People have detoxified and cleansed their bodies since the beginning of time to improve their health. In today’s toxic environment, protecting yourself by removing these poisons has become more important than ever. Periodic deep cleaning is a wonderful way to not only lose weight, but to also restore optimal health. We clean our cars, our homes, even our pets. Yet most of us don‘t even think about cleansing our body and internal organs.
Why should I Detox?
Our bodies accumulate toxins from the foods we eat and from our environment.
* Can damage any target tissue and interfere with body systems and development.
* Many are known carcinogens, linked to cancer.
* Deplete the body’s protective factors for maintaining health making disease more likely.
* Cause inflammation, fatigue and digestion problems, minor aches and pains.
* Are often stored in fat cells.
Dedicating yourself to a detoxification program allows your body to take a break from digesting/processing what you consume and instead focus its energy on removing toxic substances from the body. The Rugg Wellness 12 Day Fall Harvest Natural Detox program enhances your body’s detox systems, including the liver, kidneys, digestion and skin. This helps you lose weight, lower your risk for disease, increase your energy and improve your overall health.
How often and when should I Detox?
How often you cleanse is really up to you. Ideally, people should do a short cleanse once per season or a long Detox program 1-2 times per year, particularly during the spring and fall. The best time of all however, is to cleanse when your body is giving you signs that its systems are sluggish. The symptoms of this could be digestive disturbance like constipation, fatigue, bloating, unexplained weight gain or inability to lose weight, skin rashes or itching, headaches, insomnia, etc. A cleanse is also very appropriate after a period of overindulgence. I often suggest that my patients enjoy a cleanse at the start of the New Year to clear out the sludge from the holidays.
Wondering if you have to eat bland food while detoxing? This recipe will give you an idea of the delicious foods you can enjoy during an effective detox…enjoy!
Creamy Cauliflower Soup (serves 6)
In a large soup pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and stir to coat with oil. Continue stirring for two minutes, being careful not to let the leeks brown.
Add the crushed garlic and chopped celery and stir. Cook for another 3 minutes or until the celery begins to soften. Add the sea salt. White pepper and thyme. Then add the cauliflower and stir to coat with oil and spices.
Add water; if water is insufficient to cover the cauliflower then add more water, a little at a time until the water is about a ½ inch above the vegetables. Cook covered over medium-low heat for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until cauliflower is soft.
When cauliflower is soft, add the fresh tarragon and parsley and stir. Remove 1 cup of the broth from the pot and add it to the blender with the raw cashews. Blend on high until the mixture resembles a smooth cream. Add some of the soup and puree until smooth. Pour out pureed mixture into a clean pot. Continue to puree the soup in batches, until it is all blended. Stir to combine the cashew cream with the rest of the soup. Add more water for a thinner soup. Taste and adjust salt and spices if needed.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 leek, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 teaspoons powered kelp
¼ teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 large cauliflower head, cut into chunks
6 cups water ½ cup raw cashews
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
½ cup chopped parsley
How will I feel during the Detox?
Most people feel tired and hungry at the beginning of the detox program. This is a result of low calorie consumption and your body detoxifying. However, many report not only losing weight but also feeling a major energy boost by the middle or the end.
Depending on your toxic load, you may notice some discomforts as a result of your body pushing toxins out and into your system faster than it can eliminate them. That’s why we offer our gentle 12 Day Fall Harvest Detox and program; we encourage slow elimination of the toxins so you will feel great throughout and when you finish.
In fact most people feel so good, that they choose to continue eating the way they do on the detox program and continue optimizing their health!
Our 12 Day Fall Harvest Natural Detox webinar will give even more details on the benefits of a detox, and we will provide practical steps to help you make your detox enjoyable and easy. You can join us for free by registering here. We hope you’ll join us!