Weight Loss, Inflammation & Toxicity

Weight loss. It seems to be a perpetual goal for almost everyone I know. Whether it’s the “how did I gain 30 pounds over the past 5 years without noticing?” or the “why can’t I get these last 5 pounds to budge?!”, or “wait, these skinny jeans fit perfectly last year, what happened?!”….the story drags on, seemingly endlessly.

Why is that, you wonder? In a nutshell, it’s because we’re toxic.

Did you know that toxins are only stored in body fat and fatty organs such as your brain? That’s why you get headaches when toxins are released. So when you lose weight, you are effectively removing the toxins from your body. And toxins find it really hard to thrive in a lean body.

This is a very important concept.

Fat is not just fat–it is stored toxicity.

And really, not only do we want to get rid of toxins to blast the fat, but to decrease the inflammation that results from toxicity. Inflammation is at the root of practically all chronic disease, so we want to get a handle on that too!

So how do we handle all of this toxicity and inflammation? Detoxification. I’m not talking about crazy extremes like the Master Cleanse. I’m talking about supporting your body to do what it is meant to do, and that is break down and eliminate that which doesn’t belong.

Detoxing is a natural, everyday function of our bodies.

The sad truth is that we are bombarded with a chemical load on a daily basis far beyond what our bodies were designed to process. Did you know that the average newborn has 287 chemicals in his/her umbilical cord blood, 217 of which are neurotoxic (poisonous to nerves or nerve cells)? Yowzers. That does NOT feel OK to me. I feel like we owe it to our future generations to get this figured out.

You with me?!

So detoxification. On the most basic level, I’m talking about drinking a sufficient amount of water on a daily basis. It’s a fact that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. We’re not talking about anything that takes time or is difficult to access in the U.S. ~ we’re talking about water! Are you one of the 75%? Let’s all go pour a glass, add some lemon for extra detox support, and CHEERS to turning something around that is really super easy to do.

I’m also talking about sweating. With your skin being your largest organ for elimination, you can’t afford NOT to get your body moving on a regular basis. Heart pumping exercise is ideal for the myriad of other health benefits, but at the minimum sit in a sauna or steam room to trigger the body’s natural ability to detox by sweating.

We also want to make sure we’re breathing, and doing sufficient work to keep our stress level down. Stress = toxic build up!

Try this one-minute meditation, breathe in slowly for 15 seconds, then exhale slowly for 15 seconds. Then repeat.

That’s it. It’s really that simple.

If you’d like to change it up, you can breathe in one nostril and exhale out the other, switching the nostrils for inhalation and exhalation on the second round. You could also play around with how long you breathe in for and how long you breathe out for. The longer the inhalation, the more energy you will have. The longer the exhalation, the more relaxed you will feel.

Experiment, and see what works for you.

Finally, can we talk poop? Having one or two well formed bowel movements is one of the best ways to give toxins a one-way ticket out of your body. And sadly, the number of clients I see with constipation issues is staggering. That’s a whole lot of backed up toxicity brewing in there.

I recommend fiber ~ grind some flax seeds and add them to a daily salad or smoothie. Drink aloe vera juice or green juices with lemon. Try Natural Calm, a magnesium supplement that rocks my world. Just start REALLY slow or you will experience cramping/ loose stools, and build up to the level that is ideal for you. I have a bunch more suggestions, but those are some great ones to hopefully get things moving in the right direction. 😉

Lastly, I want to leave you with a delicious smoothie recipe that is filled with fat-blasting, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying goodness! This is the Detox Queen:

Detox Queen
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A powerful fat-blasting, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying smoothie to set you straight!
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 1-2 servings
  • 1 cup coconut milk (BPA free cans like Native Forest or Natural Value are best)
  • 1 apple, skin on
  • 1 beet
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tsp. Matcha Powder
  • ½ -1 in. piece of ginger or 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric
  • ice as desired
  1. Blend & Enjoy!

AND…if you are ready to blast fat, dramatically reduce inflammation and feel fabulous as we head into the holidays, then don’t miss out on my last whole foods detox of the year!

We start November 6th!

You can find all the details here: http://MeetBethAllen.com/Fall-Detox

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4 Responses to “Weight Loss, Inflammation & Toxicity”

  1. Off to get a glass of water right now.. I so believe in that part of detoxification… and that inflammation makes a difference in weight loss. Thanks for the information and the smoothie recipe.


    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome, Terry. Enjoy the smoothie, and your extra water today (and hopefully every day!) 🙂


  2. Hi Beth,

    Your article was timely for me. I am dealing with inflammation and planning to research this topic further. I really appreciated your suggestions to drink more water, get more exercise, and meditate (it’s pretty obvious, but helpful to hear the affirmation that this is where I need to “uplevel”). And I love the smoothie recipe. I will be giving that a try!



    bethallen Reply:

    So glad to hear this article was well timed, Christina. You are not alone in dealing with inflammation, unfortunately it’s hard to sift through the noise and figure out what to do! Start simple, with the things I recommended, and most importantly, by choosing real over processed foods. I hope you enjoyed the smoothie, it’s a yummy one! 🙂


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