Be The Best Version Of You.
A belated merry christmas and trusting that you had a joyous festive time with family and friends. I’ve just returned from 3 weeks in Queensland which started up at Fraser Island for a wedding, than to Coolum Beach on the beautiful Sunshine Coast to catch up with my sister and family then finally to the Gold Coast to spend christmas with my husbands family. All in all it was a great break away from the norm, especially computers, while soaking up plenty of vitamin D and magnesium.
So it’s a New Year and the festive and holiday season is still upon us. How many of you are feeling sluggish, tired and generally a bit flat. For the first time I think ever, I managed to go away on holiday and keep up my fitness level and not sway too far from the foods that I know make me feel well and give me energy. It happened because I made a decision before I went away and had a basic plan and tools to keep the decision going (more on that later). However for many years before this I didn’t have it together at all. Some of those years were because I was either flat out with illness or trying to recover. Where ever you are at – whether it’s a case of eating poorly and not enough exercise or you have come to the conclusion that there are other things growing in your gut that have taken over (see my story on Candidiasis) here’s a solution that will put you back on track to a A New Year A Better You.
Detox – Detoxification is widely known in the alternative medicine realm. Often used at the beginning of new seasons such as spring but is found in some traditional cultures as being a routine of say once a month. A toxic build up can be caused by many things. Often it’s poor diet and lack of exercise as well as antibiotics and other prescription medicines. A toxic build up can bring about many illnesses and conditions. Often you will notice tiredness, lack of energy, aches and pains as the first signs. Your immune system weakens under excess amount of toxins causing anything from Asthma to Yeast Infections.
There are many natural aids on the market used for detoxification. One of them is Coconut Oil. According to Bruce Fife, author of “Coconut Cures” there are 4 reasons why coconut oil makes such a good cleanser.
1. MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) in coconut oil kill disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These microorganisms not only cause infection but also often produce toxic byproducts that are carcinogenic or poisonous.
2. Coconut oil is chemically very stable so it functions as an antioxidant protecting against destructive free radicals that are often generated by toxins.
3. MCFAs in coconut oil are used by the body as a source of fuel to stimulate metabolism. As metabolism increases so does the body’s natural mechanisms of detoxification, repair, and growth. Even the immune system is shifted to a higher level of efficiency.
4. Coconut oil neutralizes the harmful effects of many toxins including the deadly aflatoxin.
Coconut Oil Detox
Bruce Fife says:
The Coconut Oil Detox is the most effective method I have seen to rebalance the digestive system and get it functioning normally again. It is far superior to a simple water fast or even a juice fast. Juice fasts, including the Coconut Water Fast, have one major drawback: they contain a lot of sugar. If you are trying to fight a systemic candida infection or an overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria, you don’t want to keep feeding these microbes sugar, which they thrive on…..
While on this fasting program don’t be surprised if you expel from your bowels some awful looking stuff. Your body is cleansing all types of noxious debris.
With coconut oil you have a better source of calories in the form of MCFAs. Unlike juice fasting, these fats do not feed unfriendly microbes, but they do feed the cells and tissues in the intestinal wall and thus promote healing. They also boost energy levels so that we can function normally without any additional food or source of calories.
In this fast you are encouraged to drink plenty of water. You are also allowed to drink sugarless lemonade (see recipe below). Drink as much as you want. In addition to the water and lemonade, you will consume coconut oil.
He recommends between 10-14 tablespoons per day. If you can’t handle this much oil, back off a bit and eat as much as you can. The oil should be consumed throughout the day – not all at once.
He recommends not eating coconut oil after 6 or 7 pm as it gives some people too much energy and they have difficulty sleeping.
The oil can be eaten by the spoonful if you don’t have a problem with it. Make sure you use a good quality virgin cold pressed coconut oil. The other suggestion is to add the oil to the sugarless lemonade and drink it.
2 tablespoons of coconut oil to 1 cup of sugarless lemonade. Drink this mixture every two hours or so throughout the day and you will get your 10-14 tablespoons of coconut oil.
Drink a cup of this mixture first thing in the morning as your breakfast and every two hours until about 6 or 7 pm. You may continue to drink the lemonade or filtered water until you go to bed but do not take anymore coconut oil.
The other alternative is to mix 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil into a 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened preferably organic yogurt. Add 4 drops of liquid stevia to sweeten. Drink some sugarless lemonade afterwards.
During the fast you are allowed to eat a small amount of fresh coconut if you like. Avoid dried and especially sweetened coconut. Limit the amount to just a few ounces per day. Coconut meat is beneficial because it is very high in fiber and feeds the good bacteria in the gut. Coconut meat also provides roughage to help keep the intestines moving and expelling dead bacteria and yeasts. It can also help settle the stomach, which can feel a little queasy with all the oil you are consuming.
During the cleanse you will consume only filtered water, sugarless lemonade, coconut oil, and a small amount of coconut meat – nothing else except plain yogurt if you choose that method. You will feel a little hungry at first but you will not starve or become malnourished.
The cleanse can be done for 3 or 7 days. If you decide to do it longer you may need to seek the guidance of someone experienced in fasting to help you.
If you have serious health problems you may want to check with your doctor before doing it longer. Most people can manage a 3 day Coconut Oil Detox. You may want or need to do several 3 day cleanses.
If you know that your diet is poor and has been for awhile then it is recommended that you take 2-4 weeks of preparation. The reason for this is that a poor diet leads to a low nutritional status, therefore having few nutritional reserves.
Here is what is recommended:
Start eating more fresh vegetables and whole grains. (If you already have a diagnosed candidiasis then grains will not be recommended.) Instead stick to proteins, in the form or eggs, chicken, fish and some red meat but mostly vegetables. Have at least 1 salad a day as a main meal. Add at least 1 and up to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to your diet every day. Eliminate sweets, coffee, alcohol, white rice, white bread and flour products, and junk food. If you do this before the fast you will get better results and have a much easier time.
Another important note:
If you experience intestinal discomfort, naseau, or lower back pain during the fast, eat more salt and make sure you are consuming plenty of water. One sign of needing more salt is if water begins to taste stale or dull rather than refreshing. Use only unrefined sea salt and add a pinch to each glass of water you have.
Be aware that many people when fasting for the first time and certainly if you have never had coconut oil before may experience an accelerated form of cleansing. It can sometimes be a range of symptoms or just 1 or 2. Things to look out for is diarrhea, skin breakouts, tiredness and fatigue and nausea. It will pass but this is why it is strongly recommended to start off with smalls amounts of coconut oil first and work up to a bigger quantity.
Stevia is derived from a herb found in South America. It has zero calories and does not feed candida or affect blood sugar.
If you try the detox let me know how you go – hopefully with success! Here’s to a better version of you/us!