May 12, 2017

Guest Blog: How to be a Healthy in a Toxic World by Dr. Sara Celik, ND


How To Be Healthy In a Toxic World

Do you have stubborn unexplained symptoms? Are you feeling fatigued and run-down? Have you ever considered that toxins could be the underlying problem?

There’s no denying that we live in a toxic world— each day we slather chemicals on our skin, eat foods that lack nutrients, breathe in polluted air, and forget the importance of slowing down.

Today’s norm is demanding, taxing, and utterly exhausting.

With greater demands being placed on our detoxification organs, cleansing the body of toxins is more important today than ever before.

Dr. Sara’s Detox Tips: 

  1. Increase Water and Daily Fibre

The average patient I see is dehydrated. Rather than relying on caffeinated beverages and/or sugar-packed juices, choose detox water to help flush toxins from the body. Detox water is super easy to make — simply add lemons, limes, cucumber, ginger, or fresh mint leaves to purified, filtered water.

Inadequate fibre leads to constipation and creates a stagnant, sluggish colon. To get the most benefit from a cleanse, ensure 30–40 grams of fibre per day. Without adequate fibre, toxins are not fully removed via the bowels, which leads to toxins being re-circulated.

2. Opt for a Full Body Cleanse Program (7 day or 30 day)

A total body cleanse enhances the elimination of toxins from ALL 7 channels of elimination (liver, lymphatic system, lungs, blood, colon, kidneys, skin). Although cleanses often focus solely on the colon, a complete cleansing program will address the whole body and is a more holistic approach.

A variety of herbal ingredients such as burdock root, dandelion root, and milk thistle work to support liver detoxification. Red clover flower is an excellent skin cleanser, while mullein leaf is a soothing expectorant herb that reduces mucous and congestion. The key benefits of a total body cleansing kit are that it contains a variety of herbal ingredients designed to maximize detoxing from all 7 channels of elimination.

3. Deep Breathe, Rest Well, and De-Stress

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget to slow down. Cleansing requires energy. The best way to supply the organs of elimination with the fuel they need is by getting plenty of rest. Rather than browsing the internet before bed, put all devices down and practice deep breathing — inhaling and exhaling through the nose.

Are you surprised that I didn’t tell you to stop eating carbs? Wondering why I didn’t mention following a strict diet?

Here’s why.

Drastic dietary changes can be overwhelming and are not necessary to reap the benefits of an herbal cleanse. Although I encourage eating nutritious foods — the more you eat, the better — the herbs will do their job regardless of what you are eating.

These three steps are most important when it comes to cleansing. If they seem too easy, remember, it’s the small steps we take that have the greatest impact on our health.

Happy Cleansing!

Dr. Sara Celik, ND

Dr. Sara Celik is a Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopathic Master Clinician with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. With her extensive clinical and educational background, she is a sought-after speaker and health expert that has contributed to various magazines and television programs. Dr. Sara serves as an authority on educating the public about digestive health, detoxification and an integrative approach to optimal wellness.