Can Trader Joe’s help with your New Year cleanse? Cleansing is all the rage, especially in the New Year. What is it and why do it? And if you are going to engage in a cleanse, what can you get at Trader Joe’s that can help you?
A cleanse is a health regimen designed to remove toxins from the body. Some focus on the whole body while others focus on specific organs such as the liver, kidneys, or skin. A good primer to learn about cleansing is on a site called Just Cleansing. As you will see, there are many ways to do a cleanse.
Some people consume foods and supplements on a continual basis to detoxify organs. (Caution should be used when undertaking a radical change in diet. It’s recommended that one consult with a medical professional (MD, acupuncturist, dietician, etc.) before making changes, as some health conditions may be aggravated by the changes. If anyone who embarks on a cleanse begins to experience extreme symptoms, they should stop immediately and seek medical attention.)
Ann Louise Gettleman has written “The Gut Flush Plan” after experiencing many problems and finally, relief with her gut. I often recommend her book to my weight management clients who are experiencing digestion and other health problems.
Because the liver is the major organ involved in the detoxification of toxins, here are some of the symptoms which might be related to liver overload:
- Overweight; inability to lose weight;
- High cholesterol;
- High blood pressure;
- Frequent headaches or migraines;
- Skin blemishes, discolorations, warts and moles;
- Acne, psoriasis, eczema; oily skin; rashes;
- Upper and lower excessive gas;
- Poor or inadequate digestion, heartburn, acid reflux; bloating after eating;
- Bad breath;
- Coated tongue when going without food for half or full day;
- Constipation; diarrhea; Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
- Allergies to foods and chemicals; environmental sensitivity; chemical intolerance;
- Sugar cravings;
- Excessive alcohol intake;
- Diminished eyesight;
- Frequent or continued fatigue;
- Hormonal imbalance; low sex drive, impotence;
- Sluggish metabolism;
- Sleep disorders; insomnia;
- Excessive body heat;
- Poor protein utilization;
- Depression, unpleasant moods, mood swings, behavior swings or bi-polar disorder; anger;
- Liver cancer;
- Gall stones; gallbladder problems;
- Fatty liver;
- Low immune response; overburdened immune system;
- Recurring colds, fevers and mucus;
- Poor memory;
- Mental fatigue;
- Pre-mature aging;
- Pre-mature graying;
I attended a class by Laura Halpin, a nutrition consultant, this week entitled ‘Love Your Liver’. She focused on things anyone can do to support their liver. Her suggestions follow:
- Drink lots of pure water and start the day with a cup of tepid water with juice from half an organic lemon. She recommended that we drink the number of ounces that are equivalent to our desired body weight in half. Someone who wants to weigh 150 lbs might want to drink 75 ounces of water per day.
- Eat a rainbow of fresh organic vegetables and fruits every day and she emphasized that they be organic and be of dark color to get the most nutrients possible.
- Eat bitter greens, as they are especially good for detoxifying the liver. Those available at Trader Joe’s are arugula, parsley, seaweed as well as two green products: Very Green (powder) contains wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, and green tea extract; and Very Green (capsule) contains spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass and milk thistle.
- Eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale, as they stimulate detoxifying enzymes. All are available at Trader Joe’s.
- Add fresh garlic, onions, leeks and chives to help detoxify the liver. Again, all are available in the vegetable section at Trader Joe’s
- Eat foods that are high in selenium, as it protects the liver from mercury. 3 to 4 Brazil nuts/day will do the trick. Egg yolks are also a great source of selenium.
- Eat foods high in vitamin C including lemons, oranges and limes as well as vegetables that are high in vitamin C including yellow bell peppers, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Trader Joe’s has Southern Greens Blend including mustard greens, collards and spinach – all washed and ready to use.
- Drink (organic) green tea as it contains catechins which support the liver. Herbal teas containing dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle and fennel seed are especially supportive of the liver. Trader Joe’s carries a couple of teas that help support the liver: Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant containing burdock root and dandelion and Trader Joe’s Organic Spiced Rooibos Ruby Red Chai, which is reported to be high in antioxidants.
- Cut way back or eliminate sugar, processed foods, alcohol, toxic home products, make up and skin care products. All of Trader Joe’s skin care and home care products are made from natural products and contain no toxins.
Trader Joe’s carries a large number of supplements including milk thistle, vitamin C, Omega-3 capsules, and many more.
There are many ways to do a cleanse and there are many ways to support the body’s detoxification process. Adding more vegetables and fruits, as well as adding some of the above foods, products and practices, can help you become healthier in the New Year. My cookbooks are full of nutritious recipes using lots of vegetables and other healthy foods. They all contain gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes. Weight Watcher PointsPlus are on this website homepage.
©Copyright Jamie Davidson, 2013
Disclaimer: The information discussed here is designed for inspiration and education and is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. The author assumes no responsibility for any possible consequences resulting from following any information contained in this blog. Keep in mind that the nutritional needs vary from person to person, depending on age, sex, health status, genetic disposition and total diet. The fact that an organization or website is referred to in this blog as a citation and/or potential source of information does not mean that the author endorses all of the information the organization or website may provide or recommendations it may make.
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