The concept of detoxifying and cleansing your body has been around for hundreds of years, and has been used medicinally to promote the healing of many types of ailments. Seasonally detoxifying gives your body a boost, allows for cell renewal, and will help you look and feel younger!
Why Detox? Modern urban life is toxic by definition, but if your body is carrying more toxins than it is built to handle, your health will be at risk. Many people live life at a fast, hectic, stressful pace, and rely on convenient and time-saving measures to feed and look after themselves. Your body has its own detoxifying systems (liver, kidneys, bowels), and does an amazing job of removing wastes from your body. However, if the volume of internal waste exceeds what it is able to safely process, these organs can be overwhelmed and not function properly.
When? At minimum I recommend doing a detox protocol seasonally, but many opt for making a detox part of their monthly or even weekly routine. Our goal is to help you change your lifestyle to support detoxifying continually, and to lessen the toxic load on your body. To plan your detox you need to find a time when your social and work calendar is not over-booked, and when you can give yourself the time for some additional rest. Its often a good idea to start on a weekend, so that the bulk of the detoxifying can start before the typical work week begins.
How will you feel? After the program you should notice increased energy, clarity of thought, and quite often a subsiding of certain health concerns. However, during the detox program some side effects are inevitable as your body is clearing itself of toxins. They are generally nothing of great concern and a sign that the detox is working. Some symptoms you might experience are: furry tongue, headache, irritability, excessive elimination, flu/cold-like symptoms, skin eruptions, fatigue. Consult a health professional if you experience anything that concerns you.
The plan: It’s simple – Stop overloading the body with harmful chemicals and give yourself proper nutrients to support healing and increase the elimination of chemicals. Avoid: smoking, alcohol, caffeine, candy, chocolate, ‘extreme’ exercise (an intensity your body is not accustomed to).
7 day detox diet – the beauty of this program is that:
(i) ANYONE can do it
(ii) no special products are required
(iii) you can customize it to your comfort level and physiological needs depending on how ‘toxic’ you are
(iv) it can help to determine whether you have any food intolerances or allergies
(v) it provides great perspective on how you eat and your attitude toward food.
DAY 1 – liquids only (water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, unsweetened herbal teas, vegetable broth, smoothies (dairy free)
DAY 2 – liquids and fruit only
DAY 3 – add raw vegetables
DAY 4 – add cooked vegetables and brown rice
DAY 5 – add beans, lentils, nuts and seeds
DAY 6 – add grains and live yogurt*
DAY 7 – add fish
Customize it: depending on how ‘toxic’ you are, or your interest level, this program can be implemented for anywhere from 7-30 days! If you have never done a cleanse before, consider a simple 7 day program to see how your body responds. If you are more comfortable and confident with the restrictions, consider a lengthier program. Although everyone can benefit from a 21 day cleanse, only you can determine what will work for you based on your level of commitment. You might find that once you start with the first week, continuing on is easier than you think!
To create a lengthier cleanse, simply follow the food implementation protocol but extend the number of days. For example, for a 14 day program follow the DAY 1 protocol (liquids only) for 2 DAYS, for a 21 day program follow it for 3 DAYS, for 30 day program follow it for 4 days..
Other Activities to Consider?
Detoxification involves not only diet. Various body and skin treatments help the general detox process and will enhance your results. They can also be incorporated into your general lifestyle to continually boost your body.
1) Tongue brushing: every morning immediately upon rising, scrape your tongue with a spoon repeatedly until clean (no white residue) then rinse with water.
2) Hot water with lemon first thing in the morning prior to eating anything.
3) Skin brushing before your shower; hydrotherapy while in the shower (alternating hot and cold).
4) Castor oil packs at night before bed (see handout), ideally combined with quiet breathing and positive visualizations.
Abdominal pain ranks with fevers as one of the leading sources of pointless visits to doctors & pediatricians. Although it is very common, the pain rarely stems from organic causes, and usually does not indicate a serious illness. Pediatricians say that only about 1 in 10 children brought to their office for tummy aches actually need medical attention.
What could be the cause?
Infants – ‘colic’, gas, digestive disturbances, food allergies/intolerances, infection
Older children – constipation, overeating, tension, gastroenteritis(infection), food allergies, appendicitis, emotional; ‘abdominal headaches’ due to stress
Generally, stomach aches are
1) The result of indigestion from eating too much or too fast.
2) The result of psychological or emotional causes. School phobia could be to blame, in which case you need to patiently, gently, interrogate your child to determine the association between his school and his pain. Are they being bullied? Having discipline problems with teachers? Ashamed and worried because they haven’t been doing their homework? Troubled because of the separation from you? Dealing with bad behavior from other children? Similar to headaches, stomachaches may evolve as a form of subconscious avoidance of unpleasant tasks, or a desire to gain sympathetic attention from parents.
3) Produced by allergies to food, medications, or chemical additives to the foods that they eat.
4) A symptom of another ailment.
– a warm drink, a hot water bottle on the tummy and avoiding solid food should ease the pain.
– If the pain is recurrent and eased by a bowel movement, constipation may be the problem. If they are not moving their bowels at least once a day, increase their intake of fluids and fibre-rich foods, and reduce the refined and processed foods.
– Ensure your child drinks plenty of water and diluted juices to flush the system of anything that may be causing the condition.
– Add a drop of chamomile oil to a little olive or almond oil and massage the abdomen, starting in the lower right quadrant (above their hip bone on their right leg), moving up towards their ribs, across their belly, and then down their left side. This is the path of the colon, and any gas or feces that may be expanding the bowels will be broken up.
– Chiropractic! When the spinal joints are not moving properly all functions in the body are compromised. In infants or children who are constipated I often find spinal subluxations in the lower lumber spine, and once corrected, the bowels return to normal. Even in children with no abdominal complaints, the parents often find their systems are ‘more regular’ with consistent spinal wellness care. If your child has never had a Chiropractic spinal assessment call us to find out more and book their check up 705.446.9733 or visit www.icpa4kids.org for more info.
When to seek medical advice:
– whenever abdominal pain severe (they are doubled over),is accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, or weight loss.
Disclaimer: Chiropractic care supports overall health and healing, but is not a cure or treatment for diarrhea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, ‘colic’, gas, digestive disturbances, food allergies/intolerance, infection, constipation, overeating, tension, gastroenteritis(infection), food allergies, appendicitis, emotional; ‘abdominal headaches’ due to stress in children.
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I have been in our new location for 2 months now. Some of you are wondering why some things are still not finished with the renovation, some of you don’t care (and tell me you come see me to get adjusted regardless of the decor) and others remind me that its a process and love watching it all unfold.
Part of the ‘unfinished’ parts are out of my control because I am relying on people with skills I do not have to complete work that was started. Having said that, there are tasks to be completed that I can physically handle but here’s why they are still waiting to be finished:
I believe its my responsibility to live the life I encourage you to live. Simple.
I encourage you to make time for physical activity/exercise.
I encourage you to maintain social connections and loving relationships.
I encourage you to choose good food and prepare as much as you can yourself.
I encourage you to get plenty of rest.
I encourage you to play with your children, and give them the attention they need.
I encourage you to have fun, pursue new hobbies and play!
I encourage you to balance all of these things in your life because you are a whole person, and because being healthy requires attention to all these areas.
We all have work responsibilities, family obligations and personal objectives. The key lies in balancing all of them every week, sometimes every day, and giving ourselves permission to do so.
So in addition to managing the ongoing renovation of my office space I am doing the best I can to balance the other parts of my life too! In doing so, the entire process just takes longer….
Are the different facets of your life balanced? Sure there are times when some of our responsibilities dominate, when we must focus specifically on doing the best we can to manage everything. However, if this is a consistent challenge for you – what can you do differently? Do you need to shift your priorities? How can you make a change, and what do you need to get started?
Have you ever wondered…
● how can I go green and live a healthier lifestyle?
● how can I rid my home of dangerous household chemicals?
● food and toxins…what’s the scoop on organic?
● personal care products…which ones pose a risk?
Over 4 sessions learn immediate, practical ways that you and your family can start living a healthier, less toxic life right now! Plus, integrated health therapies, ways to detoxify your body and boost your immune system!
Mondays 7-8:30pm OR Thursdays 12-1:30pm $50 Limited space. Pre-registration required.
I have been teaching this workshop for 4 years now and its one of our most popular series. The group environment creates a great forum for sharing ideas and I learn something new everytime!
Here’s what others have to say about this program:
“Loved these classes. Please let us know about other topics!”
“Great casual atmosphere and tons of info!”
“You are an amazing speaker and it was a fun environment to learn in. I feel so much more aware of how to care for my family.”
“I loved meeting others also interested in natural living, and even though I thought I already knew a lot – I learned so much more! Thanks!”
“Wow. I had no idea my health was being impacted by so many ‘chemicals’ in my life! Many simple things I changed and I know I am better off for it. Thanks so much.”
Some people thrive on it, some people dread it.
I look at change as an opportunity for a new direction, and certainly the purchase of my new building in the fall created a huge shift for myself personally, and for my practice. There have been challenges throughout the transition and renovation (and there still are more to come no doubt!) but two things have allowed me to stay the course:
A friend of mine recently commented “If you know where you want to get to, it’s easier to stay focused on getting there and not let the details overwhelm you”. I couldn’t agree more. I have a vision to help as many people as possible live a better life. What’s your vision? What do you want for yourself? For your family? For your health?
To help people the way I want to, I needed greater freedom with my office space and more time! I am also highly committed to my two young sons and needed to find a balance…My vision was to create a live/work space to achieve both. It’s happening.
Take some time to think about your “Vision” – whether its a big idea or a simple one, defining what you want to do with your life, how you want to live, and what you want to contribute to the world, will help define the steps you need to get going and keep you focused and determined to get there.
My family, friends and colleagues have encouraged me, supported me, fed me, helped with renovations, moved furniture, and continuously inspired me. I have also been humbled by the excitement and encouragement of all my patients, and by the depth of understanding that my practice space has not been as ‘pretty’ as I would like it to be during the renovation process. Many have commented that they love watching the changes week to week, that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and that I should “Take time to settle in before getting set with furniture placement and hanging things on the wall”. To that I say a heartfelt THANK YOU!
Are you supported in your life? Are the people in your life working with you or against you? Do they share the same values as you? Do you need others to further support you? If so, who? Ask us for help if you need some direction, or if you need to talk about this more. We have some great resources right within the practice, and we can help you find the right people and places in our community to assist you further!
Chiropractic is not just for sick people.
It’s for people who want to be their best….
in family relations
in mental acuity
in physical dexterity
in income earning potential
Symptoms are the last sign of disease, not the first. Health prevention and protection means investing in yourself! Investing time and money in the products and services that support your body towards functioning better.
Each adjustment balances your musculo-skeletal system. Each adjustment gives your circulation a boost. Each adjustment gives your body the opportunity to function without interference to the most powerful coordinating system ever known. Each adjustment reconnects your brain and your body.
Its why headaches stop, digestion improves, previously immobile children start to walk, and why skin rashes clear up. Its not a treatment for any ailment, but a way to allow the body to function the way it was designed to.
Its why more people than ever are choosing Chiropractic care not only to feel better, but to function better in every aspect of their health. Your health affects every part of your life…every job you have, every sport you play, every relationship you have with your friends, co-workers and loved ones. Make choices that take care of your body – its the only one you get!