A question was brought up on our support call about garlic and I thought I’d share some information about this amazing food.
Garlic is a useful adjunct to detoxification, because it conserves antioxidant levels, particularly glutathione, protects against liver damage from acetaminophen, and can increase the intestinal activity levels of phase II detoxification enzymes, in particular quinine reductase and glutathione transferase, used by the body to eliminate toxins.
Garlic protects your liver and heart from damage, and improves your ability to combat potentially fatal conditions like cancer and heart disease. Garlic may also help protect you from heavy-metal accumulation, smog and air pollution. It appears to be the sulfur compounds in garlic, especially allicin, that are most protective.
As we’ve been talking about this week in the 6 week detox teleseminars, glutathioneis one of the most important substances for detoxification. It supports phase 2 liver detox, the more complicated of the two phases. Because antioxidants get “used up” in the process of protecting you, exposure to toxic substances lowers glutathione levels.
A study was conducted to see if garlic could be helpful in preserving glutathione levels by exposing a group of laboratory rats to a chemical known as bromobenzene. One group of rats was given garlic before being exposed, and their glutathione levels were tested both before and after exposing them to bromobenzene. When compared to agroup of rats who were not pre-treated with garlic, the animals treated with garlic before exposure to bromobenzene had higher levels of glutathione after exposure than did the untreated group.
Great, but what if you are among the small but significant people who have adverse effects to garlic? This question was posed during the support call. According to ConsumerLab.com, large doses of garlic can lead to upset stomach, facial flushing, rapid pulse, dizziness, allergies or insomnia, and can affect the mind and concentration. Our question came from someone who has some of these reactions to garlic.
According to Chinese Medicine, garlic is a warming and drying herb, so people with a hot constitution should use it cautiously, as it can create the side effects mentioned above. People who have an angry temperament or reddish complexion would be classified as having a hot constitution and should proceed cautiously with garlic.
As a substitute for garlic, scallions or spring onions can be just as effective as garlic, with less pungency.
Other foods and herbs, like broccoli sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables, dill, caraway, turmeric,oranges and tangerines, dandelion, burdock root, apples, basil and jerusalem artichoke also support phase 2 liver detox and can be used to support a successful detoxification program.
So enjoy the benefits of garlic if you can and if not, know that there’s more than one way to detox a liver, and choose enjoyable foods and herbs that assist in the removal of toxins, leaving you light, strong and energetic.
Just ’cause you’re on a detox doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day.
Liquid only may not be your top choice or the day, unless it suits your highest good and feels right. Personally, I chose to enjoy holiday traditions in as detox friendly a way as possible –not perfect…but close.
One of our local living foods cafes, Beets served a special gourmet candle-lit 4 course romantic raw dinner on Saturday night. While the menu was not strict detox, it was upscale and very healthy.
We started with a spritzer, made with cranberry, ginger, apple and lime. It was light and refreshing as well as packing an anti-inflammatory punch with the ginger.
The appetizer was a dolma – stuffed grape leaf– filled with sprouted wild rice and a variety of herbs, several of which are on our detox enhancing herbs list. It was topped with a warm marinara sauce.
Next up—the salad. It was arugula and romaine with a light vinaigrette, topped with cashew carrot croutons and macadamia Parmesan. Definitely richer than anything I’ve eaten in the past few weeks, but still, mostly green.
The main course was rawvioli… made from zucchini, coconut flesh, flax and herbs, dehydrated and cut into squares, then stuffed with a macadamia nut spinach “cheese” and set atop a light macadamia nut cream sauce. The side was Italian parsley with a pine nut pistachio dressing.
All portions were small and each course had a lot of green.
It was all very close to detox appropriate, although a bit higher in fat than what I’ve been eating for the past 4 weeks.
The dessert is where I really blew it. I could have been a “good girl” and skipped it, or taken it home and saved it for after the detox, but it was, afterall, a romantic date with my husband of almost 25 years, and the mood was right for indulging in some ……raw chocolate.
The portion sizes of the main meal dishes was small. The dessert plate was enormous. They brought us a sampler plate to share. It had 2 of each item….chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pecans, an “ice cream cake” with raspberries and a chocolate cake layer, and a “pinwheel ice cream cake” slice. Wow. It was all quite good.
I ate with gusto, slowly and carefully, savoring each and every bite, chewing until liquid and breathing as I did. I optimized the conditions for digestion, even though the food was a bit more complex than I’d normally eat on a detox.
To add to the mix, after dinner we went to another local raw cafe, where they had a chocolate party and dance. For a flat entrance fee, we got to eat as many raw chocolate covered bananas and strawberries as we desired, and 2 thick solid chocolate squares and 2 chocolate elixirs. We took all but 1 of the chocolate squares home to our kids…we did share one of them, and i tried the chocolate mushroom elixir. I enjoyed a few strawberries and banana slices, as well as a few pieces of fresh fruit, danced, socialized and had a wonderful evening.
I had a few small bites of chocolate again today…my kids offered, what could I say? Other than that, I enjoyed green smoothies, 3 bowls of salad with a detox friendly dressing which I’ll share below, and a few delicious pieces of fresh fruit.
I’ll be back on track tomorrow and plan to start a 3 day liquid only cleanse. My juicer and blender are readyand raring to go.
Valentine’s day is a day to express love…for others and for yourself. Self love is that oft-times overlooked,and oh so important ingredient for successful detox ana a healthy, vibrant life. I am in bed as I write this…before 11PM! That’s a record for me, and an act of self love.
One of the great things about sending us questions is that it gives us an opportunity to not only answer you, but also to share the answer with many who might be wondering the same things! I’d like to share with you an important question I received and our reply concerning pregnancy and detox.
Last week I found out that I am pregnant, and I am not sure that it is safe to continue [the detox program]. All of my supplements say not to take if pregnant. What should I do?
Congratulations on your pregnancy.
You’ve given your baby a good start by cleaning up your diet and providing a rich source of nutrition during the program so far.
While intense cleansing is not recommended during pregnancy, there are many principles and practices of the 6-week detox that you can continue and that will help you to deliver a healthy baby.
Here are some guidelines:
1- Avoid undereating. Now’s not the time to drop unwanted pounds.
2- Avoid intense cleanse days – juice or water fasts are not a good idea during pregnancy, but continuing to drink lots of fresh veggie juice and green smoothies is a great way to provide nutrition for your baby and for you.
3- Avoid strong detox herbs and supplements and anything that stimulates intestinal movement —i.e. intestinal movement, intestinal draw. I’ve listed all the things to stop down below.
4- Use the general menu guidelines and supplement your diet with slightly more fat – i.e. larger servings of chia, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds (excellent due to your higher need for zinc), along with soaked almonds, avocado, and coconut – this will slow the detox and provide fuel for your growing baby. Limit yourself to only one smoothie as one of your meals per day, unless you have nausea or indigestion, so that you keep up your calorie needs.
5- Continue to exercise, engage in emotional detox, stay hydrated, and eat lots of greens.
Here are the things that are safe to continue:
3- The “foods to avoid” list
4- The “foods that enhance detox” list – the actual foods available in the grocery store..not things like licorice
5- Slippery elm
6- Vitamineral green
7- Blue green algae
8- Sun warrior or warrior food protein powder
13- Chia and all the rest of the omega 3 fats
17- Pomegranate or any other fruit powders
Herbs and culinary herbs in the 6-week detox HELPFUL during pregnancy, especially during the early stages:
1- Burdock Root – has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals and is a liver booster
2- Chamomile – lifts the spirits and calms the nerves, used for digestive disorders during pregnancy, is combined with ginger to help morning sickness, and has a high calcium content as well as an anti-inflammatory aid
3- Dandelion – greens and root – a high source of vitamins and minerals, aids digestion, nourishes and tones the system, diuretic, useful for fatigue and exhaustion, liver booster
4- Ginger Root – used for morning sickness and digestive problems, safe during pregnancy for treating colds, sore throats, and congestion
5- Kelp – high in vitamins and minerals, aids thyroid
6- Nettle Leaf – rich in many vitamins and minerals, especially iron, so it is very useful for those suffering from chronic fatigue and exhaustion due to low iron, aids in enriching and stimulating flow of milk; good for use throughout all stages of the pregnancy
7- Spirulina – high in vitamins and nutrients
Things to stop:
1- Intestinal draw
2- Intestinal movement
3- Parasite cleanse
5- Ultraclear products
7- Any other intestinal stimulants
A general “Avoid during Pregnancy “ and “Limit” list
I’ve been doing option 2 of the 6 week detox program and LOVING it. I find it quick and easy to fit in, once you get the hang of it. I’m consuming lots of greens, I’m full all the time, unlike when I juice, and I have tons of energy. I’m still working on fitting in some of colon cleansing pieces, but now that I have down the shakes and the intestinal cleanse parts, I can add the pieces that have not gotten the attention they need.
Last time I did the 6 week detox, I was putting all the powdered food concentrates and herbs into my green smoothies, along with the sprouted rice protein powder. Yuck. I had a hard time making it taste decent. The smoothies were thick and sludgy and not very appealing.
I’ve since discovered a quick and easy way to do my leaky gut repair shakes.
Here’s a brief video I did of me making a shake.
Here’s how I recommend making your leaky gut repair shakes for the 6 week detox.
1- Put your chosen powders into a 1 quart mason jar. I use the Warrior Foods enhanced powder, with Sprouted, Raw, Non-GMO, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic Vanilla Bean, Wildcrafted Nopal Cactus, and Organic Whole Leaf Stevia. To that I’ve been adding any combination of the following, according to my desire at the time.
Hormone support and adaptagenic Herbs: Licorice, Aswaganda, Maca, holy basil, bacopa
2- Add water to almost fill the jar, leaving room at top for shaking. Shake vigorously.
3- Add ginger juice and lemon juice – one or more tablespoons of each, depending on your taste buds. You can experiment and determine the the amount you like best. Shake again. I juice a big piece of ginger every few days — either in the juicer or in the blender with water — then I strain it. I do the same with Lemon, so that I have it handy.
When I first made this, I was shocked at how good it tasted. The first time I did it, I was cautious about the quantityof herbs and greens I put in. I’ve been experimenting and now I just load lots in there.
I find this shake very filling and energizing.
Another success had been my use of the Health Force Nutritionals Intestinal Drawing Formula. Last detox, I dreaded it. Made as directed it was thick and slimy and hard to get down. I discovered, with the help of my mason jar how to make it very tolerable, and in fact quite satisfying. I wont go as far as to say yummy, but definitely not unpleasant. I’ll share more on how to make that tomorrow, along with my confessions about where I’ve fallen short of expectations. For now, I’m heading into the hot tub and sauna for a detox sweat!
Detoxing and Fun. Now that’s a novel approach. Many people doing the six week deep tissue detox with us think of detoxing as a painful and uncomfortable experience. Bring on the headaches. Stay near the toilet. Yet it really doesn’t have to be that way.
We actually have a fun component build into the six week detox program. Each day we’re guided to choose one fun thing to do. Having fun promotes health as much as good food, fresh air and sunshine. Fun is not only an important ingredient in successful detoxification, it’s a necessary one.
Studies have confirmed that people who regularly attended concerts, theater, art and other cultural events for pleasure were almost two and a half times more likely to be alive nine years later than those who rarely attended such events. Laughter is now used by hospitals as part of cancer therapy. One study compared people’s responses on a questionnaire they called the Pleasure and Well-being Inventory (PWI) questionnaire to their health 20 years later.
Those who scored higher on the pleasure score were healthier 20 years later than those who scored lower. The relationship between PWI score and percentage alive and without chronic disease was nearly linear. People scored 2 or less on the PWI were alive and well 20 years later.
This coming week’s action plan for the six week detox includes filling out a fun inventory and adding fun to each day, even of only for 5 minutes. Try it– really truly do it and watch miracles happen.
I’ve been having fun with this detox. Started out with the “shoulds” in control…telling me that Option 3 was the way to go. Of course quarts of green juice and green smoothies, lots of sprouts and salads and of course wheat grass juice sounds like the prescription for successful detox. Then reality took hold. I know that with my life the way it is right now, taking 2-3 hours a day for juicing and sprouting would take away time from the other important aspects of my detox…like exercise, sleep, family and fun!
So I decided to do option 2, and include fresh juices whenever it’s convenient. It’s working really well for me. I really love the simplicity of putting a few powders in a jar and shaking it up. It suits my lifestyle right now, even thought I intellectually prefer the whole fresh approach .
I’m having fun with the powders. I even prepared a little video about it. I wrote a blog post with recipes last night and my computer decided to boot itself and I couldn’t save it in time. I promise it will get posted as early as I can tomorrow. For now it’s time to get my detox sleep.
Love, Health and Joy,
(the secret ingredients to vibrance and longevity!!!!!)
Well, yesterday we officially began the 6-Week Deep Tissue Detox. I’d stayed up until sunrise nearly organizing my home, washing my greens and making juices for the next day. Fully prepared with 5 of my favorite juice jugs armed and loaded in the fridge, I was convinced that my detox was off to a successful start.
Making green juices is one thing. Making green juices that taste good enough to consume is something else entirely. Through foresight and determination, I’d done a lot to prepare the stage and put support in place for myself. I got my ex-husband briefed, prepped and on board the program. I removed all traces of gluten or dairy products from the home and hid the soy sauces up high in the cupboard. (Was I thinking I could hide them from myself?!?) The kids made a commitment to gluten-free, dairy-free and LOTS of green juices and smoothies for the next 6 weeks, and I have enough kale, spinach and parsley in my fridge to feed an adult male gorilla for a week, but still…
…I still busted my detox on Day One.
I know, I know. You’re expecting me to be a stellar role model of health and discipline with will power of stainless steel. You were hoping I would succeed so I could encourage you. The fact is:
No amount of green food or swamp water supplements had any impact whatsoever on getting me through the spiritual wrestling match with my emotional eating patterns.
Here are a few speculations as to why:
I clearly ignored Dr. Ritamarie’s suggestions to drink more water. In fact, I didn’t drink ANY water at all. Just green juice, and even that, I wasn’t drinking nearly enough because they tasted AWFUL!
I was running on a considerable shortage of sleep. Your ability to think clearly, make smart decisions and prioritize healthy choices is SERIOUSLY compromised by insufficient sleep. I’d been running on a couple nights of a couple hours of sleep and it certainly didn’t help my late night eating habits.
My house was messy. The kids are back this week. I would swear they each has a set of four arms–two for pretending to be busy doing homework and helping, and two more that come out when I’m not looking to sprinkle, tear, scatter, smash and smear stuff all over the house. They say that a person’s home is a reflection of their state of mind and well-being. If that’s true, last night I was living proof.
So, since we’re not here to brag about our shortcomings, but rather learn from them, here’s the action plan for the week to keep us all on track:
1. Take time to go through the sample GI document. Look at the detailed suggestions of how to start your day, prep for meals, and what to consume in between. Put the first steps in place. If you did as poorly as I did yesterday, let us know and we’ll add another week to the regime. Just getting in place all the little details of what need to be done can be daunting.
2. Set a policy for yourself about bedtime. You cannot pretend to be doing yourself any favors with all these foods, then think it’s okay to trash your adrenals by working until the sun comes up. (While Dr. Ritamarie is a model for healthy food choices, feel free to send her a little love note at 10pm reminding her that it’s almost bedtime.
3. Assuming that your preparation week has gone well, that you’ve gone through all the documents and are on target, you need to take and make the time to go through your first educational teleseminar. The more you understand the mechanisms at work, the better you’ll be able to put healthy habits in place.
We have a teleseminar this Thursday. We’ll be focused on answering any questions related to the content of the program up until this point in the program. The link has been sent to you, but here are some of the questions that we’ll be addressing:
Why all this green? Why can’t we just do liquids, or a juice feast? Why can’t we just do less green?
Why “raw” food? I mean, couldn’t it just be a gluten-free detox?
Wheatgrass makes me want to throw up just thinking about it. How am I supposed to get it down in the quantities recommended for this program? Is there something else I can do instead?
Can we substitute powdered greens for fresh juices, sometimes? How often?
Can you please pass along some acceptable transitional recipes or cooked food options that will maximize detox and minimize frustration for me, since I’m having a touch time staying on raw food?
Is it okay to make our juices and smoothies in advance?
We’re going to find out how everyone else is doing, too, and as I said, if we need to add an extra week to the program, to be it. Let’s get the results we came here to achieve!
Everyone is always looking for answers that are complicated, sophisticated and sexy. The truth is, most health issues
have simple solutions. Environmental Illness and Allergy are no exception.
Notice I said there are simple solutions. That doesn’t mean they’re easy.
In fact, some of the simplest solutions of all are often the hardest to follow.
Allergies and environmental sensitivities result from an overwhelmed immune system and a decreased ability to detoxify the environment. There are all sorts of factors that contribute to allergies, and they rang from poor food choices, genetic weakness in the detoxification pathways, excessive exposure to toxins, stress, toxic emotions and a host of other factors.
Many of these problems can be overcome by application of “simple” strategies and deep tissue detoxification.
1- Fresh food: When you’re running around chasing after deadlines, it’s not always easy to find fresh food. It’s certainly not in the vending machines or the fast food joints.
2- Fresh, clean water: Unless you carry your own, it’s not generally available, although more and more places carry bottled water. I was in a restuarant last week with family that didn’t! What a shock.
3- Fresh air : Our air is filled with chemicals and pollution. Unless you live in a pristine area far far away form the cities, clean air is hard to find. And the indoor air is even worse; it’s polluted with all the chemicals used in building materials, carpets, paint and cleanin supplies.
4 – Exercise : When you’re working 12 hour a day, taking care of kids, and running a mile a minute to keep up with obligations, finding time to exercise can be a challenge, unless you are dedicated and make it an important part of your day.
5- Positive thoughts : If you listen to the news, read the newspaper or watch TV, the constant reporting of terrifying events, ominous predictions and financial gloom are enough to wear your positive thoughts to the bone.
6- Fulfilling Relationships: When you’re working hard just to survive, it’s easy to overlook the kind words and deeds and special touches that keep your relationships flourishing.
7- Sunshine : It’s lovely, abundant in many parts of the world and ellusive to many because we stay cooped up indoors working and taking care of our families.
Your health would improve dramatically if you could incorporate all of the above SIMPLE things into your life on a regular basis.
The hard, cold reality is, try as you might, you’ll slip up on some of these “simple” health tips more than you’d like. And when you do, your detoxification pathways suffer and you open yourself for fatigue, lack of focus and illness.
That’s why I developed a variety of cleansing and detoxification strategies that I perform at least 3-4 times a year to detoxify my system.
So just how toxic are you? Because there are so many genetic and environmental differences between people, the buildup of toxins effects each of us a bit diferently.
Written by Ritamarie Loscalzo on September 14, 2009
I’m always asked questions like, “What’s the best way to cure Chronic Fatigue“ or “How can I get my hormones in balance?” The strategies for both are amazingly similar. In fact, when it comes right down to it, adrenal exhaustion, irritable bowel, eczema, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, thyroid problems, arthritis , depression and just about any condition you can name all have at least one thing in common. All of these conditions can be traced back to a body overloaded by toxicity.
In our modern world with its modern conveniences, we are constantly inundated by “modern” toxins. There are chemicals in the air, plastics in the food, pesticides and drugs in the water and toxic emotions spurred by watching the news. Then there’s all the processing that takes what once was a real food and leaves it filled with empty calories, oxidized fats and enough free radicals to cause a revolution!
I recorded a video clip on cleansing to answer the questions I get all the time. Cleansing is something your body knows how to do, as long as it doesn’t get overloaded. And when it does, it’s time to take a break and allow healing and cleansing to take place. Listen in for some tips and tricks. Then afterward, have a look at my favorite I Love Lucy clip.
Dr. Ritamarie Discusses Cleansing and Detoxification Strategies. For support in cleansing, visit www.sixweekdetox.com
When I first learned about toxins and how to eat, breath, think and feel to eliminate them, (almost 25 years ago) I did my very first cleanse. It changed my life. I now do mini cleanses at least 4 times a year.
Q: Can you explain the difference between digestive issues in the stomach, small intestine and large intestine?”
A: One of the ways to distinguish where the problem in the digestive problem lies in the quality, timing and location of symptoms. Digestive problems that occur in the stomach are usually related to too much or too little stomach acid or damage to the protective mucous lining of the stomach. The symptoms of all 3 can be burning in the stomach. In addition, some of the symptoms of low stomach acid are excessive belching or aching 1-4 hours after eating, gas immediately following a meal, offensive breath, constipation, fullness during and after meals, difficulty digesting fruits and vegetables and undigested foods found in stools.
Excess stomach acid and disruption of the mucous membrane are harder to distinguish because they often co-exist. These symptoms include stomach pain, burning or aching 1-4 hours after meals , feeling hungry an hour or two after eating, heartburn when lying down or bending forward, temporary relief from antacids, food, milk,carbonated beverages, or rest and relaxation, and worsening due to spicy foods, chocolate, citrus, peppers, alcohol and caffeine.
Small intestine problems are usually related to low digestive enzymes, leaky gut or imbalanced gut flora.
Symptoms can include difficulty losing weight, soreness on left side under rib cage, bloating, excessive gas, nausea, foul smelling, greasy or poorly formed stool, with visible undigested food, and symptoms of leaky gut and candida, including but not limited to chronic or frequent fatigue, joint pain or swelling, arthritis, allergies, sinus congestion, skin rashes, asthma, confusion, poor memory or mood swings.Large intestine problems can be hard to distinguish from small intestine problems because there is overlap.
Some of the symptoms are feeling that bowels do not empty completely, lower abdominal pain relief by passing stool or gas, alternating or one of constipation and diarrhea, coated tongue or ”fuzzy” debris on tongue, or foul smelling gas.
Q:“Is there a connection between leaky-gut and toxemia (or pregnancy-induced hypertension)? It seems to me that these two may be related and healing the one (leaky gut) may prevent the other.”
A: While I’ve never seen any published studies linking leaky gut to toxemia of pregnancy, or even non pregnancy hypertension (high blood pressure), it is plausible that there is a connection.
Since leaky gut contributes to wide spread nutrient imbalances and allows toxins destined for excretion to enter the blood stream, leaky gut can very well contribute to blood pressure elevations as a result of mineral imbalances, holding onto fluids to dilute toxins or any of a number of other mechanisms
I’ve put people on detoxification programs and leaky gut repair protocols and seen hypertension go away. I haven’t had enough cases of toxemia of pregnancy to be able to quote actual clinical cases.