Detoxing, Alkalizing, and Anti-Inflammatory Protocols

Cleansing Time For a New You

If we take a little time to listen to our bodies, we might learn a great deal. How is your over-all energy? Do you have a lot of stress in your life? Does your body have a lot of aches and pains? Is your digestion good? Are you being touched regularly? Do you take time out for yourself on a daily basis? Do you practice what I call radical self-care: do you make yourself a priority with the understanding that you are preserving your own life as opposed to being “selfish”? The answers to these...MORE questions give us an abundance of information. Periodic and seasonal cleansing is an opportunity to reset our well-being meters, give our bodies a well-deserved rest, and rejuvenate our detoxification organs. Blood, digestion, and elimination all receive attention and a little vacation from all their hard work.
  • 01 of 08
    Did you over-eat during the holidays? Have you been overloading your body with too much rich food, alcohol, sugar, and dairy? This food program is designed to help reduce inflammation, sluggishness and overall body toxicity. It is not a fast, and you can eat plenty of good, filling, wholesome food. The best part is that there is nothing exotic or esoteric here: all of the foods are available at your local grocery store. You decide how long you want to detox, choosing a minimum of 7-14 days, or...MORE as an ongoing lifestyle change. Once you experience how good you feel -balanced, energized and with more clarity than before- you may not want to go back to eating the same old way.
  • 02 of 08

    Seasonal Cleansing: Preparing Our Bodies for Transition

    As each season shifts into the next, we can support our bodies by gently cleansing our energetic pathways. Blood, digestion, elimination all need attention, much in the same way we tune up our cars, change the oil, and ensure that all the fluids are adequate. Yet for many of us, our bodies have to really cry out before we take stock of what we are doing to ourselves. It’s amazing that these wonderfully miraculous, hard-working, faithful and resilient machines put up with as much as they do: low...MORE grade –and even fake- fuel, toxic oils, chemical-laden fluids, inadequate rest and more. So if we take a little time to listen to our bodies, we might learn a great deal. How is your over-all energy? Do you have a lot of stress in your life? Does your body have a lot of aches and pains? Is your digestion good? Are you being touched regularly? Do you take time out for yourself on a daily basis? Do you practice what I call radical self-care: do you make yourself a priority with the understanding that you are preserving your own life as opposed to being “selfish”? The answers to these questions give us an abundance of information.
  • 03 of 08
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    The medical community has established that an alkaline diet rich in plant foods is key to longevity, but maintaining an alkaline diet is increasingly difficult in modern western culture. Complex alkalizing minerals are contained in abundance in vegetables and a selection of fruits, yet convenience foods, soda, and excess proteins have replaced them. A whole cascade of health issues and degenerative disorders can be traced back to the excess acid caused by our changing habits. The good news is...MORE that we can do something about it; we can reverse the process and heal our bodies from a number of ailments in a matter of months. This is not a quick fix, and is a lifestyle commitment that requires some dedication. The following steps should help you on your way.
  • 04 of 08
    Inflammation is one of the big buzzwords in the holistic medical community, and evidence is mounting that chronic inflammation is at the root of many, if not most, disease states. Most people associate inflammation with conditions such as arthritis and IBS, but we are increasingly coming to understand that it is also connected to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. An anti-inflammatory diet can quiet symptoms, and turn back the tide on many health issues, with the added...MORE benefits of increased energy and, in many cases, weight loss.
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  • 05 of 08
    This mean, clean and green macro bowl is a vegan, gluten free, dairy free meal and perfect for a macrobiotic diet or for someone who wants a simple and effective style of eating. The simplicity of this protocol is excellent for a gentle cleanse, and gives the body the opportunity to rest and heal.
  • 06 of 08
    Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiles a list of 49 types of produce and rates the level of pesticide residues they contain. All produce is pressure washed before testing. While the list changes slightly from one year to the next, certain things are consistent: there is produce that can be relatively safe when grown conventionally, while other fruits and vegetables are on toxic overload. Given that any cleansing protocol involves lots of fruits and veggies, it's a great...MORE idea to inform yourself as to which ones you should buy organic.
  • 07 of 08
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    Juices and smoothies can be great additions to our daily food intake. They provide concentrated doses of nutrients and can help calm inflammatory responses in the body. Practitioners of functional medicine are increasingly turning to nutrient rich dietary protocols to help their patients, and many of the drinks listed here can complement a healing diet. This is a list of some of my favorite liquid mini meals.
    A few things to remember: always chew your juice or smoothie. Why? Masticating food...MORE releases digestive enzymes that help us assimilate nutrients. This is especially important given the epidemic of gut and digestive disorders facing modern culture, so take it slow, savor your drink, and chew it at least a little bit before swallowing. Your stomach will thank you.
  • 08 of 08
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    The word chakra means wheel or vortex in the ancient language Sanskrit, and is used in energy medicine and energy anatomy to identify spinning vortexes that connect our bodies to the energy of the universe. Just for fun I’ve developed juices for the colors of the 7 chakras. These are not random gatherings from the plant kingdom, but rather ingredients that can harmonize together to create a whole. They offer a rainbow spectrum of phtytonutrients and potent food-as-healing energy. If you own a...MORE Vitamix, Blendtec or other high power blender you can make the fruit combinations into smoothies; otherwise I recommend juicing.