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6 weeks to greater health? The detox verdict is…..

The detox verdict

By Guy Lawrence

One Sunday in Feb, 7pm at the Spanish Fly tapas bar in Randwick.

Waitress: “Would you like greens with that sir?”
Me: ” I’ve been eating greens for the last six weeks. Only the steak thanks- Just make sure its juicy, bloody and rare!”

It had been 6 weeks since I sank my teeth into red meat. Thankfully the time had come. More

Phase III & almost across the finish line: Detoxifying the liver.

Finish line

By Guy Lawrence

I was told that the final phase of the detox is the best time to bring in colonics. I wasn’t so sure that it would make such a great video or picture for the post, so I made a unanimous decision and voted against it!

But I am happy to say I am on the last leg of the detox, and the final stage is all about the liver. So I wanted to share with you what this phase is all about. More

The Gut & Happiness To Weight Loss Connection

Gut Health aids weight lossBy Guy Lawrence

Delving into the mis-understood world of detoxing, the one thing that has really began to stand out for me is the importance of our gut. A.k.a “the second brain”.

I heard this term a while back, but as I’m in full swing of the detox, it’s lead me to dig further. So if you like the idea of encouraging fat-loss and lifting your spirits in the process…. read on. More

Entered Phase II: Can I get a glass of pond water with that please?

Video below: Home made probiotic.

Phase 1 is over

The first two weeks was all about removing any unwanted guests – Bad bacteria, yeast and parasites that may be lurking around in my digestive tract. All these things can directly produce toxins into the bloodstream and also directly damage the lining of the digestive system. It’s been an important part of the process by improving my digestive tract and taking pressure off the liver. I have had a couple of interesting moments, but all in all, so far so good. More

Dinner is served sir: My typical daily food diary.

Dinner Is ServedI would like to have someone follow me around every where I go, click my fingers and the exact meal or snack I want for this detox is there. Hey presto!!

But sadly this is not the case for myself and for most others I’m assuming. But if this were to be true, would you then change your habits?? Even if was for only 6 weeks. I really believe if this was the case, and it came free with the detox programme, or any health regime for that matter, most people would jump at it. So could it be the organising and the learning process that we have to go through? Is it more daunting than the change of foods themselves??

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The finer points: My detox shopping guide

Shopping BagBy Guy Lawrence

I’ve listed below in more detail what I will and won’t be eating. Remember, this is not a weight loss plan for me, but a clean out along with the help of Metagenics. In saying that, it is a concern as I’m already fairly lean. So I’ll be eating lots and lots to keep up the required intake. But if you decided to follow the guidelines I’ve mentioned here and stick it out for 6 weeks, I’m pretty sure you would lose some unnecessary body fat.

I will also post a typical days eating and my body statistics, as I’m going to continue to train as usual and see what happens.

This week has been about starting to eliminate the unnecessary things from my daily eating and taking the prescribed Metagenics. More

The party’s over: For all those in favour of a detox, say ‘I’.

Partys overBy Guy Lawrence

It’s that time of year again when new years resolutions will soon been made, and soon be broken. The festive season has a great habit of magnifying unhealthy self-indulgence, with a limp commitment in the New Year to resolve it. And being the non-committal person that I am, I thought putting it out there on the blog would help me see any commitments through!

Naturally, the one resolution that is more than popular at the beginning of a new year is the detox. So when is there a better time to say you are going to follow through with something right?So yes, I’m going to be embarking on a 6 week detox with the help of a naturopath and metagenics, as I track it through my blog. So if any one has the urge to join me, feel free.

I’ve decided to detox, so what now?

Things that spring to mind:

Pharmaceutical companies and chemists will be rubbing their hands together with the amount of different detox formulas on the shelves right now, all promising you to help shed a few kilos and clean you out quicker than the tax man. So assuming most of us are indeed in need of a detox (I believe that we are), there are a few questions that i’m thinking:

Is walking into your local chemist really going to help?

When you read the label they’d have you believe that in 10 days you’ll be leaping out of bed on 4hrs sleep and practically levitating, which really makes me think, is months or years of neglect really going to be fixed in a week or two?

And does one size fit all so to speak?

If I’m due for a detox, how do I measure it?

How toxic am I?

Should I be nervous?

Maybe I have got all sorts of foreign “nasties” or bad things swimming around inside of me!

Surely a point of reference is needed then?

I consider myself some one who lives a pretty healthy life style, so in my case, it’s not a question of giving up my Friday night Indian take away and beer for a few weeks,  as these things are not part of my life style.

After some due diligence on the topic, I thought it would be best to seek a professional’s opinion, so I caught up with friend and Naturopath Tania Flack, who kindly put me through a few simple tests to see how toxic I really am, which included a Urinary Indicans test, which is used to identify toxicity, including the overgrowth of gut bacteria.

My test results came up pretty shabby to say the least.

I also had a live blood analysis, where you can see a lot more of what’s going on and are able to screen for signs of inflammation and toxicity before a detox, this way we know what we’re dealing with and are able to repeat the process at the end of the detox to make sure you have got the results you need.

Here’s an example of the blood screen shots and results:

Blood analysis

 

So all in all and to cut a long story short, my “gut” needs a clean out, as I am not completely absorbing micro nutrients effectively at the moment, and my blood is coming up short with Iron and B12.
Now this has really got me interested, as I’m someone who’s fairly diligent with what I eat. But there are a few theories why I’m coming up short:

There is an increased demand for these nutrients as occurs in pregnancy, lactation, growth, the elderly, athletes and vegetarians. I think I can rule out the lactation or pregnancy side of things, but I’m someone who usually trains 6 times a week and sometimes twice a day.
My bacteria in the gut is bad. Which means that even if I am due diligent and eating well, I won’t be absorbing the nutrients efficiently and some will pass through my body and leave unused.
But I’m also someone who loves my coffee, which can reduce the absorption of iron and zinc by up to 50%(and traditional black tea).

I will also measure my body fat % and muscle mass, and note the changes over the 6 weeks.

So what now?

I’m about to embark on a detox through the use of a controlled diet and Metagenics. It’s not quit a journey into the unknown, but it’s going to be a 6-week journey never the less! No caffeine, no alcohol. Just Metagenics along with good clean food and living baby!

And it is going to look something like this. 3 stages broken into 2 weeks each with the prescribed Metagenics.

Stage 1/ Clear the bad bacteria from the gut

Stage 2/ Seal the lining of the gut and recolonise the gut (enhances absorption)

Stage3/ Detox the liver

I’ve been told to brace myself a little, especially in the first two weeks, as some pretty interesting and funky things maybe vacating the premises. I was also reassured that if you have a background of travel and experiencing different cultures etc. it’s pretty much a guarantee. But if this is the case, I’m happy for all unwelcome visitors to leave in a swift manner.

If your interested in doing the detox yourself in the new year, then we would love to here from you with comments on the blog or drop us an email with any questions, or if you want to learn more about a detox, check out Tania’s post here, or you can contact her directly here. Even if you were to cut out processed foods and stimulants (coffee, alcohol etc) for the duration, you would be doing your body a great service.

I think it will be interesting to see how the body is after 6 weeks of clean living. I am officially going to start January the 10th, 2011, and over the coming days and weeks, i’ll go into the do’s and don’ts in what i’m doing in greater depth.

So what will happen during the detox? We’ll have to wait and see. But I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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Clean up your act! – Why you should consider a detox

Need a detoxBy Tania Flack.

While there is no question that a detox is one of the most beneficial things you can do to rapidly improve the state of your health, there is lots of confusion as to what is the best way to detoxify your system.

Detoxification is a complex process that should be professionally supervised to ensure you get the best results.

Many people think that a detox is a miserable process that involves extreme changes in diet and living off raw vegetables for weeks on end. This is not true! In fact, lack of food during a detox, particularly protein, can slow the detoxification process and can add to your toxic load. Some people don’t realize that your body needs certain nutrients to safely and effectively detoxify. If we liberate stored toxins back into our system without ensuring that the final step in elimination is complete we run the risk of making matters worse.  Find out the safest and most effective way to detox….. More