lb organic ground turkey
- 2 tsp olive oil
- One medium onion – diced
- 8 oz mushrooms – diced
- 3 cloves garlic – peeled and minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 24oz jar of no sugar added marinara sauce
- Fresh basil chopped
- Spiralize your zucchini and put the spiralized zucchini on a paper towel to drain while you prepare the rest of the meal.
- In a large nonstick skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat.
- Add organic turkey, onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; breaking up turkey into crumbles, 8-10 minutes; drain.
- Put pan back on the burner and turn the heat down to a simmer
- Add your marinara sauce – I usually use ¾ of a jar – just depends on how wet you want your dish.
- Stir in your spices.
- Let the pan simmer until all ingredients are well mixed and warm.
- Place a cup of spiralized zucchini on your plate, spoon your turkey, veggie, sauce mixture over the zucchini. Garnish with chopped basil.
Who says you can’t have your wings and eat them too? With football games and colder days I wanted to create a healthier version that would also be detox friendly for those who still want to enjoy a tailgate party or cheering on their favorite team this season!
THESE ARE SOOO GOOD – I promised you won’t even miss that they are not fried!!! I’m also giving you my secret on how to make them oh so crispy and yummy – It’s an extra step but a necessary one if you want those crispy wings. First you’ll need to parboil the wings for a few minutes to boil out some of the fat. This will make for the best baked wing you’ve ever put in Yo Mouth!
Dr Z’s Baked Hot Wings
- 2 lbs organic chicken wings
- 4 Tbs butter
- 1 12oz bottle of your favorite hot sauce
- 4 cloves of garlic – minced
- 1 Tbs onion powder
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Add the chicken wings to the pot, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
- Drain wings in a colander and place on paper towels and pat them dry – This is important because if they are still wet they won’t crisp up as much in your oven.
- Grease a metal sheet pan.
- Place the chicken wings directly on the sheet pan.
- Bake the chicken wings for 25 minutes on the first side; flip the wings and bake for another 5-10 minutes on the other side, until the skin looks crispy and golden brown.
Buffalo Sauce Instructions:
- Heat butter in a saucepan on medium heat
- Once butter is melted add hot sauce, garlic, onion powder and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add your chicken wings to a large bowl; pour the buffalo sauce over to coat thoroughly.
- Plate and enjoy!
- The best place for me to buy affordable organic chicken wings is at Costco – at the time of this post they were $2.50 per lb.
- When choosing your hot sauce read your ingredients carefully. Choose a hot sauce with the fewest ingredients and ones you can understand what each ingredient is – some of my favorites are Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and Crystals (MY FAVORITE).
- For metal sheet pans be sure to purchase stainless steel instead of Aluminum ones.
Black eyes peas usually only receive acclaim during New Year’s for luck and prosperity but these legumes can be eaten all year long! Here’s my take on a healthy year long recipe that is also friendly for those doing my detox program.
Healthy Black Eyed Peas
- 3 cups water or organic chicken bone broth
- 1 Tbs olive oil or butter
- 1 red onion diced
- 3 ribs celery diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 pound black eyed peas – dry
- 14 oz diced organic tomatoes – canned (get fancy and use the fire roasted ones 😉
- 1 tsp basil – dried
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse black eyed peas and remove any debris. Place in a bowl and soak at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain black eyed peas from the soaking liquid and give them a quick rinse under cold water.
- In a large stock pot add organic broth and bring to a boil.
- Heat a medium pan with olive oil or butter.
- Add onion, celery, and garlic and cook until slightly tender.
- Add onion mixture, drained black eyed peas, red bell pepper, basil and tomatoes (undrained) to the pot and simmer 50-60 minutes or until black eyed peas are tender.
- Salt and pepper to taste
** If you want an easy button to this recipe you can use already rehydrated black eyed peas and cook/simmer time will only be 20-30 minutes! **
Decrease gut inflammation naturally
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 health.
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.
Download her free guide: Dr. Stephanie’s Naughty List – The Top Five Foods that Wreck Your Hormone Health here.
- National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Opportunities and Challenges in Digestive Diseases Research: Recommendations of the National Commission on Digestive Diseases. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health; 2009. NIH Publication 08–6514.
- 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.
- Rajasekaran, S. Therapeutic potential of curcumin in gastrointestinal diseases. World J Gastrointest Pathophysiol. 2011 February 15; 2(1): 1–14.
Create a healthy home with air purifying plants!
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 inside?
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 this one.
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!
Toxins are everywhere
You are 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 systems.
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
- Cigarette Smoke
- Certain Personal Care Products
- Dyes and Paints
- Heavy Metals
- Household Cleaning Products
- Pesticides and Insecticides
- Preservatives and Additives
- Trans Fats
- Carbon dioxide
- Free radicals
You become what you eat
The 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.
Reducing 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.
When 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 sleeping
- Indigestion and other gastrointestinal upset
- Food cravings and weight gain
- Reduced mental clarity (brain fog)
- Low libido
- Skin issues – eczema, acne, dark circles under the eyes
- Joint or muscle pain
- Female hormone disturbances
- Sinus issues
- Water retention
- Bad breath
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.
- Filters toxins
- 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 weight
If your 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 create havoc.
One of 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 they LOVE 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
- Fat Cells
- Bone Marrow
- Central Nervous System
What the heck is metabolic detoxification anyway?
Metabolic 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 detoxification
- 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.
A Simple, Effective Answer is HERE!
You can create more efficiency around detoxification by modifying your daily food choices, and habits to support your body’s natural ability to detoxify. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above or feel like it’s just time for a reset, I encourage you to check out my signature 28 Day Reset Programs. The 28 Day Hormone Reset Detox is designed for balancing hormones and the 28 Day Autoimmune Reset Detox is specially created for those with autoimmune issues.
My hope is to provide you with easy, effective tools to help you liver YOUR. BEST. LIFE.
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.
- “About,” National Toxicology Program, US Department of Health and Human Services, accessed March 13, 2018, https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/about/index.html.
- Arthur Grube, David Donaldson, Timothy Kiely, and La Wu, “Pesticides Industry Sales and Usage 2006 and 2007 Market Estimates,” Washington, D.C.: United States Environmental Protection Agency, February 2011, PDF e-book, http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/iles/2015-10/documents/market_estimates2007.pdf.
- Michael N. Antoniou et al., “Concerns Over Use of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides and Risks Associated with Exposures: a Consensus Statement.” Environmental Health 15, no. 1 (2016): 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0.
- Romilly E. Hodges and Deanna M. Minich, “Modulation of Metabolic Detoxification Pathways Using Foods and Food-Derived Components: A Scientific Review with Clinical Application,” Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (2015): 16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/760689.
- Joseph W. Thornton, Michael McCally, and Jane Houlihan, “Biomonitoring of Industrial Pollutants: Health and Policy Implications of the Chemical Body Burden,” Public Health Reports 117, no. 4 (2002): 315-23, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1497458/pdf/12477912.pdf.
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Ring in the New Year with a Weight Loss and Detoxification Program
After the last few months of holiday festivities, overindulgence in the form of food, alcohol, and stress can be at the forefront of our minds. With the New Year upon us, many people vow to change their lives and lose weight, drink less, and meditate more. One avenue that most people do not consider after a period of overindulgence is detoxification to rid the body from the chemicals and impurities that accumulated over the holiday season.
Detoxification is defined as the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances. It can be compared to the “junk drawer” that most people have in their home. Over time, more items collect in the junk drawer until it cannot even be opened anymore. Your body collects junk in the same way with the food you eat, the water you drink, and the air you breathe. This junk consists of pesticides, pollutants, preservatives, heavy metals, chemicals and caffeine.
The liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal system, and lymphatic system are all in charge of the handling and excreting of toxins from the body. If these organs are overburdened, they can become inefficient just like a clogged air filter might. Signs of toxicity include weight gain, fatigue, poor digestion, difficulty sleeping, food cravings, mental fog, dark circles under the eyes, moodiness, and low libido, just to name a few.
Many detoxification programs exist. Here are a few key steps to follow when choosing the right program for you:
- Always check with a licensed healthcare professional before you begin a detoxification program because people with certain diseases like diabetes, need to be monitored especially well while detoxifying.
- Make sure that the program is made from food and is free of preservatives, chemicals, and artificial sweeteners and ingredients.
- It is usually better to perform a detoxification program that is gentler on your body, so choose one that lasts for more than a day or two.
- Buddy up…When you complete a detoxification program with a friend or family member it helps to stay focused and the results are usually more significant.
After the completion of a detoxification program, most people experience increased energy, improved health, weight reduction, improved digestion, clearer thinking, and removal of food addictions. With all of these improvements the New Year can definitely begin the start of a New You!
Did you know that Dr Stephanie has created her own online detox program? Her comprehensive step by step system will walk you through a 28 Day Hormone Reset Detox – Want to find out if it’s right for you? Check out the program link here.