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  • Cleansing for Optimal Health

    Posted on Thursday, January 1, 2009

    OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW,
    TIME TO CLEANSE AND FEEL THE NEW YOU
    BY
    ANNA CABECA, DO
    JANUARY 1, 2009

    Every year we pass through the holiday season hopefully enjoying indulgences with friends, family, and co-workers.  As the new year approaches we may set a few worthy goals for ourselves that include improving our health, wealth, and relationships.  I have just read Oprah's goals for 2009 being that she desires to achieve her optimal health that will not be judged by a scale.  I wholeheartedly agree with this approach and my entire practice is one that focuses on helping women and men achieve optimal health.

    The first thing I usually recommend my patients to do is a healthy balanced nutritional detox program.  Here are some rules for detoxification/cleansing the body to improve your health.  I have had several hundred patients go through my cleansing program and I usually preface by telling them "You will hate me day three, and love me day 10" because it is amazing how well you will feel, but the initial days are hard.  This is a great way to start the new year and we wish you a happy and healthy one!

    RULES OF THE ROAD...  

    NO WHEAT, NO SWEET, NO RED MEAT, NO DAIRY

    Use organic and free range products to reduce exogenous toxins and hormones.

    Drink 1 cup of hot water with ¼ lemon and 2 pinches of cayenne pepper first thing upon waking (on an empty stomach).  

    Drink ½ your weight in filtered water (i.e. you weigh 130 lbs. drink 65 oz of water per day; more if increased exercise or sauna use).

    Water should be consumed up to 20 minutes before meals and resumed 1-2 hours after meals so that your stomach acid can digest your food. (Too much fluid dilutes the acid)

    Chew each food bite 32 times!

    Walk 20 minutes each day.

    Do not eat after 8 p.m.

    Buy organic fruits, vegetables and meats when possible

    Eliminate coffee, alcohol, wine and refined sugars

    You need an "oil" change.  Use 2 tablespoons of olive, or nut oils each day.

    Stopping antacids: drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (with the mothers wort, i.e. unfiltered) each day.  Can use in a.m. or with meals.

    Be prepared!  Plan meals in advance

    If constipation or diarrhea, add a probiotic and extra fiber.  You should have at least 2 bowel movements per day

    Use additional detox support.  We use a detox medical food shake to intensify the process and achieve even better results.  There is info on my website at http://www.CabecaHealth.com  

    Remember 'Enjoy breakfast like a king, lunch like a nobleman, and dinner like a pauper'  

    Check urinary and salivary pH and keep an alkaline diet (ideal 80% Alkaline, 20% Acidic)

    Detoxification Support also includes:  

    Take a warm bath with Epsom salt added to soothe, relax and detox.  You may rub on the salt with a warm, wet washcloth in the shower or bath.
    Steam baths – alternating hot to cold, use loofah brush to invigorate the skin
    Infrared sauna
    Colonic hydrotherapy
    Massage – deep tissue and lymphatic
    Clay wrap/detox body treatments and facials
    Meditation and prayer
    Journaling
    Set forth positive intentions and goals

    Sample Start
    On Rising
    Large glass of warm water (with lemon juice, +/- pinch of cayenne pepper)
    Probiotic
    Exercise
    30-40 minutes of cardio 5 times per week or burst exercises;
    20- 30 minutes of weight bearing exercise 2 to 3 times a week

    Breakfast
    Detox shake mixed with Pomegranate or Cranberry juice and water
    Salad with rice or quinoa and nuts and ground flaxseed
    Morning supplements
    Mid morning
    Nothing for 1½ - 2 hours then drink regular small amounts of pure water totaling one liter before lunchtime
    A cup or two of herbal tea or green drink is optional

    Lunch
    Organic chicken or vegetable patties (eg. Lentil, walnut or chickpea), hummus
    Fresh salad with raw vegetables, sprouts, nuts
    Gluten free crackers

    Mid Afternoon
    Drink another liter of pure water
    Dinner – light meal (suggestions)
    Detox protein shake
    Vegetable sticks with quacamole or hummus
    Homemade soup
    Fresh salad
    Lightly steamed or stir fried vegetables
    Dinner supplements

    After Dinner
    Fresh vegetable juice,  water or green drink


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