What Are Detox Reactions?

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What Are Detox Reactions?

Healing does not happen in a vacuum. So, if you are trying to re-balance hormones and need to support your detoxification pathways to rid the body of excess hormones, then you may expect some bumps in the roads

Whenever the detoxification process is improved and more toxins leave the body, they must enter the blood stream on their way to the liver. Once in the blood stream, symptoms can occur until they have successfully left the body

What symptom may you expect?

Everyone is different so it is hard to predict. Most people experience a headache and fatigue. However, other symptoms can be anything you already experience. If you suffer from acne, you may break out. If you have joint pain or muscle aches, then these may get worse for the first few days. 

The key is to be observant. If you have symptoms as part of the detox, then make notes. They may be worst at first but usually within in 2-3 days they start to improve.

It is not uncommon, depending on the individual, to go through several phases. Sometimes the removal of toxins does not happen all at once. Again, being observant is important. As long as symptoms pass within a few days, then detoxing is occurring as needed.

What can you do to lessen detox reactions?

  1. Get plenty of rest. The more you sleep, the sooner you will get through the process.
  2. Limit activity. Do not do a lot of exercise. Light walking is fine and doing some movement will leave you feeling better – just do not get carried away.
  3. Start slow and work up. If you can ease into the detox, you can lessen the reactions. The detox will take longer but that may be the best way for you to do it.

Please note: Detox reactions can be very severe. If you have many health issues and are suffering from numerous symptoms, then you are most likely going to detox strongly and that could make you quite sick. You may even need to seek medical attention. Be very careful. If you do not know how you will react, then maybe you should wait.  Just eating a clean diet will allow you to detox but this will occur slowly and this may be the best way to start.

You can try my 7 Day Reboot Challenge May 25 to June 1st, 2019. Click on link below for more details

Should You Do A Cleanse?

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Should You Do A Detox?

Detoxes are very popular right now. Most involve drinking a series of juices and while you may temporarily feel better, it is very important to understand that you may not have accomplished as much as you think you have.

It is important to understand what the goal of detoxing is supposed to be.  The idea is that by severely reducing your food intake and existing on raw juices, the energy that is not being used for digestion, can be used to remove toxins a person may have been storing in their fat cells.

The nutrients in the juices may also support the detoxification processes of the liver.

However, there is a flaw in this scenario.  Juice does not contain fiber, which is essential for toxins that have been prepared, by the liver, to actually leave the body. No fiber, toxins do not leave.

Good gut health is also essential for successful detoxification.  Before anyone undertakes a liver cleanse of any kind, they should be sure their gut is in a state to handle the toxins that will be coming its way, on their way out of the body.  Even toxins that leave via the urinary system must travel through the small intestines on their way to the kidneys.

If there are not sufficient good bacteria, the toxins that are bound to a liver conjugate can detach and go back into the body. They will just head back to the liver but this just puts more pressure on the liver, which is already overworked, or you would not have so many stored toxins in the first place.

In a perfect world, your liver would remove all toxins and any excess hormones immediately. If we feed our liver correctly, it will have all the nutrients and energy to do the work daily.

The following are some key liver foods you should consume frequently to keep your liver happy: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage or kale, Calcium d’glurcurate foods such as apples and grapefruit, bitter foods like dandelion or collard greens, sulfur-rich foods such as garlic and onions, and high antioxidant foods like berries, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus and other fruits and vegetables. Jerusalem artichokes are extremely good for the liver. Milk thistle tea is also very beneficial.

Another easy way to help you detox is to do what is known as daily detox. This requires that you do not eat anything for 14 hours between your last meal in the evening and your first one in the morning. Again, liver foods are needed to be consumed daily in order to support the detox function during the night.

A safe detox option is the 7-Day Hormone Reboot Challenge. It is designed with a combination of fiber-filled raw foods, gut health foods and some cooked foods to keep you grounded and satisfied for the first fours days, then three days of healthy eating. This is a very responsible way to do a detox. Food amounts are not limited in order to make sure participants are not to hungry. Detox reactions may occur but they should not be too severe unless you are really toxic and you have been eating virtually no liver foods.

Give it a try – by supporting your liver with this challenge, you will feel better and it gives you foods that are good for all hormones so it will be a great start to re-balancing your system.

How Toxic Are You?

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So how toxic are you? It depends how many toxic chemicals such as drugs, medications and food additives you ingest through your digestive and intestinal tract or through your skin or lungs. Also, how well your body functions will determine detoxification. Even stress and negative attitudes can produce more chemicals that need to be detoxed out.

The liver is the key player to help rid the body of all toxins. The colon and good gut bacteria assist to help remove many toxins before they enter the body, if we have sufficient levels. Good gut bacteria also supports liver function. Good colon function ensures toxins leave and poor colon function allows bad bacteria to produce more toxins that we need to get rid of. We can also eliminate some toxins through the skin by sweating.

How do you know if you need to cleanse?

Here are some symptoms associated with a sluggish system due to toxic overload. There may be other reasons for each of these symptoms but when there seems to be no logical reason for them or you have too many of them, then a sluggish detoxification system may be the cause.

☐ Fatigue ☐ Memory issues ☐ Brain fog and difficulty concentrating ☐ Gas and bloating ☐ Skin problems such as acne, hives, rashes, eczema and psoriasis ☐ Puffy, dark circles under the eyes ☐ PMS (premenstrual syndrome) ☐ Diarrhea ☐ Constipation ☐ Sleep problems ☐ Fluid retention ☐ Trouble losing weight ☐ Headaches ☐ Joint pain ☐ Muscle aches ☐ Sinus congestion ☐ Runny nose ☐ Food cravings ☐ Heartburn ☐ Bad breath ☐ Excessive sweating ☐ Sinus problems

Should you do a cleanse?

A cleanse can speed up the process of detoxification by either supplying the body with nutrients that the liver uses to detox or limiting consumption of food to save the energy needed to digest foods and make it available for the liver to do more detoxing. A good cleanse is a combination of both.

This is a great way to reboot your system, allowing you to feel better. Ideally you would detox daily. Eating foods that support detoxing daily and giving the body digestive rest in the evening and through the night is how the body has been designed to eliminate toxins. But for the those who have not been supplying the body with this kind of support, a cleanse can speed up the process so that in the future, daily detoxing is sufficient. The best cleanse will combine eating less food but provide enough to function well and supply the needed nutrients to aid the liver detoxification process. It will also provide support for the good gut bacteria and colon function which are also essential for successful detoxing.

My 7 Day Hormone Reboot Challenge is a good example of a cleanse that can do just that. It contains plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, which all contain the phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals that the liver loves to use for detoxification. It also has essential fatty acids, other good fats and protein, all of which help the liver. Probiotic and prebiotic foods are added to aid our good gut bacteria and colon function.

The key to this cleanse is that there are foods added to support the thyroid and the adrenals. When it comes to detoxing, most cleanses do not consider how other systems affect the liver and the detox process. Hormones play a role in how well you detox and many of the symptoms that indicate you need to detox are also symptoms of hormones issues. Everything is connected.

How Does it Work?
First, the food is clean with no added chemical preservatives, additives or pesticide residues. There is minimal cooking for the first four days and a lot of it is raw so it contains plenty of enzymes to aid digestion which frees up energy for detoxing. And finally, it supports the gut, the colon and key hormonal systems throughout the body.

The last three days provides more clean foods but with a higher nutrition and calorie density so you will not feel depleted.

You may get detox reactions on this challenge but that is okay. It has been designed to minimize this but you may still experience reactions.

What are detox reactions?
The two most common are headaches and fatigue. When toxins, stored in cells of the body, are moved into the blood stream to go to the liver, they can make a person feel poorly. This passes. Other detox reactions tend to be symptoms you are already prone to. If you have acne, you will break out. If your joints are stiff, you will be stiffer. But this does not last. For most people, they start feeling better by the fourth day.

If you feel better at the end of the week but still think you are somewhat toxic, you are able to repeat the challenge. You can do this for two or three weeks and you will find that each time, there are less and less detox reactions and you will feel better and better.

This cleanse is a great place to start to re balance the body and to help curb your appetite and increase your energy. To learn more click on the link and let me know you would like more info on the cleanse.  Join my 7 Day Reboot Cleanse Starting May 25 to June 1st

7-Day Healthy Gut Challenge


How To Improve Gut Health.

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Fermented foods are one of the many excellent choices for gut health. 

Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”
And while this may not be 100% true for every disease in every person, more and more research shows that our gut (digestive system) has a bigger role in many diseases than we used to think. And we’re not just talking about heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, IBD, etc.  We’re talking about all kinds of issues like allergies, pain, mood disorders, and nutrient deficiencies.
There are a lot of reasons for this. Our gut is the portal to the outside world. It’s here where we take in disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and parasites. We also take in nutrients (and toxins) through our gut. The nutrients we ingest and absorb are the building blocks of every single part of our body. We’re just learning the connections between our gut and other areas of our body, like our brain (have you heard of “the gut-brain axis”). Not just our gut per se; but, its friendly resident microbes too. These guys also have newly discovered roles in our gut health and overall health.

Our gut’s main role is as a barrier. To let things in that should get in, and to keep things out that should stay out. Think of “absorption” of nutrients as things we want to let in; and “elimination” of waste as things we want to pass right through and out.
This seemingly simple role is super-complex! And it can break down in so many places.
For one thing, our guts can “leak.” Yes, like a long tube with holes in it, it can allow things to get into our bloodstream/bodies that can wreak havoc (bacteria, undigested food, and toxins). You name it, whatever you put into your mouth can be absorbed by your gut and get into your bloodstream, even if it’s not supposed to. And when your gut wall gets irritated, it can “leak.” When this happens, you get inflammation, which is a starting point for many diseases that don’t seem linked to the gut but have a sneaky connection there.
A healthy gut is not a leaky gut. It maintains its barrier and shuttles things through to be eliminated. Maintaining a healthy gut barrier is the first pillar of gut health.
The second main part of your gut are the billions of friendly health-promoting microbes. Gut microbes help us digest and absorb nutrients. They fight off disease-causing microbes, make some vitamins for us, and have all kinds of other health benefits, like mental health benefits, reducing inflammation, and stabilizing blood sugar.
So, keeping your gut microbes happy is the second pillar of gut health!

How to improve gut health
There are a lot of natural ways to improve gut health. Let’s start with what to stop. It’s always best to eliminate the cause, so let’s stop giving our guts junk to deal with. How about eliminating added sugars, processed foods, and alcohol? Try that for a few weeks, and you may be amazed at how much better your body (and gut) feels.
You may also want to eliminate other gut irritants. Dairy and grains contain common compounds known to irritate some people’s guts. Sometimes you only need to eliminate them for a few weeks to see if it makes a difference for your health.
By eating nutrient-dense foods, we allow ample macro- and micro-nutrients into our gut to maximize the chance for absorption. These nutrients help our bodies build and repair our gut, and every other body part as well. Some of the most nutrient-dense foods include dark leafy greens, colourful fruits and veggies, liver, and fish.
The second pillar of gut health is our microbes. By ingesting probiotic-rich foods and drinks, we can help to replenish our gut microbes. These are found in fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Make these a part of your daily diet.

Whole foods are full of gut-friendly fiber. Not eating enough fiber increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Fiber plays lots of roles in our gut, including whisking away some of those pesky bad bacteria and toxins so they can be eliminated. Fiber also helps to feed our friendly resident microbes that help us absorb and digest our food better. What foods have a lot of fiber? Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and even cacao.
And don’t forget the uber-important lifestyle factors like getting enough sleep, stressing less, and getting the right amount (and intensity) of exercise for you. It’s easy to forget some of the simple, but key links there are between what we do with our bodies and how well they function.
The function of your gut is key to your overall health. There are two pillars of gut health: maintaining a good barrier and maintaining healthy gut microbes.
The main ways to improve both of these naturally is by eating nutrient-dense whole foods. Foods filled with nutrition, probiotics, and fiber. And eliminating common gut irritants like added sugar, processed foods, and alcohol.

If you would like a copy of my Top 10 Foods For Gut Health email me at info@jbarnesliving.com