If you experience fatigue, irritability, problems concentrating or disturbances in your sleep after indulging on sweets during the holidays, you may benefit from a cleansing. Your low energy, mood swings, sleep disturbances and difficulties concentrating may be indications of a build up of toxins and need to clean-up your body to cleanse and detox.

Instead of making a shopping list and buying several vitamins and/or supplements, focus on avoiding environmental toxins (e.g., second hand smoke, smoking, chlorine in pools that research shows combines with urine to form dangerous chemicals, fumes) invest in whole, organic foods that are raised without herbicides, pesticides and other synthetic chemicals that damage your health and animals that are raised humanely and safe to eat.  Not only will you keep your exposure to toxins to a minimum, you will help to build your body’s natural defenses and experience an increase in vitality, clear focus, sound sleep and sense of renewal.

You can build up your body’s natural defenses, support your immune and detoxification systems by ensuring that you eat adequate amounts of the foods that will give you the building blocks to create glutathione.  Glutathione is an intracellular antioxidant that supports your body’s immune and detoxification systems.  It is made from three amino acids: l-cysteine, l-glutamatic acid, glycine and sulfur. The sulfur in glutathione makes it act like fly trap paper, sticks to toxins and safely removes them from your body.

Sulfur containing foods

  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Water cress
  • Cabbage
  • Asparagus
  • Brussel sprouts

Foods containing the amino acids l-cysteine, l-glutamatic acid, glycine

  • Unpasteurized milk (i.e., ideally grass-fed, organic and hormone/antibiotic free)
  • Raw eggs (i.e., from chickens that are pasture raised)
  • Undenatured, cold processed whey protein
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • Meats (e.g., beef, lamb, bison, chicken, turkey, wild caught, pasture raised, grass fed, wild caught)

Exercise also helps you build up glutathione.  Aim to get moderate levels of exercise (i.e., 30 minutes several times a week). Stress depletes your body of glutathione so it is important that you learn to manage your levels of stress effectively.  By taking these simple steps, you will reduce your exposure to environmental toxins, help build your body’s natural defenses and experience a renewed sense of vitality.

To your health,

Dr. Sandoval

To learn more about how working with a psychologist and holistic health coach can help you to enhance your health and well-being, call or email Dr. Sandoval to schedule a free consultation.

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