Change the Course of Your Life with a DETOX
By: Jaime Rutherford

When you hear the word “DETOX” what initially comes to your mind? Drinking only lemon juice and cayenne for 3 days? Picking up a pack of juice from a local store and gulping down some green stuff? What if I told you there is a way to gently and intentionally detox? The benefits of a detox for the health of your body, mind and emotions can change the course of your life.

Here is what you need to know:

#1 Alkaline vs Acidic

There are different pH levels throughout the body. The skin is at a certain pH, the stomach is at a certain pH. They all vary depending on the job of that particular organ.

The stomach should be more acidic to break down proteins while the blood is more alkaline to support health and balance. What we are eating and drinking can either send our body to a more alkaline state (where it wants to be) or to a more acidic state where chronic disease can prevail, resulting in chronic inflammation. The number one way to alkalize the body is to add minerals like magnesium and antioxidants like vitamin E. In other words, eat whole foods. Avoid foods that are devoid in these nutrients like processed foods, foods high in sugar, foods coming from a box or through a window of your car.

#2 It creates lifestyle shifts

A gentle 30-90 day detox from processed foods and processed life is an incredible way to create a lifestyle transformation. When you choose to avoid foods that trigger inflammation like gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol and caffeine, it allows the body to press pause on the stress that those foods are creating in the body. You can then enjoy how amazing you feel when you’re not eating them. It also allows you to then have choice around what foods you choose to reintroduce as part of your daily intake. Most people who do a 30-90 detox feel so great that they only occasionally eat breads, pastas, pizza, cookies, crackers, etc. These foods are no longer staples in the pantry. They become an occasional special treat.

#3 You get to rewrite your cells

Cellular turnover varies for each organ. One of the coolest things about doing a gentle detox is that it allows your body’s cellular turnover to happen without a bunch of junk floating around, and under chronic inflammation and old patterning. For example, your taste buds turn over about every 10 days to 2 weeks. Foods that you might have disliked before will have an opportunity to show up a bit differently. You may find you become more sensitive to sugars or salt. You may find that the donut no longer even looks good (yes, it’s possible). Your GI track turns over about every 3-5 days. You can rewrite the health of your gut. As you may know, 80% of our immune system sits in our gastrointestinal tract. Your immune cells live for around 90-120 days. If you stick to a detox program that you do over a 3-4 month time period, it can help start to recreate your immune system.

#4 The importance of sleep

Many people who dive into a detox program will notice the first few days as not feeling awesome. That’s usually reflective of toxins being released from organs and affecting sleep, energy or your mood. Often people are addicted to sugar or caffeine and don’t realize it. There is often a withdrawal period. Pushing through the first few days will be the best thing you can do for yourself. When the body isn’t preoccupied with addictions, sugar cravings, and inflammation it can focus on healing and repairing while you are sleeping. Avoiding all the foods that are triggering inflammation and addiction is just as important as giving your body the time to sleep. The only thing that sleeps at night is your brain. Everything else is healing, repairing and regenerating like mad.

Our bodies are truly amazing!

Jaime Rutherford would love to walk this journey with you to find your optimal health. If you are interested in hearing more about Arbonne’s “30 Days To Healthy Living and Beyond”, please contact Jaime at 314-608- 7997 or email: Icanfocus@hotmail.com or go to jaimerutherford.arbonne.com

*Adapted from the teachings of Dr. Tanda Cook – Food That Grows – Drtandacook.com