As cars need fuel and quarterly tune-ups to run properly, so do our bodies with adequate nutrition, exercise and a seasonal detox. While a myriad of programs exist like the Master Cleanse, Clean Diet, Eat Stop Eat, and Fat Flush for Life, I chose to do the Metagenics 10-day detox recommended by my Chiropractor and Wellness practitioner, Dr. Edmund Shockey, located in Midtown East on 55th and Lex with an additional office in Flatiron/Chelsea.
Though scientifically unproven, a detox or body tune-up helps to do three things:
- Reduce free radicals in our bodies which have been linked to arthritis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and diabetes.
- Lessen burdens to several natural detoxification organs including liver, kidney, intestines, and lymphatic system.
- Promote healthy digestion, adequate absorption of nutrients, and effectively rid toxins in the body resulting from air pollution, processed, soiled or microwaved food, dust and pollen, stress and even beauty products, click this over here now.
Detox diets are generally debatable with some claiming no results, while others having immediate benefits. These include:
- Increased immunity and cardiovascular circulation
- Blood purification
- New and healthy cell growth in the body’s fight against cancer and other diseases linked to free radical damage
- Cleansed digestive tract with the removal of mucous, congestion, fermentation, and inflammation
- Curbed addictions to sugar, salt, high glycemic carbohydrates, alcohol, processed foods, and nicotine
- Improved skin texture and cleansed pores
Personally, my goal was to combat an overall lethargic feeling, slower metabolism, digestive issues and the post-winter waistline bulge that is increasingly becoming more problematic with every passing year. Despite the detox controversy, I decided to make my own determination. After having finished the Metagenics 10-day program, my entire body, from the inside out, head to toe, now feels more alive, as if every cell has been awakened. My metabolism and appetite for healthier foods increased, the feeling of fullness after a few bites of every meal dissipated, my intestines are no longer sluggish, my waistline shed two inches, my mind is sharper and more alert with every meal, my eye sight has even improved as the colors of Spring seem richer and more vibrant, and just the other day, a friend commented on how much my skin was glowing.
Each person is vastly different from the next, so it is very important to first check with a general practitioner, nutritionist or wellness doctor to ensure one’s system can handle the side effects of a detox program. These may include sleep interruptions, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and fatigue, loss of appetite, thirst, increased urination, fever, chills, and skin rashes. Of these, I experienced a slight headache on days 2, 5, 8 and 9, some diarrhea during the first few days, had sleepless nights on days 3, 5, 7 and 8, but overall, the side effects were minimal and worth the resulting benefits.
Part of my detox program included a detox supplemental beverage drink, UltraClear Renew, “to support healthy liver function and enhance metabolic detoxification with a low-allergy-potential rice protein and specific amounts and types of carbs, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, plant nutrients and other amino acids”, and AdvaClear, an “encapsulated nutritional supplement for enhanced detox support” that helped to alleviate the side effects.
Pregnant or nursing women, children and people with very busy schedules are not recommended to try this or any other detox program. Neither should people with “anemia, eating disorders, diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, terminal illness, certain genetic diseases, and other chronic conditions” unless directed and supervised by a primary care provider.
All in all, with the 10-day Metagenics detox, you will now be ready for bikini weather.