You should know enough about reducing your insulin at this point to get yourself started down that path. You can address the 2nd step of detoxification for the purpose of stubborn fat loss as well as overall health improvement at the same time you’re working on reducing your insulin level if it’s high.
2nd Step is Detoxification
It’s quite a big topic and I’ll just be outlining information in this post. The studio has great programs on detoxification such as the Intense Detox using shakes and a special diet, the infrared sauna, the ion cleanse and we’ll soon be launching a very effective program called “True Cellular Detox” which works at the level of your cell.
It’s important to note that there are many forms of detoxification. It depends what substance you’re getting rid of and where it is. It also depends on if you’re really, really sick and need a more aggressive method to get you feeling better… or if you have good general health and want to stay that way by doing gentle detoxing on a regular basis.
To put it into perspective, one of the most gentle ways to start detoxification is to increase your intake of vegetables. Just doing that will help your body get rid of toxins. If you’re thinking that detoxing is uncomfortable or drastic or even dangerous, know that you could simply start by increasing vegetable intake.
Another way to start detoxing better is to remove as many toxins in your environment as you can. It really is not a detox method, but is the most important first step. It’s not helpful to do programs to eliminate toxins when you keep adding them back in!
One more easy way is to choose a morning breakfast shake that includes cruciferous vegetables (cooked and cooled). We recommend the UltraCleanse BODYSHAKE as the base of your shake because it contains nutrients to help your liver process toxins, it’s very gentle and does not produce “detox reactions” and people LOVE the taste.
And lastly, opening your “channels of elimination” is also gentle without detox reactions. Your channels of elimination are your kidneys, colon, lungs, lymph, and skin. Each of these organs help you to get rid of toxic byproducts processed by your liver.
Opening your channels is simply a way to help your body work better. Your body already has ways to get rid of toxins… this is helping that process.
Quite simply “opening your channels of elimination” means
Drinking plenty of water to flush your kidneys.
Doing what it takes to poop at least once per day or ideally 3 times a day if you eat 3 meals a day.
To get lymph moving you MOVE your body and/or do skin brushing.
You BREATHE deeply to allow your lungs to blow off toxins.
Do skin brushing and saunas (sweating) to allow toxins to leave through your skin.
Lifestyle habits go a long way to improving health. If you’re considering a more intense method of detoxification, all of the above must be already implemented before you start releasing toxins from your cells (they need a way out!).
Why the Problem with Toxins?
The world is not the same as it used to be… in fact we’ve seen dramatic changes in health the last 20 years but even greater in the last 2 years! And the problem of stubborn fat loss has increased exponentially.
One BIG reason is the continued INCREASE in dumping toxins into our precious environment. Over 250 lbs per person per day of toxins are dumped into the US environment. And that does not include pesticides….. so the number is much greater.
The problem is this accumulates in our bodies… our body toxic burden increases and creates health problems including an inability to lose body fat. As we age we accumulate more and more toxins…. maybe it’s not “old age” that’s your problem… but maybe toxin buildup?
And pregnant women pass off over 200 toxins to their newborns. Lead is a big one passed on in pregnancy… so this may be one explanation why so many children are affected with poor health.
What are toxins?
Car exhaust (benzene, CO, formaldehyde)
VOCs (paint, adhesives, cleaning products)
Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, aluminum)
Carcinogens (dioxin, radiation, asbestos, vinyl chloride to make plastics)
Flame retardants in baby clothes, car seats, furniture, beds, and carpets
Car detailing, “new car smell”
Lawn care chemicals
Aluminum cookware, non-stick cookware
Mold (from moldy nuts or moldy living area)
Smoked and cured foods, hot dogs, (nitrosamines)
Chlorine from your shower and drinking water
EMFs: cell phones, electric blankets, computers, TV screens
Mercury and aluminum in vaccines, mercury in fillings
Lead in pipes and leached from bones
Food additives: artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colorings, other food chemicals
We encounter these things every day… they are part of a “normal” modern lifestyle.
But what’s happened is it’s become “normal” to be diabetic, obese (and struggle with stubborn fat loss), autistic, depressed, anxious, have joint pain, headaches, “hormone trouble'”, unable to sleep, unable to digest food properly….. most of us have problems with at least one of these items and know other people who suffer with a multitude of these.
It’s very sad that even children are affected by these health problems…. often with no hope in sight.
We can have hope. We have this window right now to improve the situation and take charge of our health. We may not have this opportunity later… but we have it now! So let’s learn what we can realistically do to improve our health and more easily lose that stubborn body fat… because I’m telling you… it CAN be done and you are no exception!
How do toxins affect stubborn fat?
Many toxins are stored in your fat cells. Fat all over your body, but also your brain because your brain is mostly fat. Fat is a safer place for toxins to be rather than your blood stream so when you get exposed, they are in your blood for a short period, then get stored away in your organs and fat (also in fatty liver).
When you decide to go on a fat reducing plan, if you’re quite full of toxins… and most people are…. your body is very smart and decides it would be unsafe for you to release those toxins into your blood stream…. so it hangs on to the fat to keep the toxins stored away.
And you get frustrated because you’re trying as hard as you can and thinking you’re doing everything right but the weight does not come off.
Another problem is that the toxins “clog up” the receptors on your cells. You have receptors that receive the messages from your hormones. Your hormones float around in your blood stream, then attach to a cell, and then give it a message to tell it what to do. Your hormones govern your body processes.
When the receptors are malfunctioning because you’ve got toxin interruption, the cell doesn’t receive the healthy message… and you suffer health problems including inability to lose body fat.
Your insulin may now be in a healthy range, but it cannot give your cells the right message… so you remain insulin resistant.
You may have plenty of testosterone and estrogen, but if those receptors are out of commission, your sex hormones cannot get the messages to your cells.
Same with thyroid hormone. You may have enough… your lab tests are normal, but you have low thyroid symptoms because your cells cannot receive the thyroid hormone message…. and taking more thyroid hormone as a medication doesn’t help either!
Once the toxin load is reduced and your cell membrane receptors shift back to normal, your hormones all start to work better.
When you reduce toxin load in a safe and rather slow process, your body will know it’s safe to let go of fat and your problems with stubborn fat loss diminish.
Not only does an excess toxin load make it nearly impossible for stubborn fat loss, but it also causes a host of other problems such as:
Increased risk of breast and colon cancer
Central nervous system disorders
Joint inflammation and stiffness
and inability to lose body fat
Hopefully you see a number of reasons to take steps to reduce your toxin load. It helps you get rid of stubborn fat but also improves health outcomes. I’ve really just touched on this important topic… so many other details. I’m hoping to address this in future posts.
Get more useful information on how to lose excess bodyfat but also on how to have a healthier body that supports clear thinking, high energy levels and high performance.
Friday morning, day 8, the last day….I’m amazed I made it, AND I’m amazed at how good I feel when fasting (now, not earlier!). David’s pants are falling down from his weight loss….we better get home!
This fast is a deprivation of calories, but really loaded with other nutrients. I’m getting so many nutrients from the green powders and drinks that my body craves. My cells are hydrated…finally getting the water they crave. My digestive system has had a wonderful break from solid food, allowing energy to be used to detoxify, instead of work at digestion. As fat and other materialis broken down from calorie deprivation, toxins are released, and my 5 organs of elimination are available to get rid of it.
We have our last colonic. They tell us it takes about 30 days of colonics to fully clear the colon of old matter and “sludge”. At that point, if you get a colonoscopy, your colon will be pink, instead of encrusted in thick layers of material that’s been there for years and years. Toxins love this stuff and live in there. People have pounds of old fecal material (wonder why your belly pooches out???) that never leaves. They’ve found it on autopsy. One man had 50 pounds in there! More common is 15-20 pounds.
What we do for 8 days here is beneficial, but continuing at home is even more beneficial. I feel I put in a lot of effort this week, I don’t want to throw it away by returning to bad habits at home. All we’ve learned is a bit overwhelming. I’ve decided to choose certain things I’ll do. Dry brushing my skin, fiber drink, green juice, drink WAY more water, one liquid meal/day (and 2 solid), liver cleanse once/month, many many more vegetable into my diet. I’m going to try to make kefir with coconut milk, I’ll make my own nut milks, and I’m considering getting the alkalizing water machine.
Here’s are 2 soups we’ve been having here:
Yam Puree Soup
32-64 oz vegetable broth or water
Boil yams til tender. Put yams and cooking water in vitamix, blender or food processor and run til smooth. Add salt, cayenne pepper, olive oil….watever you like.
3 zuchinnis chopped
1/4 onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 bunch spinach
water or vegetable broth
Cover and simmer on low heat 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree in blender. Add salt, cayenne, olive oil.
We stayed at We Care Spa through 4pm soup then Francesco took us by cab to the Swiss Health Resort. Carl and Ingrid run this place. They have 3 hot spring pools here, each diffrent temperatures. Francesco will take us to the the airport in a few hours. At this point, I’m glad to get home!
Sleeping last night was a challenge. I felt distractingly hungry and had thoughts racing through my head. At 2 am David got up to do some energy work on me. He felt energy pulsing, almost out of control, ….like a hose hiccuping and spurting water instead of running freely and smooth. He calmed it all down and I slept like a baby the rest of the night.
I’m wondering if it’s my adrenals kicking in. I’ve felt so deeply tired the last few years that maybe this is what it feels like to have those organs start to work properly. That deep tiredness that’s so familier to me is gone….and it’s not because I’ve been sleeping a ton here….I’m sleeping less.
My weight is down 4 pounds and David 10. We’re not here specifically for weight loss but it’s interesting to keep track. My belly feels empty and flat, and I like that! I’m feeling like I’m losing muscle. No vigorous exercise for me this week.
Chris taught us about alkalinity last night. Most of us are acid. Cancer and chronic disease thrive in acid environments. Here we drink water at a pH of 9.5…alkaline water. This particular water has a high antioxidant potential…so helps with the detox. David’s been having some serious detox reactions and drinking loads of this water helps eliminate the toxins.
Chris tested about 10 different drinks…mostly waters. The soda (7 Up) and carbonated water were by far the worst in terms of pH and antioxidant potential. They are highly oxidizing. Vitamin Water, Propel, Smart Water and plain bottled waters were all acidic and also oxidizing to various degrees……but none of them good!
Here’s our drink routine at We Care:
Get up, take enzymes with kidney/liver tea
glass of aloe vera juice
barley green drink
Lots of alkaline lemon/mint water throughout day and night
Detox drink (fiber, olive oil, minerals,2 oz apple juice, water) followed by another glass of water
Afternoon: aloe vera juice
glass of green juice
another detox drink w/enzymes
evening: 1 cup pureed vegetable soup (the best part of my day!)
glass of aloe vera juice
blood purifier tea
Here’s a video of We Care Spa so you can see the area. You’ll see the kitchen area…that’s where we get all our drinks and hang out talking.
I finally had my first good colonic. It might sound funny to you…this topic. But here it’s often the topic of conversation around the kitchen table. Everyone gets a daily colonic and people like to talk about it. It’s very frustrating to go through the trouble of a colonic and nothing comes out. When it finally releases, it’s a relief! Much of this material has been in there for many years. Old material looks very different from new. Getting rid of that old stuff helps the colon work better and it returns to its natural pink color and healthy state.
It’s up and down here. One minute you feel great, the next not. We’re instructed to take it very easy and rest when we don’t feel energized. If energized, we’re to get our lymph moving with the rebounder, the slant board, the Vibra Trim (it shakes and vibrates you), or take a walk.
David experienced a huge migraine headache yesterday…to the point of shaking and sweating and nausea. Luckily they have this activated air machine so he got ozone, which helped immensely. They tell us this is all part of the detox process. We’ll see how he feels today. I’m feeling great, very energetic and my talking is back……I was talking so much last night…David said “I love to hear what you have to say, but I have to go to sleep”. I still feel hungry….but it’s ok..not bothersome.
We had 2 talks from Susana yesterday. Susana started We Care Spa about 25 years ago. She’s from Argentina. We learned how health begins and ends with digestion. It’s the first place to start working if you have health problems. It’s one thing to put good food into your mouth. It’s another to have your body digest and absorb that food. For most of us, this is not happening.
Enzymes are necessary for digestion, and that starts in your head. If you eat under stressful situations (like driving the car), your body will not secrete enzymes. So, relax, be thankful for your food, chew it well, and you’ll have a better chance of actually using that food because you can absorb it.
Enzymes are found in all plants, nuts, seeds. Heat destroys the enzymes. Susana suggested that if we could only do ONE THING when we get home, we should take in one glass of vegetable juice a day….for the enzymes (and other benefits too). Vegetable juice we make ourselves, out of a variety of greens, maybe a bit of carrot, beet, etc. This is something I plan to do.
Susana also talked about the 5 organs of elimination: lungs, colon, kidneys, skin and lymph. Breathe deeply to help detoxify (lungs). You’ll immediately feel more energy. Take 10 deep breaths…..how do you feel? Drink lots of water to flush through the kidneys. Get your colon going. You should poop once for every meal. If you eat 3 times a day, that’s 3 poops. Brush your skin once a day to remove the dead stuff so the toxins can get out. Sweat every day to release toxins. For lymph, move your body….a lot! These practices help you release the toxins and take the load off your liver.
You might think….”my body is made perfectly, why should I have to go to these measures when my body is made to take care of itself?”
That’s true….your body should be able to keep itself cleansed. However, the world is now filled with toxins we cannot escape, and our bodies cannot keep up with it…..so we get sick. And not only sick with a cold or flu, but chronic disease and cancer.
If you want to be healthy, you’ll have to go out of your way to make it happen.
Day 4….half way through. I’m actually able and wanting to talk more now and I told David last night that when Friday comes I will feel so incredibly proud to finish this program…and I do see the end in sight! At this point I would consider doing this again.
My body felt almost normal in the morning yoga/Pilates class yesterday…I didn’t feel light headed every time I stood up, it didn’t feel effortful just to sit and my muscles welcomed the work. My afternoon was filled with lazy tv watching (once I could figure out how to use 3 remote controls). I laid around through the afternoon. It was Sunday, no special classes that day, not like today…a day full of classes…back in the saddle!
As it’s day four I’m seeing the real possibility of actually finishing this fast successfully. Before arrival I had a lot of doubts…..”what if I’ll need to get a cab to get something to eat?” I’ve heard people have done that with horrifying consequences….such as beer and pizza and ending up in the hospital. Not me. I’m going to stick it out. And actually, I feel good and don’t feel the need to eat other food. My hunger still comes and goes, but my energy is so much better and my mind is clearer.
I have to tell you…last night I had a tai massage….SO amazing. Therapist Martha pulled, pushed, kneeded and twisted me in every direction possible for 90 minutes. It felt like a combination of stretching, massage and rolfing. It seems to work on connective tissue release. After, my body felt looser, much more space in my joints, especially my neck, shoulders and hips. I signed up for more of those and when I return home, I’m going to look up a good tai massage therapist and continue this work.
Soup last night was yellow squash. We’ve had zucchini and yam previous nights. These are cooked, one vegetable soups. The one vegetable is lightly cooked, mixed with water or broth, and pureed…a bit of salt added. On my first spoonful of that soup, my body says “thank you!” The nourishment goes right to the core. Instantly satisfying. I’ll continue the soup at home. Actually, I had a fantasy of having a pot of this soup available in our new kitchen space at the studio.
Speaking of the new kitchen/nutrition space, that new division of the studio is a big reason I’m here….to learn more and to come home with more we can do to help our clients. I’m here to experience it personally so I know first hand. The new space is intended to add the nutrition/food aspect of becoming a healthier, more alive person.
I see I’m already thinking of home….of the work I love so much. It’s a good sign.