07 September 2010

Join Lori Zito for 'The Lean and Green Challenge' 7-day detox

Detox, cleanse, fast... all these terms bring to mind deprivation and starvation, and may sound pretty intimidating to some folks. While it CAN be scary, a properly implemented detoxification should leave you feeling fabulous, and it is something you should treat your body to at a minimum of once per year. A good detox is a chance to do 'damage control' after periods of stress, toxic overload, or plain old over-indulgence.

For those who already eat a fairly 'clean' diet, the question may be if a cleanse is then really necessary. Aren't our bodies designed to take care of this stuff for us already? If we are healthy, shouldn't they be handling all this 'detox' stuff for us? The answer to these inquiries is yes... and no. If we ate a perfect diet, and lived in a perfect world, the answer would be a resounding yes. Our digestive tract would be running smoothly, with not a speck of build up along its course, and our livers and intestines would be plugging along with ease. But the reality is that most of us don't eat a perfect diet, and we all certainly don't live in a perfect world. No matter how much we try to protect ourselves from toxins, the environment exposes us to them in the form of smog, pollution and radiation. We are bombarded with toxins through high stress lifestyles, lack of exercise, eating on the run, and not enough sleep. Our food is often full of toxins, most evident in processed products, but also present in non-organic produce. When we overload our bodies with these toxins, our liver can't handle it all, and so the toxins are wrapped in fat and stored as fat! Yep, that's right. Those few extra pounds you can't get rid of may be toxicity! That's why a proper detox is often what is needed when a plateau is reached in weight loss. There are many signs that your body gives you to try to tell you it is in need of a detox. Some of these include: feeling sluggish/fatigue, digestive problems, headaches, too much mucous (sniffles), inability to lose weight, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and uncontrollable food cravings.

When you detox, you allow your digestive system to finally get a well deserved rest. So much of our daily energy is expended through digestion. and the more processed foods we eat, the more energy is wasted. When we nourish our body with a clean diet, we leave abundant extra energy for the liver to get to work and do a clean sweep. The key to a well-planned detox is to decrease the toxic load, while at the same time providing the body with ample nutrients so it can function properly to eliminate the toxins. The nutrition provided must be readily available, so no energy is wasted on digestion. A thorough detox has three objectives; to clean, to rest, and to balance. By the completion of a detox you should feel light, full of energy, well-rested, and joyful. You will likely notice reduced cravings, weight loss, clearer thinking, and glowing skin.

Periodic deep cleaning is a very desirable thing. We don't give a second thought to cleaning the spaces we live in, yet most of us don't even think about cleaning our internal home. In a world where we are exposed to more environmental toxins and pollutants than ever in history, the need to detoxify on a regular basis has become a prerequisite for optimal health for everyone. I invite you to treat your body good and join me on a 7 day detox, The Lean and Green Challenge. This is an easy to follow cleanse that I have put together to give your internal organs the deep cleaning they need and deserve. When you join me on the cleanse, you will receive an implementation guide, recipes, a shopping list, daily instructions and inspiration, access to a online support forum, and more! This is a simple, easy to follow detox, and the results will amaze you! Take care of your most important home, your body, and sign up now!

Lori Zito | @LoriZito
Lori is a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, a yoga instructor, and a physical therapist. Learn more at her website Live In The Balance.

Photo Credit: Lori Zito