Month: April 2013

Naturopathic Detox Day 21

Naturopathic Detox Day 21-Last Day!!

Although today is the last day of my set detox protocol, detoxification is always happening in the body. The body is always sorting through what it needs and what it wants to discard.  In fact, every time you breathe out, you release carbon dioxide.  Carbon dioxide is poisonous to the body.  There is a threshold that once passed, sends a signal to the body to breathe to rebalance the oxygen and carbon dioxide ratio.  The urge to breathe is actually more influenced by the need to get rid of carbon dioxide than to receive more oxygen.

Deep breathing is a great way to support these natural processes as well as put your body into the ‘Rest and Digest’ mode of the Central Nervous System.  This allows your body to implement its digestive and detoxification pathways and to eliminate waste appropriately.  Deep breathing helps to mediate the response to stress.  It allows us to control our emotional reactions and gives us the time and space to choose our response.  When the body is under stress, whether good or bad, it shuts down everything that is not essential to its immediate survival.  Namely, under stress, the body suspends digestive and immune functions until after the threat has passed.  Many people experience this as an inability or a sudden urge to use the washroom when nervous or getting sick after a particularly stressful project, event or test.

Deep breathing allows us to use our lungs to their full capacity and therefore, oxygenate as much blood as possible.  Even though deep breathing is easy to do, it has become unfamiliar to many in our population.  Many people are very shallow breathers and when they try to take a deep breath, they breathe into their chests and expand their chests on inhalation, sucking in their belly.  This is the exact opposite way to proper breathing.  The chest should have minimal movement. The breath should expand the lungs so much that it impacts the abdomen and the abdomen expands out on inhalation. If you have ever seen a baby breathe, you have witnessed natural breathing firsthand.  It is a more efficient and generally more sustainable way to breathe and get oxygen to our body.  Try it for yourself.  Take a few deep breaths and try to be aware of where your breath is going.  You can use a mirror to assess your chest and stomach movement.  Notice how you feel before and after proper deep breathing.  Talk to you Naturopath to see how Deep Breathing can best serve your needs.

 

 Detox Diet Day 21 –Last day!

 Early morning snack:

Apple, almonds

Rice cakes with hazelnut butter and banana

1 C of Peppermint Tea

Late Breakfast:

Poached eggs on Queen St. White Bean and Millet Seed gluten-free bread, double toasted, with spinach, grape tomatoes, mashed avocado and artichoke

Side of berries

1 C of Jade Snow Green Tea

Lunch:

1 bowl of Sunflower Kitchen Yellow Split Pea and Squash Soup with yellow split peas, carrots, butternut squash, onion, celery, garlic, sea salt, sunflower oil, spices and herbs

Dinner:

Butternut squash baked with olive oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and marjoram

Brown rice steamed in organic preservative-free broth and grated beets and carrots

Baked tofu

Dessert:

Apple and Cherry sauce

Supportive Behaviours:

Evening Sauna:  45 minutes in the Far-Infrared Sauna

Water:  at least 3 liters

For more info on detox or other health concerns, contact me at:

Shawna Clark, ND. Forces of Nature Wellness & Naturopathic Clinic

2447 Yonge St., 2nd floor Toronto ON M4P 2E7

416-481-0222

SClarkND@ForcesOfNature.ca

info@ShawnaClarkND.com

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Naturopathic Detox Days 19-20

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Naturopathic Detox Days 19-20

The most common substance in our body is water.  Water is an excellent solvent and energetic force.  It’s movement through our body in the blood, lymph, tissues and even within and between our cells, helps to facilitate the distribution and collection of biochemical compounds.  Water is essential for survival in many ways including detoxification.

To eliminate waste and stored toxins, the body breathes, sweats, defecates and urinates.  Urine is the product of a remarkably efficient filtration process by the renal and urinary systems that eliminates wastes and reabsorbs many essential minerals and trace elements.   Urine has been used throughout medical history to help assess the state of one’s health.  Today, many metabolites, metals, hormones and nutrients can be measured in your urine to gain inside information.

The amount of liquid we consume should approximate the amount of liquid we excrete.  Our urine should be a bright…

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Naturopathic Detox Days 17-18

Naturopathic Detox Days 17-18

The purpose of detoxing is to get rid of free and stored toxins.  Protocols are developed to help pull toxins out of storage into the bloodstream so they can be sorted through and eliminated with waste.  The human body has 4 ways to get rid of waste: perspiration, defecation, urination and respiration.  All four play a crucial role in health.  My previous post “Naturopathic Detox Days 15-16” talked about perspiration.  The last few posts in this blog series will discuss the other three.

Although generally not a topic of conversation, bowel movements are such an important part of health.  A healthy bowel movement should be easy to pass, easy to wipe clean, feel complete and produce a brown stool that is long, whole, formed and firm.  There should not be any blood, mucous or undigested food.   You should not have problems with gas, cramping or extremely foul odours.  You should not have to strain, wiggle or drink coffee to have one.  They should happen at least once a day.

Healthy diets support healthy bowel movements.  Fruits and vegetables provide a mix of fibers that encourage proper elimination.  They help to move bowels, form stools, control sugar levels and get rid of waste products including excess fats, hormones, cholesterol and heavy metals.  There are 2 types of fibers: soluble and insoluble.  Soluble fibers tend to absorb water and can become gel-like.  They work to slow food through the intestines, but can also bulk up stools to stimulate elimination.  Inadequate water intake and soluble fiber intake can contribute to constipation.  Insoluble fibers tend not to absorb water and act as irritants to the intestinal walls, stimulating motility.  They tend to increase movement through the intestines and pass through the digestive tract intact.

How much fiber do you eat in a day?  How many healthy bowel movements do you have in the same day?

Commonly used soluble fibers are oatmeal, oat bran, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, lentils, peas, beans, psyllium husks, nuts and the flesh of many fruit and vegetables.

Commonly used insoluble fibers: whole grains and seeds, whole wheat, wheat bran, corn bran, nuts, peas, beans, bulgar wheat, dark leafy greens, and the skins of many fruits and vegetables.

Many foods have a combination of both fibers, providing a balance and some are higher in one type or the other.  For general health, it’s best to get a balanced amount of both.  It’s important to note that certain conditions may influence what balance is right for each individual. Ask your Naturopath to help balance your needs.

Detox Diet Day 17

Breakfast:

Bob’s Red Mill Tasty Hot cereal with cinnamon, berries, ground flax seeds, flax seed milk and a touch of stevia

One cup of jade snow green tea

 Lunch:

Vegetarian sushi with Bragg’s soy sauce

1 Cup of Tazo Zen tea

Dinner:

Homemade carrot and coriander soup

Rice crackers & guacamole

Protein powder smoothie with berries, flaxseed oil and ground flax seeds

Supportive Behaviours:

Evening Sauna:  35 minutes in the Far-Infrared Sauna

Water:  at least 3 liters

Detox Diet Day 18

Breakfast:

2 slices of Queen St. White Bean and Millet Seed gluten-free bread, double toasted, covered with artichoke, grape tomatoes and mixed greens

I Cup of Jade Snow Green Tea

Lunch:

Brown rice cakes and raw veggies with homemade guacamole and hummus

Bosc pear

Almonds

Dinner:

Brown rice burritos with mashed black beans with onion and garlic, spiced, avocado, daiya cheese, mixed greens, grape tomatoes.

Steamed broccoli

Supportive Behaviours:

Evening Sauna:  45 minutes in the Far-Infrared Sauna

Water:  at least 3 liters

For more info on detox or other health concerns, contact me at:

Shawna Clark, ND. Forces of Nature Wellness & Naturopathic Clinic

2447 Yonge St., 2nd floor Toronto ON M4P 2E7

416-481-0222

SClarkND@ForcesOfNature.ca

info@ShawnaClarkND.com