Thursday, April 28, 2011

The "skinny" on the 10 day Metagenics Detox

What is the detox?
This detox is by a very reputable company called Nutri-Dyn/Metagenics. This company has very trusted products that have all the essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and cofactors in the supplement powder which are necessary to facilitate phase I and phase II of detoxing. (Phase I and phase II are processes that your body goes through every day to eliminate toxins that we encounter).

Why detox?
Although our bodies are created to detox every day, we rarely ever give our body enough time to catch up and fully process and eliminate the amount of "junk" that is coming in hourly. When you don't give your body a period of rest so it can catch up, it stores toxins in our fat cells. Year by year, decade by decade, the build up becomes more and more and our bodies become more toxic. This can result and contribute to many inflammatory and degenerative diseases such as, but not limited to: fibromyalgia, migraines, infertility, chronic fatigue, cancer, alzheimers, parkinsons, digestive disorders, and allergies.

What kind of "junk"?
From the moment we wake up in the morning, our bodies are immediately flooded with various environmental toxins:
-shampoo and body wash
-toothpaste
-coffee, sugar & creamer
-cosmetics
-dry cleaned clothes
-lawn pesticides
-produce pesticides
-low quality meat and poultry that's been fed highly acidic corn and antibiotics
-pollution
-cleaning products
-candles and fragrances
-plastics
-and the list goes on... and on.... and on.

From this, it's easy to see how our bodies can get bombarded and overwhelmed with the influx of toxins.

What to expect from the detox?
The detox is a 10 day diet where you incorporate the Metagenics supplement powder daily. The diet begins by eliminating the obvious dietary intruders such as alcohol, refined sugar, caffeine, and processed food. As the days progress, your diet gets more and more limited. Day 4 you are only eating organic fruits and vegetables. Days 5-7 you are limited to broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce, cauliflower, kale, apples, and pears. Days 8-10, you slowly start incorporating foods back into your diet.

The symptoms you experience during the detox will obviously vary from person to person. Some report feeling much better almost immediately, and as if a "fog" has been lifted from their heads. Others will feel very tired, have mood swings, and may even have headaches. Remember, this is called a detox, and the symptoms you feel are due to your body pulling deep toxins from the body and removing them. Similar to those going through withdrawls from drugs or alcohol- your body is going through withdrawls from junk food.

The most important thing to remember during the process is that it is only 10 days! This is a time of restriction that will no doubtedly make you a healthier person. I forgot to mention that most people lose between 4-10 pounds over the 10 days. I'll end on that note :o)

Check out the rest of the series as I document my journey through the 10 day Metagenics Detox:

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