All About Detoxing

I used to think that I knew all about detoxing, it’s not hard is it you just eat lettuce leaves and starve.In fact, I could not have been further from the truth. I was very lucky a friend gave me her detox diet which she had followed for a month and still dropped a dress size even though she had fallen off the wagon a few times.When I looked at what she could eat I was amazed at the range of food that she could eat and also the quantities. I realised that there was no way you were going to be hungry on this detoxification diet. There was a downside for me I had to give up caffeine for a month and that was very hard, but I could have fruit smoothies which were wonderful and after a few days I stopped feeling deprived.

What is detoxing?

Anything harmful in your body is called a toxin. Your body can and will cope with toxins it’s what it is designed to do. However, sometimes the body is overloaded and it cannot flush out the poisons as fast as you are putting them in. When this happens your body reacts by feeling drained of energy your skin and hair become lacklustre and dry rather than growing, and you may bloating or gas.Detoxing is the process of giving your body a helping hand to get rid of the poisons.

What are toxins?

Can be naturally produced within the body, for instance, carbon dioxide enters the body within the air you breathe. They can enter the body as chemicals through your skin such as cleaning products. There are other pollutants such as cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, everyday household chemicals and detergents, toxic metals in the environment such as lead and also sometimes in the air and water. Added to this are the chemicals added to processed foods. If it any wonders that sometimes your body gets overloaded?

How does your body detoxify?.

Your body has many ways OF purifying your system, but the primary organs are the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and that gut.

The liver.

This is your body’s most efficient processing plant its primary function is to make safe all of the harmful substances in our bodies. Once the liver has done this it sends the toxins to the kidneys lungs skin and bowels to eliminate from the body. All of this is done by enzyme function and you have thousands of them. These enzymes don’t work properly without correct nutrients and these must be eaten or taken as supplements

Foods that help your liver work to optimum capacity

All the cruciferous vegetables are brilliant for your liver these include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and cauliflower an ideal diet will include at least one of these foods every day. Garlic, onions and leeks all contain sulphur which help mop up the toxins. Tomatoes, peppers, blueberries and carrots, as well as lemons, are also great.

Supplements for the liver

milk thistle, artichoke extract, garlic capsules, dandelion and fennel seeds.

All about detoxing

The kidneys

when the body breaks down proteins from your blood sends them in the form of urea to your kidneys which will add it to urine so it’s expelled from your system. Believe it or not every hour the kidney uses 7 L or 12 pints of water another reason why drinking water helps the kidneys to work at their best.

Foods that help your kidneys work to optimum capacity

water, all fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas and parsley tea.

Supplements to help your kidneys

dandelion, horsetail, goldenrod, cranberry and celery seeds.

The Gut

your intestinal  system processes the toxins itself, but it also helps to push indigestible foods such as soluble fibre which mops up some of the toxins and sends them to the bowel once in the bowel they attacked by good bacteria and eliminated from your body in your faeces.

Foods that help the gut

all fruit and vegetables are good for you but for the got all berries, prunes apples and dried fruit are brilliant as is broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Flaxseeds and linseeds are good as are beans and lentils. Oats are a superfood if you are not gluten intolerant if you then substitute barley.

Supplements that help the gut

fibre supplements include psyllium. Probiotic supplements encourage the growth of new friendly bacteria. Aloe Vera and chlorella are also good.

The skin

the skin plays a huge part in getting rid of toxins it uses both your sweat and skin oils in the form of seben  to get rid of dry skin cells.

Foods that helps the skin function

water, fruit and vegetables and flax seeds., Essential oils Such as flax oil, pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil or blended essential oils.

Supplements to help your skin function as the detoxifying organ.

Ginko Biloba, essential fatty acid supplement such as evening Primrose oil or flaxseed oil, antioxidant supplements and goldenseal root.

Lymphatic circulation

the limb system is the body’s ultimate drainage system because it deals with particles and waste products which are too large to enter the bloodstream pass directly to your lymph nodes to be processed from your cells. Once cleaned up they return to the bloodstream whether taken to the liver complete detoxification.

Food to assist your lymphatic system to work.

Water, Echinacea and sarsaparilla root.

There are no supplements that specifically assist the lymphatic system, but you can have a manual lymphatic drainage massage or dry skin brushing to improve lymphatic circulation. Also Epsom salts in the bath help.

The lungs

the lungs have to deal with all the waste toxic gases left after we have breathed in oxygen.

Foods that help your lungs.

All fruits and vegetables assist you longs to function especially blueberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries and onions.

Supplements to help you lungs

antioxidants.

How does a detox diet work?

The ultimate aim of detox is to encourage your body to eliminate old toxins in your system.

Eating the right foods encourages your body’s natural detoxification process

eating organic food is helpful, but eating the right types of foods is more important.

Reducing emotional and physical stress your life

introducing supplements and herbs that support liver function and assist the body to detoxify.

beginning a gentle exercising program

Reducing addictive substance such as nicotine caffeine and alcohol. Cutting out foods and drink add to your toxic overloads such as processed sugar, saturated fats salty foods and chemical additives

do’s and don ts when detoxifying

don’t feel the need to do everything at once, introduced changes gradually. If you smoke and need to stop then deal with that one obstacle first. Cutting out caffeine and alcohol and all the other changes is just too much for your body to take at once and you are setting yourself up for failure. If you can only cope with one thing at a time only attempt to do one thing time.

Before starting any detox diet program you should consult a doctor especially if you have any allergies. If you are pregnant you need to take extra nutrition advice. It goes without saying that if you have any medical condition you should check your health professional before beginning any sort of diet

Diabetes and fatty liver

diabetes and fatty liver

Diabetes and fatty liver were not thought to be connected until Italian medical researchers described the reversal of diabetes patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery. After major got surgery patients are unable to eat and now they thought that through a drip. In this case they were drip fed a total of 1800 calories a day for six days. After the first week most of them have lost about 6 kg but what was the most startling result was the fact that they glucose tolerance level was normal.

This weight loss and subsequent reversal of diabetes was not a result of the surgery because it occurred before they started eating and utilising the new got. The doctors concluded that there diabetes had reversed because they were unable to eat and the drip was less calories than they would normally having in the day prior to surgery.

The weight loss was accompanied by loss of fat from the liver, and the study is the why this happened was taken up by Prof Roy Taylor from Newcastle University. His objective was to examine the effect of sudden weight loss on the blood glucose levels and the fat in the liver of 11 people with an existing type II diabetes condition.

He carried out there is blood test and MRI scans to look at the liver and pancreas. They were then placed on a strict 600 calorie liquid diet for eight weeks. The same thing occurred as in the Italian study within a week the glucose levels had returned to normal and this was accompanied by a reduction of fat in the liver. Although it didn’t happen in the first week gradually the amount of fat in the pancreas also reduced.

Definite Proof that diabetes and fatty liver are connected

At the end of the eight-week study the pancreas was producing insulin normally, but more remarkably the liver was no longer resistant to the effect of insulin. When both of these changes occurred the people in the Newcastle study no longer had diabetes because there insulin in sensitivity was reduced and insulin production was now normal. The really startling result of this experiment was the fact that type II diabetes is directly related to the amount of fat in the liver and in the pancreas and a reduction in calories would reverse the disease.

This research obviously gave great hope to hundreds of diabetes sufferers, diabetes type II was no longer a life sentence. What it did prove that weight loss alone could  reverse diabetes it was not necessary to have bariatric surgery. That evidence was sufficient for Leo. He did not want to lose weight by drastically reducing his calories as he realized that in the long term this was not sustainable. But what it did do was give him hope that he fee effectively reduces weight he would be able to effectively reverses diabetes!.

What was so exciting about this research was that although it was only conducted with 11 people which is not exactly enough to be a statistical study 77 more people who had reversed their diabetes contacted Prof Taylor. The reversal of diabetes was considered to to have been successful in 61% of cases over all, and it was more successful in those that have been recently diagnosed with diabetes and those who had lost the most amount of weight.

Prof Taylor’s research was followed up in the US, but in this study the results were not as remarkable because the diabetic lost less weight and fewer subjects reverse their diabetes, however they were not placed on a strict very low calorie diet. Further research is necessary to establish how many people as a percentage can reverse their diabetes and also for how long. Having said that Leo is just starting his six-year the big diabetes free.

Of course as Leo ages it is possible that he will become a diabetic again! But even if this occurs he will have had some good years without any diabetic medication. In my view this result was so startling that there should be a revision of the treatment of diabetes which will mean that newly diagnosed diabetics were given counselling and diet advice. In the long term as diabetes is becoming a global epidemic this has to be a cheaper option than supplying medication for decades. It is a fact that diabetic medicine is not expensive but treating the complications of diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy, loss of limbs, kidney disease and other serious organ damage cannot be cheap either on the resources of the health system or other people concerned.

Who’s That Fat Person in the Mirror Oh It’s just a Fatty Liver?

Lifestyle Management

Fatty Liver

Today I would like to introduce you to my online friend Shirley, we met metaphorically at least when she contacted me with a fatty liver and asked me whether or not I thought that she could help herself by changing her diet. The long and the short of it is that we are in contact with other still and I stand behind her every step of the way because this is her story leading up to the diagnosis and then treatment for her fatty liver.

Who’s that fat person in the Mirror?

One day I was passing my dresser and glanced in the mirror and had one of those moments – you know the ones that take you back and wake you up. There was a very fat woman looking back at me from the mirror. I realized that I was the person in the mirror. My name is Shirley Dawson and as a friend of Catherine, I’m sharing my story for her blog and for you.

How did I get here?

I was never overweight as a child, teenager or all through my 20’s. I played and coached sports all the time and weight was never an issue – I burned so many calories every day I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound. I weighed 135 when I married. However after I was married at age 33 I became pregnant with my only child, I gained 60 pounds and my back gave out the seventh month of my pregnancy. I was in lots of pain those last two months.

Things got worse before they got better

After my daughter was born, my back didn’t get any better and I couldn’t even lift her into the car seat because of the pain when bending over. Of course I was no longer able to do sports and taking care of an infant who never slept at night gave me little rest. After 5 months, I was a walking zombie. Finally she began to sleep at night around the 7 month period and I started to get a little rest. Needless to say, I was no longer playing sports. I worked full time as an employee of the Food and Drug Administration in a demanding job and was also a new mom with no time for anything else.

A slow and painful weight gain

Time passed and I never lost the weight I gained during my pregnancy and began to gain even more. I was almost 35 when I gave birth and life changed drastically. I went from being a tom-boy, jock kind of gal to a working mom, who was overweight and in pain most of the time. The weight piled on during the next few years and my back pain was kind of “come and go.”

Good and Bad Days

Sometimes I was okay and could walk and do more, but then I would have a major flare up and could barely lift anything. I remember one day in Wal-Mart with little Jennifer in her carrier in my basket, I saw a couple of teenage moms carrying their children on their hips while shopping. I though “no way could I ever hold Jennifer like that and shop.” More health issues Life went on, Jennifer grew up and I continued working at the FDA. I even managed to finish up my college degree after 5 colleges and 25 years of trying.

Weight Wise the More Things Changed the more They Stayed the Same

But I never managed to lose any significant weight, even though I tried all kinds of diets, even the meta-fast liquid diet (I lost and then gained it all right back). Exercise was still not possible because of my back pain. Soon I began to have aches and pains all over my body and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia also. Oh joy! In my late 40’s I was also diagnosed with a blood disorder which made me a risk for clotting and bleeding (ET-essential thrombocythemia). I began to take a daily chemo-type drug for that and continue on it to this day.

My Blood Glucose Levels were a warning Sign I missed!

My doc began to watch my blood glucose levels and told me I was pre-diabetic and finally put me on an oral diabetic med (metformin). I took that for several years and then I failed a fasting blood glucose test and was labeled a full diabetic. The doctor kept me on metformin, just increasing my dose. Finally he gave up trying to get my blood glucose regulated with metformin and told the nurse to show me how to inject insulin, prescribing two injections a day. He also referred me to a diabetic specialist. This specialist began to see me every 3-4 months to adjust my meds and my insulin injections.

Full Diabetes

I was now on both a long term and short term insulin regiment with several injections each day. He advised me to lose weight and I tried but it seemed that nothing worked; I was stuck at 280 pounds. I was very obese, had several collapsed discs in my lower back, fibromyalgia, post menopausal (from a total hysterectomy at age 45), uncontrolled blood sugar levels and was finally told I had a fatty liver also. I had surgery for a large hernia which had formed after my hysterectomy and threw a clot which caused me to have a stroke.

The Long Haul Back

I experienced confusion and was unable to multi-task or do math. It was over a year before I recovered those skills again. Meanwhile I had a detached retina in one eye and had a major surgery to reattach it. Luckily I regained my peripheral vision in that eye. I saw a surgeon about my back and was informed that I would need rods, screws and bone grafts and with my medical issues (the blood disorder and the diabetes) I could end up worst that I was now. He advised me to never let someone cut on me again if possible.

Shortness of breath and Temper

I began to experience shortness of breath and was sent to both a cardiologist and a pulmonologist. After a heart ultrasound and a heart cath, my doc said there was nothing wrong with my heart. Also, after several lung tests and scans, the pulmonologist said there was nothing wrong with my lungs. Both told me I need to lose weight. The pulmonologist, a woman said she agreed that at my age (59 at that time) it was almost impossible to lose weight and I would have to starve myself.

I can’t Face Another Op

My metabolism was non-existent. Losing 2 pounds was a miracle, much less over 100 pounds. My diabetes doc recommended I go to the Cleveland Clinic and undergo bariatric surgery. However I did not want to undergo any surgery, fearing another stroke from a blood clot. So he continues to monitor me every 3-4 months and urges me to lose weight and exercise. I received the same advice from my cardiologist every six months also.

The Wake-up call

I am now 60 years old, with a new grandson and I looked in that mirror at that fat person, and realized that both my parents died at the age of 67. I may not live to see that precious little boy grow up.
I have decided I have to do something NOW.
I began to research diabetes and weight loss and fatty liver and slow metabolisms. I’ve learned that I really need to work on my nutrition. I found that with the proper nutrition, I can heal my fatty liver, bring my blood glucose levels under control, and lose weight which will cure my breathing issues and help with the pain in my legs, knees and hips.

The alternative is more disability, and even an early death. So I have a great incentive to change my lifestyle. The Changes I’ve begun to do water aerobics for exercise several times a week as it does not hurt when I am in the water. I’m also trying to work out on a recumbent bike at least once a week.

I’m eating more vegetables, some fruit, only lean meat, organic eggs, no wheat, and lots of raw salads. I’ve changed to using only olive or coconut oil for cooking and as a dressing and I’ve begun to make myself healthy smoothies. I do not drink any sodas, even diet ones; I drink pure V8 juice, water, unsweetened tea and some hot teas (green, milk thistle and black)

This week I started Dr. Sandra Cabot’s Liver Cleanse Diet which should help heal my fatty liver. It is an 8-week cleanse and supposedly after a couple of weeks my liver should be healed enough that I can began to lose weight again. I’m certainly working on my health right now and I am really hoping that in a year I’m going to look in that mirror again and see the Shirley Dawson I was in my 20’s except this time she will have silver hair.

Who's That Fat Person in the Mirror Oh It's just a Fatty Liver?

Lifestyle Management

Fatty Liver

Today I would like to introduce you to my online friend Shirley, we met metaphorically at least when she contacted me with a fatty liver and asked me whether or not I thought that she could help herself by changing her diet. The long and the short of it is that we are in contact with other still and I stand behind her every step of the way because this is her story leading up to the diagnosis and then treatment for her fatty liver.

Who’s that fat person in the Mirror?

One day I was passing my dresser and glanced in the mirror and had one of those moments – you know the ones that take you back and wake you up. There was a very fat woman looking back at me from the mirror. I realized that I was the person in the mirror. My name is Shirley Dawson and as a friend of Catherine, I’m sharing my story for her blog and for you.

How did I get here?

I was never overweight as a child, teenager or all through my 20’s. I played and coached sports all the time and weight was never an issue – I burned so many calories every day I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound. I weighed 135 when I married. However after I was married at age 33 I became pregnant with my only child, I gained 60 pounds and my back gave out the seventh month of my pregnancy. I was in lots of pain those last two months.

Things got worse before they got better

After my daughter was born, my back didn’t get any better and I couldn’t even lift her into the car seat because of the pain when bending over. Of course I was no longer able to do sports and taking care of an infant who never slept at night gave me little rest. After 5 months, I was a walking zombie. Finally she began to sleep at night around the 7 month period and I started to get a little rest. Needless to say, I was no longer playing sports. I worked full time as an employee of the Food and Drug Administration in a demanding job and was also a new mom with no time for anything else.

A slow and painful weight gain

Time passed and I never lost the weight I gained during my pregnancy and began to gain even more. I was almost 35 when I gave birth and life changed drastically. I went from being a tom-boy, jock kind of gal to a working mom, who was overweight and in pain most of the time. The weight piled on during the next few years and my back pain was kind of “come and go.”

Good and Bad Days

Sometimes I was okay and could walk and do more, but then I would have a major flare up and could barely lift anything. I remember one day in Wal-Mart with little Jennifer in her carrier in my basket, I saw a couple of teenage moms carrying their children on their hips while shopping. I though “no way could I ever hold Jennifer like that and shop.” More health issues Life went on, Jennifer grew up and I continued working at the FDA. I even managed to finish up my college degree after 5 colleges and 25 years of trying.

Weight Wise the More Things Changed the more They Stayed the Same

But I never managed to lose any significant weight, even though I tried all kinds of diets, even the meta-fast liquid diet (I lost and then gained it all right back). Exercise was still not possible because of my back pain. Soon I began to have aches and pains all over my body and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia also. Oh joy! In my late 40’s I was also diagnosed with a blood disorder which made me a risk for clotting and bleeding (ET-essential thrombocythemia). I began to take a daily chemo-type drug for that and continue on it to this day.

My Blood Glucose Levels were a warning Sign I missed!

My doc began to watch my blood glucose levels and told me I was pre-diabetic and finally put me on an oral diabetic med (metformin). I took that for several years and then I failed a fasting blood glucose test and was labeled a full diabetic. The doctor kept me on metformin, just increasing my dose. Finally he gave up trying to get my blood glucose regulated with metformin and told the nurse to show me how to inject insulin, prescribing two injections a day. He also referred me to a diabetic specialist. This specialist began to see me every 3-4 months to adjust my meds and my insulin injections.

Full Diabetes

I was now on both a long term and short term insulin regiment with several injections each day. He advised me to lose weight and I tried but it seemed that nothing worked; I was stuck at 280 pounds. I was very obese, had several collapsed discs in my lower back, fibromyalgia, post menopausal (from a total hysterectomy at age 45), uncontrolled blood sugar levels and was finally told I had a fatty liver also. I had surgery for a large hernia which had formed after my hysterectomy and threw a clot which caused me to have a stroke.

The Long Haul Back

I experienced confusion and was unable to multi-task or do math. It was over a year before I recovered those skills again. Meanwhile I had a detached retina in one eye and had a major surgery to reattach it. Luckily I regained my peripheral vision in that eye. I saw a surgeon about my back and was informed that I would need rods, screws and bone grafts and with my medical issues (the blood disorder and the diabetes) I could end up worst that I was now. He advised me to never let someone cut on me again if possible.

Shortness of breath and Temper

I began to experience shortness of breath and was sent to both a cardiologist and a pulmonologist. After a heart ultrasound and a heart cath, my doc said there was nothing wrong with my heart. Also, after several lung tests and scans, the pulmonologist said there was nothing wrong with my lungs. Both told me I need to lose weight. The pulmonologist, a woman said she agreed that at my age (59 at that time) it was almost impossible to lose weight and I would have to starve myself.

I can’t Face Another Op

My metabolism was non-existent. Losing 2 pounds was a miracle, much less over 100 pounds. My diabetes doc recommended I go to the Cleveland Clinic and undergo bariatric surgery. However I did not want to undergo any surgery, fearing another stroke from a blood clot. So he continues to monitor me every 3-4 months and urges me to lose weight and exercise. I received the same advice from my cardiologist every six months also.

The Wake-up call

I am now 60 years old, with a new grandson and I looked in that mirror at that fat person, and realized that both my parents died at the age of 67. I may not live to see that precious little boy grow up.
I have decided I have to do something NOW.
I began to research diabetes and weight loss and fatty liver and slow metabolisms. I’ve learned that I really need to work on my nutrition. I found that with the proper nutrition, I can heal my fatty liver, bring my blood glucose levels under control, and lose weight which will cure my breathing issues and help with the pain in my legs, knees and hips.

The alternative is more disability, and even an early death. So I have a great incentive to change my lifestyle. The Changes I’ve begun to do water aerobics for exercise several times a week as it does not hurt when I am in the water. I’m also trying to work out on a recumbent bike at least once a week.

I’m eating more vegetables, some fruit, only lean meat, organic eggs, no wheat, and lots of raw salads. I’ve changed to using only olive or coconut oil for cooking and as a dressing and I’ve begun to make myself healthy smoothies. I do not drink any sodas, even diet ones; I drink pure V8 juice, water, unsweetened tea and some hot teas (green, milk thistle and black)

This week I started Dr. Sandra Cabot’s Liver Cleanse Diet which should help heal my fatty liver. It is an 8-week cleanse and supposedly after a couple of weeks my liver should be healed enough that I can began to lose weight again. I’m certainly working on my health right now and I am really hoping that in a year I’m going to look in that mirror again and see the Shirley Dawson I was in my 20’s except this time she will have silver hair.