Understanding the Detox you Will go Through While Changing Your Diet

The bottom line is your diet and environment over the years has accumulated a lot of junk, which has been stored in your body fat and cells from things like food additives, beauty products, household cleaners, environmental pollution, hot tub and swimming pool additives and a whole myriad of invisible toxic substances. Under the right conditions, your body starts releasing toxins from its cells into the blood stream where you start to notice you are not feeling well.

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This initial state of detoxification can last up to several weeks, depending on how much has accumulated and how much the body is stimulated to release. Since most of the toxins are stored in the fat that has accumulated around your organs in your muffin waste, this is where most of the repair activity will take place. To initiate this repair, the body pulls energetic resources from your extremities to help reconstruct what the toxins have damaged. The muscles in the arms and legs now have less energy to ‘do’ physical work so they feel weak and the body feels lethargic.

There is in fact more energy because the body is busy shunting out the toxins and restoring more healthy function to vital organs but the mind is having difficulty maintaining normal daily activity and it too feels sluggish. This is the time where more rest and sleep are crucial to allow for less muscular work and more repair as the detoxification process progresses. Resorting to products that hasten this process or using stimulants to cope with the perceived weakness, only retard the regenerative process and defeat the whole process of the detox. Letting the body do its thing in its own time is vital to a detox success.

Symptoms of detoxification can include skin rashes or pimples, headaches, sore muscles and joints, sinus discharge, colds, flu-like symptoms, fever, mouth sores, bowel irregularity or diarrhea, nausea, lack of motivation, fatigue, perceived weakness, irritability, frequent urination, depression, and a whole pile of symptoms that one would not associate with a detox process. If you can recognize these symptoms and allow the body to work through them naturally, you will soon begin to notice how much better you feel. Keep in mind that detox can be cyclical as the body releases in stages.

By letting the body rest and recover on its own the cycles of detox can be more tolerable. If you have initiated this process through fasting or a deliberate detox then you can initiate it near the end of the week, so you have the weekend to rest and allow the body to flush itself as you ingest more fluids. The more you rest, the milder the symptoms will be and the more rapidly the discomfort will dissipate.

Deliberate detoxing is a really wise move considering how toxic our world and our food supply has become. It is even more important if you are overweight as your fat is your toxic warehouse. Getting rid of both will reduce your predisposition to a whole myriad of serious and chronic diseases which will only make you suffer.

Detoxing can be likened to drinking from the fountain of youth. Rejuvenation begins to occur where cells are freed from their toxic load. Symptoms appear. The body recovers and you feel better. Then the cycle happens again, particularly if you have improved your diet, but this time the cycle is slightly shorter than the last detox. The initial feeling of well-being is replaced by a symptom or a cluster of symptoms. Perhaps a headache presents itself or some nausea. Then those symptoms abruptly disappear and you feel better again than you did before. After a while you develop chills and your nose will not stop running. You feel like you have the flu and you may even develop what feels like canker sores in your mouth. This too, disappears and you feel much better than you did before this bout of detox.

If you do not interfere with the body’s procees, you will probably find you are feeling better than you have for years. A specific symptom like a rash or a cough, may be the body’s way of releasing a chronic condition you have had or what could develop into a serious illness. Letting the body do its thing is important. It knows what to do to heal itself.

These ever diminishing cycles of symptoms and recovery are how the body restores health and as the toxins disappear, there is no longer any need for the fat cells that contained them so the body releases them too. Not only do you become thinner, you restore your health. As your fat stores reduce, so does your blood sugar readings! Bonus!

The Diabetic Body on Acid

A couple of generations ago, it was almost unheard of for children to be diagnosed with insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or even type 2 diabetes. It used to be that the body could repair everything quite nicely until a person hit their 30’s. But not so any more. Today, people in their 30’s are starting to experience what happened when one reached their 50’s and so on. According to the scientists, it all boils down to diet.

There is a see-saw of damage and repair going on that is literally overwhelming the body resources and wreaking havoc with people’s health and its not only sugar metabolism challenges. The see-saw is now non-existent in those who consume particular types of foods…and it has been proven scientifically. Dr. Neal Barnard has run blind studies over time, tracking people’s health over a number of years, and also reviewed studies from all over the world. The evidence is clear. The Standard American Diet is life shortening and a threat to health. The reason? It is a chemical, hormone and fat-laden, acid-forming diet that causes a high level of inflammation in every cell of the body. Since this site relates to diabetes and its peripheral issues, we will be discussing how to steer the health bus a bit better while showing you how to improve your health and enjoy the food you eat.

It is entirely possible to reverse type 2 diabetes and significantly improve type 1 diabetes with diet alone. There are a few ways to do it but each one will begin to push up on the repair side of the equation and help you feel significantly better. Right now the body has become overwhelmed by whatever is making you sick and tired…too much diet related acids, inflammation, fat and whatever else is creating your diabetes.

If you are part of the baby boomer generation, you rode the first big junk food wave. You probably went to the first fast food drive-ins like A&W and White Spot or the US equivalent. You and your kids are also part of the “billions and billions sold” and perhaps still are. Boomeritis as its been sarcastically called, has been caused by too much fat, too much salt, too much white and not enough green in the diet. The solution for diabetes and other chronic conditions is to change your diet.

First of all, don’t stop taking your medications. Some of these dietary changes will RAPIDLY and permanently lower your blood sugar for as long as you apply them. You must monitor your blood sugar a little more often that you usually do until it becomes normal or as close to it as you can get. Keep in close contact with your doctor so he can reduce your medication as necessary. If you are ready to begin, let’s get too it.

Step 1: Stop eating convenience and junk foods, that is everything that comes in a box or a bag, everything that comes out of a fast-food counter, a donut shop, an ice cream shop or the frozen food section of any store. Try this for a week and then we’ll get to step 2.

There are two very informative videos here that you should watch that will give you great inspiration and hope for your future health. Until next time…love yourself sweetly!

How my Diabetes got Started

I remember loving candy as a child and my live-in grandmother was my dealer. She was delighted to give me candy freely from her seemingly never-ending supply. I didn’t start to gain weight until I was in my twenties, then after I was married I got gestational diabetes with my first child. With my second child, I exercised and ate better but I still had my sweet tooth. I had cut down on my sweet consumption but not entirely. Of course in those days, bread and pasta and all those carby things didn’t count (who was I kidding!)

It was in my fifties that I was first diagnosed with sugar metabolism issues, although who knows how long I was like that, probably years, decades even. When I was having problems on the “pills”, I started to research and learn about insulin resistance and diabetes. I was horrified to learn that over time, everything would get worse and I would need more and more pills to manage my sugar and all the side effects. I knew there had to be a better way!

Good ole’ Hippocrates came to mind, ‘Let thy food be thy medicine’. So the first thing I did was cut out all sugar in my diet while I was trying to figure out what I could eat and what I couldn’t. Of course, I knew a bit about carbs and how they turned into sugar, so most of those went. Within about four weeks my blood sugar was normal, just with diet and walking for exercise. It’s probably been about ten years or so now and as long as I watch my carbs, I’m fine, but the research continues. The fact that both of my parents became diabetic, got dementia and cancer is impetus enough for me to take better care of myself.

Today, there are two approaches to blood sugar management and insulin resistance. The first one is to drastically reduce all carbs and increase fats, which has worked for me. But there is new research that shows that high fat diets lead to brain and cognitive impairment as one gets older, which is not cool. I’m including both talks by doctors and medical researchers so you can decide for yourself which route you would like to go. With both of my parents having blood sugar issues and cognitive impairment, my answer is clear.