Although it didn't quite look like it late last week, spring is here! It's a great time to spring clean your house, and to think about spring cleaning your body as well. Your body is constantly detoxifying through your skin, kidneys and digestive tract. Spring and fall are ideal to do a more intense detox because they are times of less extreme weather when your body can focus more of its energy on renewal. Due to what you're exposed to in the environment through the air, your home, and your diet, your body's detoxifying pathways can become overwhelmed. This can cause you to have headaches, lower energy, skin changes, and/or digestive discomfort.
Maple Shores Health Centre is offering the 10 day Clear Change Detox Program starting April 18 with Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Stacy. We love that it is only 10 days, as we feel anyone can do anything for 10 days! We have had an amazing response so far, and registration will remain open until Thursday if you would like to join us. Here is a bit more information about what it involves, as well as some answers to questions about the program we have been receiving.
What does the program involve?
- Clear Change Kit which includes a detox supportive protein power, as well as an herbal combination aimed at optimizing liver function. When taken as instructed in the guidebook, there is enough of both of these to last the duration of the 10 days.
- We will be taking part in the detox along with you, sharing our meal plans, and posting detox supporting tips during the 10 days.
- The closed Facebook group is a great way to support each other and provide accountability (it is also an option for us to email out posts though if you aren't comfortable with Facebook)
Why use supplements? Why not just detox with food?
Food is a very important part of your health, and definitely where you want to focus in the long term. Due to environmental exposures and stress however, it is easy to become depleted in certain nutrients, some of which can affect how efficiently your liver detoxifies. Using the supplements included in the 10 Day Clear Change Kit helps to restore those important nutrients better and faster than food alone.
What does the diet entail?
The diet is very clearly outlined in the program guide. You would start with a basic clean eating diet which removes foods that are more likely to be inflammatory or sensitivities for people (i.e. wheat, animal dairy, red meat, etc.). In the middle of the 10 days when the dosing of the medical food and herbs are highest, you would further limit the types of foods you are eating to the ones that are easiest to digest (fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy fats). At the end of the 10 days, you would re-introduce the foods you have removed.
To make it easier, there are delicious recipes included in the program guide, both for meals and for creative smoothies to make with the protein powder. We will also be sharing what we do to successfully make it through the 10 days. You should be eating enough to feel full. This program is not about calorie restriction or deprivation, but rather about eating foods that are really easy to digest so that your body can start to rejuvenate.
Can you exercise while doing the program?
Definitely! This is not a fast, so it is fine to exercise. Just ensure you are getting enough protein for your level of activity.
Why is the program only offered to naturopathic patients?
Since we are using supplements, we need to have performed an assessment so that we know there are no interactions with any medications you may be on, and are confident there is no reason why this program may not be suitable for you. We want to be sure that it is safe and beneficial for you.
What should you expect?
Many people experience increased energy, better digestion, improved sleep, as well as less muscle and joint pain after completing the 10 Day Clear Change Program. It is also a great way to kick start cleaner eating habits, and to see if you may be sensitive to certain foods when you re-introduce them back in.
If you are interested in joining the program, please contact the clinic at 519-832-4500, or send us an email and we will get in touch with you. The next program starts April 18, and our plan is to run further programs in the future.
We would love to have you join us! Remember due to the long weekend, registration is only open until this Thursday, April 13.
Until next time,
Dr. Jennifer Haessler