Archive for August, 2011
I wanted to share with you my top ten things you can do to help get toxins out of your body. Getting toxins out of your body is one of the most important issues for health and fat loss. Many people don’t realise that many toxins are stored in fat (although heavy metals tend to accumulate in organs). So, when you start losing fat you need to UP your detox pathways.
I’m not a fan of special detox diet’s, for me they are just an excuse for people to eat and drink what they like the rest of the other time and then feel o.k about themselves by eating like a saint for 5 days a year! I’d rather help people make their daily diet and lifestyle – an ongoing detox process…exactly as nature had intended….so here’s my top ten!
1. Eat the right protein levels for you!
Most detox diets involve reducing protein – I disagree! Amino acids from protein are essential for liver function and detoxification – the argument for reducing protein is to give the liver a rest from protein metabolism – considering that most peoples livers are under stress from increased simple carbohydrate consumption. I therefore feel eating the right level of protein and carbohydrate for you on a daily basis is a better strategy for long term liver function. If you don’t know what the right level of protein is for you then take the free macronutrient profile test when you join the BePure website for free (click here).
2. Eat plenty of fat.
One of the main pathways your liver uses to get rid of the processed toxins is through your bile. Your liver will store your bile in your gall bladder, eating fat triggers the release of this bile. This bile release helps give you a bowel movement, which helps move the toxins out of your body. Fat is a nutritional minefield, which I fully cover in my Life Changing Online Programme – however try and eat only clean, natural fats such as extra virgin olive oil, organic butter, organic coconut oil, organic lard or dripping.
3. Drink pure water
The best detox agent is water… yes… WATER. If the body is dehydrated, all the detox systems will not be able to perform optimally. WATER is responsible for keeping the digestive system flowing. WATER is responsible for the efficient filtration processes in the liver and kidneys. WATER is extremely important for the function of the lymphatic system. Look to drink o.o33 Litres of pure water per KG of body weight. You don’t want to be bringing in toxins (like fluoride and Chlorine) with your water and so I recommend you filter your water.
4. Lymphatic massage, exercise
The lymphatic system is incredibly important and often overlooked. This system comprises three glands (The spleen, the Thymus and the tonsils). Around all the cells of the body there is fluid called interstitial fluid. The capillaries and small blood vessels release nutrients into this interstitial fluid which moves around all the cells. The cells can then take up these nutrients and release by-products into this fluid. This fluid has a one-way system around the body where it is eventually collected in ducts and vessels, passes through lymph nodes and lymph glands before eventually entering the blood stream. You can stimulate the lymphatic system by massage, (basically stroking the skin in a direction towards the heart). Rebounders (small trampolines) are particularly beneficial for the lymphatic system, while any type of exercise causing muscle contraction will also be of great benefit. So, go move your body!
5. Support liver function
The liver detoxes chemicals in a two stage process. The liver undertakes multiple mechanisms to deal with groups of toxins such as water soluble toxins, fat soluble, drug metabolism, estrogen detoxification, toxins from cellular metabolism, food additives, toxins from bacteria and the environment. The liver requires large amount of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) to be able to perform it’s processes. The best way to support liver function is by eating organic fruit, vegetables and meats (see #9) and supplementing your diet with a high quality mineral, vitamin and antioxidant supplement such as BePure ONE. There are also many herbs which support liver function – however, I would recommend seeing a herbalist for specific advice on using these.
6. Eat cruciferous vegetables, garlic, onions, and leafy greens
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, swede, turnips, kale, watercress all contain important phytochemicals that are released when they are chopped, chewed, fermented, cooked or digested. The substances released then break down into sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate which all have a specific effect on Phase 1 and phase 2 detox. Onions, garlic and leeks contain many important sulfur compounds that increase detoxification. Leafy greens are rich in a number of minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll and flavonoids which are essential to good detoxification.
7. Sauna regularly
Saunaring is a great way to mobilise and eliminate toxins. Infrared saunas have been shown to produce sweat that is made up of 15-20% toxins (made up of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium ammonia, uric acid and fat soluble toxins.)
A number of years ago I bought myself a sauna to help with mercury mobilisation and detoxification and I’m pleased to say that the mercury is all gone now…but I still love to sauna…I try and get in there for 25 minutes twice a week and it’s a great way to relax and take time out. By the way, if you want to lose fat not only does saunaing help get rid of fat soluable toxins, but a 30 minute session can burn upwards of 600 calories! For more information on saunaing click here
8. Have great bowel movements!
Getting your digestive system working correctly is of paramount importance and our body’s ability to get rid of the bye products of digestion is critical in an overall sense of detoxification. You want to be passing 30 cm of fecal matter a day with a transit time of 12 to 24 hours (transit time is the time it takes for your food to pass through you). Primarily this is achieved through eating the right foods for you. It takes me about 20 hours to guide people on how to achieve this. Therefore, please see my Life Changing Online Programme and www.bepure.co.nz for more details.
9. Eat organic food
Eating organic foods serve a dual purpose for detoxing. Organic foods contain more nutrients due to better nutrient availability in the soil, these nutrients support liver detoxification. Secondly, due to the nature of organic food being chemically spray free you are minimising the load on your liver to detox these chemicals and in the process increasing your detoxification capacity for other chemicals – a win/win! If you can’t afford to buy organic vegetables – I recommend you grow your own….
Yep, relaxing…perhaps the easiest, yet hardest thing to do…Many of the body’s detoxification pathways are controlled by your autonomic nervous system and relaxing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is the dominant system for repair and ‘house keeping duties’ like detoxing. So, make sure to set aside some time for relaxing every day!
So, that’s my top ten for this week….
No matter where you are on your eating/health journey try and introduce two of my top 10 things to detox into your life this week and your body will thank you for it in the years to come with better health and increased energy!
Love and happiness
The Paleolithic diet (paleo), commonly referred to as the caveman diet is one of the most popular diets in the world today. And with good reason, it works!
In the last 100 years human nutrition has changed more than at any other time in history and the results of this change has been dramatic…increases in heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, arthritis to name a few….
Going back to a Caveman diet makes a lot of sense, it eliminates many of today’s food allergens and essentially involves eating only fruit vegetables, and meat – no grains or milk. On the assumption that cavemen were not farmers or had domesticated animals.
I am essentially a fan of the Paleo diet, for anyone eating a western food diet it would be a dramatic improvement in nutrition. However, I also have a number of issues with it….
Firstly, the elimination of whole grains and raw milk. Both grains (when correctly prepared) and raw milk are two of the best sources of nutrition available to humans on the planet. For example, wheat germ, has been shown to reduce cancer tumours in size by over half in 2 weeks. Raw milk is natures best source of glutathione, an antioxidant and detoxifier that helps keep us young and healthy. The health benefits of these two major nutritional players are well documented and should not be over looked providing intolerance’s don’t exist.
Please let me reiterate, milk needs to be raw milk, as pasteurisation destroys much of the B vitamin content, enzymes and significantly reduces glutathione content. And grains, need to be in their whole form (not flour) and soaked prior to cooking or sprouting.
Do we really need to take our diets as far back as to the caveman?
I don’t think so. We don’t all look like cavemen do we? You’ve only got to look around the world to see that our genetics have adapted to our environments. Just take skin colour for example, there is a full spectrum of colours depending on where your ancestors lived.
Have we not learned anything about nutrition in the last 20,000 years?
I think we have. I also believe we should integrate the nutritional knowledge of eons into this base system of fruit, vegetables and meat. Thereby maximising macro and micro nutrients into our diets and cells for a joyful, purpose led life.
Secondly, the Paleolithic diet makes no allowances for genetic individuality.
We now know our gene expression actually changes quite quickly – this is the field of epigentics. For example, using nutrition you can change the gene expression of an animal within one generation.
Our body’s adapt to our environments and have adapted to our nutritional environment. Inuits are better suited to high fat/protein diets as their body’s adapted to living off seals. African tribesmen are better suited to complex carbohydrates as the predominant calories in their diet came in the form of millet.
Therefore, we need to be eating right for our genetics and establish the right macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) for us! It can be as simple as thinking about where your genetics come from and mimic the dietary ratios of your ancestors. Therefore, I have termed, it ‘Ancestral Eating’ – meaning you predominately eat what your ancestors have eaten.
At BePure I like to help people fine tune this process even further, so by joining the BePure site for free you’ll get access to my special Macronutrient test which will help you establish where you sit on the genetic continuum. Click here to join for FREE.
In health and happiness