Most women (I use 'women' since it has been shown that we are better at multitasking!) wake up in the morning with a laundry list of things to do for the day. While cooking breakfast, she'll simultaneously be loading laundry into the washer, helping Susie with her last minute homework problems, struggling to wake Bobbie up for the third time, packing lunch for the kiddos, putting in a call to the vet to get Scruffy in for his annual check up, all while messaging a couple friends to see if they want to meet at yoga class around noon. Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about this hectic chaos!
Well, this is exactly what is happening in your liver. Yes, your liver is the “mother organ” with the responsibility of metabolizing almost everything that your body ingests or absorbs. Think about all those “chores” or “toxins” that enter your body – processed and refined foods, alcohol, caffeine, pesticide residues in meat and produce, hormones and antibiotics from animal products, exorbitant amounts of salt and sugar in packaged foods, environmental pollution, xenoestogens from plastic bottles and receipts, and byproducts of metabolism. These toxins affect your body’s wellbeing and your quality of life.
While the liver and our bodies in general are very good at eliminating the bad stuff and utilizing the good, it seems like we are inundated with so many toxins these days that our bodies could use a little help. We’re realizing this simply due to the fact that there are more and more modern day ailments, allergies, intolerances and weight gain without explanation.
When we take the time to reduce some of the burden, we can finally focus on clearing out the gunk and nourishing our bodies so they can function without going mad.
So, if you haven’t given it a go yet, check out our 5-Day Clean in 2014 New Year Cleanse to get you back on track. Allow your liver to focus on eliminating those toxins instead of bombarding them with more to finally reach the balance where your body thrives. You’ll most likely end up with some amazing results – including WEIGHT LOSS! Yes, while most cleanses are not designed as weight loss programs, this side effect is an added bonus! Let’s see why this might happen…
- Improved Metabolic Functioning
With our Nutritional Cleanses, you are providing your body with valuable nutrients and liquids that assist in detoxification. In addition, you are replacing foods that may introduce new toxins into your body with health-promoting, high antioxidant-containing foods. When fewer toxins and more phytochemicals are present, the liver can focus on breaking down and repackaging nutrients for the body to utilize in energy production, protein synthesis and lipid metabolism, among the 500+ other functions for which the liver is responsible.
In addition, detoxification helps balance hormones, including your blood sugar and appetite regulating hormones, insulin and leptin. It goes without saying that when your body is able to burn glucose for energy instead of storing it as fat or when your body is able to comprehend the feeling of fullness, it is much easier to shed the weight.
- Fewer Ingested Calories
Remove the alcohol, meats, dairy, sugar-laden foods, gluten, etc. and you’re left with fewer choices at the buffet, thus fewer overall calories! While many think of a cleanse as restricting, I think of clean eating as a way to branch out and explore the unknown and try new healthy foods.
I actually gained some weight when I transitioned to a “more restrictive” vegan diet. Yes, you heard that right! How? I actually ate a lot more because everything was new to me. I was tired of eating a turkey sandwich at lunch and a grilled chicken salad for dinner. We all get in a rut at times – it is believed that each of us has about 15 meals that we continuously rotate week in and week out. Think about all the nutrients you're missing out on. Fortunately, over time, my weight evened out as I entered my new veg-rut and stopped eating such large portions. Turns out vegan foods still have calories! Darn!
I digress... So, while you're putting the kybosh on foods you always eat, then yes, you are restricting calories and thus sending your body into weight loss mode. In addition, most cleanses in general contain fewer calories than you’d typically eat, so it is somewhat of a low-calorie, short-term “diet.”
- Improved Digestive Functioning
Most of us don’t get the recommended 28-35g of daily fiber. Well, if you didn’t notice, almost all foods consumed during a cleanse contain this non-digestible component. These magical dietary fibers in plant foods help sweep up the gunk in our digestive tract and create bulk that is eventually expelled from our body. Regular bowel movements also clear out your digestive tract, allowing for essential nutrients, including those required for detoxification, to filter into your body unobstructed.
- Reduction of Water Weight and Bloating
It may sound counterintuitive, but if you drink more water, you’ll feel less bloated and retain less. A nutritional cleanse not only includes extra water, tea and fruits and veggies with diuretic properties, but drinking several NutriBlasts a day will keep you on your toes and heading to the loo – helping flush out all those toxins.
Some may argue that NutriBlasts cause an increase in bloating and they may if you’re not used to consuming fibrous foods. However, over time and with enough additional water intake, you’ll notice a flatter tummy and less water retention.
Check out some additional ways to beat the bloat here!
A Reset Button: Helps Jumpstart Healthy Thinking and Actions
Old habits are hard to break. They say that it takes about 21 days for a new habit to form. Uh oh. We’ve got a conundrum. Cleanses don’t usually last that long. No worries! We don’t want to be on a cleanse for life. What a detox will do, however, is reset your “I’d like to be healthy” meter! Research shows that starting your day on the right foot leads to healthier habits throughout the day. Same holds true on a larger scale. Once we begin eating extremely well, we begin to feel amazing, pick up some new habits (maybe some new recipes) and we feel better equipped both mentally and physically to stick with it! Over time, these dietary and lifestyle changes can lead to effortless weight loss!
What are you waiting for? It’s still the beginning of the new year (even if you’re reading this at a later date – anytime is a good time for a healthy kick in the rear!) Check out our cleanses, recharge your energy, balance your hormones, clean up your complexion, boost your mood, kick your sweet tooth to the curb and maybe shed some weight off of that unwanted muffin top!