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
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
Vegetarian sushi with Bragg’s soy sauce
1 Cup of Tazo Zen tea
Homemade carrot and coriander soup
Rice crackers & guacamole
Protein powder smoothie with berries, flaxseed oil and ground flax seeds
Evening Sauna: 35 minutes in the Far-Infrared Sauna
Water: at least 3 liters
Detox Diet Day 18
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
Brown rice cakes and raw veggies with homemade guacamole and hummus
Brown rice burritos with mashed black beans with onion and garlic, spiced, avocado, daiya cheese, mixed greens, grape tomatoes.
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