9 Easy Ways to Kickstart Your New Year’s Detox

When your see the words New Year, what comes to mind? For many people it is a time to start BIG changes, new beginnings, and finding ways to improve your health. Above all, a good detox to kickstart your weight loss and/or healthy living goals for the new year.

After all the festive splurging – both financially and holiday food – this is a good indicator that a healthy detox is in order to help reboot your body and mind for the start of a new year. 

A New Year’s detox can incorporate your whole lifestyle – from your body to your home. So, here are 9 ways to kickstart your New Year’s detox. 

#1 — Lemon Water

Squeeze the juice of a half a fresh lemon into a cup of warm water. Alternatively, this detox drink is a great way to kick your body back into gear. When consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it can help make a world of difference to waking your body up and helping you feel closer to 100% again. Thanks to their high vitamin and antioxidant content, lemons make a great detoxifying food to incorporate into your daily routine.

#2 — Apple Cider Vinegar

A naturally fermented food, apple cider vinegar contains a wealth of beneficial probiotics and enzymes. This can be a saving grace if your digestive system is feeling a bit sluggish after overindulging from Halloween to NYE.

Dilluted with water and taken before a meal, it can help aid digestion and get things moving along a lot smoother.

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#3 — Toxaway Tea

For most people, they’ve gone from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve, bouncing from one party to the next.

A few (or many) alcoholic beverages may have been consumed during this time. Alcohol consumption is extremely taxing on the liver which plays one of the most important detoxifying roles in your body. It’s time to consider giving your liver a chance to catch up.

This Toxaway Tea contains a whole host of liver-loving ingredients like dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, and tulsi (holy basil).

Avoid alcohol completely and drink two to four cups of this tea for the first few weeks of the New Year to give your liver a break and help facilitate full-body detoxification.

If you like drinking loose tea from a cup but like being able to easily clean it then you will love this ceramic mate gourd. It fits the hand nicely while the curve holds the loose tea much like a regular Mate gourd. This makes it easier to let it steep in the initial cooler water before adding in successive amounts of hot water.

#4 — Cut The Sugar.

If you’re embarking on a new diet plan to help you feel more energetic and vibrant, then you may want to consider doing a full sugar detox. After all the holiday treats, your body is likely desperate for some relief from the insulin rollercoaster ride.

Try cutting out all sweets, sugar, processed carbs, and high-glycemic fruits for three weeks. Empty your pantry of tempting, sugar-loaded packaged foods and restock your pantry with these 21-Day Sugar Detox Pantry Staples.

If this sounds too hard, then you can start by replacing highly processed sugars with more natural and less processed alternatives.

#5 — Ever Heard Of The Ketogenic Diet?

The keto diet was one of the most widely searched diet terms in 2017. It’s focus on high fat eating, while restricting carbs, may help the body switch from a sugar-dependent mode to fat-burning machine.

Toxins are stored in your body’s fat cells, so if you have a few pounds to lose, a keto restart may be just what your body needs. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure this is the right approach for you first. If you get the green light, then this Essential Guide for Beginners is a helpful place to start.

#6 — Deodorant Detox

It would be silly to go through all the trouble of detoxing your diet and kitchen without taking a look at what you’re putting on your body.

One very minor tweak to your daily body care regime could have a big impact on your body’s ability to detox itself. This involves switching out your commercial deodorant!

Many commercial deodorants contain a host of harmful ingredients. These are designed to clog your pores to stop your body from sweating. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, practically speaking, it’s doing your body a major disservice. Our body uses sweat as a natural process for detoxification. You excrete toxins from your body when you sweat! This is why after a night of drinking, you can not only smell alcohol on someone’s breath, but you can often smell it through their sweat.

Learn more about just how toxic deodorants can be, plus how to make and use a natural and healthier alternative.

#7 — Spirulina

Spirulina is one of those magical superfoods that seems to be able to do just about everything except the house cleaning. It’s green, and therefore, it must be good for you right?! Jokes aside, it’s nutrient-density is actually second to none. It’s useful in fighting free radicals due to its high antioxidant profile.

Incorporating spirulina into your daily routine can be as simple as adding half a teaspoon to your morning smoothie.

#8 — Detox Baths

What a better excuse to take a nice long, warm bath than to declare it’s for the sake of your health! After all the chaos of the festive season, some genuine TLC is in order.

Epsom salt baths are a wonderful addition to your bathing ritual. Epsom salts are high in magnesium which aids your body’s detoxification process. Furthermore, a few drops of essential oils in your bath or using a chamomile lotion bar afterward will induce a blissful state of relaxation. #selfcaregoals

#9 — Skin Detox

Some days our skin is extra dull or breaking out, especially after long holiday seasons, and women know it when they slept in their makeup, ate too much bad food, neglected their skin after cold days, or, god forbid, all of the above. If any other part of your body isn’t functioning properly, from your gut (too much junk food) to your brain (too much stress), it can show up on your skin because your pores get clogged up when trying to compensate for the other incorrectly functioning systems in your body.

At least for your detox days, while your skin is being cleaned from the inside out, swap your morning cup (or three) of coffee for hydrating and skin-clearing green tea. Avoid alcohol, sugary juices, and all other liquids except water/tea and try your best to get your daily recommendation.

Hypothalamic Sampling Hormones Requires Blood Flow

Sampling of hormones (including the sex hormones) by the hypothalamus requires consistent blood flow. In the body, blood carries hormones released by endocrine glands and carries them to body parts that need them.

In parasympathetic withdrawal, diagnosis is usually considered adrenal fatigue. The volume of blood shifts from the muscles and brain to the central abdominal compartment. The blood flow to the brain is not stopped when this occurs. The flow is reduced and Poiseuille’s Laws come into play.

The circulatory system provides many examples of Poiseuille’s law in action—with blood flow regulated by changes in vessel size and blood pressure. Blood vessels are not rigid but elastic. Adjustments to blood flow are primarily made by varying the size of the vessels, since the resistance is so sensitive to the radius. This is done by the Abdominal Brain through the release of NeuroEndocrine transmitters, i.e. Serotonin – sero = “blood”, tonin = “pertaining to”.

A 19% decrease in flow is caused by a 5% decrease in radius of the blood vessels. The body may compensate by increasing blood pressure by 19%, but this presents hazards to the heart and any vessel that has weakened walls.

This decrease in radius is surprisingly small for this situation. To restore the blood flow in spite of this buildup would require an increase in the pressure difference of a factor of two, with subsequent strain on the heart.

ISCHEMIC PENUMBRA OF PARASYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE

In severe and/or chronic illness, profound changes occur in the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis. Ischemia and inflammation disrupt the porous Blood-Brain-Barrier surrounding the hypothalamus. The observed decrease in serum concentration of both hormones and neuroendocrine transmitter (neurotransmitters in the blood) are not compatible with a negative feedback loop.

Ischemia is a restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen and glucose needed for cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive, healthy and functioning properly). Ischemia is generally caused by problems with blood vessels, with resultant damage to or dysfunction of tissue or organs. It also means local anemia in a given part of a body sometimes resulting from congestion (such as vasoconstriction, red blood cell aggregation due to insulin resistance/diabetes). Ischemia comprises not only insufficiency of oxygen, but also reduced availability of nutrients and inadequate removal of metabolic wastes.

Hepatic Portal Hypertension

Parasympathetic Withdrawal (vasodilation) with blood pooling in the Abdominal Compartment makes the Movement Compartment and Brain/Spinal Cord Ischemic. At the periphery of the ischemic region, the so-called ischemic penumbra, neuronal damage throughout the body develops more slowly because blood flow arising from adjacent vascular territories (collateral flow) keeps blood perfusion above the threshold for immediate cell death. In the ischemic core, the major mechanism of cell death is energy failure caused by Oxygen/Glucose Deprivation (O2/GD). The hypothalamus and midbrain are most vulnerable to ischemia.

Neuron Vulnerability

Neurons in the most vulnerable areas cease to respond or show only faint responses and develop irreversible ischemic or post-ischemic damage. The hypothalamus responds to ischemic insults rigorously without having irreversible ischemic or post-ischemic damage.

The thalamus-hypothalamus interface represents a discrete boundary where neuronal vulnerability to ischemia is high in thalamus (like more rostral neocortex, striatum, hippocampus). In contrast hypothalamic neurons are comparatively resistant, generating weaker and recoverable anoxic depolarization similar to brainstem neurons, possibly the result of a Na/K pump that better functions during ischemia.

There is a well recognized but poorly understood caudal-to rostral increase in the brain`s vulnerability to neuronal injury caused by metabolic stress (insulin resistance).

Several brain regions, including the caudate, hippocampus, and hypothalamus, are vulnerable to hypoxic–ischemic brain injury. During O2/GD, hypothalamic neurons gradually depolarized during ischemic exposure. The O2/glucose deprivation (O2/GD) response induces failure of the Na+/K+ pump. The recovery is slow with chronic ischemic penumbrance

Without oxygen and glucose, neurons cannot generate the ATP needed to fuel the ionic pumps that maintain the ionic gradient across the neuronal membrane, mainly the Na+−K+ ATPase.

In the ischemic penumbra, the flow reduction is not sufficient to cause energy failure, and neurons remain viable for a prolonged period of time after the insult, but the neurons are stressed and critically vulnerable to pathogenic events that may tip their fragile metabolic balance. Excessive extracellular accumulation of glutamate is a major factor contributing to production of cytotoxic nitric oxide, free radicals and arachidonic acid metabolites. These events lead to necrosis or programmed cell death depending on the intensity of the insult and the metabolic state of the neurons. Injured and dying cells have a key role in post-ischemic inflammation because they release danger signals that activate the immune system.

Neurons that demonstrate particular vulnerability to ischemic challenges have been termed “selectively vulnerable neurons”. Of the entire forebrain, the neurons of the hippocampus are the most vulnerable.

Summary: Parasympathetic Dominance causes Ischemia to the Hippocampus, Hypothalamus, and Pituitary producing alterations in the HPA, HPT, HPD and HPG axis.

Is Your Diagnosis Being Driven By Internet Algorithms?

Is your diagnosis being driven by an Internet Algorithm bought and paid for by a Professional or Social Media Influencer? Is this Internet Algorithm catching your inescapably into a Click Funnel, conveniently linked to a sale page for a “Good-For-You” supplement. I have one question. Do you feel like you are swimming in a riptide when it come to your health?

There is a tendency at this time for Doctors and Patients alike, to jump to worst case scenarios. Especially, when the underlying factors are overlooked and ignored to create a self-fulfilling prophecy, which maintains supplement sales.

Too many believe in their diagnosis. Too many believe in their support group. There is safety in numbers. How can this many in the Support Group possibly be wrong? They are unknowingly being swept into Ad Funnels bought and paid for by Professional and Social Media Influencers.

Have you ever written something in an email or text or maybe searched for something online? Only to see your web browser inundated with advertisements for that product. Do you think that is only happening for consumer products? Professional and Social Media Influencers are paying to put their ads and websites on your electronic devices screens. The same is happening for health related topics. After they link your searches together with your friends on Social Media, they have you locked in to their funnel.

Google and Facebook algorithms are funneling Doctors and people alike into diagnosis du jours and links for purchasing supplements. Professional and Social Media Influencers are buying ad-words on Google and Facebook to sweep people into their funnels. More like whirlpools or riptides that people can’t escape from. Leaving them drowning in erroneous treatment protocols.

Google and Social Media Ad Funnels make it darn near impossible to find any information to the contrary. You will have to consciously “Red Team” (on the contrary, the opposite is true) the information you are finding. You may have to go click through ten to twelve search engine pages before finding and information that has not been “copy and pasted” from some influencers website.

Most Doctors Follow the Personality. Not the Information.

There are howles and gnashing of teeth with that quote. They follow the information published by the Profesional Influencer Personalities. They never actually checkout the information. Since the 1990s, critical thinking has not been taught. Instead, Doctors are taught the answers to their National Board tests. Essentially, puking up an answer based on what they have been told to answer. They don’t feel qualified to question the Professional Influencer. Much less tell the Empereur, they have no clothes.

Google / Social Media Algorithm Trap Snares Doctors As Well

When Doctors fall into the Google / Social Media Algorithm trap, they will go from being advocates for a supplement, recommending the supplement for all their patients; to asking their Social Media Group, what brand of supplement others use, when they are not seeing the results claimed by the Supplement Companies or Professional and Social Media Influencers. Because, obviously it isjust the brand they are using that is the problem. Never recognising that the Professional or Social Media Influencer recommending the supplement has a financial interest in the recommendation.

The Doctors never take a step back and look at the information supporting the product. I take a different attitude towards supplements. If there are consistently poor or nonexistent beneficial results. I stop recommending it. I stop wasting the patient’s resources. Even with all the pressure patients put on me. Too many patients assume I am not aware of a particular wonder supplement. When in actuality, I wonder why anyone would recommend it.

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal Yeast infection symptoms can mimicked by Bacterial Vaginitis (BV). Periodontal bacterial vaginosis can cause vaginal symptoms similar to those of a Yeast Infection. Bacterial Vaginitis can be caused by various conditions, such as bleeding gums and gingivitis. Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL), miscarriage, preterm birth and low birth weight are associated with oral bacterial infections.

 

Cross colonization of the openings of the human body have received little study in contemporary medicine. Because of this, there is limited practical recommendations for management of patients with both dental and urogenital tract microflora disorders. Not because nothing can be done. It is due to the compartmentalization of health care. The mouth and vagina are at opposite ends of the body. Dentist go to Dental conventions. Gynecologists go to Gynecological conventions. They never become aware of the problem at the other end of the body. Dental patients tell Dentists about their mouth. Gynecology patients – Well you get the point.

As a Functional Doctor, patients report all of their problems in the assessment forms allowing the connection between their reoccurring “Yeast” infection and bleeding, receding gums. From there, the patient can be directed to the proper treatment and support to eliminate the problems.

The current paradigm focuses on vaginal/uterine infections predominantly originating from the vaginal tract, with the microbes ascending into the uterus. An increasing number of bacterial species have been identified in vaginal/uterine infections that do not belong to the vaginal microflora. Infections in the uterus can originate from the mouth as bacteria entering to bleeding gums move throughout the body looking for a place to call their new home. There is a small association between periodontal disease and bacterial vaginosis with oral sex with a partner that has periodontal disease. Bacteria enter the blood vessels in the mouth is the primary route of infection.

Is Your Yeast Infection Really A Bacterial Infection?

Culture Lab Testing is still readily available and reasonably accurate for finding air breathing microbes, so clinicians continue to use it even though there are significant known limitations. 99% of microbes in your body are stressed out when exposed to air, going dormant or dying making them unculturable.

The same statistics apply with Vaginal Cultures. This is why Candida seems so prevalent. They are using antiquated lab tests.

This lack of growth by anaerobic microbes results in a significant change in the balance of microbes in lab test results; since those species capable of surviving exposure to air will more actively grow when there is no competition. It becomes readily apparent that Culture and the culture dependent MALDI-TOF methodology are severely limited to identifying only culturable microbes (less than 1% in the human body).

If your Doctor is using antiquated Culture tests or swabs. They are missing 99% of the microbes that could possibly be causing your “Yeast” infection. If you are experiencing reoccurring “Yeast” infections, the use of cultures and swab tests are likely wrong and leads to inappropriate treatment.

Vaginal and Uterine Infections

Oral bacteria enter into oral capillaries, especially if you have bleeding when flossing or brushing your teeth. Receding gums is another sign of oral bacteria causing problems. These conditions lead to increased bacteria in the blood, thus enhancing the opportunities for bacteria to travel to distant organs and joints in your body. The symptoms of oral bacteria infection mimic those experiences in ascending infections, i.e., with the bacteria colonizing the lining of the uterus.

Graphic of tooth with different points of entry for bacteria into the blood stream

Dental procedures such as extractions, root canals, implants, deep scaling and crowns that cause bleeding provides an entry point for bacteria to move into the blood. Unfortunately, the focus is on mercury fillings and not on the bacteria that take advantage of the new places to take up residence. Read more on Root Canals…

Bacteria being carried through the blood allows the spread of opportunistic bacteria from one location to another, i.e. uterus, joints, thyroid.  It is then plausible that opportunistic bacteria take advantage of your body’s specific chemistry and colonize wherever growth conditions are suitable. The oral and vaginal environments provide similar colonization and growth conditions in a your body for bacteria to grow. Because faulty, antiquated Culture Lab Tests continue to be used, anaerobic bacterial infections are seldom found.

These opportunistic oral bacteria setting up a new residence in the uterus become Invasive Species and Keystone Pathogens. An Invasive Species is a species that spreads to a new location they are not normally found in, becoming Keystone Pathogens and causing damage to the tissue, organs and health of the human body.

Invasive Species are able to out compete normal inhabitants due to lack of natural defenses that keep their population in check. Invasive Species become bullies in their new location, changing the environment to favor their growth and survival, i.e. a crack house moving into your neighborhood.

A “Keystone Pathogen” is a low-abundance microbe that can orchestrate inflammatory disease by remodeling a normally beneficial microbiota into a dysbiotic one, i.e. residents of the neighborhood change their behavior to avoid confrontation with the crack dealers. Once the Keystone Pathogens get a foothold, they hack into the immune system by producing chemicals that make them invisible to the immune system, i.e. crack dealers paying off the cops.

Oral bacteria invading the uterus and vagina change the environment so much so that the normal vaginal bacteria are weakened to the point where they are no longer able to out-compete the Candida/Yeast. You have invaders in the vagina and uterus arriving internally from the blood and externally from the vagina. The Candida/Yeast are opportunistic; taking advantage of the weakened normal vaginal bacteria being unable to prevent the overgrowth of Candida/Yeast. You experience temporary relief from Yeast infection products or prescriptions, but it always comes back. This is because the oral infection replenishes the bacteria to the vagina and uterus repeating the process over and over.

An increasing number of studies report intrauterine infections caused by bacterial species not found in the urogenital tract, such as F. nucleatum and Bergeyella, Eikenella, and Capnocytophaga spp., all of which are common species in the mouth.

Female Reproductive Disease and Periodontal Infection

Periodontitis is a condition in which dental bacterial plaque cause an inflammatory response that leads to loss of connective-tissue attachment, ultimately resulting in loss of affected teeth. Symptoms include bleeding when brushing or flossing, inflammation at the site, and tooth loosening and ultimately tooth loss.

Chronic generalized inflammatory and inflammatory-degenerative periodontal diseases of different severity have been detected in all female patients with gynecological diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis. The major markers of bacterial vaginosis have been also detected in oral cavity in women with periodontal conditions, i.e. receding gums, bleeding gums, canker sores, etc. Root canals, crowns and implants should also be considered if you are having reoccurring vaginal infections.

Bacterial vaginosis is a frequently occurring condition with the focus being primarily on bacteria ascending from the vagina into the uterus. Bacterial vaginosis affects nearly 30% of women between the ages of 14 and 49. Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by a decrease in the normally predominant (air-tolerant) Lactobacillus bacterial species, and a corresponding increase in a diversity of anaerobic microbes (air-hating) AKA Competitive Exclusion. Bacterial vaginosis is typically asymptomatic, but if symptoms are present, the most common complaints are discharge and odor.

Both periodontal disease and bacterial vaginosis have been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, preterm birth and low birthweight. The process through which oral bacteria stimulate an immune response resulting in preterm birth remains overlooked.

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV), a condition characterized by decreased vaginal lactobacilli and increased anaerobic bacteria, has been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. The abnormal microflora typical of Bacterial Vaginosis overlaps considerably with bacterial species known to be associated with periodontal disease. For example, Prevotella and Porphyromonas species have been associated with Bacterial Vaginosis and Periodontal Disease.,

What are signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

The most common symptom is a smelly vaginal discharge. It may look grayish white or yellow. A sign of bacterial vaginosis can be a “fishy” smell, which may be worse after sex. About half of women who have bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms.

Many women with bacterial vaginosis have no signs or symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, the most common include:

  • An abnormal amount of vaginal discharge
  • The vaginal discharge is thin and grayish white.
  • Vaginal odor (foul-smelling or unpleasant fishy odor)
  • The vaginal discharge and odor are often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.
  • Pain with sexual intercourse or urination (rare symptoms).

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, if present, can occur any time in the menstrual cycle, including before, during, or after the menstrual period. The amount of vaginal discharge that is considered normal varies from woman to woman. Therefore, any degree of vaginal discharge that is abnormal for a particular woman should be evaluated.

What problems can bacterial vaginosis cause?

Bacterial vaginosis usually does not cause other health problems. But in some cases it can lead to serious problems.

  • If you have it when you are pregnant, it increases the risk of miscarriage, early (preterm) delivery, and uterine infection after pregnancy.
  • If you have it when you have a pelvic procedure such as a cesarean section, an abortion, or a hysterectomy, you are more likely to get a pelvic infection.
  • If you have it and you are exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (including HIV), you are more likely to catch the infection.

If you are having frequent “Yeast” infections, you may want to consider the possibility it is not “Yeast“. It may be an overlooked oral bacteria infection. Theses same bacteria traveling through your blood are also falling into your digestive tract becoming Invasive Species acting as Keystone Pathogens causing digestive problems. Since Dentist do not treat gynecological conditions and Gynecologist do not treat dental conditions. You need help guiding you through the process.  Call today.