Fall Detox – Increase Your Energy, Lose Weight & Clear Your Mind

by Heather Ferber on September 16, 2014

Colorful foods that can aid in detoxification.

Colorful foods that can aid in detoxification.

The month of September, around the time of the Fall Equinox, is a time when our bodies are more susceptible to life’s stresses and the changes brought about by seasonal shift.  It is a time that our livers need extra support.  Our body’s natural detoxification system is designed to support our health by eliminating waste products and toxins from our system all year round.  Unfortunately, our present day lifestyles expose us to an increasingly complex environment and our detox systems are being forced to work overtime just to process toxins we encounter in our daily lives.

Why not take these falls months to give your body a chance to detoxify or cleanse?

Purification and detox have been prescribed and practiced for thousands of years.  Our ancient ancestors used mineral baths, salts, crystals, sweat lodges, sulfur springs, fasting, massage, herbs, supplements, and other nutritional sources to purify their bodies, minds and spirits.  This ancient tradition still continues today.

The word “detox” should not scare you.  A detox is not founded in deprivation or starvation. It is not just about drinking green juice. A detox is a time to load up with whole foods including vegetables, fruits, and proteins and to eliminate those “foods” and chemicals which we know cause internal inflammation and pollution (such as alcohol, refined flours, sugar, caffeine, common allergens and processed foods).  It is a time to honor yourself with clean eating, self-care, reflection and affirmation.

Fall foods and spices that offer excellent detoxification support include:

  • apples
  • beets
  • brussels sprouts
  • butternut squash
  • cauliflower
  • ginger
  • leeks
  • parsley
  • parsnips
  • pumpkin
  • turnips
  • rutabaga
  • and more!

Now is the time to eat up and enjoy these wonderful foods.  (And I promise you, they can all be made, quite easily, to taste GREAT!)

We encounter toxins and their harmful effects in our minds (with negative thoughts and deconstructive thought patters); in our environment (think of everything from dust to mold to car fumes); and in our diets (processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, gluten, dairy, unhealthy fats, meat, alcohol, caffeine).  The chronic exposure to these toxins causes inflammation and ultimately weakens our digestive system and immune system and may result  in any of the following: constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, bad breath, sinus congestion, headaches, muscle aches, irritability, moodiness, depression, fatigue, low energy, low sex drive, skin rashes, acne, heartburn, reflux, increased weight, AND more!

For many, a period of detoxification, where you focus on increased water, sleep, whole foods, and daily affirmations may result in significantly increased energy, the loss of a few pounds, increased mental clarity, decreased belly bloat, improved skin conditions, and more.

Doing a detox does not need to be overly time consuming.  Even a period of 7 days will do your body good.  As a busy mother, I am in tune to what I can manage during the detox process.  In fact, I created a beautiful 7 Days of Delicious Detox for Fall (and for busy women) that provides a simple basis for an effective cleanse period.

‘Tis the season. You can learn more about my fall detoxification programs, designed specifically for busy individuals, here on my website.

Greens are an important component in whole food detoxes.

Greens are an important component in whole food detoxes.

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