It’s that time of year when people test out new cleanses and detoxes. Many are in need of a boost or a chance to press the “reset” button. You can find all sorts of ideas on the internet - from a juice cleanse to a lemon and cayenne pepper detox. But what’s the best? What is really going to make a difference? Lucky for you, we can help.

A detox will not be successful unless you get to the root of the problem. No matter how clean of a lifestyle we aim to live, toxins bombard us on all levels. Whether you’re frustrated with weight-loss resistance, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, thyroid problems, hormone imbalance, or a number of other things, true healing cannot occur without going to the source of the problem. This is where periodic detox can help with healing, but it won’t do any good unless it’s done properly.

What kind of toxins are we talking about here?

To barely scratch the surface, we come from generations of lead paints and amalgam fillings. Our parents lived in homes doused in lead paint. They breathed this and lived in this - and those toxins are passed along quite easily from mother to child. The effects of mercury amalgam fillings are far-reaching as well - with the ability to pass on mercury for four generations. Those fillings contain nearly 50% mercury, which moves right into the brain. We also find heavy metals in other common places: mercury in water and lead in our pipes and drains. Many practitioners today will agree that heavy metal exposure is the root of many illnesses, but they’re not quite sure how to rid the body of those toxins. Not only do we encounter heavy metals on a daily basis, but many of us are exposed to mold as well. Many individuals living with unexplainable symptoms could be living in a very moldy home. Metals and molds are simply two examples of toxins that often fill our bodies.

It’s time to detox.

Step number one will be to remove the source of the toxins. This can be as simple as checking the ingredients in your deodorant, buying a new filter for your water faucet, or deep cleaning your home. It may, however, be a much larger task if you have amalgam fillings or know that you live in a home containing large amounts of mold. Take small steps to make changes, but know that change is important - detox and true healing won’t happen unless the source of toxin is removed to the best of your ability!

Once we remove the source of external toxins, we can begin to rid the body of internal toxins. When The Health Factory does our collective detox at the end of this month, we will offer an option to follow a True Cellular Detox program. The supplement, called IDS, or Intracellular Detox System, contains two products: Gcell and BIND. This system is unique because it up-regulates detox pathways of the cell and prevents the reabsorption or redistribution of toxins so common in other forms of detox.

The first part of the IDS is called Gcell. This raises intracellular Glutathione (GSH), which is the key to removing toxins from the cell, and therefore, the body. GSH is in every cell in the body and is the strongest antioxidant in the world simply because your body makes it. The second part of the IDS is called BIND. This product has the ability to bind organic and inorganic toxins and pull them out of the body so they are not reabsorbed. The combination of the two products is unlike any other option on the market. That is the type of detox that works!

While we’re going through this process of cellular healing and toxin removal, we are also going to take a close look at what foods we are using to fuel our body.

During this detox, here are a few basic guidelines to follow when it comes to nutrition:

Remove the bad fats and replace them with good fats:  Bad fats, such as hydrogenated oils, trans fat, and rancid vegetable oils are linked to cellular congestions, chronic fatigue, as well as chronic inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of many illnesses: heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer. Good fats are essential for hormone production, brain development, weight loss, and inflammation reduction.

Change the meats you eat:  Grass-fed and free-range meats are the way to go. These meats, unlike commercial meats, do not contain hormones, pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotics. Grass-fed and free-range meats also offer many of the fatty acids missing in the standard American diet such as conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA) and the proper ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Remove all processed grains and refined sugars from your diet: We could write an entire article on the dangers and addictive qualities of processed grains and refined sugars. Sugar is an anti-nutrient which offers insignificant amounts of vitamins and minerals which rob your body of nutrient sources. Refined sugars also unnaturally spike and elevate levels of insulin and leptin. Prolonged elevated levels of insulin and leptin lead to insulin and leptin resistance. This resistance causes diabetes and weight loss resistance. Take these things out of your diet!

The combination of cellular detox and diet adjustments are the perfect way to get your year started. Looking forward to doing the January Health Factory Detox with you!

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