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 😉
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.
A Simple, Effective Answer is HERE!
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
Hormone Reset Detox is designed for balancing hormones and the 28 Day
Autoimmune Reset Detox is specially created for those with autoimmune
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.
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.
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
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.