Your body has multiple organs and systems that work together to filter and flush toxins out of your body. The liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, and skin can become overwhelmed by the large amounts of toxins in our diets. Not to mention daily environmental factors we encounter.
Unless we are very intentional about diet and lifestyle, there’s a good chance we are not supporting these organs and systems with the nutrition and activities they need to stay in tip-top shape.
At The Center • A Place of HOPE, when we work with a new client who is struggling with depression, we often recommend a three-week protocol designed to cleanse and detox the body. The protocol incorporates detox agents, dietary changes, and actions that support the body in performing at maximum capacity and work to eliminate problem-causing toxins that are affecting health and mood. Below is the recommended protocol.
Look to incorporate detox agents into your daily routine. Each day, do at least two of these:
- Drink a cup of dandelion root tea in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
- Take 500 mg of N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) twice a day.
- Take 300 mg of milk thistle (extracted from the fruit or seed, not the leaf, and standardized to 70 to 80 percent of the active ingredient silymarin).
These are dietary changes that will assist in supporting your body.
- Eliminate all alcohol, soda, energy drinks, coffee, and juices or teas with added sugar.
- Avoid all candy and other sweets.
- Drink two cups or more of fresh-pressed vegetable juice every day.
Limit animal products; eat no more than six ounces of animal flesh a day.
Avoid all dairy products except for butter.
- Focus on whole foods (whatever you can buy in the produce section).
- Drink at least two liters of water a day.
It is important to move the blood and lymphatics. Each day, do at least two of the following:
- Dry skin brushing, which involves brushing your skin with a soft brush prior to a bath or shower. This provides gentle exfoliation, boosts circulation, and encourages new cell growth.
- Spend time in a sauna, then follow up with a cold rinse for ninety seconds or less. (I recommend choosing this at least three times a week.)
- Exercise for at least twenty to thirty minutes at a time. Exercise boosts circulation through the body, which helps flush toxins out.
Now, we must talk about sleep! Get at least seven and a half hours of sleep a night. This will help you feel rested and less stressed. Sleep reduces inflammation so the body can function at its best.
In addition to helping your body get rid of built-up toxins, this plan will also eliminate foods that are common causes of food sensitivities and inflammation in the body. After following this protocol for three weeks, you are in the perfect position to slowly reintroduce common problem foods back into your diet, paying close attention to any reactions you may be having.
Pick one of the foods that was eliminated, and eat it twice a day for two days. Bread is a good example. Be sure to keep a journal and write down any differences you notice in your body, energy, or mood. Make a note if you feel more depressed, have headaches or joint pain, or feel bloated. Also, notate if you are experiencing brain fog or have trouble concentrating.
If your body responds negatively to the food item you have reintroduced, remove it again from your diet. Wait a few days, then reintroduce a different food and pay attention to how your body responds.
Whether you have gluten sensitivities or not, when it comes to managing your mood, clean eating is going to make a major difference.
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