The Truth about Detoxing

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The Truth about Detoxing – 4 Biggest Myths Debunked

Thanks to much of what we hear in the media, detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word detox, you might think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?

The truth is, a detox doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you detox in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain, and full-body health. 

The following are four myths you may have heard about detoxing. Understandably, these myths may cause you to be hesitant to try a detox.

Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why detoxing might be just what your body is craving. 


Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a detox. 

While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, detoxing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing but nourish and detox your body. 

The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my detox participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the detox ends. 


Myth #2:  You’ll constantly be hungry while detoxing.

While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a detox, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run. 

Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a detox should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied.  My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my detoxes.


Myth #3:  You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body. 

Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.


Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements. 

Supplements involved in a detox should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition.  While on a detox, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources.

Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods.  For example, by including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body.

Aside from the benefits discussed above, detoxing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term. 

I’ve worked with detox participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clears up and even their allergies disappear.


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Turmeric

You might know from my Instagram and Facebook feed that my husband and I spent a long weekend in NYC.  We rode bikes EVERY DAY – up to about 30 miles a day!  We loved it so much that when we got home, we dusted off our bikes and hit the road!  Bike riding in NYC in June vs. Charleston, SC is very different temperature-wise (traffic-wise too).  To start our SC adventures we rode around our neighborhood for a bit before deciding to venture out.  Always choosing early in the morning or later in the evening we were surprised that the breeze created by riding was pleasant.  Who needs cars and air conditioning?!!  I’m joking! On our first adventure out we rode about three miles to the Waterfront Park and Pier and then to the other side of town to Shem Creek. We then crossed back to our side of town and headed for home.  Hot, thirsty (we forgot to bring drinks – this is new for us), and a little sweaty,  we were happy to come across a juice shop.  We shared a nice refreshing green juice and my husband had a turmeric shot.  Check out the Turmeric Shot recipe I recreated to share with you.  It’s husband approved!  Enjoy!

Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in Asian food.  It comes from the root of the turmeric plant.  This plant is part of the ginger family and is perennial which means it comes back each year.  Generally, if you plant the root, you’ll need to dig it up to use it but if you leave a couple in the ground or replant a few roots it will multiply and you’ll have some for the future!  Below is a picture of the turmeric roots I planted a couple months ago.  You can see lemongrass behind it.  Being my first time planting turmeric, I was shocked to see the growth so fast.  I’m hoping that I’ll have a nice clump of roots in there when I dig them up.  I watched these videos to learn how to plant and harvest the turmeric.  I think you’ll find it super easy, however, the entire process takes about eight months.  The second video gives great tips on storing so you can have turmeric all year until the next batch is ready for harvest!

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Below is what it looks like when you dig it up and wash it off (hopefully).

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You may have heard turmeric being referred to as curcumin.  Curcumin is the yellow-colored primary active part that comes from the turmeric root.  Many people use turmeric as an anti-inflammatory.  The Natural Medicines database says it can be used for:

  • arthritis
  • joint pain
  • indigestion
  • abdominal pain/bloating
  • Crohn’s disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • IBS
  • headaches
  • common cold

In food and manufacturing, the essential oil is used for perfumes, the turmeric and its resins are used for flavoring and coloring.  You probably know it best for being a culinary spice and major ingredient in curry powder!

Besides the Turmeric Shot, I like adding organic turmeric powder or a small piece of fresh root to my smoothies.  You can also try sipping on a Golden Turmeric Latte.

I know many who do well supplementing with 500mg a day and working up to 1000mg a day if well tolerated.  Check Fullscript for a good quality supplement in your price range.  Remember, if you are my client you will receive 25% off.  If you are not my client you can still receive 15% off!  Always speak with your primary care physician before starting any new supplements especially if you are taking other medications.


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Recipes

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Golden Turmeric Latte

I LOVE the taste turmeric lattes and knowing that I am fighting inflammation while enjoying this easy to make drink!  I’ll have my bullet-proof latte in the morning and this one in the evening (minus the coconut milk for me – see below).


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Bulletproof Latte

I enjoy this every morning!  Minus the coconut milk since sadly, I’m sensitive.  Instead, I use MCT oil and ghee.  Before I did the MRT food sensitivity testing I was putting coconut oil in my coffee each day thinking it was good for me but the old saying is true, what might be good for one may not be so good for another!  I am also not a slave to caffeine anymore.  Back in the day if I missed my caffeinated coffee I had a TERRIBLE headache.  I slowly weaned off of caffeine with the help of green tea and now I drink organic decaf coffee.


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Chia-Flax Mixture

This is so easy to make and can be stored in your fridge all week!  Try adding two tablespoons to a smoothie for an awesome addition of fiber! Just make sure you keep shaking it while it sets.


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Bloat Fighting Tropical Smoothie

If you don’t have papaya try adding any fruit you have on hand.  If you do have papaya add some seeds too.  They help fight parasites!  I learned this from a roadside fruit stand in Hawaii!


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Tropical Ginger Smoothie

I’m a sucker for ginger!  Pineapple too – awesome!  Ginger is great for digestion and the bromelain in the pineapple is a great anti-inflammatory, especially for seasonal allergies.


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Green Blender Juice or Smoothie

You can make this in the blender or in a juicer.  If you don’t have lemon or if you just want to use the power of essential oils, try adding three drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil!


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Glowing Green Mango Energy Smoothie

Another awesome smoothie and for this one you can use doTERRA lemon and doTERRA lime essential oils.  Speaking of lemon, before I have my Bulletproof coffee, I have a glass of room temperature water with three drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil to kick start my metabolism, hydrate and work on becoming alkaline.


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Blueberry Beet Chia Pudding

I absolutely love chia pudding and so does my digestion!  Just look at the picture above – delicious!   Be creative, use what you have and make it your own!  Have fun!  My six-year-old nephew loved making this with me.


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Oven Roasted Kale Chips

I also absolutely LOVE kale chips and always wake up alkaline after eating these in the evening.  I drive my husband slightly crazy with my crunching but this is the BEST evening snack. I keep trying to get him to like kale chips too but he loves his Sea Salt & Vinegar potato chips! I use a dehydrator instead of the oven but the oven works just as well.  I hope you like these as much as I do!


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Avocado Sweet Potato Toast with Poached Egg

Gluten-free baby!  My belly thanks me!  Doesn’t this look great!? Give it a try!


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