I mentioned a couple of blog posts ago that I was thinking about doing a digestive cleanse, or detox. Many cleanses involve fasting and juicing but I’ll actually be doing something a little different. I’ve always felt I had a “sensitive” stomach, which is part of the reason why I decided to try The Paleo Diet. While it did help me in many aspects of my life, I still experienced digestive issues from time to time. For the past month I’ve been feeling pretty “blah” and my energy hasn’t been great so I thought a cleanse would be a good opportunity to get back into balance.
I was reading that an overgrowth of yeast (or candida), bad bacteria, or parasites in the body can cause digestive issues as well as zap your energy. Almost everyone on this planet is harboring some sort of bad bacteria or parasite without knowing it. They don’t usually pose an issue until they get out of control and your body can’t eliminate them by itself. We unfortunately have to share a planet with these lovely little creatures and our paths cross on a daily basis. Bacteria and parasites are pretty much everywhere.
For the past 10 months I’ve been using Young Living essential oils. I’ve mainly used lavender for its calming properties and the Breathe Again blend for clearing the nasal passages.
I’ve decided to try Young Living’s Parafree softgels for 21 days. It’s suppose to cleanse the digestive system by eliminating the “bad” stuff to promote a healthier microbial environment. I’m also going to use the Di-Gize essential oil blend as a supplement. Di-Gize is a blend of tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli. These essential oils also aid in cleansing the digestive system. Since these essential oils work to wipe out the “bad” stuff I’m going to try to replenish the “good” stuff by also taking probiotics.
These products are suppose to rid the body of toxins so I’m going to help the detoxing process along by dry brushing my skin everyday. Dry brushing is simply taking a dry bristle brush and lightly sweeping it over the skin to exfoliate. For best results, they say to go in a sweeping motion toward the heart. The exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells and allows your pores to easily eliminate toxins. Dry brushing also stimulates your lymph system and encourages oxygen and blood flow. Plus it makes your skin super soft. Here’s a link on dry brushing if you’re interested: http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/02/dry-skin-brushing/
I’ve also read that epsom salt baths are amazing for detoxing. You just fill your bath with two cups of epsom salt and soak for about 40 minutes. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium which is easily absorbed through the skin. It also alleviates aches and pains (which your body may experience while in detox-mode).
To make all of this really worth my while I’m also going to do Balanced Bite’s 21 Day Sugar Detox. The next online group starts on Monday, August 5th so I’ll be joining. This is probably what I’m least looking forward to. I still have a diet fairly high in sugar (have you seen all of my Paleo dessert recipes lately?) I consume a lot of fruit, maple syrup, honey, and chocolate. I also have been eating a lot of gluten-free flour containing foods (which I’ve read aren’t necessarily better for you than any other flour). Gluten-free flours usually contain starchy ingredients like potato and rice. All of these things unfortunately feed the “bad” stuff in the digestive system. The 21 Day Sugar Detox essentially eliminates this from happening, making the essential oils even more potent.
So what can I eat on The 21 Day Sugar Detox, or 21DSD? Lots of vegetables, nuts, meat, seafood, and one serving of either a green tipped banana or green apple per day. I’ll be honest, I don’t want to lose anymore weight. I’m okay with the weight I’m currently at and would even like to gain a little (preferably in the form of a little muscle though). So maintaining my current weight will be a little bit of a challenge if I’m going to cut out sugar.
Also, for those that are interested, Balanced Bites has three different levels of the 21DSD.
Level 1: You currently eat bread, pasta, and have strong sugar cravings.
Level 2: You currently eat bread, pasta, but have mild sugar cravings.
Level 3: You do not currently eat bread or pasta and eat a primarily Paleo diet.
You can order the 21DSD package online for $21 and you’ll also receive daily emails of encouragement and tons of recipes. If anyone is interested in the 21DSD let me know!
Hopefully this cleanse doesn’t kick my butt too hard. I’ll post frequent updates. Wish me luck!