How to move forward and continue the benefits of the 21-day purification program
Congratulations on finishing the 21 Day Purification Program!
I hope you felt as good as I did and enjoyed how great it feels to have super good poop! ;-)
Now that you are done, and started to add food groups one at a time, it's time to think about how to make the most of what you learned.
How do I maintain the benefits I gained from the detox?
First, you get to make a decision about how much you liked eating "clean" during weeks 2 and 3. If you felt amazing during that time and thought, "I could eat like this all the time," then DO IT!
If not, then take most of it and use that as the foundation of your daily diet and add the things you have missed.
Just remember moderation is the key.
You body is very resilient but not if you do anythng in excess.
I realized that I was having a little something sweet every day after lunch at the office.
Even though I ask patients and friends to not bring me sweets, they always do so it's always available. Whether it's cookies, chocolate, brownies, etc. I would make some tea after lunch and snack on one thing or another. Every day I am in the office!
Lucky I am only in the office a couple days a week.
However, when I stopped that during detox, I realized I had cravings for it. Crazy.
So I have decided that I will make sure I do not do this anymore.
So, maybe once a week or something like that is fine.
Can I continue to have shakes?
Many of you really enjoyed having shakes at different times of the day. I think it's a great snack or meal replacement that still gives you all the nutrition benefits.
Just remember to chew your shakes!
Can I continue to take the supplements, like gastro fiber?
Yes. My wife takes gastro fiber regularly every day.
I usually recommend taking it as a supplement based on how many servings of vegetables you have in a day.
A healthy diet recommends 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruits daily.
So, if you have 2 servings of vegetables, then take 4 gastro fiber. If you eat 6 servings of vegetables a day, then take zero gastro fiber.
The only one you will not continue is SP Cleanse. That should only be taken during the detox program.
Can I do the detox again?
We recommend that you do this every year. Due to the amount of toxic exposure we have on a regular basis I am more convinced than ever that this is absolutely essential for all of us.
If you happen to be one of the people who lost more than 10 pounds on the program then I would recommend that you do it again in 6 months.
Weight loss, especially that much, is usually an indication of how much toxicity you had in your body so it is usually a good idea to repeat it in 6 months.
Can my teenager do detox?
Historically it was not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age.
I have been rethinking this lately as we see more and more evidence of toxicity related health issues in teens, like digestive issues, allergies, brain function, sex function delay, menstrual cycle issues, weight gain, etc. The list seems to be getting longer and longer.
So I have decided that I would recommend it to kids starting around puberty time; between 12-13 years old, depending on the child. Of course, any decision like this is individual so I would recommend you speak with your health care provider to make sure there are no mitigating factors that would make your child a bad candidate for detox.
What should I do as a next step to continue improving my health?
In the world of detox and rebuilding I think the next steps look like this:
1. Digestion- If you have not already addressed your digestion, then that is a critical step in making sure you are able to digest and absorb all that good stuff you are now putting in your body. You are not just what you eat but what you absorb. Digestion starts in your brain and ends in the toilet. The organs that support proper digestion are as follows: (supplement support in italics)
Parotid gland- makes saliva so you can start the digestive process. (parotid pmg)
Stomach- makes HCl acid to kill pathogens and break down foods (zypan)
Gallbladder- makes bile to emulsify fat so you can properly digest it. (betafood)
Small Intestine- primary site of absorption of nutrients. (chlorophyll complex)
2. Underlying infection- Many of us have underlying or stealth infections that impact our overall health and we don't even know it. My mentor taught me that,
"Anything that was working and stops working is due to infection."
Now there are many things that can exist in our systems stealthily but the most common are fungus or yeast, parasites and viruses.
For fungus or yeast the best thing to stop overgrowth is Oregano oil. I would recommend you find it in a tablet or caplet form as the liquid form can be quite disgusting.(gut flora complex)
Parasite- the protocol that seems to help restore balance is
Multizyme- one bottle, followed by another bottle with
Virus- it is important to up-regulate the immune system and not think of killing off the virus but more along the lines of helping your immune system deal with it.
3. Exercise- Hopefully many of you took on some regular exercise during your detox and found it made you feel good. If not, this is a good tine to start adding this into your daily habits.
Turn on your health tracker on your cell phone or buy yourself a fitness tracker like fitbit or apple watch.
Commit to walking every day. How much is not as important as making it daily. But a good start is a goal of 2000 steps which is about 2 miles.
Walking is by far the best exercise there is.
If you did nothing else but walked daily, you would significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia, and even some cancers!
Again, congratulations everyone!
Let's keep the momentum going and commit to continue this journey of a healthy, happy life together!