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Helping Guide Your Client’s Detox

By: Kathy Xydis
Posted: October 2, 2013, from the October 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Helping Guide Your Client’s Detox

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Eliminate meat and dairy. The body may not need as much protein as you think. Protein takes longer to digest in the system, meaning undigested food could remain in the intestinal tract. Eating too much protein can also result in stress of the organs, leading to dysfunction and adrenal fatigue.4 Also, many animals are treated with antibiotics and chemicals, and are raised in unnatural living and eating conditions. When clients are not detoxing and decide to eat animal protein, advise them to choose grass-fed and certified-organic meats. While detoxing, they should stay away from animal protein completely. They may feel weak at first, but it is because the body is working hard to deplete all of the toxins that have built up over time. If following the detox, clients continue to eat a whole-foods and plant-based diet, they will probably notice how much more energy they have and how much better their skin looks.

Dairy is another category that is portrayed as a must-have food. Dairy also contains hormones and growth factors, which have been linked to acne.5,6 There are alternatives, such as almond milk and coconut milk. Soy is an allergen, and can be difficult to digest for some, so soy milk may not be the best alternative for all clients.

Eliminate processed foods, sodas, refined sugars, alcohol, smoking and coffee. Processed foods contain so many different chemicals and ingredients that the body does not even recognize. If you read a label and cannot pronounce the ingredients, chances are you should not be eating it. Stick to homemade foods, mostly plant-based.

There are refined sugars in processed foods. You will also find them in sodas, sports drinks, snack foods, cereals and even baby formula. When consumed on a regular basis, refined sugars can cause obesity, which can lead to diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and other serious medical conditions. Sugar also raises insulin levels. This depresses the immune system, inhibiting the release of growth hormones. It also prohibits the absorption of vitamin C into the cells, which is important for the body’s health, but also skin’s appearance. Consuming sugar on a regular basis can affect the body in a multitude of ways, including instingating changes in the structure of collagen; the development of wrinkles and premature aging; interference with calcium, magnesium and protein absorption; increased fat in the liver; headaches and migraines; eczema; depression and anxiety; learning disorders; hyperactivity; and reduction of the ability to defend against bacterial infection, free radicals and oxidative stress.7 And that was the short list.

Coffee-drinking is a difficult habit to break, but you will experience health benefits by at least cutting back and altering the way it is prepared. Coffee can dehydrate you, so be sure to drink water alongside it, and before your first cup. Also, refrain from adding milk, sugar or any type of fake creamer, which are full of chemicals. Another alternative is to drink green tea. It still contains caffeine, but is also full of antioxidants.