January 2011 | Newsletter archives
By Eva Cwynar, M.D.
Every year, when January rolls around, many people make resolutions. For many, resolutions work, but for many others, resolutions are gateways to failure. I want to set everyone up for success.
One of the ways to do that is by getting your gut in shape. That begins with a cleanse, or a detoxification of the body. We are bombarded with environmental toxins on a daily basis, with pesticides, poor air quality, artificial chemicals, and foods with added hormones that accumulate to create a toxic burden in our bodies. If the toxins remain, they can become an increasing drain on many of our energy resources.
Detoxing (cleansing) is also a basic practice for preventing disease. It's also a way to increase your energy. Where and how to begin? With your gut.
You may be surprised to find that the gastrointestinal tract is tied into your energy levels and that clearing toxins out of your body can help rejuvenate your entire system. Today, more than 75 percent of the population suffers from some type of gastrointestinal distress that can usually be traced back to food sensitivities or low enzyme activity inhibiting digestion and decreasing energy.
Many people believe that fasting is the best way to detox the body. Not so. Studies have shown that fasting depletes the body of essential nutrients and can have many adverse health effects, including decreased energy production. Other studies have shown that efficient functioning of the liver's detoxification system requires adequate protein. Also, it appears that high carbohydrate intake reduces the ability of certain detoxification enzymes to work effectively. So the way to bolster your natural detoxification system is not to stop eating, but to consume more protein and fewer carbohydrates. I'm actually writing about this very thing in my new book, to be published next year.
The bottom line is that the foods you eat and your lifestyle in general can be causing your body a great deal of stress. Along with eating healthier foods and eliminating foods that you are sensitive to, there are various nutritional supplements available that can improve gut health, help eliminate symptoms such as heartburn and bloating, and help increase energy levels.
There are also a number of detox products on the market, but be careful. Some may not have the quality needed in order to truly help you remain healthy. It is advisable to see our own certified nutritionist Samantha Grant, or a health care professional, such as myself.
Either way, once you complete your detox program and remove the toxins that have been taking up residence in your body and specifically in your gut, your energy level will increase, your weight will most likely drop and you'll be a healthier you, not just this year but always.