Your digestive system can tell you a lot about your overall health and body function. In fact, most disruptions you may experience, such as lack of motivation, low energy and fatigue, and a stall in weight loss can all be connected to the condition of your gut health. If you have been feeling a little “weighed down” in more ways than one, it might be time to consider a digestive detox. You’d be surprised how something so simple can make such a profound difference in not only your life, but your weight loss goals.
How Your Digestive System Works
Sometimes it may feel like your gut is speaking in a different language, making it hard to decipher exactly what it needs. Your digestive system, or your gut, plays a large role – likely more than you realize. Did you know that your gut is responsible for making your whole-body work properly? That’s right, our gut absorbs nutrients from foods that we eat and helps support our body’s functions. According to Healthpath, your intestines have a barrier from beginning to end called your gut epithelium. Under normal circumstances, it detoxifies as it should. Your body also has a complex systems of detoxification enzymes, controlled by genetics. Everyone has their own set of “detoxification genes” that work differently than everyone else’s. There are many lifestyle choices that can either help or hinder our body’s ability to detoxify. Your hormones, skin, and mental health, as well as toxin and waste elimination are all affected by your digestive system. Additionally, according to Healthline, about 70 percent of our immune system is housed in our gut, so making sure our digestive system is in great shape can be key to addressing many health and weight issues.
Poor lifestyle and dietary choices can overwhelm your digestive system, sending it straight into overdrive. What this chaos creates is a draggy gut that cannot properly digest and process food in the appropriate way for your body. Ever notice how you feel bloated and sleepy after eating something you shouldn’t have? That’s because your gut is sending out help signals, letting your body know it is overcome with toxins, and in response, becomes inflamed and irritated.
A whole host of other issues also come with an unhealthy gut – from constipation and gas to anxiety, brain fog, low energy, and poorly functioning liver and kidneys. Since your kidneys, liver, skin and digestive system all work in harmony to detoxify your body, if one is off, then that harmony is disrupted. Vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, all assist with your liver’s ability to detox. If your diet isn’t rich in nutrient-dense foods, your body will start to stockpile toxins in your gut. This can lead to a vicious cycle of feeling heavy and worn-out.
Get Your Gut Back on Track
As mentioned earlier, having a high toxicity level in your gut can lead to a number of unwanted health issues. Toxins can be found in anything from chemicals, processed foods, environmental pollutants, pesticides, metals, drugs, and the list goes on. Luckily, you can put an end to gut toxicity, lethargy and weight gain by restoring the balance in your digestive system. How? With a digestive detox. Through a successful and healthy detox, along with consuming healthy macro- and micronutrient rich foods, your liver, gut, skin and kidneys can begin the restoration process and start to work harmoniously again.
When starting a detox, there are a few key components to keep in mind:
- Stay away from inflammatory foods and beverages. Processed foods, saturated fats, sugars, alcohol, gluten, dairy, salt, certain grains, and legumes can all contain inflammatory elements. If you aren’t sure which of these causes concern for your gut, try eliminating, then reintroducing them, slowly and steadily to see what kinds of symptoms you may experience during digestion. Once you can pinpoint the problem, remove that item from your diet for good. Our advice: It’s best to work with a professional when eliminating certain food groups, so you can be sure you aren’t skimping out on essential nutrients. Perhaps we can help?
- Eat foods with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips and watercress are all detoxification rock stars. Be sure to eat plenty of them! Also, try to eat nutritious whole foods that support your body’s natural detox processes like avocados, carrots, green leafy vegetables, nuts, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, and apples.
- Take a pro- and prebiotic. According to Healthline, prebiotics are dietary fibers that feed the good bacteria in your gut, help reset your microbiome, and offset the effects of a deprived gut flora. Your gut also needs a healthy dose of probiotics to keep your body and organs working optimally. Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh, and pick-me-up drinks like kefir and kombucha, have live cultures that help your digestive system break down foods and improve your immune system.
- Invest in some help. If you’ve been eating and drinking gluttonously and are unsure where to start, there are many detox and cleanse dietary supplements that can give you a jump start. These detoxification “helpers” can get your gut back to running as nature intended. Products like CHC Medical Weight Loss and Spa’s Gentle Detox Tea and OptiCleanse® GHI support a healthy inflammation response so that the healthy bacteria naturally produced by your body can survive and thrive.
Choosing and sticking to a detox program that is right for you will make all the difference in reaching your gut health goals. We’d like to take a moment to highlight the two products we mentioned above: Gentle Detox Tea and OptiCleanse® GHI.
Total Tea Detox Tea
Total Tea detox tea can help remove toxins from your body, reduce overall stress levels, and help you feel more energized. This gentle colon cleansing detox tea helps aid weight loss and healthy digestion by easing bloating, constipation, and other digestive concerns.
Total Tea supports a healthy digestive tract. Detox Tea from Total Tea supports a healthy inflammation response.
Total Tea promotes sleep. Nearly all customers who drink Total Tea Detox Tea before bed report that they sleep better. One of the tea’s ingredients, chamomile, has long been regarded as a nighttime tea. Drinking tea before bed can be a great way to relax and unwind the day so that your body can rest well. Our detox tea is caffeine-free.
Total Tea supports a healthy immune system. Echinacea and rose hips are well known for their ability to help give a boost to the immune system and are regularly used as a natural option to fight bacterial and viral infections.
Total Tea mobilizes undigested food. Gynostemma and senna are two ingredients in this herbal detox tea that assist in the colon cleansing effect produced by the tea. These healthy, cleansing ingredients clean out the digestive tract, which can help reduce bloat for those who always feel “full” and can help promote weight loss.
OptiCleanse GHI is a comprehensive, fructose-free, low-allergy, dietary supplement designed to support gastrointestinal (GI) function and balanced detoxification. It features VegaPro™, XYMOGEN’s proprietary amino acid and pea/rice protein blend; Aminogen®, to facilitate protein absorption; phytonutrients; mineral amino acid chelates; and activated B vitamins, including Quatrefolic® and methylcobalamin. In conjunction with a modified elimination diet, OptiCleanse GHI addresses GI and hepatic function as well as eicosanoid balance and cytokine metabolism.
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Get Back on Track
If you’d like more information about improving your gut health, losing weight and increasing your metabolism, we want to help you! At CHC Medical Weight Loss and Spa, our treatment consultants and team of medical professionals can give you all the details you need to make an informed decision about purchasing supplements, and/or trying any of our successful medically supervised weight loss plans. Whatever your goals are, we proudly offer multiple safe and effective options to help you reach them. Be proactive, take control of your health, and contact us today at 813-915-8666 to discuss your best lifestyle plan.