More and more, people are looking for information on how to properly implement a cleanse diet for themselves, and whether or not they even should.
In today’s day in age, with extremely stressful schedules, on-the-go eating habits, constantly feeling sick and run-down, and even environmental/chemical exposures, it’s no wonder why a cleanse diet might be investigated.
Furthermore, the list of potential health concerns seems to be getting bigger and bigger, these include:
- food sensitivities (including but not limited) to: gluten, milk, eggs, soy, yeast
- autoimmunities including (but not limited to): Irritable bowel syndrome/Colitis, Chron’s, Systemic Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Hashimoto’s
- Blood sugar Dysregulation
- Chronic Inflammation
- Heavy Metal Toxicity including (but not limited to): Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic,
- Hormonal Dysregulation
- Electric Magnetic Fields such as power/generator over exposures,
- Dental Infections/dental work such as root canals and bridges
- Parasites/Viral/bacterial infections
- And many many more
It’s no wonder that the health and wellness of the North America population seems to be severely implicated. Did you know that United States average age of life expectancy is 78, which ranks 50th in the world? Despite the fact that the pharmaceutical industry in the U.S. is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Hence, a cleanse diet, is a natural approach that can go along way to restoring ones health and really start making inroads to feeling a lot better.
Cleanse Diet 101:
The 2 fundamental components of a proper cleanse diet includes restoring both the digestion pathways, and the detoxification pathways. At Boca Health Care Center, our cleanse diet involves a program that is called the “REPAIR & CLEAR” program. It includes both of the prior mentioned fundamentals.
With regards to supporting healthy digestion, the Repair and Clear program involves flavonoids, antioxidants, plant sterols, glycoproteins, and saponins.
During the detoxification phase, the Repair and Clear program includes botanical extracts and nutritional compounds that will support phase 1 and 2 detoxification. All in all, this cleanse diet is a total of 6 weeks.
The great thing about the Repair and Clear program, whether for the digestion phase or the liver detoxification is the fact that this cleanse diet, with its nutritional supplements and botanicals are all natural.
The 3 Phases of this Cleanse Diet:
Recent studies show that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease…provided that the internal environment is right. In order for the internal environment to be “right”, the bodies immune system must be functioning at its highest. Lastly, because up to 80% of the bodies immune system is in the gastro-intestinal system, then it makes sense that the gastro-intenstinal system be functioning at its highest. That is where the cleanse diet comes in.
Phase 1: This is the first week of the 6 week cleanse diet. It is considered the inflammatory control phase. As mentioned earlier, a wide array of environmental stress factors can negatively affect our health. From a biochemical/physiological point of view, “negatively affect” ultimately means: inflammation in/of the digestive tract. Over time, it is really this inflammation that creates all the health problems.
That is, think of inflammation akin to a blowtorch. Imagine if you took that blow torch to your television set, washer and dryer, or any other household technology. How effective would it work? Your clothes would begin to stink, food would be raw, and entertainment would be held to a minimum.
The inflammation in the digestive tract ultimately creates widening of the tight junctions of the lining of the tract, allowing these environmental toxins (undigested proteins, viruses, bacteria, fungal, parasitic, and an array of other nasty critters) to enter our blood stream. Once in the blood stream, our immune system goes into overdrive in order to remove the inflammation.
As a side note, we have immune testing protocols in our office that can greatly improve your response to the cleanse diet, which include:
- determining if you have widening of your own tight junctions of your digestive tract (aka Leaky gut or intestinal permeability)
- determining if you have an intolerance or food sensitivity to gluten and all its peptide structures
- determining if you have an intolerance or food sensitivity to gluten associated peptide structures such as egg, milk, soy, yeast, corn, potato, quinoa, rye, and oats.
- and determining if you have predicative anti-bodies that will develop into an autoimmunity to your liver, bowel, joints, thyroid, adrenal gland, pancreas, stomach cells, brain tissue, and connective tissue.
The hallmark nutritional supplements in the inflammatory phase of the cleanse diet are compounds such at Tumeric, Resveratrol, Emulsified Vit D, Nitrous Oxide, and Glutathione. All will work to reduce inflammation.
Phase 2: The next phase of the cleanse diet is called the intestinal support phase. Because of prolonged inflammation, the intestinal track continues to become leakier and leakier. In this phase, the nutritional supplements are designed to support the lining of the digestive tract. As well, known inflammatory foods are eliminated in the diet for the next 2 weeks. Lastly targeted nutritional supplements are necessary for several days to support the health of the intestinal membranes.
Phase 3: For the last 3 weeks, the liver support phase is the focus. Because the leaky gut has allowed for nasty critters into our immune system, our liver has been under constant stress to break down and eliminate these toxins. If allowed to continue unchecked, self destruction and sickness ensues.
Therefore, “detoxification”, or cleansing the body from the accumulated chemicals is the focus. Phase 1 detoxification converts the fat soluble toxins into water soluble toxins so that they are easily eliminated. Phase 2 is eliminating the now water soluble toxins.
Detoxification has been shown to be extremely beneficial to support optimal, ideal health. This removal of toxins from the body helps organs to better absorb nutrients again, and repair the body of the chronic stress and illness it had been under.
To find out more information, or whether or not you are a good candidate for our cleanse diet, contact us at Boca Health Center at 561-883-0090.