Why Detox in the Fall?
Do you find yourself craving sugar repeatedly throughout the day?
Is sugar or caffeine the only thing that gets you through your daily afternoon slump?
Do you go to bed exhausted, only to find yourself tossing and turning or falling asleep but unable to stay asleep?
If so, I’d venture to say your body is SCREAMING for a detox!
Now I don’t know where you stand, but I’ll be honest, the word detox used to seriously bother me. It conjured up images of drinking nothing but a mixture of lemon water with cayenne and maple syrup day in and day out. Ugh! Seriously, nothing about that sounds or feels nourishing and healing, which is an integral part of detoxing in my mind.
To me, detox is a journey of cleansing the body of toxins that accumulate from environmental factors, stress and lifestyle choices. Detox is as much physical as it is emotional and mental. It’s about letting go of toxins, along with weight, emotions, pain and unhealthy behaviors that are taking a toll on your body and your life.
It’s about clearing out what’s not working to make space for more of what is.
Detoxing is about figuring out what foods nourish YOUR unique biochemistry WITHOUT feeling deprived. Because once you’re clear on that, you can say goodbye to feeling exhausted, depleted and uncomfortable and hello to feeling energized, vibrant and ready to take on the world!
I find that it’s always a great time to detox with the change of the seasons. Fall is upon us, and that means back to school for families. Back to school means back to YOU! A perfect time to go within and treat your body with some much needed (and deserved!) TLC.
At this point, you might be wondering how you know if a detox is right for you, and what you would get out trying one. Here are some answers to those questions!
What are some signs that you are toxic?
- Constipation or loose stools
- Acne and other skin problems
- Bad breath
- Poor circulation
- Sinus infections or excess mucus
- Bloating and weight gain
- Joint Pain
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- Frequent colds and colds that linger
- Rashes, hives and/ or eczema
What are some of the benefits you’ll see after detoxing your body?
- Better sleep
- Increased energy
- Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
- Better, more regular bowel movements
- Radiant skin
- Lose weight
- Kick the cravings
- Improved immune function
- Improved mental acuity
- Look great and feel even better!
Detoxing in the fall is essential for building the immune system (back to school, anyone?) and strengthening your digestion. It’s also a chance to slow down and give your body a break after the busy summer months when the outside environment often hampers digestion.
In the fall, we focus on detoxing the lungs and the large intestine, which are the two organs that need the most attention during this season according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is possible using a combination of physical and emotional tools, combined with proper diet, which I cover in my new program REPLENISH ~ 11 Days to Balanced, Energized, Vibrant & Unstoppable.
My next whole foods, clean eating fall detox kicks off November 6th, 2014, and I’d love for you to join us! Get the deets here.
One of the most profound things I learned the first time I did a detox was this: once you clean up your diet, it will create a ripple effect of clarity throughout the rest of your life.