Naturopath Rebecca Lang explains how to rock your best bikini-ready body this summer
WOULD you like to lose a few kilos before summer? Do you want your stomach to look a bit flatter before hitting the beach? Have you tried everything to lose weight but it won’t shift?
Our bodies naturally detox themselves but in today’s toxic world, our livers are being inundated with toxins from our environment, food, water and lifestyles.
Toxins are also stored in fat cells so it is essential to support your liver before any weight loss program.
Your digestive system is involved in the elimination process of detoxification. If your digestive system is not functioning properly, this may prevent toxins from effectively leaving the body. If you are not digesting properly, you could be preventing the absorption of nutrients required for optimal health and weight loss.
A healthy gut is important for detoxification. Our bodies produce enzymes that carry out their own detoxification processes in the digestive system. If we are eating incorrectly for our own particular body or make bad lifestyle choices, the amount of enzymes decreases and our gut lining becomes weaker. Our liver and immune system are then put under extra pressure and this can lead to disease.
An unhealthy digestive tract can also lower our metabolism, which leads to weight gain.
If your liver cannot metabolise fats properly, weight gain can be the result and it will usually sit around the middle abdominal area. If your digestive system is compromised, you may go out for dinner and see you stomach bloat up straight away. This is where naturopathy can assist you.
At Bargara Beach Holistic Health Centre, our naturopaths understand the importance of effective detoxification, particularly before any weight loss program. Most of our clients will follow our Detox Program at least twice a year. The program runs for three weeks and most people lose about 4kg.
A recent client has lost 11kg over the last six months, which includes fluid and 9.5kg of fat. She has increased her muscle and muscle quality and reversed her oxidative stress (our equipment tells us this information). She has also improved her blood pathology, including reducing her iron overload, bad cholesterol and elevated liver enzymes.
The program is individualised to take into account those that are underweight or not wanting to lose weight. We know our clients will receive the best results if they first remove the foods that are incompatible with their particular body. We do this using a Hair Test for 500 Items. Go to www.healthandhealing.net.au/services/hair-testing to get started.
With our state-of-the-art equipment, we do a testing appointment before and after the Detox Program. We are then able to effectively measure changes in the body, including oxidative stress (how toxic your body is), muscle and fat percentages, hydrations levels, fluid balance, blood pressure, physical signs and more.
Some signs your body is in need of detox support include headaches, weight gain, bloating, indigestion, constipation and/or diarrhoea, skin rashes and irritations, dull skin, yellowish skin or eyes, fatigue, anger, hormonal imbalances, increasing cholesterol, elevated liver enzymes, moodiness, nausea, changes in appetite, avoiding breakfast and swelling in legs and ankles.
It is important to note that phase two detoxification is the most important process of detoxification.
Phase two is pushing the toxins out of the liver. If you over-support phase one, the toxins may overflow from the liver back into the body, which then turn into free radicals, putting the body at more risk of disease. Most retail products are designed to primarily support phase one detoxification.
To receive effective results from a detox program, it is recommended you are under the guidance of a qualified naturopath, using practitioner-quality supplements.
Phone the clinic and book in for an initial consultation or go straight to a testing appointment.
Detox might be the answer to feeling bikini-ready this summer.